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Hawaii's Puʻu ʻŌʻō eruption. And you thought Iceland got all the good volcano names.

Hawaii’s Puʻu ʻŌʻō eruption. And you thought Iceland got all the good volcano names.

Could there really be a volcano season?

The Earth seems to have been smoking a lot recently. Volcanoes are currently erupting in Iceland, Hawaii, Indonesia, and Mexico. Others, in the Philippines and Papua New Guinea, erupted recently but seem to have calmed down. And then there was the fatal eruption in Japan. Many of these have threatened homes and forced evacuations. But among their less-endangered spectators, these eruptions may have raised a question: Is there such a thing as a season for volcanic eruptions? Surprisingly, this may be a possibility. While volcano “seasons” aren’t anything like the four we’re familiar with, scientists have started to discern intriguing patterns in their activity…

 

Volcano, other natural disasters take toll on Japan

Idaho Falls resident Miyai Abe Griggs has family members in Japan who are still trying to recover from the tsunami in 2011. “I do have family members who are still rebuilding or are unable to go back to where they used to live,” she said, adding that she brought her grandfather to Idaho to live following the tragedy. While her family is still trying to recover from the tsunami, other people in Japan have suffered from earthquakes and typhoons…

 

Taking Stock After a Disaster

Mr. Pelonero brings personal experience to his job of conducting home inventories after natural disasters. He lost his own home in Hurricane Ike in 2008. Credit Michael Stravato for The New York Times

Mr. Pelonero brings personal experience to his job of conducting home inventories after natural disasters. He lost his own home in Hurricane Ike in 2008. Credit Michael Stravato for The New York Times

Michael Pelonero, 34, is director of field representatives for Enservio, a Needham, Mass.-based provider of services and software for insurers. Q. What does Enservio do, and what do you do for Enservio? A. Enservio inventories the contents of homes after natural disasters as part of the claims process for insurance companies. When companies contact us after a flood, fire, hurricane or tornado, I coordinate the work to be done by the field teams and work on site with them…

 

Europe RE: Flood damage to Serbia from EUR 1.5 to 2 billion

Serbia’s has joined a unique system for insurance against natural disasters as cofounder of the regional reinsurance company “Europe RE”, which began its operations in Serbia on Thursday including Albania and Macedonia among its shareholders. Serbia invested a total USD 5 million in establishing of the “Europe RE” with headquarters in Switzerland. “Europe RE” Director General Heinz Christian Vollenweider and Director of Energoprojekt Garant insurance company Mirjana Bogicevic presented Swiss Visual Pro flood and Earthquake Insurance Policy to a household from Obrenovac at a regional conference in Belgrade, thus marking the beginning of ‘Europe RE” operation on the Serbian market…

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