Google Earth/KML Files
Display real-time earthquakes, seismicity animations, and several real-time earthquake options including color by age/depth.
Maps of ground motion and shaking intensity for significant earthquakes. Google Earth KML files are in the Downloads area for each individual earthquake under the GIS Files heading.
Faults and associated folds in the United States that are believed to be sources of M>6 earthquakes during the Quaternary (the past 1,600,000 years).
View past earthquakes, organized by year and magnitude range, in Google Earth.
The outermost shell of the Earth consists of a mosaic of rigid “plates” that have been moving relative to one another for hundreds of millions of years.
Explore multiple Google Earth layers related to the geology and geologic hazards of the greater Bay Area.
Using this self-guided, virtual tour of the 1868 quake in Google Earth you can learn about the 1868 earthquake, visualize its effects, and better plan for its expected repeat. You can view historic damage photographs side-by-side with modern photos taken from the same vantage point. You can also learn how urbanization has changed the Bay Area landscape since 1868.
Interactive tour of San Francisco Bay Area faults and earthquake history featuring ground-shaking maps, historic photographs, quotes from earthquake survivors, and more.
1-meter resolution bare earth hillshades from the Northern California GeoEarthScope LiDAR topography dataset. By downloading this file and opening it in Google Earth, users are able to browse hillshades with two illumination angles (315 and 45 degrees) for faults in the northern San Andreas fault system. The extent of the LiDAR data is shown by the cyan colored outlines. The hillshades will load once the user has zoomed into an area of interest.
Map showing active fault traces within the Hayward Fault Zone, including a virtual tour of the Hayward fault in the east San Francisco Bay Region that can be viewed in the Google Earth.