Tag Archives: Earthquake

Simulating the ocean path of debris from Japan’s tsunami

Researchers at the International Pacific Research Center, University of Hawaii at Manoa. have created a simulation predicting the path of debris from the devastating Japanese tsunami on March 11, 2011. The computer model, based on historical trajectories of drifting buoys, … Continue reading

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New, high resolution aerial imagery from the Christchurch earthquake

Two days after the destructive Christchurch earthquake in February, 2011 the Royal New Zealand Air Force flew 1,600 metres above the city photographing the aftermath. The aerial imagery was then used by emergency services to assess damage to the area. … Continue reading

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World population and earthquake risk mapped

Standing out amongst mash-ups related to the recent terrible events in Japan is this striking cartogram from Benjamin Hennig of the Sasi Research Group, University of Sheffield, England. The map is a population cartogram – country shapes are distorted so … Continue reading

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Power losses after the Japan earthquake

This false colour map shows electricity outages in Japan following the 2011 Earthquake and Tsunami. The image is a composite from observations by satellite F-18 of the U.S. Air Force Defense Meteorological Satellite Program,  comparing lights in Japan that were … Continue reading

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Crowdsourcing radiation monitoring

Following the nuclear crisis at Fukushima Daiichi in Japan it quickly became clear there’s massive demand for unbiased and trusted radiation monitoring where people live. RDTN.org is a new Google maps based website aiming to aggregate and display such information … Continue reading

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CNN outdoes Fox in the geographic illiteracy stakes

Hot on the heels of Fox News’ nightmare map mash-up of Japanese nuclear power plants and nightclubs, Thursday’s American Morning on CNN had that rarest of things – a treble map fail. Both San Francisco and Los Angeles are in … Continue reading

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More Japan aftershock visualizations

Seven days after the devastating Japan Earthquake the number of aftershocks keeps adding up. I’ve updated my earlier animated quake map to reflect this. Keep an eye on the count in the top right hand corner. For a different take … Continue reading

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Cloud dispersion forecast for Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant

The New York Times has a detailed, animated forecast for the plume from Fukushima, Japan. The prediction is from the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization, and based on weather patterns this week. It shows how a continuous cloud from the … Continue reading

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