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Friday, July 25, 2014

July 25, 2014

What happened this week?

Tornado Kills Two, Injures Two Dozen More at Virginia Campground.A tornado struck a campground in Cheriton, Virginia, killing two campers and injuring 26 more as the storm swept through the area... Read More

Chile Earthquake: Terremoto Strikes Bolivia Border. A strong Chile earthquake  struck the region. The temblor could also be felt in Bolivia as well..Read More

Interesting Facts

California not only earthquake zone. Scientists conclude that 16 states have a relatively high likelihood of experiencing damaging ground shaking. These states have historically experienced earthquakes with a magnitude 6 or greater... Read More

What's new in Disaster Risk Reduction?

Natural disaster preventive action and risk management could save over $14 billion a year. The Australian Business Roundtable has released a report that argues better risk management and preventative actions could save up to $14.6 billion a year in recovery costs following natural disasters... Read More

Friday, July 18, 2014

July 18, 2014

What happened this week?

Four Earthquakes Reported In Logan County. The United States Geological Survey reported four earthquakes Saturday in Logan County. The largest was a 4.3 magnitude...Read More

Peru Earthquake: Terremoto Strikes Off Coast. The Peru earthquake is one of the strongest to strike the country this month... Read More

Severe storms Tuesday; two cars stuck in mudslide near Poncha Springs. Storms that rolled into the Front Range, especially in southern Colorado dropping torrential rain and causing damage...  Read More

Interesting Facts

Seven earthquakes shake Oklahoma in two days. Oklahoma had surpassed California in the number of earthquakes. It's possible that hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, could have played a role in causing temblors... Read More

Scientists discover evidence of super-fast deep earthquake. Scientists have discovered the first evidence that deep earthquakes, those breaking at more than 400 kilometers (250 miles) below Earth's surface. Read More

What's new in Disaster Risk Reduction?

$5 Million to Deploy Earthquake Early Warning System. The Appropriations Committee has included $5 million in funding in the Fiscal Year 2015 Interior and Environment Appropriations bill for the Earthquake Early Warning System... Read More

Friday, July 11, 2014

July 11, 2014

What happened this week?

Flood emergency in New Bedford as Hurricane Arthur drenches area. Extreme flooding in New Bedford swamped cars, stranded motorists and prompted the National Weather Service to declare a flood emergency...  Read More

Earthquake slams Mexico, Guatemala. A magnitude-6.9 earthquake on the Pacific Coast jolted a wide area of southern Mexico and Central America on Monday, killing at least three people while damaging homes, hospitals and churches... Read More

Interesting Facts

Oklahoma earthquake surge tied to energy industry activity -study. A dramatic jump in the number of earthquakes in Oklahoma to a rate never seen there by scientists before, appears to be caused by a small number of wells where wastewater associated with oil and gas production is injected into the ground... Read More

Flood prevention with permeable paving. We can’t do much to stop it raining, but we can change the ways we plan and develop our landscapes to minimise the risk of flooding...Read More

What's new in Disaster Risk Reduction?

Regional Encounter (Andean Region-Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru) on Good Practices in Disaster Risk Management in the Tourism Sector: The case of Peru. Presentation of a  study on Disaster Risk Management in the Tourism Sector in Peru at the meeting of the Andean Committee for Prevention and Disaster Relief so as to inform public policy with regard to disaster risk management and tourism in the region... Read More

Representatives of agencies for disaster risk management from Latin America and the Caribbean Disaster visit Caral 
An important delegation of representatives from agencies for civil protection and disaster risk management in Latin American and Caribbean countries made a visit to the Sagrada city of Caral to learn about the Andean Cosmovision of disaster risk management..Read More

Strengthening mechanisms of mutual cooperation in the prevention and care of disasters
The Secretary of Disaster Risk Management of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers, Alberto Bisbal, reported that the Andean Committee for the prevention and attention of disasters (CAPRADE) will raise on the occasion of the next World Humanitarian Summit 2016, whose headquarters are in Turkey, the strengthening of mechanisms for mutual cooperation among countries and promote early warning systems and capacities of knowledge between communities and Nations... Read More

Executive will continue to work, with or without prognosis, in the prevention of the El Niño phenomenon 
The Secretary of Risk Disaster Management of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers, Alberto Bisbal, assured that the Government will continue to work in the prevention of the possible consequences of El Niño phenomenon in our country. “It is most important that with or without prognosis we work on prevention, since more than 2 years ago, in the improvement of infrastructures and protection,” he said... Read More

Executive strengthens the capacity to respond in the face of natural disasters, giving priority to the most vulnerable population
Rene Cornejo Díaz, President of the Council of Ministers, stated today that the Executive Branch is strengthening the capacity of response to natural phenomena, as well as the implementation of disaster risk management, giving priority to the most vulnerable population with a multi-sectoral vision in the three levels of Government... Read More

Thursday, July 3, 2014

July 3, 2014

What happened this week?

Additional tornado paths found, totaling 3 tornadoes. The National Weather Service announced that two tornado paths were found from severe storms that hit Indiana... Read More

Flooding closes highways in Manitoba, Saskatchewan. Heavy rain has closed highways and forced dozens of communities in Manitoba and Saskatchewan to declare a state of emergency... Read More

Bolivia Earthquake: Terremoto Strikes East of La Paz. A Bolivia earthquake has struck east of La Paz. The Bolivia earthquake today June 27, 2014 began in the morning hours. Damage assessment is pending... Read More

Earthquakes rock Arizona and New Mexico. Earthquakes of 5.2 and 3.5 magnitude shook one and a half million people in Arizona and New Mexico Saturday at 11 p.m... Read More

Interesting Facts

Areas hit by tornadoes so far this year. It's interesting to see which areas of USA were most heavily affected by the couple of tornado outbreaks we've seen over the past six months.... Read More

Hurricane Exercise Demonstrates Advances in Disaster Response Technology. A mapping technology known as GeoSHAPE, which has been designed to transform the way government and nongovernmental organizations collaborate on collecting, curating and sharing geospatial data during disaster response and humanitarian relief efforts... Read More

Rail warning system “ears” can hear landslide. Electronic “ears” have been installed along one of most landslide-prone train lines in a pioneering project that could protect rail tracks and roads...  Read More

What's new in Disaster Risk Reduction?

Better early warning systems in flood prone Bangladesh. Deliver a system that uses mobile SMS technology to collect and send data automatically – dramatically shortening the time required to update the central register, as well as improving the quality of information... Read More

Building climate and disaster-resilient communities and economies: How the insurance industry and governments can work together more effectively. A ground-breaking alliance between the United Nations and insurance companies from across the globe launched a drive to tackle natural disaster risk by identifying the most effective measures to combat disasters and helping communities implement them... Read More