25 September 2023

Earthquakes website gets a shake up

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Geoscience Australia’s (GA) has updated its earthquakes website so that it now resides in the cloud.

The improved website provides GA information on the 100 earthquakes of magnitude three or more that occur in Australia on average each year.

The Agency monitors, analyses and reports on significant earthquakes to alert the Australian, State and Territory Governments, and the public about earthquakes in Australia and overseas.

The new website, which has a mobile-friendly design, is hosted on the Amazon Web Services cloud.

In a statement, GA said the cloud-based platform provided better capacity and flexibility to handle the huge spikes in demand the website experienced immediately after a significant Australian earthquake.

“The website still includes all of the usual information about recent earthquake activity, including a list of recent earthquakes; an earthquake search function; a felt report utility; and the option to subscribe to web services,” GA said.

“We’ve also enhanced our felt report utility. Now, by selecting the ‘felt report’ map layer, users can see whether people in their area, or elsewhere, have reported feeling an earthquake.”

GA said its website was an important tool for Governments and for the public, providing information on the location and magnitude of earthquakes.

“We would like your feedback on the new design, and seek your input on any additional features you might like to see,” the Agency said.

GA’s updated website can be accessed at this PS News link.

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