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The 2010 Haiti Earthquake: My first dashboard on Tableau Public

on Wed, 02/20/2013 - 04:21
Three years ego on February 11th, 2010, Tableau Software launched to the World a free service on the cloud called Tableau Public. As part of the celebration for this third anniversary, the blog post "Happy Birthday, Baby" was published by Ellie Fields in Tableau Public Blog.   
I wish a Happy Birthday to Tableau Public by sharing my very first data visualization published in Tableau Public. It was just on February 15, 2010, just when Tableau Public was four days old. 
This is the story...  
The 2010 Haiti earthquake was a catastrophic magnitude 7.0 M earthquake, with an epicenter near the town of Léogâne (Ouest Department), approximately 25 km (16 miles) west of Port-au-Prince, Haiti's capital. The earthquake occurred at 16:53 local time (21:53 UTC) on Tuesday, 12 January 2010. Within few minutes this news went around the World and I thought that a dashboard with information about the earthquake and aftershocks could contribute to disseminate information to the general public.
Using data earthquake data from US Geological Survey (USGS)  and filtering the data by Haiti as location I created the following dashboard.
By 24 January, at least 52 aftershocks measuring 4.5 or greater had been recorded. An estimated three million people were affected by the quake; the Haitian government reported that an estimated 316,000 people had died, 300,000 had been injured and 1,000,000 made homeless. The government of Haiti also estimated that 250,000 residences and 30,000 commercial buildings had collapsed or were severely damaged. 
This data visualization was featured in the Tableau Public gallery just two days after its publication. 
Today, three years later, the efforts for the recovery of Haiti are ongoing.
Happy Birthday!!! Tableau Public for so kind and excellent free service.


Russian Sphinx's picture

Well done! Map in the background is nice.

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