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October 12, 2013

Cyclone hits eastern Indian coast, spurring thousands of evacuations

  • 800,000people evacuated from the eastern coast of India Saturday evening, displaced by a cyclone which caused broad flooding in homes throughout the area. The storm actually proved less severe following landfall than U.S. observers had warned — an outcome closer to what Indian officials had themselves forecast, which has caused a little tension. Said the vice chairman of India’s National Disaster Management Authority: “We are not trying to downplay the intensity of the cyclone. In fact, U.S. authorities are overplaying it.” source
20:58 // 11 months ago
July 5, 2013

America underwater: Artist Nickolay Lamm has created a series of striking images depicting what coastal cities in America will look like over the next several centuries if ocean levels continue to rise at their current rates (between 1992 and 2012, that’d be roughly one inch per decade). The images above are of San Francisco’s AT&T Park and Boston Harbor in 300 years, at which point they’ll be immersed in 25 feet of water.  (Images credit: Nickolay Lamm; higher resolution images posted at Business Insidersource

13:26 // 1 year ago
May 18, 2013
nbcnews:

‘I couldn’t stop screaming’: Witnesses describe Texas tornadoes
(Photo: Ralph Lauer / EPA)
Survivors of the tornadoes that devastated two towns in Texas on Wednesday night described their terror as the violent storm tore apart their homes, killing six people and injuring dozens more.
Read the complete story.

The spate of extreme, hazardous weather we’ve seen over the last year or so has been truly disturbing, which is not to say the people of Texas aren’t in the know about tornado threats. Regardless, though, the damage and human toll here is deflating. Our thoughts are with the victims, stripped of their homes, and for some, their lives.

nbcnews:

‘I couldn’t stop screaming’: Witnesses describe Texas tornadoes

(Photo: Ralph Lauer / EPA)

Survivors of the tornadoes that devastated two towns in Texas on Wednesday night described their terror as the violent storm tore apart their homes, killing six people and injuring dozens more.

Read the complete story.

The spate of extreme, hazardous weather we’ve seen over the last year or so has been truly disturbing, which is not to say the people of Texas aren’t in the know about tornado threats. Regardless, though, the damage and human toll here is deflating. Our thoughts are with the victims, stripped of their homes, and for some, their lives.

14:52 // 1 year ago
January 8, 2013

yahoonews:

Wildfires rage across Australia amid searing heat

COOMA, Australia (AP) — Firefighters battled scores of wildfires Tuesday in southeastern Australia as authorities evacuated national parks and warned that hot, dry and windy conditions were combining to raise the threat to its highest alert level.

Temperatures soared to 45 degrees Celsius (113 degrees Fahrenheit) in some areas.

No deaths have been reported, although officials in Tasmania were still trying to find about 100 people who have been missing since last week when a fire tore through the small town of Dunalley, east of the state capital of Hobart, destroying around 90 homes. On Tuesday, police found no bodies during preliminary checks of the ruined houses.

“You don’t get conditions worse than this,” New South Wales Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons said. “We are at the catastrophic level and clearly in those areas leaving early is your safest option.”

(John Grosvenor/Reuters; Rod McGuirk/AP;Chris Kidd/AP)

As many in the dryest parts of the U.S. can relate to, wildfires are incredibly treacherous and pervasively troublesome — be it direct fire risk to property, human life, or even just the heavy, smoky air that spreads over the landscape. Our thoughts are with everyone afflicted by these blazes.

19:45 // 1 year ago
October 27, 2012
wnyc:

Embeddable Resources from WNYC ahead of Hurricane Sandy: 
SANDY TRACKERhttp://wny.cc/sandy-trackerSTORM-SURGE FLOOD ZONES (NY & NJ)http://wny.cc/storm-surgeNYC EVACUATION ZONES (only NYC)http://wny.cc/EvacZones

Disaster preparedness is a vital component of life for people living in high-risk weather areas these days – we implore everybody to stay calm, and prioritize their safety as Sandy approaches. It’s always the most important thing.

wnyc:

Embeddable Resources from WNYC ahead of Hurricane Sandy: 

SANDY TRACKER
http://wny.cc/sandy-tracker

STORM-SURGE FLOOD ZONES (NY & NJ)
http://wny.cc/storm-surge

NYC EVACUATION ZONES (only NYC)
http://wny.cc/EvacZones

Disaster preparedness is a vital component of life for people living in high-risk weather areas these days – we implore everybody to stay calm, and prioritize their safety as Sandy approaches. It’s always the most important thing.

14:59 // 1 year ago
June 25, 2012
I think it’s the best vacation ever. This is what the real world is about. There’s a lot of people that need help.
New Jersey resident Mark Stein • Discussing the outcome of his family’s planned vacation in Manitou Springs, Colorado. The Steins arrived in Manitou Springs just after midnight on Saturday for a week of hiking, whitewater rafting, and more. Unfortunately, 15 minutes after falling asleep, they were forced to evacuate along with many residents of the city. Now they’re helping people who aren’t nearly as fortunate as they are — people who lost their homes and lives. It’s nice to know that some people still see the bigger picture, isn’t it? source (viafollow)
12:24 // 2 years ago
May 30, 2012

Gila, New Mexico wildfire sets state record for destruction

  • 170,000 acres burned in last week source

» Authorities have confirmed that the fire, which formed after two separate lightning-induced blazes converged last week, has now destroyed more than 265 square miles inside of Gila National Forest. The blaze surpassed a fire from 2011 that destroyed more than 153,000 acres, and threatened the Los Alamos Nuclear Laboratory before authorities could stop contain it.

15:20 // 2 years ago
March 30, 2012
9:15 // 2 years ago
January 13, 2012
Two years later, Haiti continues its slow march towards recovery
Where does haiti stand after the deadly 2010 quake? While about $15 billion of aid money is still missing in Haiti, progress is still being made. “Recovery is here. It is painfully slow, it is agonizing to watch, but it is recovery,” said Harvard professor Paul Farmer. He has spent three decades in Haiti and is opening a new hospital. Big factories could also stimulate the country’s economy, creating 20,000 jobs at just one plant. Progress can also be measured somewhat superficially; HuffPo “Good News” writer Cameron Sinclair finds the silver lining in other ways. He noted the lesser-but-still-positive positives of Haiti, such as its fast WiFi and rich history. (Perhaps that’s looking too hard in the forest to see trees, but y’know.) So, while recovery is still being sought after, it is still coming. And in some ways, it is already here. (Photo by Ken Cedeno / The Washington Post) source
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Where does haiti stand after the deadly 2010 quake? While about $15 billion of aid money is still missing in Haiti, progress is still being made. “Recovery is here. It is painfully slow, it is agonizing to watch, but it is recovery,” said Harvard professor Paul Farmer. He has spent three decades in Haiti and is opening a new hospital. Big factories could also stimulate the country’s economy, creating 20,000 jobs at just one plant. Progress can also be measured somewhat superficially; HuffPo “Good News” writer Cameron Sinclair finds the silver lining in other ways. He noted the lesser-but-still-positive positives of Haiti, such as its fast WiFi and rich history. (Perhaps that’s looking too hard in the forest to see trees, but y’know.) So, while recovery is still being sought after, it is still coming. And in some ways, it is already here. (Photo by Ken Cedeno / The Washington Post) source

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9:43 // 2 years ago