Popular Mechanics QuakeTracker

Popular Mechanics QuakeTracker

By Hearst Communications, Inc.

  • Category: Weather
  • Release Date: 2011-12-12
  • Current Version: 1.0.1
  • Adult Rating: 4+
  • File Size: 1.06 MB
  • Developer: Hearst Communications, Inc.
  • Compatibility: Requires iOS 5.0 or later.
Score: 2.62963
From 27 Ratings


Watch U.S. earthquakes unfold, just seconds after they occur. QuakeTracker displays data from the United States Geological Survey on an interactive map, using pulsing yellow circles to indicate a quake's magnitude. Tilt the map using a two-finger swipe to see the quake's depth. Zoom in to see more detail. QuakeTracker has two modes. The first is Latest U.S. Seismic Activity. The app downloads data from the previous seven days, then displays any quake measuring 3.25 or greater in a time-lapse visualization, showing the magnitude and depth as each quake hits. The second mode is Top Ten Quakes, which displays the biggest seismic events in the lower 48 states since 1860. In addition to the graphical display, both modes list the time, date, location, magnitude, and depth of the quake. QuakeTracker originally appeared in an iPad-optimized issue of Popular Mechanics. Check out Popular Mechanics magazine in the App Store, or visit us at popularmechanics.com.




    By FlacoFace
    Besides all the other negatives, this app doesn't even let you know about current earthquakes that occured 9 hours earlier.
  • Could be better

    By Multidynamic
    This app has the potential to be great. Aside from it being a huge ad for popular mechanics magazine, it barrages you with endless annoying popups of recent or historic events. I want to just explore a bit and find out for myself, instead it drives the whole time! Has a map of only the United States and the earthquakes cannot even be clicked on for more information.
  • Slow it down Guys

    By macmike100
    Yes, needs a slow down button or a stop feature so you can examine the quake in question. Everyone is telling you this...so I'm not the only one. But nice idea and thanks for making it free.
  • This is a joke

    By Duchess3421
    This app scrolls through recent earthquakes so fast you can't read all the data (can't pause it or rewind either!) nor can you tap for more detailed info on a particular incident. It's junk. I deleted it. Would have been useful here in NorCal if it wasn't so badly written.
  • Great Idea

    By Harmon8tr
    I second the previous reviewer suggestion. Just have the ability to stop the timeline. The info flies by so fast I can't even read half of it. But think this can be a great app.
  • Potentially interesting, but currently useless

    By JAG18039
    Looks cool, but with inability to stop and focus on a specific earthquake makes the ap useless. the timeline advances so quickly, user is unable to learn anything. Will keep the ap loaded for a while with the hope for an update to fix this problem. Won't use again however, until problem is fixed. Still waiting...
  • Missing

    By AlaskaDon
    Alaska and Hawaii? Missing.
  • Great Idea, Horrible Interface

    By Sony_CA
    List of ways to improve your app: 1) Give us control over the timeline. Pause, Play, Next, Previous ect 2) Give us the option to map earthquakes on map instead of population. Also give us ability to remove population. 3) Give us the ability to filter out earthquakes outside the US. 4) Increase map to entire world so we can actually see where these earthquakes are taking place. 5) Post the last time your app has updated its data. I apologize if it's posted somewhere and I didn't see it. I was so annoyed by the constant shifting of the timeline that I wasn't able to really see anything else. Cheers.
  • Good idea!

    By Headgamerz
    Remember seeing this in the PM preview app and thinking it should be it's own app. Apparently PM agreed and I'm so glad they did! Give me a pause button and the ability to view later quakes if I want (say a month or even a year's worth) and you'll easily get 5 stars.
  • Quakes

    By DickSwit
    Great idea. Nice visuals. Too bad it is out of control. Please allow viewer to control this runaway video.