The Changing Landscape of Natural Disasters in America
Disasterviz.com shows the frequency and locations of natural disasters from 1970 to the present. The data comes from events designated as disasters by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), spanning floods, droughts, fires, ice storms, hurricanes, landslides, and other disasters. Users can select a combination of disaster types and map them to show how the landscape changes with different kinds of events. Some unexpected hotspots emerge: the largest number of flooding events occurred in a narrow corridor in Eastern North Dakota, and the ice storm capital of the country appears to be Baltimore County, Maryland. The visualization was created by Accenture Technology Labs, the research arm of the multinational consulting company.