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This aerial photo shows houses collapsed after a strong earthquake hit Hakuba, Nagano prefecture, central Japan, Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014. The magnitude-6.8 earthquake shook on Saturday night the mountainous area that hosted the 1998 Winter Olympics destroying more than half a dozen homes in the ski resort town and injuring at least 30 people, officials said. (AP Photo/Kyodo News)

This aerial photo shows houses collapsed after a strong earthquake hit Hakuba, Nagano prefecture, central Japan, Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014. The magnitude-6.8 earthquake shook on Saturday night the mountainous area that hosted the 1998 Winter Olympics destroying more than half a dozen homes in the ski resort town and injuring at least 30 people, officials said. (AP Photo/Kyodo News)

Cities need more than techno-fixes to build resilience

Rapid urbanisation and climate change are exerting overwhelming pressure on cities in the developing world. And there is a sense among some experts, city managers and business leaders that only science and new technological solutions will enable cities to become resilient to the daunting array of shocks and stresses…

 

Japan Earthquake Caused More Damage Than Initially Thought

The damage from an overnight earthquake in a mountainous area of central Japan that hosted the 1998 winter Olympics proved more extensive than initially thought. A daylight assessment Sunday found at least 50 homes destroyed in two villages, and 41 people injured across the region, including seven seriously, mostly with broken bones, officials said. The magnitude-6.7 earthquake struck shortly after 10 p.m. Saturday west of Nagano city at a depth of 5 kilometers (3 miles), the Japan Meteorological Agency said. The agency revised the magnitude and depth from initial estimates. The U.S. Geological Survey recorded a magnitude of 6.2. Since the quake occurred inland, there was no possibility of a tsunami…

 

New U.K. Lab Re-Creates Real-World Disaster Scenarios

Michael Lawrence runs the new HIVE facility where researchers can test methods and products for building more resilient structures.

Michael Lawrence runs the new HIVE facility where researchers can test methods and products for building more resilient structures.

Michael Lawrence, a low-carbon design expert at the University of Bath, knows something about brass tacks. He’s working on a paneling system that aims to equip walls with hardier and more energy-efficient insulation. His testing ground is the HIVE, a new facility for developing resilient construction methods at the university’s September-inaugurated Building Research Park. Lawrence, the HIVE’s principal investigator and the park’s director, says that the process of settling on a design, clearing its site (a former airfield) for new use and finally building the space took a little over a year…

 

Queensland’s disaster relief funding under threat from federal government

Cyclones have caused billions of dollars of damage to Queensland. Photo: AFP photo

Cyclones have caused billions of dollars of damage to Queensland. Photo: AFP photo

National disaster funding to Queensland from the federal government is under serious threat with authorities wanting to reduce federal payouts from 75 per of costs to just 50 per cent of the costs. A final decison wil be made before Christmas in the lead-up to Queensland’s cyclone season. That would mean the Queensland Government and its councils would have to pay billions of dollars extra to clean up after severe damage from floods, cyclones, storms and bushfires…

 

National Experts Convene to Advance Disaster Resilience

More than 175 of the nation’s leading experts will gather this week in Orlando for the nonprofit Federal Alliance for Safe Homes’ (FLASH) 2014 Annual Conference—Resilience Revolution. FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate, Lt. General Russel L. Honoré (US Army Ret.), National Hurricane Center Director Dr. Rick Knabb, and The Weather Channel’s Jim Cantore will headline the two-day conference that focuses on innovation in disaster preparation and resilience…

 

 

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