Professor Speedwagon Presents: This is the way the world ends
In 79 AD, Mt. Vesuvius erupted, burying the city of Pompeii. In 526 AD, a giant earthquake ripped apart Syria and Antioch. In 1556, an earthquake flattened the Shaanxi Province of China. In 1893, a cyclone sent water all the way up Manhattan to 14th Street. In 1962, a volcano erupted in Peru. In 2005, a storm surge drowned New Orleans. In 2011, one brave professor and her band of clowns will attempt to make sense of it all.
This is the Way the World Ends is part one of a multi-part examination of the American fixation with avoiding death, remaining safe, and eliminating risk. Look for future parts next spring.