In 2017, Iran had experienced more than 180 earthquakes with the magnitude of 2.5 in the scale of Richter or more.
The deadliest one happened, near the city of Kermanshah in the west of Iran in November with the mag of 7.3 in the scale of Richter. This Earthquake left more than 630 people killed and many more injured.
In these set of maps, I tried to put all the earthquakes of Iran in 2017, in perspective.
Where and how powerful?
The first map is created by Tableau and show the distribution of all earthquakes that happened in Irna during 2017.
In this bubble map center of each circle is placed at the coordinate of the center of the earthquakes. At the same time, the radius and color of each circle represent the mag of earthquakes. Bigger radius and darker colors mean strongest earthquakes.
One year in shaking
How does it feel to live in a shaking country? this animation shows that how different locations of Iran were shaking during last year. Again the color and the size of the circles represent the power of the earthquakes.
Heatmap of the quakes
The heatmap of the earthquakes shows the different perspective of which part of the region are most affected by earthquakes in 2017.
This map – created using Google fusion – can help to demonstrate the hot zones of earthquakes in 2017.
behind the maps
To create these maps I gathered the data of earthquakes from USGS Earthquakes catalog.
For the bubble map, I used the Tableau. I map the focal points of each earthquake based on their lat/long parameters and then used the magnitude of each event both for creating color and diameter.
For this map, I excluded the data points that represent earthquakes with the focal point outside of the Iran boundaries.
You can find this map embedded in this page and also can find it here.
I also used the time parameter of each event as an additional parameter to produce a time series of events by tableau. then I extarct each frame and make a GIF animated picture based on more than 180 entry point. I used Adobe Primer to produce this GIF.
For the heatmap, I used Google fusion, but this time I didn’t exclude the earthquakes with the focal points, outside of Iran. The rationale is although these earthquakes had focal point outside the borders but still felt inside Iran and were important to demonstrate the hot zones – places that people felt earthquakes more often – during 2017.