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The intense eye of Cyclone Marcia as it neared the Queensland coast. Photo: US Navy

The intense eye of Cyclone Marcia as it neared the Queensland coast. Photo: US Navy

Cyclone Marcia: How storm took forecasters by surprise

Cyclone Marcia is one super storm that caught Bureau of Meteorology forecasters by surprise. Up until about mid-afternoon on Thursday, meteorologists were watching the storm tracking at category 1 strength, with sustained winds of just over 100km/h. Then, about 4pm, forecasters watched as the cyclone started to slow and its projected intensity soared. According to data compiled by the Space Science and Engineering Centre at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the US, the projected wind speed for Marcia jumped to as much as 230km/h, well into the category 5 range…


New Risks–and Incentives–to Build Resilient Communities

In the wake of unprecedented storms and flooding, the design world has begun to treat resiliency as a new discipline for creating better, more risk-ready communities. Last year the American Institute of Architects made it a focus, helping the Rockefeller Foundation fund “chief resilience offers” in 100 U.S. cities. Schools from Harvard to the University of Texas have put in place programs to study resiliency through urban planning, landscape architecture, building design and even public health. Building codes are changing in hundreds of municipalities, too…


Mayor Garcetti Updates Chamber On Earthquake Resilience Plan

LOS ANGELES ( — Mayor Eric Garcetti Tuesday shared his plan with the Chamber of Commerce to make the city the epicenter of preparedness when an earthquake strikes. The Resilience By Design plan will fortify thousands of older buildings, ensure the safety of critical water supplies and improve telecommunications systems. According to the mayor, Los Angeles is the third most at-risk city in the world when it comes to seismic activity…


Flying objects biggest hazard in an earthquake

REDUCING the risk of injury is the first thing to consider in the event of an earthquake, experts warn. It is much more likely for a person to be injured by flying objects in the event of an earthquake, whether that is a television, lamp, glass or bookcase than by a collapsing building. It is best to drop to the ground and find nearby shelter against an interior wall – exterior walls are the most dangerous place to be in the event of a quake as they are often the first parts of the building to collapse – or use your arms and hands to protect your head and neck. While many believe standing in a doorway will offer the most protection, this is not always the case…


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