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Friday, March 13, 2015

March 13, 2015

What happened this week?

Colombia: Earthquake. A 6.6-magnitude earthquake (Richter scale) shook Colombia the afternoon of 10 March 2015. The epicenter was located 7.4 km from the municipality of Los Santos, department of Santander, with a depth of 161 km. Four municipalities in eight departments have reported some type of damage. At least 140 houses in the Betulia municipality of the department of Santander (25 km from Los Santos) suffered damage, some may not be safe... Read More

Costa Rica: Volcano eruption. A massive phreatic eruption spewed ash, rocks and possibly magma from the Turrialba Volcano, located 60 kilometers northeast of Costa Rica’s capital, San José... Read More

Interesting Facts

System to quickly search for survivors after disasters. A system that quickly searches for the victims after disasters such as earthquakes and landslides. To achieve this, the system combines data from, for instance, satellites, drones, robots and sensors able to detect mobile phones, and use this information to create a 3D image of the disaster site... Read More 

The Connection Between Central American Farmers and Deadlier Tornadoes in the U.S. Scientists link smoke from the burning of agricultural fields to more intense twisters... Read More 

What's new in Disaster Risk Reduction?

Building a New Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction. Over 9,000 people are gathering in Sendai, Japan, this week for the World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction with the goal of launching a new international framework to guide implementation of disaster risk management efforts worldwide in years to come... Read More

World Humanitarian Summit: Ensuring global ageing is recognised. Preparations are well underway for the first World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) that will take place in Istanbul in May 2016. HelpAge has been actively engaged in the process to ensure that the Summit recognises the significance of global ageing and the implications for humanitarian action... Read More

Flood early warning system for Bolivia in place. A consortium existing of Witteveen+Bos (secretary), Royal HaskoningDHV, Deltares, CentroAGUA and more local partners has developed an early warning system to help prevent flooding in the catchment area of the Mamoré river in Beni province, Bolivia... Read More

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