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  • Advanced Alarm notifications direct to your iPhone, iPad or iPod (wifi).

    • Select up to three areas in the world to be notified of earthquakes in these areas.
    • Select different notifications levels during day hours and night hours.
    • Selection areas directly on a mini-map using your fingers.
    • Edit delete your own notifications. Make them silent alerts.

  • Improved maps with a more precise localization of quakes.
  • Zoomed maps will show highlighted squares to localize exactly the quake on the map.
  • Larger list with visual cues compiled in real time from USGS and other sources.
  • Screen capture directly to your Photo library using the camera button top right.
  • Post a map of the latest quake to your Facebook, Twitter account direct from inside the app. Capture and Email iQuakeMini screen maps to your friends instantly.

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Quick Start


The Map displays colored spots or when zoomed squares indicating recent earthquakes. Use your fingers to navigate, zoom unzoom.

Color represents the age of the quake. The size of the dot is proportional to the magnitude, a fuzzy dot represents an isolated case but multiple quakes accumulating in the same region will make the spots more solid.

When you double tap the map, you zoom in. At some level of zooming-in the colors round spots become highlighted squares that are easier to localize and see. If you tap on one you will see the annotation. Keep your finger down and move to see all annotations in the area. The squares will return to spots when you zoom out and scroll the map.

You can select three different types of maps on the top toolbar:

Satellite A satellite view of the area without markings
Hybrid A combination of satellite and map showing roads and cities
Terrain A relief geodesic view of the terrain

Map Navigation

If you single tap on a colored spot representing a quake, a map annotation pops up and displays details about the earthquakes: Location, Magnitude, Date, and GMT time.
If there are many earthquakes in the same area, you can zoom in to see individual spots.

Pinch the map out with two fingers or double-tap on the spot to zoom in.
Pinch the map in or tap with two fingers to zoom out.
Drag up, down, left, right to reveal new parts of the globe.

Red: .......................... Last 24 hours
Orange: ....................  2 days old quakes
Yellow: .....................  Older quakes

Quake List

A recent list of the latest quakes is displayed with details, below. The most recent quakes are at the top.

Mag: ................................. Magnitude of earthquake.
Date and Time: ................ The time of the quake in GMT 2
Name: .............................. Where it took place
Latitude, Longitude 3: ...... Exact location of the quake
Depth4: ............................. Depth at which the earthquake occurred

Tap the cell to view the location of the quake on the map.

The blue arrow on the right, the "disclose" arrow, will take you to the USGS information without exiting from the app. You can navigate in USGS pages by tapping on links and pictures.

Come back in pages via the Web Back button top right
Come back to the app by the Quake button top left


The settings panel allows you to customize your settings and to select areas for notifications.

The first customization you can make is the minimum magnitude displayed on the map. We limit this to a minimum M3 because you could have thousands of small mag 1 to 3 in a few days and displaying all these quakes on the map will seriously degrade map performance.

The map will display only quakes that are stronger than your minimum magnitude setting. If you change this setting don't forget to reset to a lower value or you will have on the map very few quakes displayed. The map needs to be refreshed for this setting to take effect.

Areas and notifications

This allows you to select up to three areas in the world map, and receive direct notifications on your iPad, iPhone or iPod when an event occurs in the area.

Before setting the area on the map, select the minimum quake magnitudes you want to receive notifications for. These are split in day and night hours, to filter notifications during the night with a different magnitude.

Enter the day and night hours and minutes. Example your "day" begins at 7:00AM and you want to be notified if a larger than magnitude 5.5 occurs in an area, but you don't want to be bothered after 22:00 unless it is a magnitude 7 quake.

So you enter 5.5 in the day magnitude and 7 and 00 in day hour and minutes. Then a night magnitude 7 and 22 and 00 in the night hour and minutes.

Now go to the map, directly on the iPad on by tapping on Set Area and you should see a highlighted purple square showing the notification area.

Note: Areas are memorized when you switch to another panel (Map, Help) or exit the app.

Info Help Panel

Displays a quick help and links to interesting web sites. Note that this information is online on our site and that you need an Internet connection to get the latest data. There is a fall back off-line help embedded in the app in case you are not connected.

Note: You need to be connected to a 3G or a wireless network.
This version supports the Apple iPad only! A version for the iPhone/iPod will be released soon.
If you need more information please sent an Email to : info at


GMT- Greenwich Meridian Time (GMT) also called Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) is the international time standard. To convert to local time, use the table provided at:

For more information on Latitude and, Longitude see:

For more information on depth, see link:

A lot more information about earthquakes can also be found on these sites:





The Maps you see in iQuakeMini are loaded in real time from Apple. You need a good WiFi connection to scroll and zoom at acceptable speeds on the Maps.

If you have an old iPhone, or a bad Wifi network you may experience slow startup problems, blank/gray squares or rectangles which stayed on the Map. These issues could be related to WiFi problems. The iPad seems to experience wireless problems with some router configurations (see below)

From our tests you need around 45 Mbit/second wireless speed. If you share your WiFi with one or more people you could have a degraded speed and Map performance problems.

You can verify this by going to the Google Maps on your iPad and selecting Hybrid mode. If you see blank squares when you zoom or scroll too fast, your connection is not fast enough and all application using intensive internet like iQuakeMini will have the same problem.

Apple tips on iPad WiFi problems:

Check this Apple Support link for tips on iPad WiFi problems.

Check also that your connection and routers are working correctly. You can do a speed check on your Internet connection using SpeedTest.Net

Support Email:

DISCLAIMER- Earthquake information depends on data provided by various agencies around the world, including USGS.  These data may be incomplete or not available in all geographic areas. As a result, the Map and the List should not be considered as a complete list of all the earthquakes.

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