Science Support

Google Earth™/KML Files

Downloadable layers for display in Google Earth.™

About Google Earth™

Real-Time Earthquakes

Display real-time earthquakes, seismicity animations, and several real-time earthquake options including color by age/depth.

Quaternary Faults & Folds in the U.S.

Faults and associated folds in the United States that are believed to be sources of M>6 earthquakes during the Quaternary (the past 1,600,000 years). 20MB ZIP file

Earthquakes in Catalog

View past earthquakes in Google Earth. Search the ComCat earthquake catalog, and choose KML for the output format.

Tectonic Summaries for M7+ Earthquakes 2000-2015

Pop-up displays tectonic summaries for each M7+ earthquake from 2000 to 2015 with basic event information and a link to the event data in the earthquake catalog.

Tectonic Plate Boundaries

The outermost shell of the Earth consists of a mosaic of rigid “plates” that have been moving relative to one another for hundreds of millions of years.

San Francisco Bay Area Geologic Maps

Explore multiple Google Earth layers related to the geology and geologic hazards of the greater Bay Area.

Virtual Tour of the 1868 Hayward Earthquake

Using this self-guided, virtual tour of the 1868 quake in Google Earth you can learn about the 1868 earthquake, visualize its effects, and better plan for its expected repeat. You can view historic damage photographs side-by-side with modern photos taken from the same vantage point. You can also learn how urbanization has changed the Bay Area landscape since 1868.

Virtual Tour of the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake

Interactive tour of San Francisco Bay Area faults and earthquake history featuring ground-shaking maps, historic photographs, quotes from earthquake survivors, and more.

Northern California LiDAR Hillshades

1-meter resolution bare earth hillshades from the Northern California GeoEarthScope LiDAR topography dataset. By downloading this file and opening it in Google Earth, users are able to browse hillshades with two illumination angles (315 and 45 degrees) for faults in the northern San Andreas fault system. The extent of the LiDAR data is shown by the cyan colored outlines. The hillshades will load once the user has zoomed into an area of interest.

Digital Map of the Hayward Fault

Map showing active fault traces within the Hayward Fault Zone, including a virtual tour of the Hayward fault in the east San Francisco Bay Region that can be viewed in the Google Earth.