Thousands Evacuated in Northern California Ahead of Worst Flooding in More Than 20 Years
Around 4,000 people were ordered to evacuate from a town about 60 miles north of San Francisco Tuesday night, as heavy rain and snow is expected to raise a river to flood levels not seen since 1995, The Sacramento Bee reported. “Evacuate now if you live near the Russian River,” the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office urged, according to AccuWeather.
The Russia River in Guerneville had already reached 32 feet by 6 p.m. Tuesday and is expected to hit 46 feet by Wednesday evening, The Sacramento Bee reported.
“If it gets to 46 feet, it’s done. There is no way to prepare for that,” the manager of the one-story River Inn Grill Andre Vazquez told The Sacramento Bee. He said the restaurant would be submerged if water levels reached that point….
Building resilience in the face of disaster
Japan is no stranger to natural disasters, especially the city of Kobe, which was hit by a devastating earthquake in 1995. The massive tremor killed nearly 6,500 people in the city and its surrounding region.
More than two decades on and the city and its people have emerged from the rubble, demonstrating the qualities of resilience and stoicism which Japan is so famous for.
Economic renewal after collapse
The Kobe Biomedical Innovation Cluster, which was launched in the late 1990s, in a bid to revitalise the local economy in the wake of the earthquake, is now home to to some 350 companies and institutions. It employs some 10,000 workers and generates an estimated 1.2 billion euros per year.
A hub of innovation, the Kobe Eye Center is based at the cluster, while just next door is the Riken Advanced Institute for Computational Science – home to the K Computer, one of the most powerful supercomputers in the world…