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Volcano World Cup
Tuesday, 24 June 2014 20:13

Eruptions, the Wired Science blog dealing with all things volcanic, is holding a mock Volcano World Cup. Erik Klemetti is taking all the countries competing in the real World Cup and evaluating their potential for volcanic activity. You can check out all the groups here.

 
Buildings Moving During Earthquakes
Friday, 20 June 2014 15:33

The Trembling Earth blog posted a fantastic collection of buildings moving during earthquakes. The videos show a clear delineation between buildings constructed in areas that have strict earthquake building codes and those that don’t.

 
Hurricanes: The Top 10 At-Risk Places in the U.S.
Thursday, 19 June 2014 16:50

The places in the United States that are most vulnerable to hurricanes may not be where you think. Hurricane vulnerability is a combination of geography (places that are susceptible to the frequency and intensity of storms), as well as several social vulnerability demographics like poverty and age.

Here are the top ten most vulnerable counties in the U.S.:

  • Desoto, Fla.
  • Houston (County), Texas
  • Polk, Texas
  • Issaquena, Miss.
  • Highlands, Fla.
  • Avoyelles, La.
  • Walker, Texas
  • WIlkinson, Miss.
  • Glades, Fla.
  • Kemper, Miss.
 
World Cup Preparedness
Friday, 13 June 2014 16:26

Curious about how a country like Brazil is engaging their emergency management for the World Cup? Google has an interesting blog post about Brazilian officials using Google Maps at the center of their operations center. Great quote from the post:

“Preparedness starts with having a game plan everyone understands and can implement quickly.”

 
NYC Unveils Disaster Housing Prototype
Wednesday, 11 June 2014 20:47

Ever since the temporary housing shortage that followed Hurricane Sandy left many New Yorkers staying in hotels (or worse, their own flooded homes), NYC officials have been searching for a solution to their disaster housing problem. This week, they unveiled the New York City emergency housing prototype.

The spartan structures can be configured with several bedrooms and can be used as semi-permanent structures (as has happened with countless emergency housing in the past. In an interesting twist of bureaucratic fate, the city has had issues figuring out inspection, permits and certificates of occupancy for the buildings...even the prototype...as they will be considered permanent structures.

 
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