There’s just been a large earthquake near Tonga in the South Pacific. (BBC article) Nobody was hurt thankfully, so it seemed like a good time to compare how Earth Browser and Google Earth report the event.
I’ve noticed that the Google Earth USGS network link for recent earthquakes has been improved with a floating legend. It’s one of the most useful Google Earth add-ons.The image below illustrates how the network link has displayed the earthquake in Tonga.
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Earth Browser is still my favourite application for near real time analysis of tectonic hazards in school, being slightly faster and more reliable on my rather over-stretched school laptop. The globe has been enhanced recently and is even more beautiful. The image below shows the earthquake in Earth browser.
In both appplications, clicking on the earthquake icon takes you to the relevant USGS page. I marginally prefer the way that Earth Browser displays the magnitude of the event on the icon, and it is faster to display earthquakes once the database has refreshed.