Interactive 3D Earthquake Viewer

Max latitude
Min latitude
Max longitude
Min longitude:
Start time:
End time:
Min quake magnitude:
Depth scale:
Dot size:
Total quakes:
Animation rate:

0.1 to 1.0
1.0 to 2.0
2.0 to 3.0
3.0 to 4.0
4.0 to 5.0
5.0 to 6.0
6.0 and greater

Oceanic spreading ridge
Oceanic transform fault
Oceanic convergent boundary
Continental rift boundary
Continental transform fault
Continental convergent boundary
Oceanic subduction boundary


  • Download activity for 7th through 12 grade.
  • Maximum earthquakes displayed: 1000 (to increase, add &limit=2000 to URL variables)
  • Use mouse wheel to zoom and arrow keys to rotate
  • Add &light=1 to URL variables for a lighting effect
  • Plate boundaries that are uncertain are drawn more transparently.


Books written by David:

Point Horizon
Too Far to Wander