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Friday, February 5, 2016

February 5, 2016

What happened this week?

United States. Continuous Flooding in Oklahoma State: Continuous flooding has been reported in the State of Oklahoma since December 26, 2015. A state of emergency has been requested by the president to receive public and individual assistance for 50 counties and hazard mitigation statewide.  Read more

Colombia. Red alert due to Wild Fires in Caqueta and Santander Department: Wild Fires in four municipalities of Caqueta Department, and 85 out of the 87 municipalities in Santander Department resulted in a red alert for wild fires since January 30, 2016. Severe drought in more than a dozen of the municipalities required at least 60,000 liters of water to be delivered by trucks... Read more

Interesting Facts

Can slow creep along thrust faults help forecast megaquakes? In Japan and areas like the Pacific Northwest where megathrust earthquakes are common, scientists may be able to better forecast large quakes based on periodic increases and decreases in the rate of slow, quiet slipping along the fault... Read more

El Niño lets landslide scientists get back to their research. The El Niño rains pounding the Bay Area are delivering both a threat and an opportunity to some of the region's most precarious hillsides: After four dry winters, scientists are finally getting a chance to gather information that may improve their ability to predict landslides -- a science that has been notoriously imprecise... Read more

What's new in Disaster Risk Reduction?

Building back better with Sendai. The ten-year old International Recovery Platform is getting a new lease of life thanks to the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction... Read more

White House summit on earthquake resilience. White House officials on Tuesday plan to discuss the West Coast's capability to detect earthquakes as early as possible and how to improve existing systems... Read more

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