After considerable effort and numerous late nights using limited spare time I have completed development of NZQuake and deployed a beta version of the application to production. NZQuake was built to satisfy an urge for learning a new full-stack application framework – Grails – and act as a technology proof of concept for future projects.
The application presents earthquake related information in a clear and concise manner by combining QuakeML with Google Maps. It is primarily informative and, as a resident of Christchurch, New Zealand, has provided me with a creative output for dealing with the stresses of living through a series of unprecedented earthquakes and aftershocks which began with the magnitude 7.1 earthquake on September 4th in 2010, shortly followed by the deadly magnitude 6.3 earthquake on February 22nd 2011.
The learnings taken from this project will be documented in a series of posts looking at the various technologies in the application stack.