please take a look at NYTimes Nepal earthquake map

The source is USGS and I spent a lot of time digging around their site... see usgs map download store and I am unable to find how you can download such a detailed map of Nepal.

All I see from the usgs site is how you can get US maps.

Does anyone know how to download "non US" maps from the usgs site?

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Those are National Geographic Maps (basemaps)

Note: You need to select Terrain in the Maps Layers on the USGS Earthquake site

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you can view them via USGS via:


or use the Mapserver from ArcGIS.com which is what is linked in the above example:


metadata is available from http://server.arcgisonline.com/ArcGIS/rest/services/NatGeo_World_Map/MapServer/

disclaimer I have worked on these maps many years ago. (before cloud GIS)

  • thank you for the quick reply. I am wondering why NYTImes version seems more sharp and they also have the red borders for mountains I am assuming. Does this mean esri let them edit their own basemap??
    – user29745
    Apr 28, 2015 at 3:46
  • you might be interested in nepal.nga.opendata.arcgis.com
    – Mapperz
    Apr 29, 2015 at 2:01
  • If you know how to use R, you can easily create those maps: See the R code here
    – Metrics
    May 11, 2015 at 7:42

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