World Resilience NEWS

The Pacific NW Earthquake Article From The New Yorker Is Terrifying

shutterstock_1395501741Two days ago, Kathryn Schulz of The New Yorker published a long form article about the likelihood of a major earthquake hitting the Pacific Northwest in the near-future. It was a scary read. Here’s the TL; DR version:

Forget San Andreas. When the “Big One” hits the West Coast, it’ll be due to a fault line with a less sexy name — the Cascadia subduction zone. And then? According to Kenneth Murphy, director of FEMA’s Region X (encompassing Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Alaska), “Our operating assumption is that everything west of Interstate 5 will be toast.” The chances of a major quake hitting in the next 50 years are one in three. The chances of a full-margin rupture — which implies a magnitude between 8.7 and 9.2 — are one in ten. The tsunami resulting from a full-margin rupture would be a “seven-hundred-mile liquid wall” racing simultaneously toward Japan and the Pacific Northwest…


Kentucky flash flood leaves trail of death and devastation

Kevin Johnson last saw his son Scott wading through the rushing water with his 74-year-old grandmother on his back. Scott Johnson had already saved his father, his uncle and sister as a flash flood ravaged the rural town of Flat Gap. He returned to their cluster of trailers for his grandmother and teenage nephew and started to carry them to higher ground. As the flood raged out of control, he wedged his nephew safely into a high tree before the water washed Johnson and the grandmother away…


Resilience Is Futile: How Well-Meaning Nonprofits Perpetuate Poverty

Two years ago, I was hired as a campaign coordinator for a community initiative in South L.A. I got the job because I’d been an organizer for labor unions, and I was eager and thrilled. I’d be coordinating The Belong Campaign, part of a nonprofit funded by government entities as well as large foundations. My cubicle was in the heart of The Children’s Bureau. What they said I was doing—what the foundations were paying us to do, what I thought I was doing—was working to prevent of child abuse and neglect. But the work was not what it seemed…



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