Many times the GIS data comes in a table or an Excel spreadsheet. Also, if you have a list lat/long coordinates, you can easily import this data in your GIS project.
We will be importing a text file of earthquake data to QGIS.
NOAA’s National Geophysical Data Center produces a great dataset of all significant earthquakes since 2150 BC. Learn more.
Download Significant Earthquake Database text file.
For convenience, you may directly download a copy of both the datasets from the links below:
Data Source [NGDC]
It is easy to confuse X and Y coordinates. Latitude specifies the north-south position of a point and hence it is a Y coordinate. Similarly Longitude specifies the east-west position of a point and it is a X coordinate.