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April 30, 2015 | 0 comments

As rescue crews in Nepal expanded their rescue and search operations on Monday, the U.N. released before and after satellite images taken by DigitalGlobe that show how the city of Kathmandu and other areas were devastated by the earthquake. As The Post's Annie Gowen and Rama Lakshmi reported, at least 4,200 people lost their lives in the disaster: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2015/04/27/u-n-satelli...

April 30, 2015 | 0 comments

Twenty-six members of Army Special Forces are helping Nepal's military find and help survivors from a devastating earthquake April 25 and the following aftershocks, said Marine Lt. Col. Jeffrey Pool, a Defense Department spokesman.
http://www.militarytimes.com/story/military/pentagon/2015/04/26/air-forc...

April 24, 2015 | 0 comments

If a hurricane is closing in on your neighborhood, the National Weather Service wants you to know what you will likely face. So it is creating an interactive map on its homepage to tell you how your home in any particular storm could be affected by strong winds, torrential rains, storm surge or flooding. "It communicates the local threat of each hurricane hazard," Pablo Santos, meteorologist in charge of the weather service's Miami office, said Tuesday. "It's meant to be realistic in terms of what to prepare for." While the goal is to have it up and running by the June 1 start of hurricane season, Santos said it is still "under construction" and may not be available until the heart of the season in mid-August, or possibly even next year: http://www.emergencymgmt.com/disaster/Interactive-Hurricane-Map-Detail-L...

April 24, 2015 | 0 comments

For many of us, smartphones have become the primary tool for organizing our lives. Scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey are working to turn them into tools for not just organizing but saving lives. Specifically, USGS geophysicists are developing earthquake early-warning systems that can grab data from smartphones and pass along alerts to those in the path of earthquake shockwaves. According to USGS geophysicist Sarah Minson, the idea for smartphone crowdsourcing came out of the service's work on the ShakeAlert early-warning system that is being deployed on the West Coast using seismic instruments: http://gcn.com/blogs/emerging-tech/2015/04/smartphone-earthquake-warning...

April 21, 2015 | 0 comments

Extreme hazards — rare, high-impact events — pose a serious and underestimated threat to humanity. The extremes of the broad ensemble of natural and anthropogenic hazards can lead to global disasters and catastrophes. Because they are rare and modern society lacks experience with them, they tend to be ignored in disaster risk management. While the probabilities of most natural hazards do not change much over time, the sensitivity of the built environment and the vulnerability of the embedded socio-economic fabric have increased rapidly.Extreme hazards — rare, high-impact events — pose a serious and underestimated threat to humanity. The extremes of the broad ensemble of natural and anthropogenic hazards can lead to global disasters and catastrophes. Because they are rare and modern society lacks experience with them, they tend to be ignored in disaster risk management. While the probabilities of most natural hazards do not change much over time, the sensitivity of the built environment and the vulnerability of the embedded socio-economic fabric have increased rapidly: http://www.homelandsecuritynewswire.com/dr20150415-extreme-geohazards-re...