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Composite Photographs of the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake and Today’s City

Beginning on April 18, 1906, most of San Francisco was leveled by a horrendous earthquake and the fires that followed. Photographers captured scenes of the devastation. Now Shawn Clover has merged those photos with his own depictions of modern San Francisco. Part 1 and Part 2 -via Colossal

Joplin: Before and After

NPR posted overhead views of Joplin, Missouri before the tornado hit Sunday, and two days after the devastation. You can move a slider over the pictures to compare the two. Be warned, it’s sad. Link -via Bits and Pieces

Japan tsunami ‘could be 1000-year event’

Seismologists discover evidence of a similar tsunami that hit Sendai in 869 AD. The devastation wraught by the disaster that hit Japan on March 11, 20…

Ancient traditions give Japanese strength

Japanese turn to Buddhist and Shinto traditions for strength after the earthquake and tsunami. At a time of unbelievable devastation to the world’s th…

Maru is OK

Many who are shocked and saddened by the devastation in Japan don’t know anyone in the country. But we all know Maru. Link -via Buzzfeed

Mass extinction event spared Europe

When a massive comet smashed in to the Earth 65 million years ago it caused widespread devastation that saw the end of the dinosaurs but strangely…