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Indonesian volcanic ash cloud may halt Australia flights for days

Mount Sangeang erupts on Friday evening. Photograph: Twitter
Mount Sangeang erupts on Friday evening. Photograph: Twitter

Flights across northern Australia could be affected for days after a volcanic eruption in Indonesia sent a vast ash cloud over the region. Qantas and Virgin Australia have confirmed all their flights to and from the Northern Territory capital of Darwin have been cancelled after Sangeang Api, a volcano off the Indonesian island of Sumbawa, erupted at least three times since Friday. Deputy prime minister Warren Truss said the ash cloud was between 6km and 13km in the atmosphere and and could affect flights as far south as Brisbane…

 

China-U.S. cooperating on natural disaster mitigation, says top Army engineer

WASHINGTON (Army News Service, May 22, 2014) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is cooperating with China on a number of fronts involving areas of mutual interest, such as storm and earthquake mitigation, said the USACE commander. Lt. Gen. Thomas Bostick spoke at a media roundtable with foreign press on USACE support to the Asia-Pacific region at the State Department’s Foreign Press Center here, today. While better known for its storm and flood mitigation projects in the U.S., USACE also undertakes projects overseas, within 22 nations in the Asia-Pacific region, including China…

 

Photo of the Massive Wildfire in Alaska, As Seen from Space

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When it comes to natural disasters like hurricanes or wildfires, not even standard aerial photography can really cut it. To capture something that occurs on such a massive scale, you need a massive view, and so these disasters are often best visualized by NASA’s satellites. Above and below are false and natural color images (respectively) of the ‘Funny River Fire’ that broke out on the Kenai Peninsula in Alaska on May 19th, and has since spread to encompass a difficult-to-fathom 183,294 acres (according to an update posted yesterday morning). For scale, that’s almost 35,000 acres larger than the city of Chicago…

 

UN experts finalize assessment of floods in Serbia

serbia30 May 2014 – After ten days of field work, the UN Team of Experts that came to the country upon a request of the Serbian Government has finalized the assessment of the impacts of one of the most serious natural disasters that struck Serbia in the last 120 years. The expert report will be handed over to the government of Serbia and will be an important element in the preparations for a Donor Conference, which the French government will be hosting in Paris to coordinate the response of the International Community to the recent floods in the Balkans…

 

Staying Resilient Through the Ups and Downs

Resilience is that ineffable quality that allows some people to be knocked down by life and come back stronger than ever. Rather than letting failure overcome them and drain their resolve, they find a way to rise from the ashes. My favorite part: They find a way to rise from the ashes — a quality entrepreneurs need to possess. You have big ideas. You know you’re going to make it, it may just take some time, possibly a lot of time. There are ups and downs, highs and lows, great days and horrible ones. You love your job one day and wish you worked for “the man” the next. But you’re resilient. You will hold onto the hope you started with and power through each challenge – because it’s your job…