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2014-03-28 08:29:57

DAVIS, Calif., March 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- "$50 and 15 minutes." says James Holliday, chief technologist at Open Hazards Disclosures (www.openhazardsdisclosures.com). "That was our goal. To provide California real estate professionals with a Natural Hazards Disclosure report within minutes instead of days at the lowest price in the industry." Holliday, in collaboration with Nelson Page, created this technology for the Open Hazards Group, the world leader in earthquake...

Natural Disasters Were Rampant In 2013, Creating Widespread Chaos
2014-01-09 10:57:50

Gerard LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Natural disasters were rampant in 2013, causing wide spread damage, chaos and impacting millions of lives. In a report from CBC News, German insurance company Munich Re, said that there were about 880 major natural disasters around the world in 2013. According to the insurance company 20,000 people’s lives came to a tragic end, which was more than double that of 2012, and with an estimated cost of $125 billion dollars in damage --...

National Preparedness Month: USGS Helping People Prepare For Natural Hazards
2013-08-30 06:51:14

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online As National Preparedness Month begins, it may be a good time to reflect on the threats we face around us, including damaging hurricanes, devastating wildfires, extreme heat waves and severe drought, among others. To help keep us informed, the US Geological Survey (USGS) is planning to bring daily content in the form of preparedness information, posted over social media channels, alerting of the dangers we face and how to best...

2012-04-05 03:54:35

Natural hazards — like earthquakes and landslides — put people and places at risk every day, but satellites are able to help improve safety and mitigate these risks. International experts will meet next month to discuss how space-based technology can help us prepare for and respond to disasters. Organized by ESA in association with the Group on Earth Observations (GEO), the International Forum on Satellite Earth Observation for Geohazard Risk Management will be held on...

2011-09-14 11:48:16

As large parts of the nation recover from nature's one-two punch–an earthquake followed by Hurricane Irene–building researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) warn that a double whammy of seismic and wind hazards can increase the risk of structural damage to as much as twice the level implied in building codes. This is because current codes consider natural hazards individually, explains NIST's Dat Duthinh, a research structural engineer. So, if...

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2010-02-16 11:57:33

Researchers from the University of Barcelona (UB) have, for the first time, analyzed all the articles published in the La Vanguardia newspaper between 1982 and 2007 linked to natural hazards, climate change and sustainable development. Over 25 years the press devoted more headlines to forest fires and droughts, even though floods are much more frequent and cause more damage. "If the press focus more on forest fires and droughts, then people also become more aware of these events, to such an...

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2010-02-01 14:01:47

Amid all the commentary focused on the historic tragedy in Haiti, a tough but important fact has gone virtually unmentioned, according to a nationally recognized expert on disasters at the University of Colorado at Boulder. "What is missing from the tragedy of disaster, and our response to it, is the recognition that disasters are preventable, that it is within the power of societies and communities to prevent or at least minimize the devastation disasters cause," said Kathleen Tierney,...

2008-12-16 18:05:00

Scientists using nationwide data collected since 1970 have produced a map depicting natural hazard mortality across the United States. Susan Cutter and Kevin Borden from the University of South Carolina said their map presents a county-level representation of the likelihood of dying as the result of natural events such as floods, earthquakes or extreme weather. This work will enable research and emergency management practitioners to examine hazard deaths through a geographic lens, the...


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