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Hawaii Could Be Devastated By A Tsunami Within 50 Years. Supporting people with mental disorders during disasters. And more.

Hawaii Could Be Devastated By A Tsunami Within 50 Years

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On the south side of the Hawaiian island of Kauai lies Makauwahi, a massive cave and sinkhole where scientists have uncovered evidence of an enormous tsunami that struck Hawaii about 500 years ago. Triggered by a 9.0-magnitude earthquake off the coast of the Aleutian Islands in Alaska, the tsunami likely brought waves up to 30 feet — enough to devastate Hawaii’s coastal populations, infrastructure and economy today. A new study says there’s a chance it will happen again within 50 years…

 

Protecting the most vulnerable: Supporting people with mental disorders during disasters

When 5,000 leaders converge this month on Istanbul, Turkey, at the first World Humanitarian Summit, their goal will be “to stand up for our common humanity and take action to prevent and reduce human suffering.” I hope that these heads of state, leaders of businesses, aid organizations, civil society and affected communities will also focus on the needs of people with mental disorders. Humanitarian disasters affect some 125 million people today, 4-6 million of which are estimated to have severe mental disorders…

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