Today in disaster resilience (22 October 2021)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

3 people killed as M5.1 earthquake hits near Agung volcano, Bali, Indonesia

M6.1 earthquake hits near the coast of Torres Islands, Vanuatu

At least 26 dead as floods and landslides hit Kerala, India

Powerful phreatic explosion at Mount Asosan, Alert Level raised, Japan

Unseasonal heavy rainfall leaves 48 people dead in Nepal, 31 others missing

Giant hailstones pummel Queensland, likely the largest seen in Australia since records began

India – Floods and Landslides Cause 27 Fatalities in Uttarakhand

Flooding triggers landslides in Nepal and India, killing at least 150 people and washing away homes

Volcanic activity worldwide 20 Oct 2021: Fuego volcano, Karymsky, Reventador, Piton de la Fournaise

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

The climate disaster is here

The Very Last Thick Sea Ice of the Arctic Breaks while Severe Storms reach the Arctic, eventually supported by Sudden Stratospheric Warming

Denmark is accelerating climate efforts with new 2025 deadline

Insurers are getting rocked by climate disasters

Climate change a double blow for oil-rich Mideast

Future heat adaptation and exposure among urban populations and why a prospering economy alone won’t save us

Facing existential threat from climate change, Pacific Islanders urge world to listen

Climate change means thin ice for lakes worldwide

Don’t boost climate deniers: scientist

What was the role of climate change in Germany’s fatal floods?

Who’s who in Glasgow: 5 countries that could make or break the planet’s future under climate change

What are climate change tipping points

Factbox – COP26 in Glasgow: Who is going and who is not?

Stunningly cheap solar to power China’s pivot away from coal

In the face of chaos, why are we so nonchalant about climate change?

Scientists and Native People Jointly Study Sea-Ice Declines Threatening Seal Hunts

Research prepares organisations for climate-challenged futures

Millions of people were evacuated during disasters last year – another rising cost of climate change

Widespread collapse of West Antarctica’s ice sheet is avoidable if we keep global warming below 2℃

Hunt begins for ancient Antarctic ice—and clues to Earth’s response to rising temperatures

Washington Coastal Resilience Project Ups Hazard Readiness

The myth of the climate moderate

Amplified warming of extreme temperatures over tropical land

Risk of Dangerous Heat Exposure Is Growing Quickly in Cities

Disaster risk reduction

The role of international cooperation in disaster risk reduction

67% of Americans perceive a rise in extreme weather, but partisans differ over government efforts to address it

The Volcanologist’s Paradox

COVID-19 and extreme weather highlight folly of low investment in disaster prevention

U.S. overhauls flood insurance to meet rising climate change risks

Practical guidance on integrating both disaster and climate related risks into development

Earthquake-resistant school built from recycled plastic in Indonesia

Hawaiʻi quake likely related to tectonic plate bending

A Community Works Together To Restore The Floodplain And Reduce Damages

Metro has installed ShakeAlert earthquake early warning system at all bus and rail divisions

Staying afloat: New evidence on how firms in Tanzania cope with flooding

Bushfire insights uncovered with new fire-atmosphere modelling

Researchers release buoys to collect data for South Australian coastline erosion study

NJ plans to expand buyouts of flood-prone properties

Improving Disaster Data Systems to Inform Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience Building in Australia: A Comparison of Databases

2020 Global Natural Disaster Assessment Report

Doing flood risk modelling differently: Evaluating the potential for participatory techniques to broaden flood risk management decision-making

Emergency management

Invest in local disaster response: it saves lives and money

Bypassing Hurricanes Like Matthew Can Wreak Havoc, Too

The UK has one of the highest Covid infection rates in the world right now: Here’s why

Building-Back-Better in Post-Disaster Recovery: Lessons Learnt from Cyclone Idai-Induced Floods in Zimbabwe

How 30-person hotshot crews could help firefighters recuperate between assignments

UNHCR responding to worst flooding in decades in South Sudan

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Creative educational systems build social capital

City of Logan school disaster education resources

#OnlyTogether can we make progress towards a safer and more resilient planet

CRC science in danger series

Science communication on trial following White Island disaster

What is The Great ShakeOut and why did 7 million people in California do it?

Individual hurricane evacuation intentions during the COVID-19 pandemic: insights for risk communication and emergency management policies

Psychology and disasters

Two years after the bushfires my town is recovering, but the scars remain

How to talk to kids about earthquakes

Global prevalence and burden of depressive and anxiety disorders in 204 countries and territories in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic

A Toolkit for Child Welfare Agencies to Help Young People Heal and Thrive During and After Natural Disasters

Sociology and disasters

Role of social capital in local knowledge evolution and transfer in a network of rural communities coping with landslide disasters in Sri Lanka

How natural disasters benefit rich people but make the poor poorer – an illustrated story

Surviving on the Periphery of a City of Earthquakes

Social Capital and COVID-19 Deaths: An Ecological Analysis 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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