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Restricting the Right to Build?
April 3, 2014 | New York Times

An article in the New York Times explores the idea that governments should have the ability to restrict building construction in areas subject to geologic hazards.

Ten Risky Cities
April 1, 2014 |

TheGuardian has an article that presents the earthquake, tsunami and severe storm hazards of ten risky cities.

Natural Hazards of 2013
February 2, 2014 | USGS

USGS has a short review of how a variety of natural hazards influenced the United States during calendar year 2013.

USGS Publishes Fire Island Coastal Change Website
December 22, 2013 | USGS

The United States Geological Survey has a new website that documents coastal change that is occurring on Fire Island, where winds and waves are modifying the beaches and dunes of the barrier island.

Data is also presented on how Hurricane Sandy modified the island.

Image at right by USGS.

Most Popular Items for November
December 2, 2013 |

The World’s Largest Emerald Mine

What is Iris Agate?

New Volcanic Island Southeast of Japan

The Enormous Volcanic Eruption that Historians Never Recorded

A Super River from the Southwestern United States to the Labrador Sea?

Typhoon Haiyan Images

Comet Ison is Visible to the Naked Eye

New Super Predator Dinosaur

Typhoon Haiyan Before and After Satellite Images
November 18, 2013 | The Telegraph

The Telegraph has a collection of before and after slider images of sites in the Philippines that show damage caused by Typhoon Haiyan.

Haiyan Windspeed Map
November 12, 2013 | NASA Earth Observatory

NASA’s Earth Observatory has a map showing a snapshot of wind direction and speed as Typhoon Haiyan approached the Philippines.

Typhoon Haiyan Images
November 10, 2013 | CNN

CNN has another gallery of images that show damage from Typhoon Haiyan at Tacloban, Philippines.

Typhoon Haiyan Kills at Least 10000
November 9, 2013 | Reuters

Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines as a Category 5 typhoon, with winds gusting up to 170 miles per hour, swamping coastal areas in storm surge and destroying thousands of buildings that were in its path.

Over 1000 Deaths Expected from Super Typhoon Haiyan
November 9, 2013 | CNN

The Philippine Red Cross reports that the death toll from Super Typhoon Haiyan could exceed 1200. CNN has photos of the storm’s impact.

Storm Surge and Sea Level Rise Protection for NYC?
November 3, 2013 | PBS

Flood protection experts in the Netherlands are shocked that a vulnerable and important city like New York does not have storm surge and sea level rise protection.

What is a Storm Surge?
November 3, 2013 |

A storm surge is a mound of water produced when a hurricane moves across a large body of water. Driving wind “pushes” the water so quickly that it “piles up” on the water in front of it, producing a mound of water that can be much higher than normal sea level.

The Costs of Superstorm Sandy
October 29, 2013 | USA Today

One year later, a tally of the cost of Superstorm Sandy in dollars, lives, homes, power and more.

How Sandy Changed Storm Warnings
October 24, 2013 |

Earth Magazine recently published an article titled: “A hurricane by any other name: How Sandy changed the way we issue storm warnings”.

Deep Sea Internet Has Geological Applications
October 17, 2013 | University at Buffalo

“University at Buffalo researchers are developing a deep-sea Internet. The technological breakthrough could lead to improvements in tsunami detection, offshore oil and natural gas exploration, surveillance, pollution monitoring and other activities.” Quoted from the University at Buffalo press release.

The Government Shutdown and Geology
October 15, 2013 | American Geophysical Union

The American Geophysical Union has a short article that explains why the “Government Shutdown Affects More Than Jobs“.

Typhoon Nari Hits Vietnam
October 15, 2013 | Reuters

Over 100,000 people were evacuated in Vietnam as Typhoon Nari hit the coast.

Cyclone Phailin
October 13, 2013 | Reuters

Early “forceful” warnings and hundreds of cyclone shelters saved lives when Cyclone Phailin moved across the Bay of Bengal and struck the eastern coast of India. Reuters reports that over a million people lost their homes.

Super Typhoon Usagi
September 23, 2013 | NASA Earth Observatory

“This weekend, the most powerful tropical cyclone of 2013 passed between Taiwan and the Philippines, then slammed into the southeastern coast of China on September 22. Dozens of people died in China and the Philippines due to flooding, airborne debris, and collapsed buildings.” Quoted from the NASA Earth Observatory image release.

Most Threatened Cities and Metro Areas
September 23, 2013 | Quartz

Quartz has a summary article that illustrates: “The 10 cities most threatened by a damaging natural disaster” and “The metro areas most threatened by a natural disaster” (data from Swiss Re). The most threatened are in Asia with earthquakes and flooding as the major threats.

Satellite Image of Two Storms Hitting Mexico
September 18, 2013 | NASA Earth Observatory

“With 5,800 miles of coastline surrounded by warm tropical and subtropical waters, Mexico is no stranger to tropical storms. But on September 15-16, 2013, the country experienced a rare double strike as two storms moved ashore simultaneously, one from the Pacific and one from the Atlantic.” Quoted from the Earth Observatory image release.

Climate Change and Extreme Weather
September 9, 2013 | National Geographic

A National Geographic article titled: Scientists Weigh Climate Change Role in 2012 Weather explores the possibility that human-induced climate change might have contributed to Hurricane Sandy, drought in the Midwest or melting arctic ice.

Man-Made Dunes Protected Against Sandy
September 8, 2013 | National Geographic

National Geographic has an article about how man-made sand dunes along the coastline provided protection in October 2012 against Hurricane Sandy.

