There are approximately forty earthquake tremors of magnitude four or greater across the world each day, and an earthquake above six on the Richter Scale occurs every other day. Geography teachers should be aware that Google has now made tracking earthquakes in real time much easier through its search engine.
By typing “earthquake” in the search bar, Google will produce a visual map of currently affected areas, as well as information about the magnitude of the quake, the epicentre, and any relevant nearby landmarks.
Previously, the most popular method used to search for information on the strength and epicentre of an earthquake was to access the U.S. Geological Survey website at:
This site will now feed up to the moment earthquake information to Google’s search engine, so that it can now be accessed without even one web site click. The USGS welcomed Google’s efforts to speed earthquake information to its readers.
“Ensuring that our earthquake information gets to the people who need it is very important to the U.S. Geological Survey, and we are pleased that Google is finding creative approaches to help make that happen,” USGS Earthquake Hazards Program Coordinator William Leith said in a statement.
Earthquakes will have to be magnitude 2.5 or greater for the new search option to show itself.
While travelling abroad, with data location switched on on your PC or mobile device, a search for ‘earthquake near me’ will give an at a glance summary of any earthquakes that have occurred in your immediate area – along with instructions about what to do!