Phone: 612-624-5551
unews@umn.edu
24-hr number: 612-293-0831

Advanced Search

University of Minnesota
UMNews
University of Minnesota
http://www1.umn.edu/news/
612-624-5551, unews@umn.edu

Multimedia

Earthquake web 300

Artwork chronicling an ancient earthquake.

U of M Moment - Are there more natural disasters today than ever before?

March 18, 2010

The recent earthquakes in Haiti and Chile have prompted many to ask – are there more natural disasters today than previous points in human history? Jamie Stephenson from the University of Minnesota’s Center for Early Modern History studies the history of natural disasters and says it is certain aspects of modern life that have caused the perception of this increased frequency.

Stephenson also says that modern advances in communication have led to an increased focus on the sometimes-gory results of these disasters.



Download fully produced feature
Download raw audio
Embed HTML

Tags: College of Liberal Arts

Share This Story

audioU of M Moment: Jamie Stephenson