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Saturday, April 12, 2014

April 11, 2014

What happened this week?
Nicaragua. A magnitude 6.2 earthquake occurred at 5.27 p.m. of 10 April. The epicenter was located at a depth of 10 km in Managua Lake, off the coast of Nagarote. One death, 33 people injured, three of them hospitalized. 700 homes are damaged. There are minor damages in health units in five municipalities. Health services are operational. Oscar Danilo Rosales Hospital has fissures. Response: Activation of contingency plans, evaluation of damage in progress and evaluation of risk zones in Managua and Nagarote. Shelters have been set up... Read More

A second earthquake - 6.6 magnitude - occurred on Friday, April 11 afternoon less than 24 hours after a magnitude-6.1 quake rattled Nicaragua... Read More.

Chile. 8.2 Earthquake. Update. 1,829 people in 26 shelters in Tarapac√°, Arica and Parinacota. Iquique Hospital is 80% operational, a health center is closed due to flooding and a health post is operational only for emergencies; the rest of the health network is operational. Damages in 11,312 homes in Arica, Parinacota and Tarapac√°. Humanitarian aid sent and 97% of water supply and electricity reestablished. Vaccination actions are being strengthened... Read More

Interesting Facts
Housing and mainstream disaster risk reduction: Housing Policy, Building codes and regulations, Strengthening and retrofitting, Land use planning, and Disaster risk finance are key readiness factors that influence mainstream disaster risk reduction in the housing sector. Housing is often the sector severely impacted by both hydro-meteorological and geophysical disasters. On a macro scale, housing sector accounts for 10-50% of total disaster losses and often have significant impact on the livelihoods of especially the poor in developing countries... Read More

What's new in Disaster Risk Reduction?
MIT Climate CoLab Contest: How can crowdsourcing provide more efficient disaster risk management? 
Extreme climatic events are expected to increase in the future due to climate change. The challenge then becomes strengthening communities’ resilience to disasters, to prevent hazards from disrupting their normal functioning. Citizen participation through crowdsourcing of information is a promising avenue for the development of new disaster risk management strategies, and this contest seeks proposals that reveal the full potential of crowdsourcing for disaster preparedness, response and recovery... Read More.

Jamaica: The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) to receive $72.9 million for landslide risk reduction project to continue implementing the Community-Based Landslide Risk Reduction project. The project seeks to reduce the risk of natural disasters in vulnerable communities, and to provide an evidence-based toolkit for vulnerability reduction throughout the Caribbean. ... Read More

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