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xQuake is a very interesting app that displays information about earthquakes. The information is about recent quakes on a 3D interactive world globe that you can freely navigate by dragging and dropping with your mouse. The globe looks incredibly nice and its movement is quite smooth. To use this app you need an active Internet connection.
The graphical user interface consists of two panes. The one on the left contains the globe, and the one on the right gives a list of all the recent earthquakes registered. These are narrowed by date by default, but you can narrow them by magnitude or by name. When you click on the eye icon next to an earthquake's name, the globe will turn automatically to the location of that quake. If you click on magnitude of the quake, a new window will come up with more detailed information about the geological event. This information will include a more zoomed in image on the Map using Google's mapping service, and a the exact date, depth and magnitude. There is a nice circle that shows where the quake was felt.
In short, xQuake is a great tool to be on top of news related to earthquakes. The app has a great graphical user interface and it felt smooth during my time with it.
- Great design
- Information about recent quakes
- Google Maps integration