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Communities of Color Are More Vulnerable to Wildfires

Affluent white people are more likely to live in fire-prone areas, but race and socioeconomic vulnerability can put minority communities at greater risk, a new study finds — Minority and disadvantaged communities tend to be hit much harder than affluent neighborhoods by natural disasters—this fact is well documented. For example, New Orleans’s economically disadvantaged 9th …

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Great Barrier Reef: record heatwave may cause another coral bleaching event

42.6°C temperature in Cairns broke a November record that has stood since 1900 by 5.4°C — A record-breaking heatwave in north Queensland will further increase above-average marine temperatures, heightening the risk of another coral bleaching event on the Great Barrier Reef next year, scientists say. Dozens of record November temperatures have been recorded in the …

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Jordan: flash floods kill 12 and force tourists to flee

Death toll rises a day after floods struck in several areas including the popular tourist spot of Petra — The death toll from flash floods unleashed by heavy rains in Jordan has risen to 12, according to local media, and forced authorities to evacuate more than 4,000 tourists from the ancient city of Petra. Saturday’s …

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Why Philippines and Indonesia are prone to natural hazards

Just like Indonesia, the Philippines has a big earthquake looming in its future. This raises an important question: what makes the Philippines and Indonesia prone to natural hazards? — (MANILA, Philippines) The catastrophic damage left behind by the 7.5-magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami in Palu, Indonesia still leaves people shaken to their very core. According …

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How are PH tsunami warning systems maintained

To many, what took place in Indonesia serves as a reminder for the Philippines to ensure that preparations for such disasters are continuously being implemented and improved — MANILA, Philippines – The tsunami in Palu, Indonesia, took more than 1,500 lives. Several factors – including the country’s topography, vulnerable communities, and a less-than-robust early warning …

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Are Filipino communities prepared for a tsunami

In the event of a disaster, communities should ‘act as one,’ says Ishmael Narag of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology — MANILA, Philippines – The deadly tsunami in Palu, Indonesia, which took more than 2,000 lives, can be attributed to several factors, including the country’s topography, vulnerable communities, and a less-than-robust early warning …

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Nations Work Together to Size Up Caribbean Tsunami Hazards

An international collaboration is using historical records and modeling to assess tsunami potential in this high-risk region — The Caribbean is known for its tropical beaches and surfing resorts, but it is not exempt from earthquakes and tsunamis. Over the past 500 years, this region may have been exposed to approximately 100 tsunamis, of which …

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Record evacuations cut Typhoon Mangkhut death toll, says UN

Record numbers fled their homes as Typhoon Mangkhut approached the Philippines last week, saving many lives, according to the UN — On Saturday, the category 5 typhoon cut across the main Philippines island of Luzon, with winds reaching 285km/h, before moving on across mainland China. On Tuesday, the UN reported the storm had displaced 206,000 …

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Millions More Americans Face Flood Risks Than Previously Thought

A different modeling approach fills large gaps in the U.S. government’s flood risk estimates, revealing previously overlooked at-risk areas often surrounding small flood-prone streams — Over the past week, the United States saw floodwaters rise near the coast of North Carolina in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence. Swollen rivers have effectively cut off Wilmington, a …

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Lessons from Mexico’s Earthquake Early Warning System

The devastating 2017 Puebla quake provides an opportunity to assess how citizens perceive and use the Mexico City earthquake early warning system — On 19 September 2017, an earthquake shook Mexico City with an intensity not felt since the same day 32 years before, when the 1985 magnitude 8.1 Michoacan earthquake killed more than 9,000 …

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