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2014-07-02 23:13:00

Leveraging the success of the TxWRAP web portal developed by the Texas A&M Forest Service, The Southern Group of State Foresters (SGSF) teamed with Timmons Group to develop the South Wildfire Risk Assessment Portal (SouthWRAP). SouthWRAP provides access to wildfire risk information and tools for mitigation planners and the public throughout 13 Southern states. Richmond, Virginia (PRWEB) July 02, 2014 Leveraging the success of the TxWRAP web portal developed by the Texas A&M Forest...

2014-07-01 12:24:13

Safe Outdoor Equipment and Vehicle Use Key to Preventing Fires SAN FRANCISCO, July 1, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) and CAL FIRE today announced a partnership to help stop wildfires before they start in California. CAL FIRE's 'One Less Spark, One Less Wildfire' public safety campaign is a multi-agency effort to minimize the frequency, size and cost of wildfires started by human ignition. PG&E is joining the campaign by reminding its 22,000 employees and...

tsunami earthquakes
2014-06-28 05:08:15

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online “Sticking points” in the Earth’s tectonic plates caused by extinct undersea volcanoes could be responsible for producing tsunami earthquakes, a discovery which could lead to improved detection of these rare seismic events. Tsunami earthquakes typically occur at relatively shallow ocean depths and are typically of lower magnitude. However, they can create extremely large tsunamis, with earthquakes measuring as little as 5.6...

2014-06-24 12:30:12

WARREN, N.J., June 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- People living in areas prone to wildfires are likely aware that their homes are at risk when the temperatures rise and the humidity drops. But advances in construction materials over the years have added an extra layer of security for those who are building or renovating homes in high-risk wildfire areas. "There are a lot of things that homeowners can do to reduce the likelihood that their homes will be destroyed by wildfire, but almost...

2014-06-02 22:47:20

USDA Forest Service - Pacific Northwest Research Station Alternative fuel treatments both reduced fire behavior, allowed for protection of homes Conservative fuel treatments designed to reduce fire severity while still providing forest cover and wildlife habitat worked equally as well as more intensive treatments in allowing for the protection of homes during the 2011 Wallow Fire, a study published in the journal Forest Ecology and Management has found. The distance into the treated...

2014-05-07 08:37:58

Visualize and Analyze Local to Global Risk with Powerful Web-Based Application DENVER, CO, May 7, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Intermap Technologies (TSX:IMP), (ITMSF:BB), a leading provider of geospatial solutions, today introduced InsitePro, a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) product built on its history of providing risk solutions worldwide. InsitePro is purpose built to visualize and analyze location-specific risk caused by natural catastrophes. InsitePro provides property and casualty...

2014-04-29 08:27:45

National Wildfire Community Preparation Day is May 3, 2014 BLOOMINGTON, Ill., April 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Wildfires are a serious threat to lives and property. The combination of drought, high winds and an excess of dried vegetation in forests and grasslands has made fire seasons progressively worse over the past 50 years. In 2014 alone, more than 16,400 fires have burned 266,000 acres across the United States. To view the multimedia assets associated with this release, please click:...

Tsunami Debris Study Conducted By Researchers
2014-03-25 05:06:48

[ Watch The Video: Engineers Recreate Tsunami Debris Impacts to Measure Their Force ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online While experts have long known that the debris caused by a tsunami can often cause as much damage as the actual wave itself, engineers have for the first time managed to design and conduct a series of large-scale simulations in order to determine the actual impact of these destroyed objects. With assistance from the National Science Foundation...

What Happened To The Tsunami Debris From Japan?
2014-02-21 13:02:07

University of Hawaii ‑ SOEST Outcomes from synthesis of model and observations The amount of debris in the ocean is growing exponentially, becoming more and more hazardous and harmful to marine life and therefore also to our ocean food source. Measuring and tracking the movements of such debris are still in their infancy. The driftage generated by the tragic 2011 tsunami in Japan gave scientists Nikolai Maximenko and Jan Hafner a unique chance to learn about the effects of the ocean...

2014-02-18 08:56:55

Instead of winging it, planners need to think carefully about costs and benefits The dramatic images of natural disasters in recent years, including hurricanes Katrina and Sandy and the Tohoku, Japan, earthquake and tsunami, show that nature, not the people preparing for hazards, often wins the high-stakes game of chance. "We're playing a high-stakes game against nature without thinking about what we're doing," geophysicist Seth Stein of Northwestern University said. "We're mostly...


Word of the Day
Cthulhu
  • A gigantic fictional humanoid alien god being described with a head resembling an octopus and dragon wings and claws, around whom an insane cult developed.
  • Pertaining to the mythos of Cthulhu and additional otherworldly beings created by H. P. Lovecraft or inspired by his writings and imitators.
This word was invented in 1926 by H.P. Lovecraft for his short story, 'The Call of Cthulhu.' 'Cthulhu' may be based on the word 'chthonic,' which in Greek mythology refers to the underworld.
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