natural disasters

Napa Earthquake Cracks Open New Fears of ‘The Big One’

Napa Earthquake Cracks Open New Fears of ‘The Big One’

The South Napa earthquake that struck northern California on Sunday has cracked open new fears among state residents that "the big one" is imminent. The 6.0-magnitude earthquake was the largest to strike

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Lack of Funding Delays California Earthquake Early Warning System

Lack of Funding Delays California Earthquake Early Warning System

An earthquake early warning system for California was finalized two years ago and passed into law last year, but it has not yet been implemented pending funding. Given that estimates of the cost of last

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Oakland Appoints its First Chief Resilience Officer

Oakland Appoints its First Chief Resilience Officer

The City of Oakland just announced its first Chief Resilience Officer (CRO). "What's that?" I hear you ask. Well, the Rockefeller Foundation's 100 Resilient Cities initiative (100RC) is "dedicated to

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Casa FENIX: Solar-Powered House Evolves Over Time to Shelter Victims of Natural Disaster

Casa FENIX: Solar-Powered House Evolves Over Time to Shelter Victims of Natural Disaster

This particular project is based on the idea of evolution, which is why it starts out as a simple "survival module" in order to provide shelter and safety for people displaced by a natural disaster. After

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How Climate Change Could Deliver Sewage to Your Doorstep

How Climate Change Could Deliver Sewage to Your Doorstep

It’s widely acknowledged that climate change is putting humanity’s future in some deep doo-doo, but now it’s getting literal. Grist.org reports that rising sea levels and massive storms associated

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Tiny Floating SAFE+ Tsunami Shelters Double as Karaoke Booths in Non-Emergencies

Tiny Floating SAFE+ Tsunami Shelters Double as Karaoke Booths in Non-Emergencies

SAFE+ weights only 1,300 kg (2,866 lbs) and is 6.2 m long, 2.3 m wide and 2.3 m high (20.2 x 7.6 x 7.56 ft). These spacious shelters are roughly the size of a large SUV and come in two models with

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Artist Envisions Futuristic Fort-Like Homes Designed to Withstand Hurricanes

Artist Envisions Futuristic Fort-Like Homes Designed to Withstand Hurricanes

The artist designs otherworldly structures and carefully inserts them into existing landscapes through photographic manipulation. These physical sites are found on Dauphin Island, located in the Gulf of

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Melting Permafrost is Transforming the Landscape and Way of Life in Alaska

Melting Permafrost is Transforming the Landscape and Way of Life in Alaska

At one point, permanently-frozen ground, or permafrost, covered nearly 1/4 of the land on Earth -- but that’s changing as global warming is melting the ice and changing the landscape in places like

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Noah’s Ark is a Sustainable Floating City for a Post-Apocalyptic World

Noah’s Ark is a Sustainable Floating City for a Post-Apocalyptic World

Aleksandar Joksimovic and Jelena Nikolic are from Serbia and designed Noah's Ark, a sustainable floating city, for the 2012 eVolo Skyscraper Competition. Their hope was to design a safe and

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Help Reaction Housing Send Stackable Exo Emergency Shelters to Refugees in Syria!

Help Reaction Housing Send Stackable Exo Emergency Shelters to Refugees in Syria!

The Exo Shelter is inspired by the humble coffee cup - a sturdy, stackable, insulated object that is easily transported and utilized to deliver life-saving sustenance. Turn that coffee cup upside down and

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Leapfrog Project: Living Art Installations Could Bring Light and Hope to Typhoon-Ravaged Philipines Town

Leapfrog Project: Living Art Installations Could Bring Light and Hope to Typhoon-Ravaged Philipines Town

The Leapfrog Project is an initiative to rebuild the city of Tacloban, Philipines, which was destroyed by Typhoon Haiyan in 2013. Initiated by Atelier Lira Luis, the project seeks to set up ten

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Life Box: An Air-Droppable Pop-Up Recovery Shelter For Victims Of Natural Disasters

Life Box: An Air-Droppable Pop-Up Recovery Shelter For Victims Of Natural Disasters

Life Box is an air-droppable, rapid-response emergency shelter that can be quickly inflated to provide housing for four people. The Red Dot Award-winning shelter contains supplies to provide relief to

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Recycled Plastic Nevhouses Provide Cheap Housing and Divert Waste from Landfills

Recycled Plastic Nevhouses Provide Cheap Housing and Divert Waste from Landfills

Singapore-based Nevhouse builds efficient prefab houses out of recycled plastic waste. The low-cost homes require minimal maintenance, they are fire and earthquake resistant, and they could provide

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Voltac Launches BOGO Solar Charger Campaign to Help the Philippines

Voltac Launches BOGO Solar Charger Campaign to Help the Philippines

Voltaic Systems, manufacturer of solar chargers for smartphones, laptops and other electronic equipment, just launched a BOGO (Buy One Give One) campaign to help residents of Philippines whose lives were

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Red Cross Maps Super Typhoon Haiyan’s Destruction to Show What Storms Do to Our Cities

