Category: Disasters

Disasters, Both Natural and Weather-Related, Displaced 19 Million in 2014

Originally Published by NYT > EnvironmentA report by the Norwegian Refugee Council said China, India and the Philippines suffered the most displacement from typhoons, floods, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. Topic: Disasters

‘Nightmare’ California oil spill damages rare coastal ecosystem

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Originally Published by Environment | The GuardianActivists say accident is soiling Gaviota coast, a Mediterranean-climate region of which there are only five in the world, and will be closed off for weeks or months Continue reading… Topic: Disasters

Cyclone Noul Approaches The Philippines

Originally Published by NASA Earth ObservatoryThe storm is intensifying, but there are hopes that it might just graze the island of Luzon. Heavy rainfall is expected. Topic: Disasters

Power Outages Plague Nepal

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Originally Published by NASA Earth ObservatoryDarkness descended on much of Nepal after a powerful earthquake rattled the country’s already stressed electrical grid. Topic: People

Fukushima radiation hits North American shores: Oregon environment news

Originally Published by Oregon LiveRadiation from Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear reactor has been found on the shores of Vancouver Island, The Associated Press reports. This is the first time radiation from the disaster has been detected on North American land. Topic: Disasters

Cyclone Pam and DigitalGlobe FirstLook coverage

Originally Published by last weekend Tropical Cyclone Pam struck the Islands of Vanuatu in the South Pacific causing widespread devastation. We were asked by a GEB reader whether the satellite imaging companies would be collecting and publishing satellite imagery of Vanuatu. DigitalGlobe has a subscription service called ‘First Look’ that provides access to timely […]

California fault lines and earthquake probabilities

Originally Published by Google Earth BlogWe have in the past looked at the some of the California fault lines where earth quakes are likely to occur. A recent story in the news is that a recent report by the Working Group on California Earthquake Probabilities (WGCEP) shows that the probability of an 8.0 magnitude earthquake […]

New long-term earthquake forecast for California

Originally Published by Earth & Climate News — ScienceDaily A new California earthquake forecast by the U.S. Geological Survey and partners revises scientific estimates for the chances of having large earthquakes over the next several decades. Topic: Disasters

Global flood toll to triple by 2030

Originally Published by BBC News – Science & Environment People affected by river flooding worldwide could triple by 2030, with climate change and population growth the main factors, says a new report.

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.