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

Check out this map that mashes up population density and seismic risk and put the global earthquake risk in perspective.

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.


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