Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Re: [californiadisasters] descriptive location of earthquakes

If you lived in the area for awhile you learn the names of near by little towns the pop up. If you don't then trying to figure it out will take longer to find it. I think adding some little towns is helpful in finding the location. Put up towns of that is at least 15 to 20 yrs old. Rather than something that is less than 5 yrs old.  Also put towns up that are still thriving rather than the ones that don't exists. ( had that trouble many years ago trying to find the locations that didn't exist anymore on a map)

What I did notice when I was looking at the Inland Empire quakes ( Riverside and San Bernardino County) They had the town Riverside twice, another one had Claremount Colleges ( I don't think there is more than one next to the epicenter. ( I could be wrong) adding the college to it was a great idea. Those who are in the area would know where the college is located at and those looking at maps can find the college on it. ( using a point of reference)

From your example with Pasadena, its pretty good size city, adding the East is helpful on what direction to point your nose at.  Now if we used San Bernardino we wouldn't be able to find it since it is so large and vast area, if you put east or west plus a nearby thriving town. Then it be easier to find.

I probably confused you more now. I hope it was helpful.
On 1/29/2014 9:39 AM, Kate Hutton wrote:
When Caltech or the USGS posts an earthquake location, there is a descriptive location as well as a latitude & longitude.  I am trying to make a case the gazetteer (town list) contains too many census designated places (unincorporated areas) & very small towns that most people have not heard of.  Sometimes well known towns are omitted in deference to obscure neighbors (for example, East Pasadena is listed, but Pasadena is not).

What do you think?  Are you scratching your heads over some of the places that come up, or would you rather see them?



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