Google Now shows recent earthquake map in search results

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Recently we’ve reported about a cool (but scary) new real-time map of earthquakes around the world. We’ve learnt that Earthquakes are much more common than one might expect. Actually according to the U.S. Geological Survey there are approximately 40 tremors a day of a magnitude 4 or greater and earthquakes above 6 occur every other day.

Google also seems to be aware of it. The company has added a new info card to a search result. In the event of an earthquake, searches for “earthquake,” “earthquakes near me” or similar queries will give you an at-a-glance summary about the quake, right at the top of the search page.

Earthquake map Google Maps Geoawesomeness

Information will include a summary of the size of the quake and a map of the affected areas. Oftentimes, you really want to know whether you just felt a small earthquake nearby, or a larger earthquake farther away. You can than scroll further down for tips on what to do in this situation.

You can test it right away. Really good initiative.

SOURCEGoogle Blog
Aleks Buczkowski
I'm a professional always thinking outside the box and a self-confessed gadget addict. As a son of a professor of cartography I was surrounded by maps all my life and as a result spatial way of thinking and seeing reality is naturally embedded in who I am.