Happisburgh is a small town in Norfolk County, England. It is currently facing some pretty severe coastal erosion. The tides have been cutting into the cliffs and slowly moving them inland towards houses and other structures. According to the British Geological Survey, Happisburgh never used to be a coastal town, because at one point there was a whole parish between it and the sea. The town is unfortunately sitting on layers of glacial till that do not hold up well against pounding waves.
December 30, 1999
July 1, 2009
You can find it yourself on Google Earth using these coords: 52°49'23.11"N 01°32'20.53"E
On the night of May 4th, 2007, Greensburg Kansas (population 1600 at the time) was leveled by an EF5 tornado. Ninety-five percent of the town was destroyed and 11 people lost their lives. It was the first tornado to be given a classification of "5" on the Enhanced Fujita scale went into effect earlier that year. The town has since been rebuilt into a "green town", running mostly on wind turbines.
August 2, 2006
May 6, 2007
You can find it yourself on Google Earth using these coords: 37°36'10.07"N 99°17'33.41"W
Spit... but not the kind you're probably thinking of. A spit is a coastal landform that forms from longshore drift. It can basically be summed up as a long pile of sand that has extended off of a cape. They tend to change frequently depending on ocean currents and this series of images is a great example of that:
February 28, 1993
February 14, 1998
February 18, 2004
September 1, 2005
October 16, 2005
July 30, 2006
October 3, 2008
October 18, 2009
August 27, 2011
You can find it yourself on Google Earth using these coords: 35°13'00.33"N 75°31'47.45"W
Near the beginning of this year, a wave of political demonstrations swept across the Middle Eastern and North African Arab nations. Millions of people organized using social media to protest government repression and corruption. The event became known as Arab Spring. In Bahrain, Shia Muslims protested the government to ask for more freedoms and equality. The protestors in Bahrain began organizing around the Pearl Roundabout on February 14th. The Bahrain government began a violent retaliation on protestors resulting in a number of protestor deaths. The government also decided to tear down the Pearl Roundabout statue on the 18th in order to deter protestors. Amazingly, a satellite caught an image of the protestors around the Pearl Roundabout in the 4 days that it was still up.
June 16, 2010
This was the site the year before the protests
Sometime between February 14, 2011 and February 18, 2011
You can find it yourself on Google Earth using these coords: 26°13'49.26"N 50°33'41.00"E