An Earthquake Series Animation, Using ArcGIS 9.3

After seeing a video that went viral, by StoryMonoroch, on YouTube,, I decided to figure out how to accomplish something similar, using ArcGIS 9.3.

My first step was to get some earthquake data. I chose to use earthquake data from the US Geological Survey (USGS), that covered the previous 7 days, for earthquakes of 2.5 magnitude or higher. The link to this data is

The next step was to convert the date and time field into a format that ArcGIS animation tools would work with. I decided on using the format, YYYYMMDDHHMMSS, as it would be relatively easy to create the formulas necessary to convert the USGS data into.

The webpage with this is located at:

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