Red Cross Maps Super Typhoon Haiyan’s Destruction to Show What Storms Do to Our Cities

It's been years since I've seen the movie Twister, but one of Helen Hunt's final lines haunts me to this day: “You haven’t seen it miss this house, and miss that house, and come after you.” She's

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10,000 Feared Dead in the Wake of Super Typhoon Haiyan

10,000 Feared Dead in the Wake of Super Typhoon Haiyan

Rescue workers are struggling to reach towns and villages in the central Philippines following the assault of super typhoon Haiyan on the region. Preliminary reports estimate that at least 10,000 people

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Record-Shattering Super Typhoon Haiyan Slams Philippines With 235 MPH Winds

Record-Shattering Super Typhoon Haiyan Slams Philippines With 235 MPH Winds

One of the most powerful typhoons ever recorded made landfall in the Philippines early Friday. At 1,200 miles across, the storm is expected to inflict widespread damage. Meteorologists clocked the

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7.3 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Coast of Japan

7.3 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Coast of Japan

A magnitude 7.3 earthquake occurred off the east coast of Honshu, Japan at 1:10 p.m. EDT, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The Japan Meteorological Agency announced a tsunami watch for the

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Venice’s $7 Billion Moses Flood-Protection System Passes its First Test

Venice’s $7 Billion Moses Flood-Protection System Passes its First Test

Venice just successfully tested its ambitious $7 billion flood-protection project for the first time. The Moses system for defense against high water is being constructed at the city's lagoon inlets

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Tornado Watch in Effect for New York Today Until Evening

Tornado Watch in Effect for New York Today Until Evening

Image © Adnan Islam  If the New York skies are looking a bit ominous to you today, your extreme weather radar is right on the money. The NOAA NWS Storm Prediction Center issued a tornado watch this

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Q4 Architects’ Tornado-Proof CORE House is an Indestructible Home Within a Home

Q4 Architects’ Tornado-Proof CORE House is an Indestructible Home Within a Home

Q4 Architects recently unveiled the CORE House - a virtually indestructible tornado-proof home designed for communities in Missouri. The project features a 600 square foot indestructible concrete core and

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Alaskan Earthquake Could Hit California with a Monster Tsunami Costing $700 Million

Alaskan Earthquake Could Hit California with a Monster Tsunami Costing $700 Million

Photo via Shutterstock Natural disasters tend to strike when we're least prepared. Horrified by the long-term damage caused by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan, researchers from the U.S.

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Western Japan’s Hottest Summer Kills 87 People

Western Japan’s Hottest Summer Kills 87 People

Photo via Shutterstock Locals in western Japan have been suffering their hottest summer to date. From June to August, thermometers consistently hit above average temperatures with a sizzling high of

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75,000 Displaced from Their Homes as Floodwaters Engulf Calgary

75,000 Displaced from Their Homes as Floodwaters Engulf Calgary

Photo by okeos Twenty-five neighborhoods in Calgary have been evacuated, thanks to overflowing rivers that have ransacked roads throughout the region. Southern Alberta has been inundated with deep

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Flatpack Emergency Shelters Pop up in a Snap Without Any Mechanical Tools

Flatpack Emergency Shelters Pop up in a Snap Without Any Mechanical Tools

Showcased in Brisbane’s King George Square last year and Melbourne’s Federation Square last month, the emergency shelter is a small cubic unit made up of six interlocking plywood panels. This permits

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Two-Mile-Wide Tornado Devastates Oklahoma City Suburb – Here’s How You Can Help

Two-Mile-Wide Tornado Devastates Oklahoma City Suburb – Here’s How You Can Help

A huge two-mile-wide tornado touched down south of Oklahoma City Monday afternoon, devastating a community of 41,000 and killing as many as 51 people. The tornado hit wind speeds of 200mph and scored a

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32.4 Million People Were Displaced in 2012 Due to Climate and Weather Events

32.4 Million People Were Displaced in 2012 Due to Climate and Weather Events

Photo by Ritu Raj Konwar via IDMC A new report released last week by the Internal Displacement Monitoring Center (IDMC) shows that a whopping 32.4 million people were forced to flee their homes

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BVN Architecture Unveils 3D Puzzle Emergency Shelter at Melbourne Exhibition

BVN Architecture Unveils 3D Puzzle Emergency Shelter at Melbourne Exhibition

The Melbourne Emergency Shelter Exhibition lasted from May 1-5, 2013 and was held in Federation Square where leading architects from the area designed and built emergency shelters. The purpose of the

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New Report Predicts Deadly Earthquake and Tsunami for Pacific Northwest

New Report Predicts Deadly Earthquake and Tsunami for Pacific Northwest

Photo via Shutterstock A massive earthquake followed by a powerful tsunami is likely to hit the Pacific Northwest, a new study warns - and it's expected to kill as many as 10,000 people and cause as

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2012 Was the Hottest Year Ever for the Contiguous United States

2012 Was the Hottest Year Ever for the Contiguous United States

Photo by Shutterstock It's official: Last year was the hottest year ever recorded in the contiguous United States. The National Climate Data Center announced today that the average temperature last

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