June - July of 2019
Remotely Triggered Earthquakes
Created for the Visualizing Risk Challenge
Can one natural disaster influence the risk of another? It’s well known that natural disasters can cause others in their immediate vicinity, for instance, hurricanes are often accompanied by flooding, and earthquakes are followed by aftershocks. But what about longer distance interactions? Could one earthquake trigger another on the other side of the world?

Recognition
🏆 Shortlist, Information is Beautiful Awards 2019
🏆 Best Write-up, Visualizing Risk Challenge
tools
R
D3
Mapbox GL
Deck.gl
extras

The Visualizing Risk Challenge tasked competitors with building a data visualization to help explain natural hazard risk. I wondered if a natural disaster in one area could influence the risk of a disaster in another part of the world. Turns out it can, and the phenomenon is known as remotely triggered earthquakes. I visualized remote earthquake triggering in a scrollytelling piece that combines a Mapbox basemap with data I collected from the USGS and several scientific papers. You can read more about the making in the blog, and the whole project is open-sourced on my GitHub.