Importing KML (Google Earth) Content.
Go to the website for the USGS Earthquake Hazards Program at:
Find the link on the left side of the screen for the Google Earth KML. When you click on
this link, the .kml file will automatically load and open in your Google Earth program.
o Besides the locations and magnitudes of current/recent earthquakes, this file
contains a number of layers, including various tectonic boundaries. Look through
the folders and try turning on and off the different layers.
In the Layers panel, find and turn on the Borders and Labels layer.
In the Layers panel, find and turn on the Volcanoes layer inside the Gallery
Locate New Mexico. Are there any volcanoes in New Mexico? If so, what are
the names of the volcanoes?
Open the Weather folder under the Layers panel by clicking on the + sign next to
the Weather folder.
Uncheck the clouds layer.
Uncheck the Radar layer.
What happened when you unchecked those layers?
Where in the United States do the most earthquakes occur? Why are Earthquakes
so common here?
Did any Earthquakes occur during the Past day in the United States?
Find two locations where Earthquakes have occurred in the Past day in the United
States. List the magnitude, date, and location for each of these.
Did any Earthquakes occur during the Past hour? If so, list the magnitude, date,
Choose any recent earthquake of interest to you. Add a placemark at the
epicenter (location at Earth’s surface) of this earthquake. Give the placemark
a name. In the description of the placemark, note the date and magnitude of
the earthquake. Finally, give the placemark an interesting/appropriate icon.
Finishing and Saving:
Click on File.
Click on Save.
Click on Save Place as…..
If you are at school, save it in your H drive.
If you are at home, save on a flash drive.
Terry Wetherington 2009