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Friday, February 3, 2017

February 3, 2017

What happened this week?
Chile. Wildfire Disaster fueled by Non-Indigenous Tree Plantations and over 238,000 hectares of forests in central and southern Chile have been burned according to the National Forestry Corporation. Ten people are dead as a result of what the Chilean government are calling the largest wildfire in Chile's history... Read more

Ecuador. 5.4 magnitude earthquake shakes Ecuador province affected in 2016 again. It happened in Atacames, Esmeraldas and a tsunami probability was discarded. A  tsunami simulation was being performed in Manabí and Esmeraldas while a 3.7 magnitude replica occurred... Read more
Interesting Facts
Prediction of large earthquake probability improved. Researchers of the Mathematics Research Centre (CRM) and the UAB have developed a mathematical law to explain the size distribution of earthquakes, even in the cases of large-scale ones... Read more

Advanced drought and flood risk monitoring program for environmentally vulnerable regions. Princeton professor Eric Wood and his team of engineers have deployed their advanced drought and flood risk monitoring program for environmentally vulnerable regions like Niger and other areas in Africa and in Latin America. The program assimilates weather data that are plentiful but hard to analyze for those on the ground... Read more 
What's new in Disaster Risk Reduction?

Protect wetlands to reduce disaster risk. Sites such as mangroves, coral reefs, flood plains or peat marshes are natural buffers against weather hazards including storms and floods, according to experts marking this year's World Wetlands Day... Read more

Tackling disaster reduces risk of conflict. The new UN Secretary-General, Mr. Antonio Guterres, has not wasted any time in higglighting the importance of disaster risk reduction for promoting peace and stability...Read more

Reducing disaster risk helps tackle hunger in Latin America and the Caribbean. More than 34 million people in Latin America and the Caribbean still suffer from hunger, but the region is boosting its ability to make agriculture sustainable and ensure food security by curbing disaster risk... Read more

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