map of the world's earthquakes

Map Of World’s Earthquakes Shows Every Tremor Since 1898

Since 1898, there have been more than 200,000 earthquakes. And all of them are on a new map. Map maker John Nelson created a map of the world’s earthquakes, showing every tremblor over the last 114 years.

According to Live Science, the new map shows every earthquake since 1898 that was registered at 4.0 or greater on the Richter scale. The map shows a total of 203,186 earthquakes.

John Nelson, the user experience and mapping manager for IDV Solutions, created the map.

Nelson said:

“First, I was surprised by the sheer amount of earthquakes that have been recorded. It’s almost like you could walk from Seattle to Wellington [New Zealand] if these things were floating in the ocean, and I wouldn’t have expected that.”

The Blaze reports that the map of the world’s earthquakes was created with data from the Northern California Earthquake Data Center. Nelson color-coded this information and then used a NASA Visual Earth Image to create the map.

Nelson said that he decided to center the map over the Pacific ocean because “that looked like where the magic was happening.”

Nelson has also created a map showing the locations of 56 years of tornadoes.

He then turned that into a series of videos. Here’s a video showing all of the tornadoes in the United States from 1950 to 2011.