Natural Disasters

Associated Press

April Had a Record Number of Big Earthquakes

This year there was a typical pattern of quake activity up until the end of March, and then things went bonkers.

USGS

Mapping More Than a Century of Major Earthquakes

A comprehensive look at which parts of the world have suffered historically large quakes.

Associated Press/The Wire

You Are Subsidizing a Fancy Beach House That'll Be Destroyed in a Flood

Hundreds of property owners have successfully lobbied to pay less in insurance premiums. But they'll receive the same payout if disaster strikes.

Wikipedia

Los Angeles Is Overdue for a More Powerful Earthquake Than We Thought

Supercomputers reveal a natural channel in the earth that could bring potent shaking to the megacity.

Reuters

The Sad Disparity Between the Money the Philippines Needs, and What It Got

The world promised a lot of financial assistance after Typhoon Haiyan, but little of the cash has actually materialized.

Reuters

Philippines Typhoons Disproportionately Kill Baby Girls

Young girls have a higher risk than boys of perishing in the months and years after a typhoon, say researchers.

NOAA

Super Typhoon Haiyan: The Most Powerful Cyclone in History?

The monster storm hitting the Philippines is causing all kinds of nasty damage.

Reuters

Seattle's Hilly Neighborhoods Could Slide Into the Water During the Next Earthquake

More than 8,000 buildings and several Seattle neighborhoods are in the potential pathways of devastating landslides.

Pakistan's Earthquake Was So Strong It Spawned a Whole New Island

A burbling volcano of mud rose out of the Arabian Sea like some Lovecraftian nightmare.

Shutterstock

The 10 Cities Most Threatened by a Damaging Natural Disaster

Japan faces more than its fair share of risk.

NASA

A Devastating Before/After Comparison of the Colorado Floods, Captured by Satellite

Following recent downpours, the South Platte River swelled so big that it consumed part of a city.

Bonnie Sizer

Yep, This Photo Pretty Much Sums Up Why Post-Flood Colorado Will Bounce Back

A knee-high morass of mud did not deter this Boulder man from enjoying his morning jog.

REUTERS

NASA Has Invented a Lightweight Machine That Can Detect a Human Heartbeat Under 30 Feet of Rubble

The FINDER could change the way we rescue people from natural disasters. 

Reuters

These U.S. Cities Are the Safest Refuges From Natural Disasters

To get away from hurricanes, earthquakes, wildfires, and other calamities, relocate to lovely upstate New York or the fertile fields of Ohio.

Reuters

Are Some Places Just Too Fire-Prone for Us to Live?

With flooding, we have rules about where to build and how to prevent calamity. Why not with fire?

Reuters

'Worse Than May 3, 1999'

What will Oklahoma's recovery cost?

Reuters

Another Spate of Wicked Storms Headed for the Midwest

Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, and Arkansas expected to take the next round of brutal thunderstorms and possible tornadoes.

Reuters

Practical Suggestions for Disaster Preparedness From New Yorkers

Pulley systems for delivering food in tall buildings, rainwater harvesting, and other smart ideas.

Parsons Brinckerhoff

Why 3D Modeling Will Play a Huge Role in Tackling Rapid Urbanization

We can now simulate the effects of earthquakes, traffic jams and population expansion. From every angle.