The planet Earth is constantly changing. When tectonic plates shift or other changes happen under the surface, it will trigger seismic activity. While some earthquakes are sizeable and cause significant damage, others are barely detectable without sensitive equipment. When geologists want the latest earthquake data for a location, they will reach out to seismic databases using an earthquake API.
Tremors on the Earth’s surface indicate changes happening far below. In some cases, human activity can cause the ground to shake. For example, underground nuclear testing has a specific seismic profile. Geologists are most concerned about natural sources. Natural sources of earthquakes include shifting tectonic plates, volcanic activity and underground collapses.
Scientists around the globe are constantly monitoring seismic activity. Machines observe and document underground vibrations. This data is then transferred to databases maintained by organizations like the US Geological Service. An API is an online structure that allows users to interact with these databases through a third-party app or website.
Developers build apps with an audience in mind. Information about seismic activity has applications in many different fields. Education sites can use this data to help students with special projects and cater to the needs of amateur geologists. Mining and fracking operations must pay attention to the potential for earthquakes since their operations change the underground terrain. City and infrastructure planners also need to know the latest information about local earthquakes.
Real-time earthquake data is an important tool for public safety. Understanding the likelihood of significant seismic activity helps engineers plan structures like bridges, dams and skyscrapers.
Magma moving underground also triggers tremors. Knowing this information helps communities evacuate before an eruption.
Earthquake APIs reach out to databases with current and historical seismic data. APIs like the Latest Earthquakes API and the Earthquake Seismology API both allow GET requests to pull information. Users can access data about the most recent seismic activity in a location, or they can check information about earthquakes over a requested period.
A great deal of seismic data is collected by government institutions and is free for use. For example, the API associated with the USGS Earthquake Hazards Program provides access to the database at no cost.
All Earthquake APIs are supported and made available in multiple developer programming languages and SDKs including:
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