Data Vis Dispatch, February 14

The best of last week’s big and small data visualizations

Welcome back to the 81st edition of Data Vis Dispatch! Every week, we’ll be publishing a collection of the best small and large data visualizations we find, especially from news organizations — to celebrate data journalism, data visualization, simple charts, elaborate maps, and their creators.

Recurring topics this week include earthquakes, climate change, and a basketball record.

The aftermath of last week’s tragic earthquakes in Turkey and Syria continues to bring up questions and analyses: how strong were the earthquakes, how extensive, and how many tremors followed?

Reuters: Rupture, February 10
The Washington Post: How the earthquake in Turkey and Syria compares with other deadly tremors, February 10
The Financial Times: Turkey and Syria’s devastating earthquakes in graphics, February 9
South China Morning Post: Turkey-Syria earthquake: rescue efforts move slowly as death toll passes 5,000, February 7
The Washington Post: How big was the Turkey-Syria earthquake?, February 8
The Wall Street Journal: Earthquakes in Turkey and Syria: A Guide in Maps and Graphics, February 9
ZEIT ONLINE: Zerstörung, die kaum zu fassen ist, February 9

Snow cover across Switzerland is currently well below its 30-year average. In Antarctica, glacier ice continues to melt and slip into the ocean, raising sea levels around the world, and Senegal’s Saint-Louis is one of the cities at the climate front line.

SRF: So viel Schnee fehlt in der Schweiz – und weitere Grafiken, February 9
ZEIT ONLINE: Demnächst als Meeresspiegelanstieg auch in Ihrer Nähe, February 11
NPR: Disappearing Saint-Louis, February 13

High costs of energy have had very different effects, forcing most people to save on basic needs while earning record profits for oil and gas companies.

El País: ¿Qué ahorra más: tres días de teletrabajo o usar coche eléctrico? Las mejores medidas para bajar la factura energética, February 12
The Financial Times: What Big Oil’s bumper profits mean for the energy transition, February 10

Finally, some good news from the world of sports: LeBron James broke an NBA record for the highest all-time score, more than 33 years after it was set by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

The Washington Post: How the NBA scoring record evolved from Wilt to Kareem to LeBron, February 8
The New York Times: How LeBron James Outscored Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and All the N.B.A. Greats, February 7
Folha de S.Paulo: Firme dos 18 aos 38, LeBron James quebrou recorde com força e durabilidade, February 8
SPIEGEL: LeBron James knackt NBA-Rekord – seine Karriere in Grafiken, February 8

Political news covered Joe Biden’s State of the Union Address, the U.S. president’s annual message to the Congress, a repeated state election in Berlin, Germany, and the course of the war in Ukraine.

The Washington Post: The words that hadn’t been said in a State of the Union until Biden said them, February 7
The New York Times: A Close Look at the Chaotic House Republican Majority, February 10
Berliner Morgenpost: Ergebnisse der Wahl-Wiederholung in Berlin: So hat Ihr Kiez gestimmt, February 13
ZEIT ONLINE: Alle Ergebnisse der Berliner Wiederholungswahl, February 12
The Outlier: Women in power, February 8
The New York Times: The War’s Violent Next Stage, February 10
PBS: War Crimes Watch Ukraine, February 14

Other themes of this week’s charts include tech company layoffs and the rise of streaming services.

USA Today: Massive tech company layoffs look ugly. But it may not be as bad as you think, February 7
NEXO: As demissões em massa no mercado de tecnologia no mundo, February 7
The Economist: Disney will cut 7,000 jobs as it restructures its business, February 8

What else we found interesting

Reuters: Searching for life in the rubble, February 9

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