KML Format

Description

KML is Google's Keyhole Markup Language. The KML feeds offer a variety of options, you can view earthquakes colored by age or depth, and an animated feed allows you to animate the series of earthquakes.

This feed adheres to the USGS Earthquakes Feed Life Cycle Policy.

Usage

You will need to download and install Google Earth to view KML files.

Feeds
Download a normal KML feed to view earthquake data in Google Earth. You will have to re-download the KML file to access updated earthquake information.
Network Link Feeds
Download a network link KML feed and the feed will update automatically, in Google Earth, with the most recent earthquake information every 5 or 15 minutes.

Earthquake Animations

To view earthquake animations in Google Earth follow the directions below:

  1. Download an animated USGS Earthquakes KML Feed.
  2. Open the KML using Google Earth.
  3. Select the earthquake feed, in the left navigation.
  4. Use the time slider, in the upper left hand corner of the map, to animate the series of earthquakes. You may also click through the animation one frame at a time. screenshot of google earth time slider

    For more information on how to use the time slider, click here.

Output

Screenshot of "Past 7 Days, M1+ Earthquakes, Colored by Age" KML in Google Earth.

screenshot of kml feed in google earth

Feeds

Past 7 Days, M1.0+ Earthquakes Updated every 5 minutes.

Past 30 Days, M2.5+ Earthquakes Updated every 15 minutes.

Network Link Feeds

Past 7 Days, M1.0+ Earthquakes Updated every 5 minutes.

Past 30 Days, M2.5+ Earthquakes Updated every 15 minutes.