March 5th, 2009 | Published in Google Earth
Over on the Official Google Blog, you can read about a new search feature that shows you information about recent earthquakes. A seach for the term "earthquakes" will list the most recent seismic activity, provided by the US Geological Survey. You can also check the activity closer to home by adding a location to your query, like "earthquake san francisco" (which I'll be checking every time a truck passes, since as a newly-minted Californian I don't yet have the best internal Richter scale). From the results, you can click through to the USGS Earthquake Center for more information, or open Google Maps to see the epicenter of the earthquake.