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How to quickly track natural disasters online

The need to be able to spot a coming natural disaster became more evident after a tornado ripped through Brooklyn last week. The Weather Channel does an excellent job providing up to date information in different formats (radio, TV and online). But to track more specific weather events instantly, check out these sites.

Hurricanes

Stormadvisory.org mashes data from the National Hurricane Center with a Google map to show current hurricane activity in the Atlantic and Caribbean. The site also tracks past major storms in a step by step visual, like this map of Hurricane Wilma.

Earthquakes

The US Geological Survey is the best way to find out if a sudden shake was an earthquake or an errant airplane. The USGS site offers a simple map that displays location and magnitude of recent earthquakes.

Ask.com has a similar, more easy on the eyes database, though the source of the data is unclear. Ask also gives users the option of searching for recent activity near them, rather than having to scan a map.

Tornadoes

The University of Michigan’s tornado tracker displays current and historical data on a Google map.


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