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Drones’ newest mission? Disaster relief

When aid workers arrived after Typhoon Haiyan hit Southeast Asia in 2013, they brought something new to help the areas battered by rain and gale force winds: unmanned aerial drones. One of the strongest tropical cyclones ever recorded, Typhoon Haiyan left more than 6,000 people dead, and it destroyed vast swaths of roads — making it impossible for aid workers to reach people stranded in remote locations. So a few organizations started using drones to survey the landscape. The images they recorded helped aid workers locate missing persons and also create 2D and 3D maps to help community leaders understand the hardest hit areas…

 

At Sendai, meaningful steps toward mainstreaming disaster risk reduction

As the third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction slowly comes to a close in the Japanese city of Sendai, hopes are high that leaders from all corners of the world will come up with an ambitious global response framework to succeed the 2005 Hyogo Framework for Action. And this time around, both developed and developing countries are not afraid to face the music…

 

Thousands wait for relief in Vanuatu as death toll inches up

The death toll in the Pacific island nation of Vanuatu continues to rise a week after Cyclone Pam devastated the region, the UN says. Many of the people affected by the cyclone remain in dire need of water and food…

 

A Rare Volcanic Lightning Storm Captured on Video During the Eruption of a Japanese Volcano

rare wolcanoGerman videographer Marc Szeglat managed to capture video of an extremely rare volcanic lightning storm in the plume of Sakurajima, a highly active volcano location on the Japanese island of Kyushu. The phenomenon, also known as a dirty thunderstorm, occurs when particles from the eruption collide to produce static charges…

 

 

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