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A joint search and rescue team works on Mount Ontakesan at 10:22 a.m. on Oct. 1. (Eiji Hori)

A joint search and rescue team works on Mount Ontakesan at 10:22 a.m. on Oct. 1. (Eiji Hori)

More victims of Mt. Ontakesan eruption found as typhoon nears

Four more victims of the deadly eruption of Mount Ontakesan were found on Oct. 4, as workers scrambled in their search for other missing climbers with a powerful typhoon approaching the volcano. Mount Ontakesan, which straddles Nagano and Gifu prefectures in central Japan, erupted on Sept. 27. Three of the four climbers found on Oct. 4 were confirmed dead, bringing the official death toll to 50. It is the deadliest volcanic eruption in Japan in the postwar period…

 

Queensland drone research could help emergency response efforts in natural disasters

Participants learn to operate an unmanned aircraft in a training course at Minden in south-east Queenland. ABC News: Courtney Wilson

Participants learn to operate an unmanned aircraft in a training course at Minden in south-east Queenland. ABC News: Courtney Wilson

World-first research by Queensland scientists could enable unmanned aircraft or drones to be used in emergency response efforts in natural disasters. Scientists at the Australian Research Centre for Aerospace Automation (ARCAA) have successfully staged a fully-automated emergency landing of a small unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) or drone. ARCAA director Professor Duncan Campbell said it was the first step towards more drones being allowed to fly in the crowded skies above populated areas…

 

Tsunamiball: A handcrafted wooden vessel for riding out unlikely disasters

You may have heard about Chris Robinson, a Silicon Valley designer and art director who, following the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami in Japan, set out to construct a simple yet ingenious tsunami escape pod of sorts — the Tsunamiball — out of marine plywood and epoxy in his Palo Alto backyard. And in case you’re in need of a quick geography refresher, the city of Palo Alto nestled in the northern end of California’s Santa Clara Valley, isn’t exactly in giant tidal wave country (or maybe it is?). However, the slough-heavy city is indeed part of the nine-county monster known as the Bay Area with the San Francisco Bay sitting to the east and the Santa Cruz Mountains to the west and, beyond that, the Pacific Ocean. Basically, Palo Alto isn’t Honolulu — but it isn’t Spokane either…

 

Red Cross, FEMA, Verizon, PSE&G Partner With Perth Amboy to Stress the Importance of Disaster Preparedness, Volunteerism on ‘National PrepareAthon Day’

According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, in 2013 deadly weather caused more than $8 billion in property damage, and failing to prepare for extreme weather events has cost the United States$1.15 trillion in economic losses between 1980 and 2010. Recognizing how emergency preparedness strategies can mitigate damages and keep individuals and families safe, representatives from the American Red Cross, FEMA, PSE&G and Verizon gathered today (Sept. 30) with Perth Amboy Mayor Wilda Diaz and other municipal, county and state officials. The event marked National PrepareAthon Day and stressed the importance of disaster preparedness, emergency communications and volunteerism…

 

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