Friday, 11 March 2011

Chasing the Tsunamis

Following yesterday's horrendous earthquake in Japan yesterday you can follow the tsunami warnings running across the Pacific at the National Data Buoy Center. The flashing diamonds indicate a tsunami warning. I have never seen this website with more flashing diamonds than static until today. Check individual diamonds around Japan and you can see real spikes of data. Each spike is a simple measurement - a simple measurement of amplitude that can wipe out people's livelihoods in a second - a bland statistic that can be a measure of death toll.

Earthquakes, tsunamis - environmental phenoma with serious impacts on people. I suspect Map Action will be in full swing already.

Wednesday, 9 March 2011

Loch Lomond Map Falls Foul of Locals

Oh dear. It's not the first time but it is vital to check local names before publishing a map. Or else you get this. For sure, Ruth Rapids and Adams Abyss would be terribly flattering (sic) but it should only be done if (a) no other name is in use for that feature and (b) it needs labelling at all.

Maybe this would have helped?!