After seeing a video that went viral, by StoryMonoroch, on YouTube, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W8bDQi6zwdA, 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 http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/feed/csv/2.5/week
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: http://www.the-hurds.net/Earthquake/index.shtml