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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 Sunday, 07-Aug-2016 6:45 PM

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.

Note: As of 22-Jun-2016, you need a Google Browser JavaScript API KEY to run this script
Generate the key from the Google Console: https://developers.google.com/maps/documentation/javascript/get-api-key
then change quake-json.php (if not running in the Saratoga template):

$googleAPI = '-replace-this-with-your-API-key-here-';

if you are using the Saratoga template set, then just put a new entry in Settings.php with:

$SITE['googleAPI'] = '-replace-this-with-your-API-key-here-';

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 = Thu, 25-Aug-2016 7:50am PDT

Epicenter Near Magnitude Distance to Epicenter Local Time Link
9 mi SSE of Ridgemark, California 2.0 00009257 mi 1472073035Wed, 24-Aug-2016 9:10pm map
7 mi NE of Shandon, California 2.4 000230143 mi 1472064765Wed, 24-Aug-2016 6:52pm map
6 mi WSW of Atascadero, California 2.0 000230143 mi 1472052461Wed, 24-Aug-2016 3:27pm map
2 mi SSW of Loyola, California 2.1 0000096 mi 1472034869Wed, 24-Aug-2016 10:34am map
2 mi E of Aromas, California 2.0 00005735 mi 1471967061Tue, 23-Aug-2016 3:44pm map
37 mi WSW of Guadalupe, California 2.3 000289180 mi 1471943557Tue, 23-Aug-2016 9:12am map
4 mi E of Mammoth Lakes, California 2.0 000280174 mi 1471931565Tue, 23-Aug-2016 5:52am map
4 mi E of Mammoth Lakes, California 2.1 000280174 mi 1471928172Tue, 23-Aug-2016 4:56am map
4 mi E of Mammoth Lakes, California 2.0 000280174 mi 1471928069Tue, 23-Aug-2016 4:54am map
4 mi E of Mammoth Lakes, California 2.1 000280174 mi 1471927330Tue, 23-Aug-2016 4:42am map
4 mi ESE of Mammoth Lakes, California 2.7 000280174 mi 1471925414Tue, 23-Aug-2016 4:10am map
4 mi ESE of Mammoth Lakes, California 3.0 000279173 mi 1471920487Tue, 23-Aug-2016 2:48am map
4 mi ESE of Mammoth Lakes, California 2.2 000279173 mi 1471920382Tue, 23-Aug-2016 2:46am map
14 mi NNE of Upper Lake, California 2.1 000242150 mi 1471883766Mon, 22-Aug-2016 4:36pm map
1 mi E of The Geysers, California 2.0 000178111 mi 1471853703Mon, 22-Aug-2016 8:15am map
4 mi ESE of Mammoth Lakes, California 3.5 000279173 mi 1471790868Sun, 21-Aug-2016 2:47pm map
10 mi NW of San Simeon, California 2.6 000180112 mi 1471755887Sun, 21-Aug-2016 5:04am map
4 mi ESE of Mammoth Lakes, California 3.0 000279173 mi 1471737806Sun, 21-Aug-2016 12:03am map
6 mi WNW of Cobb, California 2.0 000188117 mi 1471712628Sat, 20-Aug-2016 5:03pm map
6 mi W of Cobb, California 2.3 000188117 mi 1471705090Sat, 20-Aug-2016 2:58pm map
12 mi NNE of Upper Lake, California 2.1 000238148 mi 1471656074Sat, 20-Aug-2016 1:21am map
12 mi NNE of Upper Lake, California 2.2 000237147 mi 1471626045Fri, 19-Aug-2016 5:00pm map
17 mi E of King City, California 2.1 00015797 mi 1471607336Fri, 19-Aug-2016 11:48am map
13 mi NE of Soledad, California 2.1 00011270 mi 1471604645Fri, 19-Aug-2016 11:04am map
12 mi NNE of Upper Lake, California 2.3 000239149 mi 1471598536Fri, 19-Aug-2016 9:22am map
12 mi NNE of Upper Lake, California 2.2 000239148 mi 1471598467Fri, 19-Aug-2016 9:21am map
23 mi NW of San Simeon, California 2.3 000163101 mi 1471561949Thu, 18-Aug-2016 11:12pm map
25 mi NE of Redwood Valley, California 2.2 000263163 mi 1471515834Thu, 18-Aug-2016 10:23am map

28 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 (V1.10 - 07-Aug-2016):
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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