How will the world end? When Hollywood answers that question, the result is often terrifying but completely unrealistic. But the realms of reality can be even scarier than fiction, as astronomer Phil Plait deftly illustrates in Death from the Skies!, which comes out in paperback this week.Each chap...
August 24, 2009 | By Sarah Zielinski
The full impact of Typhoon Morakot, which struck Taiwan, China and the Philippines earlier this week, may not be known for days or weeks, but hundreds are missing and dozens are already confirmed dead. Morakot was only a Category 2 storm, far less powerful than storms like Katrina or Andrew that we...
August 12, 2009 | By Sarah Zielinski
Yesterday, the Verification Of Rotation in Tornadoes EXperiment 2 (VORTEX2) got underway—it’s the largest attempt in history to study the deadly storms, involving more than 50 scientists and 40 research vehicles. VORTEX1 in 1994 and 1995 documented the life cycle of a tornado for the first time (an...
May 11, 2009 | By Sarah Zielinski
Everyone assumed this Kansas town was destined to fade away. What would it take to reverse its course?
February 27, 2009 | By Fredric Heeren
Between the rampant wildfires and last week’s Great Southern California ShakeOut (an earthquake drill), I’m glad I chose to make my home in Washington, D.C. instead of Los Angeles. Here there are no earthquakes, no fires and only the occasional hurricane.What really got my attention last week, thou...
November 18, 2008 | By Sarah Zielinski
Span our interactive globe and learn about seismic hazards and earthquake research
January 28, 2008 | By Mohi Kumar
As San Francisco burned, 100 years ago this month, a hardy band of men worked feverishly to save the city's mint—and with it, the U.S. economy
April 2006 | By Michael Castleman
In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, a writer looks back at the repercussions of another great disaster, the Mississippi flood of 1927
November 2005 | By John M. Barry