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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.
You will need to configure them for your own particular weather station website.
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This page was updated Sunday, 27-May-2018 2:25 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: Version 2.00 of the script replaced Google maps with Leaflet/OpenStreetMaps scripts, so you no longer need a Google API key (or any API key to use the 5 included maps with the script.

If you wish to use the OPTIONAL Mapbox.com tiles (terrain3, Satellite maps), you will need a Mapbox.com API key (called an "Access Token") which can be acquired (for free with 50K accesses usage/month) at:

https://www.mapbox.com/signup/?

in the quakes.php script you can put

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

Note: if using the Saratoga template set, put a new entry in Settings.php

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

A Mapbox API key is OPTIONAL .. you do not need it to use maps from 5 included free map tile providers.

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 = Wed, 16-Jan-2019 1:22pm PST

Epicenter Near Magnitude Distance to Epicenter Time Link
2 mi SW of Cobb, CA 2.6 000182113 mi 1547661240Wed, 16-Jan-2019 9:54am PST map
1 mi SSW of Round Valley, CA 2.0 000302188 mi 1547654339Wed, 16-Jan-2019 7:58am PST map
4 mi WNW of Cobb, CA 2.7 000186116 mi 1547647895Wed, 16-Jan-2019 6:11am PST map
2 mi N of Piedmont, CA 2.0 00006742 mi 1547642908Wed, 16-Jan-2019 4:48am PST map
2 mi N of Piedmont, CA 3.4 00006742 mi 1547642528Wed, 16-Jan-2019 4:42am PST map
2 mi SSW of Los Altos Hills, CA 2.3 0000149 mi 1547633260Wed, 16-Jan-2019 2:07am PST map
9 mi E of Mammoth Lakes, CA 2.3 000286178 mi 1547620475Tue, 15-Jan-2019 10:34pm PST map
7 mi SE of Pinnacles, CA 2.4 00012578 mi 1547585281Tue, 15-Jan-2019 12:48pm PST map
3 mi NW of The Geysers, CA 2.2 000184114 mi 1547545509Tue, 15-Jan-2019 1:45am PST map
4 mi SE of Pinnacles, CA 2.1 00012175 mi 1547523601Mon, 14-Jan-2019 7:40pm PST map
14 mi NE of San Ardo, CA 2.2 000165102 mi 1547456259Mon, 14-Jan-2019 12:57am PST map
7 mi SW of Lake Pillsbury, CA 2.0 000246153 mi 1547327855Sat, 12-Jan-2019 1:17pm PST map
4 mi NW of The Geysers, CA 2.3 000184115 mi 1547311032Sat, 12-Jan-2019 8:37am PST map
5 mi WNW of The Geysers, CA 2.1 000185115 mi 1547290056Sat, 12-Jan-2019 2:47am PST map
2 mi W of Cobb, CA 2.5 000184114 mi 1547275816Fri, 11-Jan-2019 10:50pm PST map
2 mi W of Cobb, CA 2.2 000184114 mi 1547273525Fri, 11-Jan-2019 10:12pm PST map
10 mi SW of Toms Place, CA 3.2 000284176 mi 1547266482Fri, 11-Jan-2019 8:14pm PST map
1 mi SE of The Geysers, CA 2.4 000177110 mi 1547253060Fri, 11-Jan-2019 4:31pm PST map
4 mi NNW of The Geysers, CA 2.1 000184115 mi 1547242043Fri, 11-Jan-2019 1:27pm PST map
2 mi ESE of Orcutt, CA 2.2 000306190 mi 1547211847Fri, 11-Jan-2019 5:04am PST map
11 mi NW of Parkfield, CA 2.9 000191119 mi 1547167631Thu, 10-Jan-2019 4:47pm PST map
2 mi ENE of Pinnacles, CA 2.0 00011571 mi 1547143687Thu, 10-Jan-2019 10:08am PST map
6 mi NW of The Geysers, CA 2.7 000188117 mi 1547121129Thu, 10-Jan-2019 3:52am PST map
2 mi ENE of Round Valley, CA 2.6 000306190 mi 1547098986Wed, 09-Jan-2019 9:43pm PST map
12 mi SE of Pinnacles, CA 2.2 00013483 mi 1547094674Wed, 09-Jan-2019 8:31pm PST map

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

Script by Saratoga-weather.org

This was invoked by using the following code:

<?php 
# settings -------------------------- 
  $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
  $setLatitude  = 37.2746251;    //North=positive, South=negative decimal degrees
  $setLongitude = -122.0229656;   //East=positive, West=negative decimal degrees
# The above settings are for saratoga-weather.org location
  $setLocationName = 'Saratoga, CA'; // city/town name for lat/long above 
#
  $setTimeZone = "America/Los_Angeles";  //NOTE: this *MUST* be set correctly to
# translate UTC times to your LOCAL time for the displays.
# Use http://www.php.net/manual/en/timezones.php to find the timezone suitable for
#  your location.

#  pick a format for the time to display ..uncomment one (or make your own)
# $setTimeFormat = 'D, Y-m-d H:i:s T';  // Fri, 2006-03-31 14:03:22 TZone
  $setTimeFormat = 'D, d-M-Y H:i:s T';  // Fri, 31-Mar-2006 14:03:22 TZone

  $setDoLinkTarget = false;   // =true; to have links open in new page, =false; for XHTML 1.0-Strict

	$mapProvider = 'Esri_WorldTopoMap'; // ESRI topo map - no key needed
# $setMapProvider = 'OSM';     // OpenStreetMap - no key needed
# $setMapProvider = 'Terrain'; // Terrain map by stamen.com - no key needed
# $setMapProvider = 'OpenTopo'; // OpenTopoMap.com - no key needed
# $setMapProvider = 'Wikimedia'; // Wikimedia map - no key needed
  
# $mapProvider = 'MapboxSat';  // Map by Mapbox.com - API KEY needed in $setMapboxAPIkey 
# $mapProvider = 'MapboxTer';  // Map by Mapbox.com - API KEY needed in $setMapboxAPIkey 
 $setMapboxAPIkey = '--mapbox-API-key--';  // use this for the API key to MapBox

  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 (V2.01 - 27-May-2018):
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|Time|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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