A chronology of oil rig installations in the Gulf of Mexico, showing the increased number of rigs and the greater installation depths over time, ending by displaying the location of BP’s Deepwater Horizon explosion.
The video’s creator explains how the visualization was made here.
This is the extent of the 2010 Pakistan floods, shown relative to the size of the US. It would pretty much cover the Eastern Seaboard.
We’ve probably all seen the BP oil spill superimposed over a local map by now. In a similar vein, the BBC has produced visualizations of other recent disasters, including Chernobyl and Bhopal. See how many of your neighbors would be affected if these disasters came to your hometown.