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Friday, February 13, 2015

February 13, 2015

What happened this week?

Guatemala: Volcanic activity. Fire Volcano. An institutional orange alert is in effect as the eruptive activity persists. The activity has been standardized with weak and moderate explosions, expelling columns of fine ash to 4300 meter above sea level on a south east direction. Some explosions generate rumbles and shock waves which are weak and moderate. 110 flights were canceled (6 thousand affected passengers), school activities were suspended in 3 communities as a preventive measure. Activities are returning to the normalcy... Read More

Ecuador: Floods Province of Manabi: Emergency Operations committees (COE) of Urdaneta, Ventanas and Montalvo, in Los Ríos, declared yesterday the emergency in its jurisdictions in light of the impact by the rains of last weekend. Personnel from the Risk Management Secretariat were mobilized to coordinate the response to the communities that were more affected by the floods... Read More

Dominican Republic: Esmeraldas Province. Approximately 500 families in three counties have been affected by the flooding of rivers due to heavy rains. A report is being prepared of the damage caused by the rising levels of the Eloy Alfaro, San Lorenzo and Verde rivers... Read More

Magnitude 6.9 Earthquake Hits The Chile-Argentina Border. A magnitude 6.9 earthquake struck northeastern Chile on Wednesday, very close to the border with Argentina, the U.S. Geological Survey said... Read More

Interesting Facts

Earthquake early warning begins testing in Pacific Northwest. Earthquake warning system counts down seconds to impact... Read More 

Buildings with 'rocking' technology would be more earthquake-resilient. Computer modeling shows this alternative design for a three-story building frame suffers less damage than current designs used in earthquake-prone areas. Columns of the steel-braced frame are tethered to the foundation by viscous damping and steel-yielding devices that allow the building to rock during a quake. The devices stretch and compress, dissipating seismic energy... Read More 

What's new in Disaster Risk Reduction?

UN disaster reduction chief hails ‘major milestone’ in earthquake risk assessment. The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) has welcomed the launch of a new web-based platform that will provide global access to critical information on earthquakes and enable ‘cutting-edge’ risk assessment aimed at limiting the hazard of these potentially devastating natural events... Read More

Obama proposes $5 million for earthquake early warning system. Obama has proposed spending $5 million in the upcoming federal budget on the West Coast’s earthquake early warning network, which would be a significant boost to the fledgling system... Read More 

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