Category: Disasters

Why Melting of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet Should Freak You Out

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Tweet Two scientific studies on melting of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet were published this week, driving a firestorm of sensationalist headlines in the New York Times, National Geographic, CNN, and other websites on May 12th (unsurprisingly, Fox News has maintained radio silence on this topic at the time of this article’s publication). Dire warnings… continue reading »

East Coast Earthquake 8/23/2011: Rapid Reaction

Jesse Farmer Disasters
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At around 1:51pm, a magnitude 5.8 earthquake struck about 85 miles southwest of Washington, D.C. Judging from social media postings and talking to friends, approximately 20 to 30 seconds of noticeable shaking was felt in the D.C. metro area within a minute of the earthquake. Seismic activity propagated up and down the East Coast; shaking… continue reading »

Thoughts on the BP Oil Spill

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It goes without saying that the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig and subsequent gushing of oil from the seafloor has saturated the news recently. Six weeks later, with no solution in place, many of us are feeling frustrated, even exasperated, at the lack of progress and at BP’s inability to fix the mess… continue reading »