23 February 2011
I considered doing a post about the recent earthquake in New Zealand, but my fellow geobloggers are doing an excellent job of covering the scientific and human sides of the story, and anything I add would just be repeating them. My lack of coverage is mainly for that reason, and not for any lack of empathy for the people of Christchurch. This, like any natural disaster, is a heartwrenching event to watch from a distance. If you want to help and your finances allow, please consider donating to the New Zealand Red Cross; you can specify “New Zealand Red Cross 2011 Earthquake Appeal” in your donation to make sure the funds go to the response to the earthquake.
The media focus on this natural disaster put me in mind of a resource that I turn to for photos of events such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, tsunamis, and landslides. The National Geophysical Data Center’s Natural Hazards Images website is a repository for a number of fantastic slidesets of these natural phenomena, and some of the slides are pretty famous images. They’re all available as high-resolution TIFF files, and each image comes with a detailed caption relating its subject to a natural process or hazard. The images are collected from government organisations such as NOAA and the USGS, as well as universities and press organizations.