Global Earthquake Risk and Covid Map


EXPERIMENTAL map for demonstration purposes only

This map presents COVID-19 statistics released by Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center over the GEM Global Risk Layer depicting earthquake risk from the GEM Global Earthquake Model (2018). The COVID-19 data shows cumulative number of new cases reported. Click on dots on the map to display a graph of COVID-19 cases as a function of time. The earthquake risk map depicts average annual loss (AAL) over cells of about 100 km squared, expressed in terms of potential damage to buildings in terms of square meters of building floor area.

The combined map indicates areas where a damaging earthquake could cause increases in COVID-19 cases due to displacement of people from damaged buildings or where health care systems may be further stressed due to human injuries. GEM’s global model and underlying data and models for social and physical vulnerability can be used to estimate the additional risk in the event of an earthquake and to identify those places at greatest combined COVID-Earthquake risk.


Publication date
May 21, 2020


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