Sandy Eroded Half of Fire Island Beaches and Dunes
August 27, 2013 | USGS

“Beaches and dunes on Fire Island, New York, lost more than half of their pre-storm volume during Hurricane Sandy, leaving the area more vulnerable to future storms.” Quoted from the USGS press release.

Forgotten New Jersey Seawall Protected Homes from Hurricane Sandy
August 16, 2013 | National Science Foundation

“Two beachfront communities in New Jersey were hit hard by Hurricane Sandy, but one fared much better than the other thanks to a long-forgotten seawall buried beneath the sand.” Quoted from the NSF press release.

$60B in Uninsured Weather Losses So Far This Year
July 29, 2013 | Quartz

An article on Quartz reports on the staggering level of uninsured losses that are attributed to weather so far this year.

Related: Even if you have insurance it does not cover many geologic hazards.

Landslides in Southern Asia
July 18, 2013 | The Landslide Blog

The Landslide Blog has descriptions and photos for a number of recent landslides that have occurred in response to tropical storms in southern Asia. Scan down the homepage and note the diverse locations.

Most Popular: July 1 to July 15
July 17, 2013 |


Caves Discovered by Construction Projects

100 Million Barrel Discovery in the Gulf?

Six Planets – Three in Habitable Zone

Oil Industry Job Profiles

Monsoon Rains and Debris Flows in Arizona

Sky Islands

Yosemite Falls

Hurricane-Induced Coastal Change
July 2, 2013 | USGS

“The probability of hurricane-induced coastal change on sandy beaches from Florida to New York has been assessed for the first time in U.S. Geological Survey studies released today. [...] The two reports — one assessing the coastline from Florida to North Carolina, the other from Virginia to New York — can function as part of a “virtual toolkit” for U.S. Atlantic coast community planners and emergency managers as they make decisions on how to best address coastline vulnerabilities.” Quoted from the USGS publication release.

Modeling Human Reaction to Hurricanes?
July 2, 2013 | National Science Foundation

StormView™ is a software program that gauges how residents of hurricane-prone regions might react in the event of an imminent storm.

NOAA Hurricane Season Outlook
May 26, 2013 | NOAA

“NOAA’s 2013 Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook indicates that an above-normal season is most likely, with the possibility that the season could be very active. The outlook calls for a 70% chance of an above-normal season, a 25% chance of a near-normal season, and only a 5% chance of a below-normal season.

Based on the current and expected conditions, combined with model forecasts, we estimate a 70% probability for each of the following ranges of activity during 2013:

– 13-20 Named Storms
– 7-11 Hurricanes
– 3-6 Major Hurricanes

Quoted from the NOAA Hurricane Season Outlook.

May 1 to May 15 Most Popular
May 16, 2013 |

Why Natural Gas Cars are Selling Slowly

What is Sunstone?

Natural Gas Could Kill Fuel Diversity

Large Hurricane on Saturn

Who Becomes Dominant After a Mass Extinction?

Diamond Dust over Saskatoon

The Bone Worm

Large Hurricane on Saturn
April 30, 2013 | NASA

“NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has provided scientists the first close-up, visible-light views of a behemoth hurricane swirling around Saturn’s north pole. [...] The hurricane’s eye is about 1,250 miles wide, 20 times larger than the average hurricane eye on Earth.

Superstorm Sandy Detected by Seismometers
April 19, 2013 | The University of Utah

“We detected seismic waves created by the oceans waves both hitting the East Coast and smashing into each other,” with the most intense seismic activity recorded when Sandy turned toward Long Island, New York and New Jersey.

Hurricane Sandy (NOAA image)
Above-Average Probability for Major Hurricanes
April 15, 2013 | Colorado State University

“We anticipate an above-average probability for major hurricanes making landfall along the United States coastline and in the Caribbean. Coastal residents are reminded that it only takes one hurricane making landfall to make it an active season for them, and they need to prepare the same for every season, regardless of how much or how little activity is predicted.” Quoted from the Colorado State University press release.

Tropical Storm Tim
March 19, 2013 | NASA Earth Observatory

Tropical Storm Tim formed over the Coral Sea on March 13, 2013, and remained off the coast of northeastern Australia for the next four days. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer on NASA’s Terra satellite captured this natural-color image of Tim on March 17. Although lacking a distinct eye, Tim still had the spiral shape characteristic of strong storms.” Quoted from NASA’s Earth Observatory image release.

Impact of Climate Change on U.S. Coasts
February 18, 2013 | USGS

“According to a new technical report, the effects of climate change will continue to threaten the health and vitality of U.S. coastal communities’ social, economic and natural systems. The report, Coastal Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerabilities: a technical input to the 2013 National Climate Assessment, authored by leading scientists and experts, emphasizes the need for increased coordination and planning to ensure U.S. coastal communities are resilient against the effects of climate change.” Quoted from the USGS press release.

Hurricane Sandy Beach Restoration
February 13, 2013 | BOEM Ocean Science

The most recent issue of BOEM Ocean Science has information about beach restoration projects in the Hurricane Sandy recovery effort.

2012: Hottest and Second Most Extreme
January 9, 2013 | NOAA

“2012 was a historic year for extreme weather that included drought, wildfires, hurricanes and storms; however, tornado activity was below average. 2012 marked the warmest year on record for the contiguous United States with the year consisting of a record warm spring, second warmest summer, fourth warmest winter and a warmer-than-average autumn.” Quoted from the NOAA press release.

2012 Natural Catastrophe Review
January 6, 2013 | Munich Re

Munich Re has posted a 58-minute webinar that reviews natural catastrophe events for the United States and worldwide.

In 2012, insured losses in the United States were about $58 billion – far above average for the 2000-2011 period.

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