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Weather station scripts - USGS earthquakes

They're free, but use at your own risk

The scripts referenced here are used in the operation of this weather station, and may be freely copied and used to support your station. Please note that you use these scripts at your own risk. No warranty is expressed or implied. I accept no liability for any damages that may ensue from their use.
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This page was updated Saturday, 06-Jul-2013 9:11 AM

PHP Scripts (run on webserver)

Recent nearby earthquakes (from USGS, NRC, BGS) PHP

Here in California, we're a bit sensitive to the earth moving (it happens a lot), so I wrote a PHP scripts to get, cache and reformat the last 7 days of earthquake information so it can be included on the website with links to additional info.

The output of these scripts is XHTML 1.0-Strict compliant. All of them use the same style for inclusion into your webpage as shown in the example below.

The USA/World earthquake script uses the new USGS GeoJSON feed for data and provides information on USA quakes of 1.0+ magnitude and Worldwide quakes of 4.0+ magnitude. This script is included in the AJAX/PHP Base-USA and Base-World template sets. Sample output with USA settings:

Earthquakes in the past 7 days of magnitude 2.0 or greater within 200 mi
Update time = Sat, 23-Aug-2014 12:42pm PDT

Epicenter Near Magnitude Distance to Epicenter Local Time Link
14 mi WNW of West Bishop, California 2.4 000297184 mi 1408819812Sat, 23-Aug-2014 11:50am map
4 mi ESE of Redwood Valley, California 2.4 000239149 mi 1408810065Sat, 23-Aug-2014 9:07am map
4 mi ESE of Redwood Valley, California 2.2 000240149 mi 1408803400Sat, 23-Aug-2014 7:16am map
14 mi ENE of Soledad, California 2.0 00011572 mi 1408802368Sat, 23-Aug-2014 6:59am map
1 mi WNW of Cobb, California 2.0 000185115 mi 1408678910Thu, 21-Aug-2014 8:41pm map
2 mi SSW of Ridgemark, California 2.8 00007849 mi 1408673350Thu, 21-Aug-2014 7:09pm map
14 mi SE of Mammoth Lakes, California 2.8 000285177 mi 1408625117Thu, 21-Aug-2014 5:45am map
7 mi S of Mariposa, California 2.1 000180112 mi 1408622914Thu, 21-Aug-2014 5:08am map
5 mi NW of The Geysers, California 2.0 000187116 mi 1408607020Thu, 21-Aug-2014 12:43am map
12 mi W of Hawthorne, Nevada 2.1 000312194 mi 1408600798Wed, 20-Aug-2014 10:59pm map
21 mi ESE of Ridgemark, California 3.8 00011169 mi 1408595629Wed, 20-Aug-2014 9:33pm map
1 mi WNW of The Geysers, California 2.0 000181113 mi 1408571534Wed, 20-Aug-2014 2:52pm map
6 mi NNW of Oroville, California 2.3 000262163 mi 1408563344Wed, 20-Aug-2014 12:35pm map
5 mi N of East Foothills, California 2.0 00002817 mi 1408553259Wed, 20-Aug-2014 9:47am map
2 mi SSW of Ridgemark, California 2.8 00007849 mi 1408523659Wed, 20-Aug-2014 1:34am map
22 mi NW of San Simeon, California 2.8 000163101 mi 1408509420Tue, 19-Aug-2014 9:37pm map
5 mi SSE of Laytonville, California 2.0 000288179 mi 1408467732Tue, 19-Aug-2014 10:02am map
15 mi ENE of Greenfield, California 2.1 00013383 mi 1408430268Mon, 18-Aug-2014 11:37pm map
6 mi SSW of Mariposa, California 2.6 000180112 mi 1408399736Mon, 18-Aug-2014 3:08pm map
4 mi WNW of Cobb, California 2.0 000187116 mi 1408396630Mon, 18-Aug-2014 2:17pm map
15 mi WSW of Coalinga, California 2.5 000186115 mi 1408370598Mon, 18-Aug-2014 7:03am map
5 mi ENE of San Martin, California 2.3 00004729 mi 1408301195Sun, 17-Aug-2014 11:46am map
12 mi NNW of Bridgeport, California 2.0 000269167 mi 1408279644Sun, 17-Aug-2014 5:47am map
6 mi SE of Laytonville, California 2.0 000288179 mi 1408260896Sun, 17-Aug-2014 12:34am map
4 mi E of Willits, California 2.1 000262163 mi 1408244909Sat, 16-Aug-2014 8:08pm map
1 mi ESE of Berkeley, California 2.6 00006943 mi 1408243284Sat, 16-Aug-2014 7:41pm map
4 mi SSE of Soda Bay, California 2.2 000197123 mi 1408218557Sat, 16-Aug-2014 12:49pm map

