Disaster Anytime, Anywhere

Apocalypse

The best place on the internet may be a blog called "Global Disaster Watch", where you can hang out all day for up-to-the-minute reports of catastrophe in every corner of the world. Tsunami, floods, hurricanes, heat waves, you name it. 

There is an especially winning category named "Space Weather" which annouces disasters that you didn't even know could happen, like solar flares that almost fry the planet, but then take a sharp left at the last minute. That happened today. According to Global Disaster Watch, the sun this morning hurled something very hot "directly toward our planet" and the consequent UV radiation has already "partially ionized Earth's upper atmosphere, disturbing the normal propagation of radio signals around the planet." And you thought it was just particularly a sunny day.

There are also very good disaster lists, sorted by magnitude, like this compilation of the "Largest Quakes" in recent days:

Earthquakes This Morning (July 13, 2012)
5.0 MINAHASA, SULAWESI, INDONESIA
5.1 FIJI REGION

Yesterday's Earthquakes, (July 12, 2012)
5.5 SERAM, INDONESIA
5.8 HINDU KUSH REGION, AFGHANISTAN
5.7 KURIL ISLANDS
5.3 SANTA CRUZ ISLANDS
5.0 CENTRAL MID-ATLANTIC RIDGE
5.0 GUATEMALA

The Day Before Yesterday's Earthquakes (July 11, 2012)
5.4 NEAR COAST OF CENTRAL PERU
5.1 GALAPAGOS ISLANDS REGION
5.6 SOUTH OF FIJI ISLANDS
5.4 TONGA
5.3 KURIL ISLANDS
5.7 KURIL ISLANDS
5.3 SOLOMON ISLANDS

 

Illustration:  The world's earliest seismoscope was invented in China in 132 A.D. Falling balls would indicate the direction of the quake.