The devastating earthquake that hit Japan’s north-east coast last Friday has thrown up plenty of options for visualisation. But this from the LA Times, using seismological data is both one of the prettiest and most interesting.
It’s a timeline you can either play or scroll along manually, showing all the pre- and aftershocks over 5.0 magnitude as well as the huge 8.9 magnitude earthquake. The number of shocks that occurred just after the main quake is stunning to see – and some were even to the other side of the island.
You can also click on each individual shock and see how powerful it was. Useful and nice to look at – what more can you want from a visualisation?