A quick post to note that Paul Nicholls has created a nice animation of the Christchurch Quake Map. He’s representing several variables at once. In addition to location and time, he depicts both magnitude (circle size) and depth (circle colour) while providing a running textual report of seismic events. It is well worth checking out.
I started creating my own animated map on Tuesday morning. You can see my experiment here. I am happy with how the information is presented but unfortunately I do not have the time this week to take it any futher (e.g. adding time controls, refining layout, handle mobile devices). In the interests of pushing the Christchurch quake map site forward, I have shared my code with Paul.