27 earthquakes found. Click on location or map links for more details from the USGS

This was invoked by using the following code:

<?php 
  $doIncludeQuake = true;
# uncomment ONE of the $setDistanceDisplay lines to use as template for distance displays  
#  $setDistanceDisplay = 'mi (km)';
  $setDistanceDisplay = 'mi';
#  $setDistanceDisplay = 'km (mi)';
#  $setDistanceDisplay = 'km';

  $setDistanceRadius  = 200;  // same units as first unit in $setDistanceDisplay
# NOTE: quakes of magnitude 1.0+ are available for USA locations only.
#    non-USA location earthquakes of magnitude 4.0+ are the only ones available from the USGS
  $setMinMagnitude = '2.0';  // minimum Richter Magnitude to display
  $setHighMagnitude = '4.0';  // highlight this Magnitude and greater
  
  $setMapZoomDefault = 7;    // default zoom for Google Map 1=world to 13=street
# script will use your $SITE[] values for latitude, longitude, timezone and time display format
  include_once("quake-json.php");
  ?>

Also required is the styling and JavaScript <script> statements in the <head>...</head> part of the page (see the sample quakes.php page in the distribution quake-json.zip package for details).

The USGS GeoJSON earthquake script (V1.05 - 24-May-2013):
demo | download .zip package | download script only [ see version history ]

This script loads the GeoJSON feed for all earthquakes in the last 7 days from the USGS. For the USA, magnitude 1.0+ quakes are available. For non-USA locations, the USGS only provides information on magnitude 4.0+ based on the data they receive from partner seismographic organizations. If you are installing the script for standalone use, do download the .ZIP package as it contains the graphics files needed for the Google Map. If you are using the AJAX/PHP template set (V3+), the script is already integrated into the Base-USA and Base-World templates.

For Base-World template users, the script is compatible with the language translation features of the template set. You may need to add to your language-LL.txt translation file the following entries (translated) in order to show the ouput in language LL.
Note: the |of| entry below is used in the reports for quake location as in:
  20 mi NNW of Saratoga, California

langlookup|Update time|Update time|
langlookup|of|of|
langlookup|No earthquakes of magnitude|No earthquakes of magnitude|
langlookup|or greater within|or greater within|
langlookup|reported in last 7 days|reported in last 7 days|
langlookup|Cluster - click to expand details|Cluster - click to expand details|
langlookup|Enable JavaScript to view the Google Map.|Enable JavaScript to view the Google Map.|
langlookup|Earthquakes in the past 7 days of magnitude|Earthquakes in the past 7 days of magnitude|
langlookup|or greater within|or greater within|
langlookup|Epicenter Near|Epicenter Near|
langlookup|Magnitude|Magnitude|
langlookup|Distance to Epicenter|Distance to Epicenter|
langlookup|Local Time|Local Time|
langlookup|Link|Link|
langlookup|map|map|
langlookup|Note: Click on column heading marked with|Note: Click on column heading marked with|
langlookup|to sort column contents.|to sort column contents.|
langlookup|earthquakes found. Click on location or map links for more details from the <a href="http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/map/">USGS</a>|earthquakes found. Click on location or map links for more details from the <a href="http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/map/">USGS</a>|
langlookup|Depth|Depth|
langlookup|Distance to epicenter|Distance to epicenter|
langlookup|Map and data courtesy of|Map and data courtesy of|
langlookup|United States Geological Survey|United States Geological Survey|

The Canada earthquake script : demo and download [ see version history ]
Documentation on how to customize the script is in comments contained in the source. For anywhere in Canada, you just have to change $myLat and $myLong to your station's decimal latitude and longitude to see it work in your area. Defaults are for magnitude 2.0 (or greater) within a 500 km radius. This script uses data from Natural Resources Canada website and returns earthquake activity over the last 30 days. Version 1.03+ now provides both English and French display.

The UK earthquake script : demo and download [ see version history ]
Documentation on how to customize the script is in comments contained in the source. For anywhere in the United Kingdom, you just have to change $myLat and $myLong to your station's decimal latitude and longitude to see it work in your area. Defaults are for earthquakes within a 500 km radius. This script uses data from British Geological Survey website and returns earthquake activity over the last 30 days.
BGS data is used with permission as long as the attribution built into the script displays with the script output.

Deprecated Scripts

With the release of quake-json.php script on 8-Sep-2012, the following scripts are no longer maintained as the USGS is deprecating the pages on their website that these scripts require:

  • quake-CANV.php
  • quake-USA.php
  • quake-WORLD.php and quake-WORLD-ML.php

The quake-json.php script uses the USGS new GeoJSON feed for 1+ (USA) and 4+ (World) magnitude events and replaces the functionality of the above scripts.

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