Today in disaster resilience (10 July 2020)

Please find below links to  some aspects of disaster resilience that were in the news recently…

Recent emergencies/disasters

Japan floods leave up to 34 dead, many at nursing homes

Canada – Floods in Manitoba Prompt Evacuations

Myanmar – Jade Mine Landslide Kills Over 160

Search for survivors continue after Japan floods from record-breaking rainfall kill at least 18

B.C. couple escapes from ‘debris flood’ that filled home with mud, logs, rocks

India – Monsoon Rains Trigger Floods and Landslides in Gujarat and Karnataka

Bulgaria – Storm and Floods in Sofia

Pakistan – Buildings Collapsed After Heavy Rainfall in Karachi

Heavy downpours in southern Japan, which have killed more than 50, now battering the country’s main island

China raises emergency level as heavy rain triggers floods

Mongolia – Floods Leave 8 Dead, 2,300 Homes Damaged

Bangladesh – Floods Affect Over 1 Million People in 13 Districts

Volcanic activity worldwide 9 Jul 2020: Pacaya volcano, Fuego, Semeru, Reventador, Sangay

Efforts continue to control forest fires in southwestern Iran


Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Spain closes half of all its coal-fired power stations in one fell swoop

Trend towards worsening heatwaves is accelerating, new research finds

Increasing trends in regional heatwaves

Could a warming climate be putting Australia’s magnificent alpine landscapes at risk?

Observed changes in dry-season water availability attributed to human-induced climate change

Australia ranks second worst in world on climate action, outside top 50 on clean energy

Rare night clouds may be warning sign of climate crisis

Arctic explorers find unusually thin ice as a result of climate change
Rising above adversity: community-led climate adaptation along Bangladesh’s coastal belt

The world endured 2 extra heatwave days per decade since 1950 – but the worst is yet to come
Extreme heat and rain: thousands of weather stations show there’s now more of both, for longer

Partitioning the Uncertainty of Ensemble Projections of Global Glacier Mass Change

The City of Sydney is now entirely powered by green energy

The Ugly History of Climate Determinism Is Still Evident Today

Siberia just experienced its hottest June on record

CO2 in Earth’s atmosphere nearing levels of 15m years ago


Disaster risk reduction

Japan debuts new bullet train that can run during an earthquake

The Repeat Events and Dollars Index (REDI) is a web-based interactive mapping application developed to help Queensland councils better understand their risk, costs and repeat damage from natural hazard events

Chicago and the region need to step up fast to reduce flooding and protect inhabitants and businesses

Subducting plate angle dictates tsunami threat during large earthquakes

Floods and drought: Two sides of the same coin

Latest issue of the Australasian Journal of Disaster and Trauma Studies

ERA5-based global meteorological wildfire danger maps

The Sustainable Development Goals Report 2020

Using opportunities in big data analytics to more accurately predict societal consequences of natural disasters

Super ensemble learning for daily streamflow forecasting: large-scale demonstration and comparison with multiple machine learning algorithms

The U.S. has already had 10 billion-dollar weather disasters this year

Hurricanes Destroy Beachside Homes, But Not This One

Lancaster Flood Risk Management Scheme

A new high-resolution view into Earth’s crust shows what caused more than 22,000 tiny temblors to rumble in Southern California

Houston: A lack of data and options is trapping people in flood-prone homes and driving inequality

In New York City, ‘Managed Retreat’ Has Become a Grim Reality

The truth behind fear-inducing Nankai Trough quake prediction figures

Japan nonlife insurers to raise premiums 6-8% in wake of disasters


Emergency management

COVID-19: This is when life will return to normal, according to the experts

Bushfire royal commission hears longer fire seasons making it harder for states to help each other

Impact of Australia’s catastrophic 2019/20 bushfire season on communities and environment. Retrospective analysis and current trends

Mongolia: National society preparedness case study

As Melbourne goes into coronavirus lockdown, it’s a sign it could happen anywhere in Australia

Navajo Nation faces twin threats as wildfires spread during pandemic

Masks, disinfectant, social distancing: Japan responds to disaster amid coronavirus

Locating the Risk on Foreign Shores: The Making of “Covid-Safe” Japan

$1.2B Calgary hailstorm ranks as Canada’s 4th costliest natural disaster


Disaster education, communications and engagement

Japan’s top mobile carriers launch multilingual disaster information service for tourists

JMA  launches English portal

Dynamics of Crisis Communications in Social Media: Spatio-temporal and Text-based Comparative Analyses of Twitter Data from Hurricanes Irma and Michael

Confusion over warnings during bushfires

Create your Bushfire Survival Plan


Psychology and disasters

Floodwaters Test the Staying Power of a ‘Determined Man’

Addressing COVID-19 Grief and Loss


Sociology and disasters

How do natural hazards affect participation in voluntary association? The social impacts of disasters in Japanese society

Examining of the actor collaboration networks around hazard mitigation: a Hurricane Harvey study

Researching Crime After a Disaster: What We Can Learn From a Large Survey in New Orleans After Hurricane Katrina

Commercial social spaces in the post-disaster context

Hurricane Katrina made landfall in New Orleans on August 29, 2005, but the decisions that caused the disaster extend across the twentieth century

Special Issue: Geographies of the COVID-19 pandemic

Function of Social Capital Embedded in Religious Communities at Times of Disaster: Cases of Disaster Relief Activity by a Muslim Community and a Soka Gakkai Community in Japan


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I am a Principal at Water Technology Pty Ltd, an Australian-based coastal, environment and natural hazards company - see I specialise in the community aspects of disaster risk reduction and emergency management. Samples of my research and projects can be accessed at Check out my latest book 'Disaster Education, Communication and Engagement' at I am also a published fiction writer specialising in short stories and poems - see

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