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Friday, March 8, 2013

March 8, 2013 - Special IWD Edition

Congratulations to all women in this International Women’s Day 2013! 

What happened this week?

USA. Saturn to Snowquester DC
Winter storm Saturn threatened but failed to blanket the USA Nation’s Capital in what was forecasted as behemoth of a storm. While the Federal Government shut down its operations on Wednesday in view of the storm’s arrival, the actual turnout of Saturn in DC was limited to heavy slush without accumulation, prompting the National Weather Service to lift its storm warning by the afternoon. In the surrounding states however the story was a lot different, with Virginia’s Governor declaring a state of emergency and calling in reinforcements from the National Guard.
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USA. Cancelled flights, coastal tide surges and possible floods as the East Coast braces for Saturn’s exit out to sea
New York and Massachusetts are set to experience the last brunt of the winter storm Saturn, where water is impacting air travel as well as low lying coastal areas. Local airports have already cancelled hundreds of flights and storm surges have risen above sea walls already.
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St Lucia. Severe drought in St Lucia prompts authorities to ask residents to conserve the precious fluid
A still uncertain dry period looms about the island of St Lucia where residents at high elevations and others far removed from the distribution networks will probably begin experiencing outages. the authorities are urging the communities to contribute by stopping the wasteful use of water and reporting leaks as soon as possible.
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Ecuador. At Tungurahua Volcano there have been 150 earthquakes in the past 24 hours
The Geophysical Institute of the National Polytechnic School reported there have been 150 earthquakes in the last 24 hours while monitoring the Tungurahua Volcano. Also, according to the reports, there have been five small explosions and seventy small episode of tremor emissions.
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Bolivia. Civil Defense provides aid to those affected by a flood
A total of 2,735 families were affected by a flood in Tarija, Chuquisaca and Potosí. The Civil Defense of Bolivia delievered flour, rice, sugar, oil and tools, equivalent to 1,930 quintals, in order to provide those victims with basic needs.

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Interesting Facts

Do you remember that "one" earthquake?
Over 1.3 millions eartquakes of magnitude 2.0 or above on the Richter scale are thought to be registered in average each year, with only 1 (on average) reaching a magnitude of 8.0 or higher. See the chart below and read about the statistics in the link provided.

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What’s new in disaster risk reduction?

Switzerland. Celebrating International Women’s Day
The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, UNISDR, today marked International Women's Day with an announcement that women will play a central role in developing the next global framework on disaster risk reduction.
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USA. Google Public Alerts now beginning their service in Japan
Real time earthquake and tsunami alerts will be provided for the first time outside the US borders by Google while partnering with 14 Japanese prefectures and cities. These alerts will be available in desktop and mobile products such as Google Maps and Google Now.
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Mexico. The Government of the Republic has declared a policy on disaster prevention a priority 

The Government of the Republic is working in unity with efforts from the authorities of three levels of government and educational institutions to undertake a real awareness on disaster prevention, to avoid human tragedies. The head of the Interior, Secretary Miguel Angel Osorio Chong, said that the policy of prevention against possible natural disasters and man-made, is a priority of President Enrique Peña Nieto. He also stated, “"if the President is putting so much attention on the subject, we have a responsibility to do the same and to participate actively."
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