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Map view.


scmv visualizes the actual information regarding earthquakes, trigger status, ground motion and station quality. This information is visualized in a map showing also the topography of the region including bathymetry, state borders and geologic faults. scmv provides two different tabs with maps showing the ground motion and the network status.

The ground motion tab (fig. Ground motion tab) shows the actual groundmotion in nm/s at each station color-coded. Furthermore the trigger status (new picks) of the stations are announced by blinking triangles (the same in all other tabs). In case a new pick is associated to an event, the blinking color changes from red to green (default). Events are represented by open circles and the depth is color-coded. By right mouse click on the symbol of a station more detailed information are shown in an information widget (fig. Info widget).


Ground motion tab

Tab 1-2 = Ground Motion, Network Status tab; Station A = station with ground motion between 0 and 200 nm/s; Station B = triggering (red blinking) station; Station C = station of undefined status; Station D = triggering and associated station (green blinking); EQ = location of the earthquake/event; P = spreading of the P-wave; S = spreading of the S-wave; Legend = ground motion scale.

The network status tab (fig. Network status tab) visualizes the timing quality of the whole seismic network. The colors of the triangles represent the data latencies/delay of the station. More detailed information about station quality can be derived by opening an information widget (fig. Info widget left) with a right mouse click on the symbol.


Network status tab

Station A = station with up to 20 sec data latency/delay; Station B = station with up to 10 min data latency/delay and a warning; Station C = disabled station; EQ = location of a recent or historic earthquake/event; Legend = scale of the delay; Status = connection status.

In addition to the current event scmv can show all events it has currently saved in its session. This depends on the configured time span it remembers events. This can give a nice overview of the network activity. The circles are again colored by depth and sized by magnitude.


Show historic origins

All historic origins currently saved in scmv are shown as circles.

The information widget opens by right mouse click on a station or event symbol in one of the scmv maps. The widget gives a more detailed list of parameters. For a station general information (coordinates, network code etc.), quality parameter (latency, gaps etc.), amplitude information and the actual waveform data are provided. For an event information like the location, the number of stations and the azimuthal gap are shown.


Info widget

The info widget of a station shows station information like network code and location. The quality of the station can be checked here. The lower part shows the last 15 minutes of waveforms including picks (if available).


Hotkey Description
F2 Setup connection dialog
F3 Toggle ray paths and associated stations
F6 Hide propagation of P and S waves
F7 Toggle legend
F8 Toggle historic origins
F9 Toggle station annotation
F10 Toggle event list (event tab)
F11 Toggle full screen mode
CTRL + f Seach station
Arrows Move focus
Mouse wheel Zoom in or out
Double click Center map
Right mouse button Open info widget
Mid mouse button Set preliminary origin

Use cases

Get station information

  • Position the mouse above a triangle representing a station
  • Click the right mouse button for opening the infowidget.
  • Choose one station in case several stations are in the selection range

Get event information

  • Position the mouse above a circle representing a location of an event
  • Click the right mouse button for opening the infowidget.
  • Choose one event in case several events are in the selection range

Set preliminary origin

  • Position the mouse in the map

  • Press the mid mouse button

  • Set date & time and latitude & longitude

  • Press "Create"


Search station/network

  • Press CTRL + f
  • Type station/network name
  • Double click in a station in the list to center the map at this location



scmv inherits global options.


Type: string

Set one of the available displaymodes: groundmotion or qualitycontrol


Type: int

Sets the maximum latency in seconds of the ground motion records to be valid. Default is 300.


Type: double

Sets the time span in seconds to keep events. Default is 43200.


Type: double

Sets the time span in seconds to read events initially from database. Default is 0.


Type: boolean

If a new origin/event is set/selected this option defines if the map is centered or not at the origin location. Default is false.


Type: double

Time span of which an event is active after origin time to show blinking associated stations. Default is 900.


Type: boolean

Enables/disabled the display of the legend at startup. Default is true.


Type: string

Sets the filter applied to determine ground motion.


display.* Allows to define an initial rectangular region for the map.


Type: double

Minimum latitude in degrees. Default is -90.


Type: double

Minimum longitude in degrees. Default is -180.


Type: double

Maximum latitude in degrees. Default is 90.


Type: double

Maximum longitude in degrees. Default is 180.