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Make a Nuclear Proximity Map

About Make a Nuclear Proximity Map

The purpose of this map is to show how various sources of information can be combined on a map, so that the information can be viewed in a new context. In this case, Esri has combined information about the location of U.S. nuclear power plants and evacuations zones, the location of faults that are believed to be associated with significant earthquakes, and the locations of historic earthquakes in the U.S. Esri is not making any inferences about the safety of these nuclear power plants or their risk from earthquakes.


This application is powered by ArcGIS for Server.

ArcGIS Online Basemaps

This application includes basemaps from ArcGIS Online including:

  • StreetmapThe ArcGIS Online World Street basemap presents highway-level data for the world and street-level data for North America, Europe, Southern Africa, several countries in Asia, and more.

  • Satellite ImageryThe ArcGIS Online World Imagery basemap presents satellite imagery for the world and high-resolution imagery for the United States, Great Britain, and hundreds of cities around the world.
  • Topographic MapThe ArcGIS Online World Topographic basemap  (aka "the community basemap") includes boundaries, cities, water features, physiographic features, parks, landmarks, transportation, and buildings.
  • Open Street Map (OSM)OpenStreetMap is a free editable street map of the whole world. OpenStreetMap allows you to view, edit and use geographical data in a collaborative way from anywhere around the world.


Wondering how Use Current Location works? This is a new capability of HTML5 called geolocation. It looks at the location of your computer by IP address and locates you on the map. This doesn’t work on all browsers, only the ones that provide geolocation support.


  • US Nuclear Plants: Active US nuclear plants, verified as active March 2011. Data compiled from a variety of sources and verified against the NRC (Nuclear Regulatory Commission) list of operational nuclear power reactors.
  • US Evacuation Zones: 10 and 50 mile derived evacuation zones surrounding nuclear plants. 10 and 50 miles represent official evacuation distances used in the United States.
  • Historic Earthquakes: Global earthquakes with magnitude 7 or greater since 1973. Data courtesy of Pacific Disaster Center.
  • US Faults: Locations of faults and associated folds, in the United States, that are believed to be sources of significant earthquakes. Data courtesy of Quaternary Faults and Fold Database and USGS.
  • Tectonic Boundaries: Global tectonic plate boundary data provided by USGS.

Web Developers

Get started with the ArcGIS Web Mapping APIs to create your own applications.

The Web Mapping APIs are an efficient way to utilize mapping, geocoding, and geoprocessing services provided by ArcGIS for Server and ArcGIS Online. Get started with the ArcGIS Web Mapping APIs to create your own applications