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USGS software visualizes evacuation scenarios

from GCN

The spate of recent natural disasters, from the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Tohoku, Japan, to this year's mudslides in Oso, Washington, have raised concerns — and the odds — that more people will need to evacuate a disaster zone at some point in their future. Beyond the direct physical threats posed by such catastrophic events, their shifting, unstable geographies present serious challenges for public safety officials directing evacuees to safety. A path to safety can turn into a barricade — or worse — in an instant. more


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