Visualizing the Global Sharknado Threat

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Sharknado, the latest shark movie from The Asylum, introduced the world to a terrifying new threat: tornadoes airlifting and blowing sharks to land, where they launch themselves through buildings and lunch on humans. Deeply concerned about the future of humankind, Visually’s newly-established Sharknado department has been hard at work: collecting data and keeping an eye on the growing menace. To raise awareness and help people prepare for potential disasters, we’ve decided to make our painstaking research public, in the best way we know how: visualization. We teamed up with John Nelson, a master cartographer who has, notably, done impressive work visualizing tornado tracks in the past. He rendered the data with skill and appropriate humor. As you can see, the areas under immediate danger are mostly in the Northern Hemisphere and off the coast of Africa, though there are a few regions around Australia and the Pacific Islands that aren’t safe, either. Check out the full graphic and see if you live in a threatened area:

Zoom in to read the supporting text, which will give you must-know details on the types of sharks that may be endangering your back yard (or swimming pool, which sharks can use to gain that extra oomph required to jump right through your second-floor bedroom window). To stay prepared, we recommend keeping a handy supply of chainsaws, propane bottles, and helicopters at your disposal. Everyone, stay safe and keep your eyes and ears peeled for unusual weather.   Drew Skau is Visualization Architect at and a PhD Computer Science Visualization student at UNCC with an undergraduate degree in Architecture. You can follow him on twitter @SeeingStructure

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