In 2011, an earthquake triggered a massive tsunami that struck northern Japan, leaving thousands dead and causing billions of dollars in damage. It also resulted in nuclear meltdowns, including the disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi Plant. Now, the government is considering something drastic: building a 250 mile chain of cement sea walls more than five stories tall.
Last week, the island nation of Vanuatu was hammered by a massive cyclone that destroyed or...
Tanna Island in the southern part of the Vanuatu archipelago was one of the hardest hit when...
The Ohio River crested at its highest level in two decades, leaving riverside residents relieved but cautious as forecasters warned that flooding problems will linger much of the week ahead. The National Weather Service said the river crested at around 6 a.m. at 57.7 feet, or seven feet below the 1997 level that caused severe, widespread flooding in the Cincinnati area and in Kentucky.
One of South America's most active volcanoes erupted in southern Chile, spewing heavy smoke into the air as lava surged down its slopes, prompting authorities to evacuate thousands of people. Chilean authorities had issued an orange alert on Monday because of increased activity at the volcano. About 3,500 people have been evacuated so far, including tourists, said Interior and Security Minister Rodrigo Penailillo.
States of emergency were declared and schools were closed ahead of wintry weather mix that hit much of the South on Wednesday. Heavy rain, snow, and temperatures 20 to 30 degrees below zero were forecast for several states. The wintry mix of precipitation was expected from northern Texas eastward across the Gulf states and into the Carolinas, according to the National Weather Service.
In a video released Monday by Al-Qaeda backed Somali rebel group Al-Shabab, a member of the organization called on Muslims in the west to carry out attacks on shopping malls. Although U.S. authorities said they have no credible evidence that any sort of organized attack is in the works, the video named specific targets, including the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minn.
The Mid-Atlantic Disaster Recovery Association (MADRA) hosted an open forum discussion, which focused on several key aspects of business continuity, on Thursday, Feb. 19. The event focused on several critical business continuity topics.
Just as southern New England residents finished digging out from the latest storm, forecasters say more snow is on the way. Forecasters also are watching a much larger storm that could dump higher amounts Sunday into Monday. It's too early to say how much that might ultimately bring.
Maintenance workers who sparked a fire that left about 500 residents of a northern New Jersey apartment complex homeless never called 911 for help, documents showed. A review of dispatch logs and 911 tapes revealed no record of any employee alerting authorities as the Avalon Bay blaze, which started when two workers tried to fix a leaky pipe, grew into an inferno on Jan. 21 in Edgewater.
Social media outlets like Twitter, Facebook and Instagram allow for messages to be distributed to massive amounts of people very quickly and can be a valuable tool for business continuity professionals. However, a single unfortunate message or poorly timed tweet can cause serious damage, especially to an organization or individual’s reputation.
Fire crews increased containment of the wind-driven wildfire that ravaged communities along the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada, but they said that they still didn't know when the roughly 250 residents evacuated from Swall Meadows and nearby Paradise would be able to return home.
Frigid temperatures descended on the northern tier of the country, and while it's not the coldest weather of the season, the biting chill followed a powerful snowstorm from the Midwest into the Northeast. According to the National Weather Service, people from Montana to Maine are dealing with sub-zero wind chill temperatures.
Forecasts for Winter Storm Juno missed the mark in New York and New Jersey, prompting an outcry against what many believe was a major overreaction. Some forecasters predicted Juno would drop significant. While this prediction proved to be true in much of New England, it brought only a few inches to New York and New Jersey.
In the wild world of winter weather, location is everything, which New York and Massachusetts learned too well. Small last-minute changes in the air morphed what was supposed to be crippling feet of snow into a handful of inches in New York, leading one forecaster to apologize, the National Weather Service boss to get defensive, politicians to explain themselves and some Northeast residents wondering where the much-hyped snow went.
Forecasters are watching two weather systems that may bring significant snow in the coming days as New Englanders are just digging out from a historic blizzard. Forecasters are also monitoring a storm loaded with moisture that's heading into the region over the weekend.
Reputation management is one of the most, if not the most, important aspects to a successful business continuity program. Regardless of size, scope or industry, no one wants to do business with an organization that they perceive to be unethical, incompetent or unreliable. That includes not only customers, but potential business partners or investors as well.
The New York Metro Chapter of the Association of Contingency Planners hosted its first meeting of 2015 on Thursday, Jan. 15 at Metropolitan College of New York. The event featured a presentation by FEMA’s Eric Goldman, who discussed America’s PrepareAthon, an initiative that invites individuals, businesses and community organizations to participate in disaster planning and drills.
Dangerously cold air has sent temperatures plummeting into the single digits around the U.S., with wind chills driving them even lower. Throw in the snow some areas are getting and you've got a bone chilling mix that may also be super messy.
Earthquake trackers are adding instruments at CenturyLink Field in Seattle to record expected vibrations from jumping and stomping Seahawks fans. Scientists are using the stadium monitors to look for problems they might encounter with a real earthquake. They're also testing technology that could provide an early warning of underground shaking.
On New Year's Eve of 2013, Shanghai authorities sent about 6,000 city police officers and requested help from military police to manage a 300,000-strong crowd that filled the city's famed riverfront for the annual midnight light show. Just as many revelers showed up to ring in 2015, but the venue was guarded by only 700 police officers with no traffic control, state media reported.
Highlighting the depth of Indonesia's air safety problems, the transportation ministry announced harsh measures against everyone who allowed AirAsia Flight 8501 to take off without proper permits — including the suspension of the airport's operator and officials in the control tower.
More than two dozen homes have been destroyed or badly damaged and almost 30 people have sought medical treatment as a result of a massive wildfire that has raged out of control for days across farms and woodland in southern Australia, officials said.
Flash floods and landslides triggered by Tropical Storm Jangmi left at least 31 people dead and seven missing in the Philippines, including in areas still recovering from last year's Typhoon Haiyan, officials said. Jangmi, packing winds of 40 miles per hour and gusts of 50 mph, dumped heavy rains on southern Mindanao Island, where floods destroyed bridges and highways, sending thousands of residents to evacuation centers.
A fire in a shopping mall in the Pakistani city of Lahore killed at least 13 people, local media reported. The fire broke out at the oldest shopping center in the eastern city, which is considered Pakistan's cultural center. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif expressed his grief over the deadly blaze, and directed the government to accelerate the rescue and relief efforts.
California has received funding to help begin an earthquake warning system across the state next year. Scientists have tried to make the public alert system available but funding has been a problem. But $5 million was allocated for the program in a major spending bill approved by Congress, the Los Angeles Times reported.
If tropical weather approaches the U.S. next year, coastal residents will see new, separate warnings about storm surge in addition to those about winds, the National Hurricane Center said. The separate storm-surge warnings will begin with the 2015 hurricane season and should provide emergency managers and the public with better information about tropical weather hazards.
Villagers in the central Philippines fled coastal homes and sparked panic-buying in grocery stores and gas stations as an approaching powerful storm brought back nightmares of last year's deadly onslaught from Typhoon Haiyan. Government forecasters said Typhoon Hagupit was packing sustained winds of 127 miles per hour and gusts of up to 149 mph over the Pacific.
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