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This Smart Home Technology Is the Best Defense Against Natural Disasters
With the West coast assaulted by wildfires and the deadly mudslides that California’s years-long drought has wrought, some green building experts are turning to technology to help us improve our built environment and protect us and our homes from natural disasters. Former venture capitalist Sara Gutterman partnered with Ron Jones, an experienced green builder, to form Green Builder Media 12 years ago. The group works on educating the public about sustainable living. A major component of sustainability, of course, is resilience. For Gutterman, a resident of Lake City, Colorado, that means trying to thwart and mitigate fires first and foremost…
‘Ring of Fire’ fury strikes Alaska, Philippines, Japan
The volatile “Ring of Fire” seismic fault system contributed to a deluge of calamities Tuesday, encompassing the large earthquake off the coast of Alaska that triggered tsunami alerts across the U.S. West Coast and volcanic eruptions thousands of miles away in Japan and the Philippines.
More than half the world’s active volcanoes located above ground are in this ring, according to the United States Geological Survey.
The region is the location of most of Earth’s subduction zones, where oceanic plates slide under the lighter continental plates. Earthquakes tend to happen when those plates scrape or subside underneath each other, and when that happens at sea it can spawn tsunamis…