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Sunday, June 4, 2017

June 4, 2017


What happened this week?

Brazil. Heavy rains and mudslides have driven at least 70 000 people from their homes and killed 12 people in two northeastern Brazilian states...Read more

Mexico. Tropical Storm Beatriz soaked parts of southern Mexico with heavy rains after it moved ashore in an area of touristy beach communities Thursday night and began weakening, and killed at least six...Read more


United States.

  1. A shallow magnitude 3.2 earthquake was reported Thursday morning south of the Salton Sea in Imperial County, 17 miles from Westmorland, according to the U.S. Geological Survey...Read more
  2. A magnitude 6.8 earthquake rumbled north of Alaska’s Aleutian Islands on Friday afternoon, but did not cause a tsunami or damage structuresRead more
  3. The National Weather Service (NWS) confirms five tornadoes touched down in Missouri Saturday, three in Laclede County, and one in Morgan CountyRead more
  4. A wildfire near the Orange-Brevard County border has grown from 500 acres to more than 2,000 acres and is expected to continue to increase in size overnight, officials saidRead more
  5. Five tornadoes were confirmed in North Georgia and two in Middle Georgia after storms hit areas throughout the state WednesdayRead more
Interesting Facts

Disaster Law. Good legislation is critical to reducing disaster risks.  Law can set the stage for early warning, financing, community empowerment and accountability – or it can obscure and obstruct the necessary steps....Read more

Newly Discovered Layer In Earth's Mantle May Solve Earthquake Mystery. Japanese and American researchers believe they’ve found a previously unknown set of tectonic plates in the Earth’s mantle, which may finally unravel the secret behind a series of mysterious deep earthquakes – far deeper than they should be found...Read more

Tornado Strength Has Larger Effect Than Population on Casualties, Study Says. The study, recently published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, examined all tornado casualties – death or injury as a direct result of a tornado – in the Lower 48 states from 2007 to 2015...Read more

Why fighting wildfires often fails -- and what to do about it. More than 100M Americans live in or near forests and grasslands that can erupt in flames. Steve Inskeep reports on fighting wildfires, which cost federal agencies almost $2B last year...Read more

What's new in Disaster Risk Reduction?

200 cities to use new tool to improve disaster-related resilience this year. In a bid to boost resilience in the face of disaster, some 200 cities this year say they will start using a new tool to develop strategies for curbing disaster losses from climate change and other risks...Read more

Disaster Volunteer Training to be offered by American Red Cross. The American Red Cross Central and Southern Illinois Region will offer a special Zero to Hero disaster volunteer training in Quincy on June 2-4...Read more

East Africa backs Sendai Framework implementation. Members of parliament from the six-nation East African Community have vowed to step up a drive to implement the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction in their region...Read more

Fiji Reaffirms Commitment To Disaster Risk Reduction Framework. Fiji’s commitment to the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (2015 – 2030) was reaffirmed by the Ministry of Rural and Maritime Development Permanent Secretary, Meleti Bainimarama, while recently attending the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in Cancun, Mexico...Read more

India's Projection of Power Through Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief. The Indian Navy (IN) is currently assisting the Bangladeshi and Sri Lankan governments in dealing with a devastating cyclone and flood, respectively...Read more

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