hurricane sandy


One year ago today we shot our Hurricane Sandy show with no audience. 


The ravages of Hurricane Sandy, one year later

Just a year ago, the northeastern states were smashed by Superstorm Sandy, which caused a colossal amount of damage particularly in New Jersey and New York city. After more than $14 billion in federal support and countless hours spent cleaning up, significant progress has been made, but the job is far from over.

Above is a look at some areas hit hard by Sandy, and for more interactive before-and-after photos, you can head here.

Or, for a look back at the sheer scope of the damage Sandy left in its wake, check out Nation Now.

Photos: Mark Lennihan, Mel Evans, John Minchillo / Associated Press


Nature’s Fury: The Science of Natural Disasters is now open! 

From earthquakes and volcanoes to tornadoes and hurricanes, nature’s forces shape our dynamic planet and often endanger people around the world. This exhibition explores the causes of these natural forces, considers the consequences, and assesses the risks they pose.

Interactive stations will help visitors discover the processes behind each of these natural phenomena, with opportunities to manipulate a model earthquake fault, generate a virtual volcano, stand in the still eye of a roaring tornado, and assess the power of Hurricane Sandy via an interactive map of New York City. 

Learn more about the exhibition and get tickets!

Humorous responses to Sandy’s destruction rose, peaked, and eventually fell over the course of 100 days. We find that temporal distance creates a comedic sweet spot. A tragic event is difficult to joke about at first, but the passage of time initially increases humor as the event becomes less threatening. Eventually, however, distance decreases humor by making the event seem completely benign.