New World Map showing most Earthquake-risk areas released (Photo)

By on Mar 17, 2011 in Natural Disasters, World Comments

Using 4,000 years of earthquake records, a new world map showing areas with a very high risk of having an earthquake was released, as shown below.

Japan earthquake map
Image Credit: Benjamin Hennig/University of Sheffield

As published at on March 14, 2011, the latest version of the world map, dubbed as “World Earthquake Intensity Map” was created by Benjamin Hennig, a post graduate researcher of the Department of Geography at the University of Sheffield in England.

The map provides a visualization of all major earthquakes from 2150 B.C. up to the present, including that of the 8.9-magnitude earthquake in Japan.

The criteria of the earthquake included in the map include having 10 or more people killed; an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.5 or higher, and costing about $1 million or higher, wherein the database was created by NOAA’s National Geophysical Data Center.

Besides showing the areas with high risk of encountering an earthquake, the map also shows how this risk is related to the distribution of population.

“Growing numbers of people live in highly vulnerable areas. The recent earthquakes in Japan and also in Christchurch are a tragic reminder of the fragile relationship between human livelihoods and natural hazards.” Benjamin Hennig said on the report.

“New forms of visualizations can help to explain and better understand these relations from a human perspective.” Mr. Henning added, who also posted a separate report on his site,

In addition, Henning created a new and more detailed population cartogram for Japan, apparently showing the highly populated country and demonstrated the majority (80 million) of them are focused on the Pacific shore of Honshu.

The second map also show topography of Japan, where the tsunami developed by the earthquake that hit the country on March 11, 2011.

World Earthquake Intensity Map

World Earthquake Intensity Map
Image Credit: Benjamin Hennig/SASI Research Group (University of Sheffield)

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