IMAGES: Putting Natural Disasters on the Map

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Science  30 Jul 2004:
Vol. 305, Issue 5684, pp. 585c
DOI: 10.1126/science.305.5684.585c

If you're wondering about earthquake risk near Missouri's New Madrid fault or hurricanes that have torn through Maine, check out HazardsMap.gov from the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency. The site lets you map the occurrence of natural disasters at scales from the neighborhood to the nation. You can pinpoint past temblors, plot hurricane tracks, identify tornado-prone locales, or chart five other types of hazards. In this view of the Los Angeles region, the broken house symbols indicate the most destructive landslides between 1928 and 1999, and the forest-green patches delineate areas with the highest risk of future slumps.

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