Shelter and the Storm
The diaspora of Hurricane Katrina.
The diaspora of Hurricane Katrina.
In 2008, a federally owned power plant spewed coal sludge over 300 acres in Tennessee. Now, 40 people who helped clean up the mess are dead and 300 ill.
In a few short hours, a normal evening along Texas’s Blanco River became the site of a deadly flash flood.
On January 13th, 2018, the residents of Hawaii picked up their phones to find a warning: a missile would be hitting the islands imminently. Here’s what people do when they think they only have 38 minutes left to live.
Inside the worst U.S. maritime disaster in decades.
The story of a Puerto Rican family trying to get settled in Chicago after Hurricane Maria.
An oral history of Hurricane Harvey.
A 2016 investigation into why Houston wasn’t ready for the next big hurricane.
Twenty years later, looking back at an infamous paragraph.
The Tunnel Creek avalanche, five years later.
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An unlikely duo from Boston treks to Bolivia, hoping to solve a 30-year-old aviation mystery.
Help came right away. And then it stopped.
“For a successful technology, reality must take precedence over public relations, for nature cannot be fooled.”
Six months after the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster, a member of the Presidential commission that investigated the crash presents his personal findings.
An oral history of the disaster:
Someone said to me, or maybe I read it, that the problem of Chernobyl presents itself first of all as a problem of self understanding. That seemed right. I keep waiting for someone intelligent to explain it to me.
Who gets out alive when disaster strikes? The people who can afford it.
A mine fire in May killed 301 men, making it the worst industrial disaster in Turkish history. This is the story of two men who lived through it.
Witnessing one of deadliest landslides in American history.
The story of TWA Flight 841.
Hear Buzz Bissinger discuss this story, a Pultizer finalist now available online for the first time, on the Longform Podcast.
Visiting the site of the Chernobyl meltdown.
An ornithologist and a cellist converse desperately while trapped in a crashing plane.
Somewhere over the Bay of Fundy the cabin lights began to flicker. The video monitors went dead (they’d been showing a map of the Atlantic, with our speed, altitude, and outside temperature). The cellist looked up for a moment, her lips still moving with the sheet music. Then the cabin fell entirely dark, and a strange silvery light poured into the plane through each oval portal and lathed the aisles in a luminous, oddly peaceful glow.
An unlikely romance between a film star and an enormous man flares up during a cold, ashy year.
"People began to inhabit their homes like mice, holed up in tiny corners, hiding from the cold and trying to remember where their passions lived. Intellectuals wrote books about desert climates, and polar exploration finally lost the last of its charm. Oasis Parties became popular among the very wealthy, who would build up bonfires in fire pits where guests would dance in wild costumes and drink absinthe. More often than not, these parties ended in orgies or house fires. Sometimes both. People were starting to lose their minds a little."
How a high-speed rail disaster exposed China’s corruption.
The day Hurricane Irene nearly drowned Prattsville, New York.
She surveyed her former possessions, the stuff of a world now lost. "I'd be happy with just walking away from all of this," she concluded. "Dump it all and just start over. Happy birthday — I'm alive."
A reporter on his first time covering a disaster.