The New York Times has created a series of data visualizations illustrating how two large earthquakes in early July in Southern California triggered 16,000 aftershocks. The visualizations show that the aftershocks occurred for more than 13 days after the original earthquakes. In addition, the visualizations reveal that the earthquakes emanated from two geological fault lines, which run perpendicular to each other, that were previously unknown. The data about the earthquakes could help geologists better understand how earthquakes develop on connected faults.
Visualizing 16,000 Aftershocks from Earthquakes
Michael McLaughlin is a research analyst at the Center for Data Innovation. He researches and writes about a variety of issues related to information technology and Internet policy, including digital platforms, e-government, and artificial intelligence. Michael graduated from Wake Forest University, where he majored in Communication with Minors in Politics and International Affairs and Journalism. He received his Master’s in Communication at Stanford University, specializing in Data Journalism.
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