Tonga: Photos of tsunami damage shared from outer island, close to volcanic eruption

FEMA Releases 2021 National Preparedness Report

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is trying to be accountable and strategic in its efforts to improve the readiness of the nation to disasters. In the current, in-vogue language, it would be to improve the disaster resilience of communities and the nation as a whole.

Is the 2021 National Preparedness Report the right answer? I don’t know. My scanning of the document and a more in-depth reading of certain sections makes me wonder. Are they just words on a page? Does it pass the “so what” test? Will it drive the strategy of the nation in a new or different direction or will we continue to stumble from one disaster to the next, recovering when and where we can, rebuilding in a non-resilient way in places that should be abandoned to nature?

Meaningful change will only happen when it occurs at the local level and it involves zoning and building codes. Otherwise I feel like we are bailing water on the Titanic as it continues to dip deeper into the ocean…READ ON

Tonga: Photos of tsunami damage shared from outer island, close to volcanic eruption

A resident of the outer Tongan islands group, close to the volcanic eruption, has been in touch with friends in New Zealand and shared images of the damage to the wharf.

The island is part of the Haʻapai group and is about 70 kilometres from the volcano that erupted for eight minutes on Saturday, raining ash and pumice down on neighbouring islands and causing a tsunami at least 1.2 metres high that flooded streets and buildings…READ ON

Tsunami hits Tonga after volcanic eruption

A tsunami has flooded Tonga’s capital after a large eruption from an undersea volcano. Other Pacific islands and the US have issued advisories and have cautioned residents to seek higher ground.

Infografik Karte Tonga EN

The Pacific island of Tonga experienced a large volcanic eruption Saturday followed by a tsunami that flooded parts of the capital, Nuku’alofa.

The surge wave reached a height of 2.7 feet (83 centimeters) in Nuku’alofa, according to the US-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Center. There is no information yet on property damage or casualties…READ ON

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