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Friday, February 12, 2016

February 12, 2016

What happened this week?

United States. Major Disaster Declaration approved for Texas: A major disaster declaration has been approved for the State of Texas due to severe winter storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds, and flooding. Public assistance will be provided for 25 counties and hazard mitigation will be provided statewide... Read more

Ecuador. Strong waves cause structural damage in Manabí and Esmeraldas: Strong waves affected the coastal areas of Ecuador and caused damages in the western provinces of Manabí and Esmeraldas. Homes, buildings, and local agricultural produce were damaged by the waves... Read more

Colombia. Wildfires in Sierra Nevada and Macaraquilla: A wildfire in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada in the municipality of Aracataca has consumed more than 1,000 hectares of crops and dry forest as of February 10, 2016. The municipality of Aracataca has 60 fire brigade units and a helicopter to disperse water over the fire to control it. The governor of Magdalena has implemented three tank trucks to transport water. Another wildfire is occurring in Macaraquilla. The apparent causes of these fires are high temperatures due to El Niño and indiscriminate burning... 
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Interesting Facts

The quake-maker you've never heard of: Cascadia. Mother Earth slowly reveals her secrets, and this time, it's a fault line deep in the belly of the planet... Read more

The human cost of the hottest year on record. The hottest year on record, 2015, has confirmed that weather and climate-related disasters now dominate disaster trends linked to natural hazards, according to a new analysis... Read more

What's new in Disaster Risk Reduction?

Sendai progress in the spotlight. Governments are this week stepping up efforts to implement the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction by crafting ways to measure progress in curbing deaths and economic losses through to 2030... Read more

West coast earthquake early-warning system gets $3.6 million boost. A $3.6 million grant was awarded to scientists working to advance an earthquake early-warning system that could save hundreds if not thousands of lives on the West Coast... Read more

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