QVS NZ Felt Reports Reader

When the program opens the screen will look like this. There is a results area and a text box into which you put a GeoNet earthquake reference e.g. 2013p338322 (Try that one if the file is still available as it has many felt locations)**

**That is such a good file for testing that I have made it available to download here.

You can aslo download a PDF version of this help page here: QVS-NZ-FeltReportReader (2 Mb)

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You can also reload an old file, or download one from the web and load it. The location of the ones the program downloads is (application data folder)\DA Software\QVSData ProPlus\QVS Data Folder\Import. The application data folder will depend on your system.

The GeoJSON files look like this is the folder


You can copy the results by using the button provided. You can even edit them before you do so.

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Although a stand alone program the reader is still very much a part of QVSData. It uses the same configuration database and the same data database. As a consequence you can load the New Zealand quakes into the reader from the database.

Click on ‘Load Data from Database’ and select the number of days and felt quakes only or all quakes.

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This will fill the grid with data, provided your data database is up to date.

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There is a certain amount of configuration you can do in the program. You can also do some maintenance if GeoNet change any ‘words’ that are key tokens to the reader.

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First let’s see what the settings as they come set up produce

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This gives you just the town name and the number of felt reports related to it.

Untick count of felt and you just get a list of town names without the count. Untick the Supress Place token and you get this

place = Brown Owl
place = Kaitoke
place = Tirohanga
place = Wallaceville
place = Alicetown
place = Ascot Park

Retick Count and untick Count in Brackets and you get

count = 1
place = Brown Owl
count = 1
place = Kaitoke
count = 1
place = Tirohanga
count = 2
place = Wallaceville
count = 4
place = Alicetown
count = 4
place = Ascot Park
count = 14
place = Avalon
count = 11
place = Belmont

Setting the boxes back to the original, but ticking the Reports Counts gives you this

mm6ReportsCount = 5
mm5ReportsCount = 32
mm4ReportsCount = 2436
Brown Owl (1)
Kaitoke (1)
Tirohanga (1)
Wallaceville (2)
Alicetown (4)
Ascot Park (4)
Avalon (14)
Belmont (11)
Berhampore (13)
Birchville (3)
Brooklyn (25)
Camborne (5)
Cannons Creek (2)

Finally ticking the Overall Total adds the complete count at the top. Be aware that the counts may not always appear at the top of the file. It depends where they occur in the original.

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The ‘Token Value’ buttons allow you to change the tokens that are looked for. Obviously you do NOT need to do this unless the GeoNet file changes.

When you hover the mouse pointer over a token value button you see what is currently stored for that button.


The examples I have shown so far are using the ‘Normal’ output style. There is however another style built in which I have called the ‘SeaBreeze’ style as it was created for the SeaBreeze blog

Whilst at present the program does not produce all elements of the format, and example of which you can see here, it produces the data that is possible from the felt report file and formats it in the style shown.

When you select SeaBreeze as the output style you get a new menu item


When installed the MMI Codes used are a set of generally accepted descriptions of the levels. Clicking that menu button allows you to change these it you wish.

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Categorised MMI counts breaks the mm counts down and presents them together for each band. If you have defined an image loaded into a service such as Dropbox then the image will be displayed. If no image is defined for a band then the Roman Numerals for the band will be displayed, i.e. IV,V,VI,VII etc.

A sample of the output:

Reported Felt as:
Destructive [85]: Addington, Aranui, Avondale [2], Avonhead [2], Belfast, Bishopdale, Bromley [2], Bryndwr, Burnside, Burwood [2], Casebrook, Cashmere, Christchurch [24], Christchurch International Airport, Dallington, Fendalton [3], Hillmorton, Hornby [2], Ilam, Linwood [4], Lyttelton, Mairehau, Merivale [6], Mount Pleasant, New Brighton, North New Brighton [2], Opawa [2], Oxford, Papanui [2], Parklands, Riccarton [2], Richmond, Saint Albans [2], Saint Martins, Shirley [2], Southshore, Spreydon, Sydenham, Templeton, Waikari, Woolston

You do not need to do anything else to set elements. SeaBreeze output overrides ALL settings to produce the format in the style shown in the link.

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