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Saturday, May 27, 2017

May 27, 2017


What happened this week?

Mexico. A 5.8 earthquake occurred off the Pacific coast of Mexico, the US Geological Survey said on Saturday...Read more

United States.
  1. A total of more than 4.5 inches of rain in Ashland since Tuesday and a swollen Wahoo Creek that spilled into Salt Creek meant flooding made its regular spring appearance in Ashland...Read more
  2. Lake Ontario flooding: Week of rain could boost flooding. The region braced for a long stretch of rain and showers -- weather that could contribute to more floodingRead more
  3. In the late evening hours on Tuesday, severe weather and what police are calling a tornado touched down in the Sealy area along the I-10 corridorRead more
  4. A slide buried about a quarter of a mile of the highway in dirt up to 40 feet deep. The road, also known as State Route 1,  was shut for about 12 miles from Ragged Point to Gorda, CaliforniaRead more
  5. A shallow magnitude 3.3 earthquake was reported Thursday morning 12 miles from Malibu, according to the U.S. Geological Survey…Read more
  6. Meteorologists confirmed at least three tornadoes that occurred in northeast Oklahoma during Thursday night’s storm, and four other tornadoes have received preliminary damage ratings as of Monday morning…Read more
  7. Severe weather resumed Thursday in parts of the Plains, and in southwestern Missouri, residents cleaned up damage after dangerous storms struck during the late-afternoon hours…Read more
Interesting Facts


How Does Climate Change Cause Forest Fires? National Wildlife Federation (NWF) notes that increases in average annual temperatures create conditions that dramatically elevate the risk and severity of forest fires, particularly in the American West...Read more

NASA discovers a new mode of ice loss in Greenland. A new NASA study finds that during Greenland's hottest summers on record, 2010 and 2012, the ice in Rink Glacier on the island's west coast didn't just melt faster than usual, it slid through the glacier's interior in a gigantic wave, like a warmed freezer pop sliding out of its plastic casing...Read more

Disaster risk management: Science helps save lives. The report 'Science for Disaster Risk Management 2017: knowing more and losing less' is the flagship product of the European Commission's Disaster Risk Management Knowledge Centre (DRMKC), presenting the state-of-the-art in disaster risk management...Read more

Researchers Say Future Appears Grim for Earthquake Early Warning System Under Proposed Budget. Plans for a West Coast earthquake early warning system, designed to one day give notice of an imminent temblor...Read more

What's new in Disaster Risk Reduction?

Global forum on disaster risk reduction takes place in Mexico. The top global forum on preventing and mitigating disaster impacts opened its biennial session on 23 May in the Mexican resort of Cancun with calls for more unified and concerted action against interlocking natural hazards that disrupt the lives of millions of people every year...Readmore

Risks to Small Island Developing States spotlighted. Dozens of the world’s most climate-vulnerable island nations today spotlighted efforts to curb threats posed by hazards and to make development sustainable, ahead of the 2017 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction...Read more

A new milestone for risk mapping. The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction today launched a landmark interactive atlas that exposes the hidden threats posed by natural hazards in national economies and countries’ urban centres...Readmore

UN, Red Cross/Red Crescent join forces to reduce disaster deaths for women and girls. A major initiative to prevent large numbers of women and girls dying in disasters and to ensure they are included in disaster risk management was launched today at the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in Cancun, Mexico...Read more