UQ Interactive Digital Earthquake Archive

All New and Powerful



Currently whenever an earthquake hits Queensland, seismologists are inundated with phone calls from people who want to help out by reporting their experience. This causes great stress and long hours for a seismologist who doesn't need to be doing an administrative data collection role. The University of Queensland Interactive Digital Earthquake Archive (UQ-IDEA) has solved this problem by providing a web form that allows this valued input from the public to be captured and reviewed by the seismologist at their convenience. Users will find value in having the ability to immediately submit their experience without waiting for a seismologist to be available to take a call. They should be able to quickly and easily submit all the data required by the seismologist online without having to actually talk to a seismologist or have any seismological experience.

When a user feels an earthquake a seismologist could ask news outlets to direct the public to UQ-IDEA. When the public finds out about our website they can contribute in a few easy steps:

  • Navigate to our website
  • Click to be taken to our felt form
  • Fill out mandatory and optional details.
  • Agree to a data retention policy
  • Submit and be congratulated

When a report is submitted it goes into a database that is accessible by logging into the ‘admin console’. Only official seismologists will be given elevated access to the admin console. When they log in one of the features they will have access to is ‘View a list of submitted felt reports’. They will see a list reports which will allow the seismologist to view an ID, felt date, felt time, username, and suburb. Seismologist will then be able to click to view the full report and review to see if it is legitimate. If it is legitimate they can rate it on the modified Mercalli intensity scale and assign it to an earthquake event. An approved felt report will be flagged as approved in the database. If it is not legitimate they will be able to deny the report for not enough information or for incorrect information. A denied report will be flagged as denied in the database.

There are many uses for this ‘felt’ data that makes our client excited about having it collected. Aside from obvious geological uses, for example earthquake mapping in regards to affected people, this data has previously been used in health and behavioural studies.



Report An Earthquake

When you feel an earthquake hit in QLD, you can help our earthquake scientists, or seismologists get a better idea of the scope and effect. Earthquakes in QLD do happen and everyone can help seismologists understand this phenomenon by reporting your experience. Previously the only way to submit how an earthquake felt to local seismologists, who care about your experience, was to use that 140 year technology, the telephone. The University of Queensland Interactive Digital Earthquake Archive (UQ-IDEA) has solved this problem by providing a web form that allows you to submit your experience without waiting for a seismologist to be available to take a call Give it a try and see how easy it is to Contribute to science! Please note: even if you didn’t feel an earthquake when you know an event happened near you, or you only noticed your animals acting strangely: your contribution is valued just as much to clearly define the effect of the event.


Convert Archive Data

The effects of earthquakes are sometimes unnoticed by the general public, but they do happen. IDEA has collated records of past and present earthquakes so if you think you feel one, you can be sure to check the interactive earthquake map. The map highlights earthquakes captured from different seismology stations around Queensland. Being updated constantly, a readily available, accurate and trustworthy source of earthquake information is available for the curious scientist to the inquisitive student. The interactive archived data is presented as a map which can be explored using a date slider. Past earthquakes are shown on this map, as well as visualised by their magnitude.


View Statistics

This feature allows user to have a graphical and interactive experience of the data gathered by scientists and seismologists. IDEA is presenting this data using Google Maps. It contains detailed information about the earthquakes recorded since 1866, including the time and exact location where these events took place. Several features (filtering features such as: date, magnitude and nearby earthquakes) are also implemented the improve the experience of the user while browsing for academic or informative purposes. Users could help building and improving this feature through felt reports. If several felt reports are submitted by the users of an earthquake and are approved by the seismologists, a new instance in the map will be created indicating the location of where the earthquake happened.

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