Visible Earthquakes

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Visible Earthquakes allows you to model real earthquakes that are measured through InSAR data. The whole process is interactive and the deformation models update in real-time. If you are unsure of some of the terminology or want to learn more, we urge you to take a look at the Getting Started pages!

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El Mayor-Cucapah, Mexico

April 04, 2010 Processed by GarethFunning on July 03, 2010, © JAXA
Uploaded by Gareth.Funning on April 27, 2015
70 submissions

The Easter Sunday, 2010 event occurred in the early afternoon and was widely felt across Baja California and southern California. Although casualties were light (4 deaths and ~100 injured), the event caused extensive damage to infrastructure in the Mexicali valley.

Haida Gwaii, Canada

October 28, 2012 Processed by SergeiSamsonov on July 15, 2013, © Natural Resources Canada
Uploaded by Gareth.Funning on March 04, 2015
28 submissions

This event, the second largest Canadian earthquake ever detected instrumentally, was widely felt throughout the Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte) Islands. It produced a minor tsunami (maximum wave height 79 cm) that led to precautionary evacuations of low-lying areas in Hawaii, as well as alerts along the west coast of North America, from Alaska to California; however there were no casualties and structural damage was minor.

Damxung, Tibet (China)

October 06, 2008 Processed by AustinMadson on September 15, 2014, © JAXA
Uploaded by Gareth.Funning on March 02, 2015
23 submissions

This event caused strong shaking in Damxung County in eastern Xizang province, China, located in the southeast Tibetan plateau. 10 people were killed and over 25 injured. Shaking was felt in the major city of Lhasa, some 75 km to the west.

L'Aquila, Italy

April 06, 2009 Processed by RichardWalters on February 13, 2015, © ESA
Uploaded by Gareth.Funning on February 13, 2015
109 submissions

The deadliest event to strike Italy since 1980, the L'Aquila earthquake killed 308 people, injured 1,500 and rendered around 65,000 homeless in the Abruzzo region of central Italy. Initiating at 3:32 am local time, the earthquake caught most local inhabitants in their beds; 38% of homes in the region sustained moderate or heavy damage, along with many of the medieval buildings in the old city of L'Aquila.

Landers, California

June 28, 1992 Processed by DavidSchmidt on October 17, 2014, © ESA
Uploaded by Gareth.Funning on November 04, 2014
44 submissions

The 1992 Landers, California earthquake was the first to be studied using InSAR. Occurring at 4.57 am local time, in a sparsely populated area of the Mojave desert, the event was widely felt across southern California. Two people died of heart attacks; a third was crushed by falling bricks, and over 400 were injured, mostly by flying debris.

South Napa, California

August 24, 2014 Processed by ARIAProject on August 27, 2014, © ASI
Uploaded by Gareth.Funning on August 28, 2014
68 submissions

The largest event to strike the San Francisco Bay Area in 25 years, the South Napa earthquake inflicted heavy damage on the historic downtown district of the city of Napa, and was widely felt across the region. Over 200 were injured, and losses are estimated to exceed $1 billion. (Interferogram provided by Sang-Ho Yun, from the ARIA project.)

Aiquile, Bolivia

May 22, 1998 Processed by GarethFunning on June 03, 2003, © ESA
Uploaded by Gareth.Funning on August 14, 2014
8 submissions

The largest shallow earthquake to strike Bolivia in over 50 years, this 1998 event was felt in the major cities of Sucre and Cochabamba over 100 km away. In villages and towns near the epicenter, 75-100% of buildings were destroyed, killing over 100 and rendering thousands of families homeless.

Northridge, California

January 17, 1994 Processed by ChadSeverson on October 05, 2011, © JAXA
Uploaded by Gareth.Funning on August 13, 2014
18 submissions

This 1994 event was one of the costliest natural disasters in US history, with total damage estimated at $20 billion. It struck the city of Northridge, a northern suburb of Los Angeles, at 4.30 am local time, and was widely felt across southern California. The earthquake caused extensive damage to freeways, parking structures, infrastructure, appartment buildings and hospitals, and killed 57, with over 5,000 injured.

Dinar, Turkey

October 01, 1995 Processed by GarethFunning on January 21, 2003, © ESA
Uploaded by Rowan Cockett on August 12, 2014
117 submissions

On October 1, 1995, a strong earthquake ruptured a section of the Dinar-Civril fault in SW Turkey. Around 30% of the buildings in the nearby town of Dinar were destroyed. 92 inhabitants were killed and over 200 injured.