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Friday, October 7, 2016

October 7, 2016

What happened this week?

Haiti. Hurricane Matthew leaves hundreds dead. At least 300 people have died since Matthew made landfall in Haiti on Tuesday as a Category 4 hurricane... Read more

Nicaragua. 145 homes affected by 5.4 magnitude earthquake. The Coordinator of Communication and Citizenship reported that the 5.4 magnitude earthquake left 145 houses affected in the municipality of La Paz Centro. It was reported that, to date, there have been 424 aftershocks where the epicenter was between two volcanos El Hoyo and Momotombo, with a depth of 2.9 km. The National System for Disaster Prevention and Assistance (SINAPRED) and the Nicaraguan Institute of Municipal Development (INIFOM) are conducting a tour in the communities surrounding the epicenter. The quake also left 6 people with minor injuries and one related fatality... Read more

Interesting Facts

High-tech future early warning system for hurricanes, tornados and volcanic eruptions. The Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) has been able to detect a gravity wave wafting through space from two colliding black holes billions of years ago. Now a group has built a much smaller ring laser interferometer to explore how it could detect geophysical effects such as earthquake-generated ground rotation and infrasound from convective storms and have demonstrated the technology's potential as an early-warning system for natural disasters... Read more

What's new in Disaster Risk Reduction?

#IDDR2016: Europe’s Meteolarm offers life-saving alerts. Rolled out in the wake of one of the deadliest storms to strike Europe in decades, the continent-wide weather information service Meteoalarm plays a life-saving role by raising public awareness of how to curb risks, and fosters international cooperation into the bargain... Read more

UN, World Bank, insurance sector tackle climate vulnerability. A new public-private partnership between the leaders of the United Nations, the World Bank and the insurance sector has adopted a risk management strategy that seeks to harness insurance to promote economic recovery and resilience to climate hazards and disasters... Read more

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