Epicentral+ is an education app designed to allow you to use your iPad to explore global earthquake (and volcanic) activity, including the ability to download near real-time seismograms from thousands of seismic observatories. Monitor seismic activity (large global earthquakes, aftershocks sequences, swarms, etc.) the way experts do - by observing seismic waves arrive at the many real-time seismic observatories operating around the planet.
You can view global summaries and explore regional patterns in seismicity using the last seven days of earthquake location and size data served by the U.S. Geological Survey.
You can also view research-quality seismograms in near-real time (updated every few minutes). Seismograms from around the world are accessible and a broad set of seismic "station" sets are provided to help users get started viewing seismograms from their particular region of interest. The seismograms can be shown on external VGA compatible displays (using a standard iPad/VGA adapter).
Annotations on the dynamic earthquake map and the seismogram display are useful for explaining the tectonic background of an earthquake or discussing the seismic wave characteristics to students.
The seismograms are acquired from data servers created and maintained by the IRIS Consortium (a cooperative organization of mostly academic institutions with research expertise and interests in seismology) with funding from the U.S. National Science Foundation.
For more examples and information, please visit http://epicentral.net - look at the "Channel Sets Blog" for specific examples of seismogram downloads.
Update for iOS 10 users. Fix for a bug introduced by the update to IOS 10 (selecting an event in the detailed map view did not provide access to additional information about the earthquake). In addition, the earthquake detail map and the seismogram display can now be annotated (including support for the Apple Pencil on iPad Pro models). Annotations are useful for educators projecting the information in classrooms. I removed support for TextExpander.
Ratings and Reviews
I have been relying on Epicentral since it first came out on a daily basis. This upgrade now works in a properly-sized iPad landscape mode with additional map options, and the inclusion of a volcano map is a definite plus. Truly loving the seismograph charts. Well worth the upgrade price.
This app is cool! Had it on my iPhone, and now it's on my iPad!
Anyone who is interested in earth science has to have this app!
This earns a five star rating in my book! Don't take my word for it, get it now and see for yourself!
One of the best summaries of ongoing seismic and volcanic information. Great visual summaries, good connections to additional data sites. Volcanic information could be as sophisticated as the earthquake visualization and connectivity.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.