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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

Saturday, May 20, 2017

May 20, 2017

What happened this week?

Jamaica. The country has been hit by widespread flooding and a flash-flood warning has been issued for ten parishes, according to media reports...Read more

United States.

1.     A shallow magnitude 4.0 earthquake was reported Wednesday evening 76 miles from Petrolia, Calif., according to the U.S. Geological Survey...Read more
2.     An outbreak of severe thunderstorms with tornadoes, large hail and wind damage was expected across parts of the southern and central Plains into the overnight hours…Read more
3.     A flooding, brought on by torrential downpours, was mostly reported in the city's East Ward of Newark, N.J. Emergency responders, some using a boat and amphibious vehicle, rescued 29 people stranded by flood waters…Read more
4.     A series of storms throughout the eastern part of the Texas Panhandle produced four tornadoes that were spotted Tuesday afternoon and caused heavy damage in some parts of Wheeler County…Read more
5.     The USGS recorded a magnitude 4.2 quake at 4:32 a.m. Saturday near Waynoka, about 150 miles (241.39 kilometers) northwest of Oklahoma City…Read more
6.     The North Port brush fire grows to more than 3,000 acres, forcing portions of I-75 to remain closed overnight…Read more
Interesting Facts

Flooding in Canada is a big problem, but few Canadians know they're at risk: study. Nearly all of the 2,300 people surveyed for a new University of Waterloo study did not know or weren't sure that they lived in a designated flood risk area. Almost 90 per cent were unaware that their home was in an area vulnerable to flooding...Read more

 “Time to Build” Flood Resilient Infrastructure. The lower Midwest is still recovering after severe flooding swept through the region in early May. While the chances of multiple major floods happening in a relative short time span is a possibility, climate change is loading the dice in favor of making such occurrences all too common. Bad news for infrastructure...Read more

What's new in Disaster Risk Reduction?

Caribbean region aims to integrate gender equality in disaster risk management in the agriculture sector. In an effort to strengthen the resiliency of communities to disasters in the Caribbean, 25 representatives from 12 countries across the region are participating in a regional training workshop for integrating gender equality in disaster risk management programming for the agriculture sector...Read more

China reaffirms disaster risk cooperation commitment. China’s Minister of Civil Affairs has reaffirmed his country’s commitment to increasing international cooperation to address the common challenge of disasters...Readmore

How cities are helping lead the world’s disaster risk reduction efforts. With over half of the world’s population living in urban environments, the actions of city leaders and local stakeholders could prove to be powerful agents of change in achieving the goals of the Sendai Framework to build meaningful resilience and disaster risk reduction across the globe...Read more

UNDP & the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction. UNDP’s disaster risk reduction (DRR) efforts help countries achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by both delivering and protecting development gains from the impacts of disasters and climate change. By working with governments and partners towards ‘risk-informing’ national, local and sectoral development planning processes...Read more

Friday, May 5, 2017

May 5, 2017

What happened this week?

  1. The U.S. Geological Survey says a magnitude-6.3 aftershock has shaken the corner of British Columbia, near the boundary with Alaska, nearly two hours after a magnitude-6.2 earthquake hit the same area...Read more
  2. An Argentine mountain climber is stranded alone about halfway up Canada's highest peak, braving high winds and awaiting a rescue that may still be days away...Read more

Cuba. Almost 1 Million Cubans Impacted by Intense Drought; the reservoirs on the island are registering 36.5 percent of their filling capacity. In the central provinces of Sancti Spiritus, Ciego de Avila and Camaguey, where the drought is especially acute, reservoirs are below 25 percent...Read more

Dominican Republic. Torrential rains put thousands more at risk of flooding and disease, more heavy rains are expected in the Dominican Republic over the next couple of weeks, more than 9,000 people have already been forced to leave their homes into shelters as heavy rains and flooding have swept over southern Dominican Republic since late April...Read more

United States.

1.      At least 10 people have been killed by tornadoes or flooding in the South and Midwest by a storm that also dumped a rare late-season blizzard in western Kansas on Sunday...Read more

2.     Dozens of firefighters were battling a brush fire that broke out in the Highgrove community of Riverside County Sunday afternoon and was spreading rapidly, threatening several homes; in Highgrove, California...Read more

3.     Thunder storms ripped across Texas, the South and Midwest this weekend killing at least 15 and spawning tornadoes and floods that left parts of the countryside devastated...Read more

4.     Southwest Missouri received considerable amounts of rain late Friday night and into Saturday. Areas are flooded, roadways are closed, sink holes in some parts and the town of Seneca is completely closed down due to the flooding...Read more

Interesting Facts

Earthquake probability maps show nearly all of Japan at risk. Compared with the 2016 data released in June, the sharpest rise in probability for an intensity-6 quake was around the city of Sanyo-Onoda in Yamaguchi Prefecture. It increased by 3.6 percentage points to 17.1 percent...Read more

How drone swarms could help protect us from tornadoes. In the future, envisions meteorologists flying drone swarms into severe weather to measure the parameters at specific points throughout the storm. Fed into a computer model, this information could indicate whether a thunderstorm is likely to turn into a tornado from a safe distance...Read more

Monitoring groundwater drought without measuring it. Seventy-five percent of EU inhabitants depend on groundwater for their water supply, which makes groundwater management extremely important. To manage groundwater effectively during drought periods like 2015, data about groundwater levels are needed in (near-) real time. However, observations of groundwater levels are rarely available in real time, even in Europe, one of the most densely monitored areas of the world...Read more

Researchers develop radar simulator to characterize scattering of debris in tornadoes. The first numerical polarimetric radar simulator studies and characterizes the scattering of debris particles in tornadoes and transmits radio wave pulses horizontally and vertically...Read more

What's new in Disaster Risk Reduction?

Arab region sets stance for Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction. The Doha Declaration focuses on the Arab Strategy for Disaster Risk Reduction 2030, with a strong emphasis on aligning the region’s efforts with the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, a 15-year plan adopted by the international community in 2015...Read more

Caribbean Rolls Out Plans to Reduce Climate Change Hazards. The regional plan of action you will adopt . . . will help and guide national and local governments in their efforts to strengthen the links between the 2030 agenda for Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction...Read more

Ottawa gets it right on funding for disaster mitigation. The investment is designed to reduce the almost $9-billion spent by the federal government in unbudgeted disaster relief expenditures from 2005 projected through 2020...Read more

Overcoming Barriers to Meeting the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction. Canada’s adoption of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction represents an important opportunity to manage flood risk, which is the most common and costly hazard facing Canadians...Read more