Thinking about natural disasters in your area? There's a map for that! For earthquakes, there is an interactive map
of the US showing the maximum peak ground acceleration that your area has a 10% chance of encountering over the next ten years (about PGA
, worldwide risks
), and a map of global tsunamis
. For weather, look at all F5 tornadoes in the US
, tornado risks abroad
, US hurricanes and cyclones
(this map can also do hail, floods, drought and other weather hazards), and billion dollar natural disasters
in the US. For bonus worries: global nuclear sites
More generally, a PDF of Presidential disaster declarations
and Reliefweb's global crises maps
. And a big map of all natural disasters going on right now
posted by blahblahblah
on Mar 14, 2011 -
Amidst the massive aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami being discussed in this thread
, the crisis at the Fukushima nuclear power plants continues to unfold.
For objective information, discussion, and analysis of the ongoing efforts to stabilize the fuel cores in the boiling water reactors of the type in Fukushima, nuclear engineers such as @arclight
are providing laypeople with a much needed crash course on the inner workings of nuclear reactors. [more inside]
posted by Dr. Zira
on Mar 12, 2011 -
In the last two weeks,
[NYT] more than 100 mostly tiny earthquakes a day, on average, have rattled a remote area of Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, putting scientists who monitor the park’s strange and volatile geology on alert. The quake zone, about 10 miles northwest of the Old Faithful geyser, has shown little indication of building toward a larger event, like a volcanic eruption of the type that last ravaged the Yellowstone region
tens of thousands of years ago. Don't rest too easily, though: new studies of the plumbing that feeds the Yellowstone supervolcano
shows the plume and the magma chamber under the volcano are larger than first thought and contradicts claims that only shallow hot rock exists. For more info, check out this exhaustive site
that tracks Yellowstone tectonic activity and details a possible supervolcano event. [previously
posted by billysumday
on Feb 1, 2010 -
An excellent response to Pat Robertson.
"This Vodou priest is not speaking about divine retribution, as has Pat Robertson. God is not punishing us for disobedience. Erol is speaking about a giant natural rebalancing act, a reaction against human dealings with the ecosystem."
posted by fullofragerie
on Jan 15, 2010 -
At least 150 dead, 1.500 injuried and 50.000 displaced by a magnitude 6.3 Richter scale earthquake
that struck Abruzzo and center Italy at 01:32:42 UTC on April 6th.The damage is very severe
, the little village of Onna
, existing since at least year 1178, was completely destroyed and the city of
L'Aquila (pop 70.000) was severly damaged. The city hospital was rendered 90% unusable, allegedly 50% of all of the city buildings are now considered unsafe. Hundreds of pictures
have been sent on the internet by locals, while controversy ensues on a early warning
by an italian scientist (indicted a few days ago for spreading rumors about an upcoming quake), who claims that his Radon
gas detectors signaled an anomaly that may have been validated by a more extensive networks of detectors and may have saved lifes.
posted by elpapacito
on Apr 6, 2009 -
"The Quake-Catching Network
is a collaborative initiative for developing the world's largest, low-cost strong-motion seismic network by utilizing sensors in and attached to internet-connected computers." The Economist's writeup notes
that, since network communications are (sometimes) faster than the speed of sound in the earth's crust, a distributed network's observations of a temblor might reach a warning network before the quake itself reaches a traditional seismometer. [more inside]
posted by fantabulous timewaster
on Sep 30, 2008 -
Fifty Thousand Shirts.
Creative guy Steve Paterson has teamed up with a number of other partners (and is still looking for more) to sell 50,000 t-shirts in memory of the more than 50,000 people who died in China's recent 7.9 magnitude earthquake in order to raise $1,000,000.
posted by djspicerack
on May 24, 2008 -
A 7.9-magnitude earthquake
hit Peru in the Ica region, south of the capital of Lima. Ica, Chincha and Pisco have been hardest hit, although the pavement rippled in downtown Lima as well. BBC (first link) and CNN
have been reporting about 336-7 dead, but my uncle (in Lima) says that many towns south of San Bartolo have simply disappeared into rubble.
posted by LMGM
on Aug 16, 2007 -
"This is a major innovation
...and in places that are affected by high winds and earthquakes, it looks like it's going to make a big difference." And it only adds about $15 to the cost of an average 2000 sq. ft. house - the Bostich HurriQuake
posted by jaimev
on Nov 28, 2006 -
A 6.6. magnitude earthquake
hit Hawaii on Sunday. The quake originated from 24 miles below the west coast of the Big Island. Mefi's own pzarquon
of Honolulu without power, and there's also a photo pool
. AP reports: "Across the state, residents reported little panic, and for some the loss of power meant it was time to sit outside, set up barbecues and talk with friends and neighbors."
posted by NemesisVex
on Oct 16, 2006 -
felt throughout Southern California this morning with no explanation. USGS claims there were no quakes, meteorologists claim nothing in the weather could have caused it, military bases are claiming that nothing they were doing would cause such a rumble, and air traffic controllers state that no supersonic flights were taking place in the area (no sonic boom). I was awoken by the shaking and the car alarms that followed. If it's none of the above, just what caused it?
posted by afx114
on Apr 4, 2006 -