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Natural disasters pose ratings threat: S&P…and more

Natural disasters pose ratings threat: S&P

Standard & Poor’s has delivered its first take of the sovereign-rating threat faced by countries vulnerable to natural disasters, particularly earthquakes and tropical storms. The Dominican Republic, Chile and Bangladesh are the most at risk for ratings downgrades due to freak natural events, the US-based ratings agency found, with Japan rounding out the nations facing potential downgrades of at least 2-notches. Climate change was likely to see the ratings threat increasing over time, S&P also found. The agency simulated the economic impact over a five-year period of one-in-250-year occurrences of either earthquakes, tropical storms, winter storms or floods…

 

Traditional Maori myths may hold clues to natural hazards

The 2005 flooding of Matata in the Bay of Plenty inspired research examining Maori oral histories for warnings of recurring natural disasters.

The 2005 flooding of Matata in the Bay of Plenty inspired research examining Maori oral histories for warnings of recurring natural disasters.

Future flood, quake and eruption clues are hidden in Maori tales of giant lizards and taniwha, a geologist suggests. Auckland researcher Dan Hikuroa became sure that indigenous legends, known as purakau, held vital information needed by natural hazard planners after learning of the disastrous Matata flash floods in 2005. The Bay of Plenty town received a dump of more than 300 millimetres of rain in a single day, causing a debris landslide and destroying houses and roads. But Matata’s three marae were unscathed, and one became an evacuation centre for dozens of those displaced. Hikuroa was visiting the township as part of the university course he taught when he heard about a local legend of a giant lizard with a flicking tail…

 

Israel extremely unprepared to handle natural disasters: State Comptroller

Israel is extremely unprepared to handle natural disasters said State Comptroller Joseph Shapira in a report issued Wednesday. The report also focused on the lack of crucial legislation within the government, and organization within local authorities to provide protection to the Israeli population said Israeli daily newspaper Haaretz…

 

 

 

 

 

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