Sunday, October 7, 2007

Global Disaster Watch

Why this site is super important

The site features warnings and updates for:
drought, earthquakes, flooding, hurricanes, landslides, meteor
showers, severe weather warnings, solar flares, tsunamis,
volcanoes, wildfires, plus disaster archives and record-breaking
disasters. I think those are pretty good reasons.

What is unique about this page?

It is run by one person, updated daily, and spans all natural disasters all over the world. One of the most comprehensive collections of wide spread disaster data. It's worth visiting a few times a week to catch a glimse of everything that is going on outside of our comfort zone.

Today's disasters

Tsunamis after next Cascadia earthquake might be more damaging than ground shaking - Ground shaking caused by the next predicted Cascadia earthquake off the western coast of British Columbia is expected to result in losses of between US$40 and US$60 billion — and damage losses resulting... read more

ALASKA - Augustine volcano in the Far North has been muttering in its sleep, raising the possibility that the population center of Alaska may get ashed for the second time in less than two years. Augustine has blown its top five times in the past half century, most recently in January 2006. The last eruptive period launched in the fall of 2005 and ended in March of 2006. This time, a series of tiny earthquakes began trembling within the massif beneath the summit, possibly suggesting that a blob of viscous magma was wrenching... read more

CHINA has evacuated one million people as it braces itself for a tropical storm that has already killed four people in Taiwan. Typhoon Krosa has weakened to a tropical storm but is moving towards eastern coastal provinces and cities. Fujian province has issued warnings of more

ARCTIC - Canadian researchers have recorded a heat wave on Melville Island, high in the Arctic. The island is usually one of the coldest places in North America, but the mercury soared to a RECORD 22 degrees on some days in July. That's more than 15 degrees higher than average. The jump in temperature may devastate the local environment. "What we saw as a result of this was really widespread disruption and slumping and sliding of the soil and the vegetation on top of it...when it gets exceptionally warm like this, as we saw, we have tremendous destabilisation of the landscape, and this affected the rivers quite dramatically. We saw...
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Global Disaster Watch

A great to site to access when you need up to date, and historic news about recent disasters. I recommend it strongly.

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