Category: Disasters

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

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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

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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.