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Professor Creates 3D Printed Volcanoes to Help Populations Prepare for Disaster

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Natural disasters are inevitable in most parts of the world. Thankfully, with increasingly sophisticated technology, we are more equipped to minimize damage and avoid loss of life than ever before. Through 3D printing, Geological Society of America volcanologist Dr. Ian Saginor has made it his mission to prepare people as much as possible for that most terrifying of natural disasters: volcanoes. An associate professor at Keystone College in La Plume, PA, Saginor has partnered with paper-based 3D printer…

 

Myanmar monsoon, flooding and landslides leaves 47 dead, thousands stranded

At least 27 people have been killed after torrential rains caused severe flooding across Myanmar, with floodwaters hampering efforts to rescue thousands stranded in shelters, government officials have said. In neighbouring India’s Manipur state, which borders western Myanmar’s Chin state, at least 20 people were killed in a landslide triggered by incessant rain in Chandel district, Indian reports say. Heavy monsoon rain has battered vast swathes of the country in recent weeks and on Friday the government declared the four worst-hit areas in central and western Myanmar as “national disaster affected regions”, indicating the severity of the damage…

 

Bicol region poorer after natural disasters

The economic growth in the Bicol region slowed down drastically after it was hit by a series of natural disasters in 2014, according to an official from the National Economic Development Authority (Neda) regional office. Agnes M. Espinas, NEDA regional director told The Manila Times that the Gross Regional Domestic Product (GRDP) went down to 4.2 percent in 2014 from 8.1 percent in 2013. This means that the production in the agriculture sector was lower in 2014, when various natural disasters such as typhoon Glenda and volcanic eruptions hit the region. As a result, the income of farmers and fishermen are also lower…

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