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Is the world ready for another tsunami?

“We learn geology the morning after the earthquake,” said Ralph Waldo Emerson. Since the beginnings of recorded history, mankind has struggled with the destructive forces of nature. This conflict between man and nature has included our responses to everything from a single event killing large numbers to the efforts of medical science to prolong life and fight disease. Hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, volcanoes, cyclones, drought, floods, landslides, wildfires, typhoons, avalanches, meteorites, diseases and tsunamis headline the world’s natural disasters. Our preparations for such disasters and our proactive efforts to avoid the worst results have often been severely lacking. We fail to plan for deadly events that have a high probability of happening; and we ignore the steps that could be taken to prevent the worst outcomes. In 1998 three American high school students created a website about natural disasters…

Subduction zone along tectonic plate boundaries (shown in red) around Australia that have the potential to generate a tsunami that may impact on Australia's coast (source: Geoscience Australia).

Subduction zone along tectonic plate boundaries (shown in red) around Australia that have the potential to generate a tsunami that may impact on Australia’s coast (source: Geoscience Australia).

What Does Your City Need to be Resilient?

Three game-changing resilience facts I bet you didn’t know:

•Trees remove 2,202 tons of air pollution every single year in New York City.

•Aerial gondola installation costs are 33 times less than underground subways.

•A single urban farm can produce around 250 pounds of local food in one year…

Firms urged to boost resilience vs disasters

Local businessmen were urged to build awareness toward increasing private sector resilience, amid increasing risks from natural disasters that have recently accounted for a larger share of business losses, speakers at a leaders’ forum said Friday. The Top Leader Forum, led by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) and the Sy family’s SM Prime Holdings Inc., was aimed at addressing the current resilience rating sytems to increase shareholder value and coming up with incentives to stimulate so-called “resilient investments.” The main message was that companies that are proactive and invest in their resiliency to reduce disaster risk can grow, post-disaster, while competitors that fail do the same fall behind.

PH typhoon death toll now at least 5,235

TACLOBAN, Philippines – The number of people dead or missing after one of the world’s strongest typhoons struck the Philippines climbed towards 7,000 on Saturday, as the United Nations warned much more needed to be done to help desperate survivors. The government’s confirmed death toll rose to 5,235, with another 1,613 people still missing more than two weeks after Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) destroyed entire towns across a long stretch of islands in the central Philippines. Haiyan now rivals a 1976 tsunami on the southern island of Mindanao as the deadliest recorded natural disaster to strike the Philippines, which endures a never-ending battle against typhoons, earthquakes, floods and volcanic eruptions…

Tornado destroys house in New South Wales

They’ve spotted the odd tornado in the United States, but a pair of Lismore storm chasers had never seen a cloud ‘‘putting down a tube’’ in their own backyard until today. For Jason Paterson and Michael Bath, the dramatic tornado that hit the skies above the small Northern Tablelands village of Ben Lomond on Saturday afternoon was a once in a lifetime weather event. The tornado, which the men filmed from nearby Glencoe, dropped from beneath a rapidly rotating wall cloud shortly after 4pm…

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