This is really cool, both for the content and for the sheer beauty of the image itself.
You’re looking at the latest work of John Nelson, who is becoming well known for combining natural-disaster data with brilliant visualizations. The Michigan-based designer first captured our attention with a series of fantastic maps of U.S. tornado data. Now, he’s used his talents to chart a century’s worth of earthquakes (a staggering 203,186 of them) across the globe.
You can clearly see the “ring of fire” around the Pacific rim and the other tectonic plate boundaries. Very cool!
Read the article here and be sure to follow the link in the article to the high-res version of the image and be prepared to be wowed.