Map: See Which Earthquake-Prone Areas Have the Most People Map: See Which Earthquake-Prone Areas Have the Most People
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Map: See Which Earthquake-Prone Areas Have the Most People

by Ben Jervey

March 25, 2011

This stunning Global Earthquake Intensity map was created by Benjamin D. Hennig at the University of Sheffield to communicate the general risk of the global population to earthquakes. Click here to read more about how Hennig created the map, or click on the image above for a huge version.

The color shows historical earthquake activity—the redder the region, the more earthquake-prone it is. The scale of map itself is distorted by population, in what the geographers among us call a “gridded equal-population cartogram.”

According to the press release, the map

gives each person living on earth the same amount of space while also preserving the geographical reference. The map does not only show the areas that are at highest risk, but also how this risk relates to global population distribution.

One small nugget of good that has come out of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan has been the burst of creative tools and resources that have come as responses to the disaster.

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Ben is a writer and editor covering climate change, energy, and environment, and is currently the Climate and Energy Media Fellow at Vermont Law School. He was the original Environment Editor at GOOD Magazine and his work has appeared regularly in National Geographic News, Grist, DeSmogBlog, and OnEarth. He recently worked with the non-profit Focus the Nation to publish an Energy 101 primer. When living in New York City, he wrote a book, The Big Green Apple, on how to live a lower impact life in the city. A bicycle enthusiast, Ben has ridden across the United States and through much of Europe.
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Map: See Which Earthquake-Prone Areas Have the Most People