Create a CartoDB account

  1. Go to the Carto sign up page

Create your first map

  1. Once logged in, look for the following button:
  2. Choose “Data library”, then click on the search (magnifying glass)
  3. In the search box, enter “earthquake”
  4. Find the dataset titled “Realtime Earthquakes” provided by the U.S. Geological Survey. Click on it and press the Create Map button.


  • Notice the DATA VIEW and MAP VIEW toggle
  • Data view:
  • Map view:

Customize your map

  1. Click on the “wizards” icon on the right
  2. Scroll until you find “BUBBLE” as a map option, and select it
  3. For column, choose “mag” (magnitude)
  4. Experiment with the various options made available to you and note the changes on your map.
  5. Experiment with other options: basemaps, adding elements, etc
  6. Finally, export your map and copy and paste it into the workshop google doc’s Map Gallery