HOME / Explainer : Answers to your questions about the news. Hurriquake! Mudslami! Volnado! How often do natural disasters coincide? By Brian Palmer|Posted Monday, Aug. 29, 2011, at 5:48 PM Tweet Tweet MYSLATE Save this story. Follow all Explainer articles. Follow the News and Politics section. Follow stories by Brian Palmer. MySlate is a new tool that lets you track your favorite parts of Slate. You can follow authors and sections, track comment threads you're interested in, and more. SLATE'S MOST VIRAL Oxford Town, Red Hook, and Every Other Place Bob Dylan’s Ever Sung About, Mapped New Study Tries, Fails to Show Marijuana Use Is Linked to Crime This Is a Blog Post. It Is Not a “Blog.” Brian Palmer is Slate's chief explainer. He also writes How and Why and Ecologic for the Washington Post. Email him at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter. Image of Hurricane Irene by NASA via Getty Images. Click here to load comments.