Category: Disasters

High Resolution Data from the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission to Be Made Publicly Available

Recognizing the importance of high resolution data in climate resiliency planning, President Obama has announced a release of high resolution versions of data from the collaborative Shuttle Radar Topography Mission.

’80 monitored’ for Ebola in Texas

Originally Published by BBC News – Texas officials are monitoring as many as 80 people for Ebola after a man was diagnosed with the disease in Dallas, officials tell US media.

A Red Dirt Town: An Enduring Legacy Of Toxic Pollution in Southern Waters

Originally Published by Yale 360 – “A Red Dirt Town,” the second-place winner of the Yale Environment 360 Video Contest, examines the legacy of pollution in Anniston, Alabama, the former home of a Monsanto chemical factory.

Thousands Rescued From Deadly Flash Floods in India, Pakistan

Originally Published by ENS – Hundreds of people have lost their lives in the the heaviest monsoon rains to fall for 50 years in the Himalayan region of Jammu & Kashmir. Thousands are still trapped on rooftops, and a massive rescue and evacuation is in full swing.

Major Earthquake Rattles San Francisco Bay Area

Originally Published by Information Week – At 3:20 am Sunday, a magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck the small community of American Canyon in California’s wine-growing Napa County, causing power outages and damaging roads, homes and businesses. No fatalities were reported.

Inside California’s $7.5 billion drought-survival plan

Originally Published by New Scientist – With reservoirs at record lows and groundwater being rapidly depleted, the state is considering extreme measures to ride out an epic dry spell.

A messy 25-year-long nuclear clean-up

Originally Published by BBC- The town of Hanford, Washington, has long been the most contaminated nuclear waste site in the US. But critics say poor management has put the site in further danger.

7.2-magnitude earthquake in Mexico

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USGS is reporting a 7.5-magnitude earthquake on April 18, 2014. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is reporting a 7.2-magnitude earthquake – a very strong earthquake – that took place in central and southern Mexico this morning. It was originally reported as a 7.5-magnitude and then revised downward.

SERVIR-Africa: Sharing Data for Member Benefit

This image shows Mulanje Massif in southern Malawi. ISERV  – a camera system developed by NASA to support SERVIR and potentially the broader NASA Applied Sciences community – acquired images of portions of Malawi (Africa), which is being studied for changes in land use and subsistence agriculture.  Image Credit: ISERV/NASA.
The SERVIR-Africa partnership with RCMRD promotes an increase in data sharing among RCMRD’s member nations. A flood modeling system that will help member states anticipate and prepare for flooding is in its pilot stages.

Tsunami warning issued after 8.2 quake in Chile

Originally Published by The EarthSky- A 8.2 earthquake struck off the coast of Peru. Tsunami warnings have been issued for Chile, Ecuador, and Peru.