Today in disaster resilience (18 November 2022)

Please find below a list of links to recent disaster resilience news…

Recent emergencies/disasters

Shallow M6.2 earthquake hits near the coast of Bio-Bio, Chile

Deep M7.0 earthquake hits Fiji region

Very strong M7.3 earthquake hits Tonga Islands region, Tsunami Advisory issued

USA – Storm Surge From Hurricane Nicole in Florida Causes Shoreline Buildings to Collapse

Molong among NSW towns isolated by floodwaters, flash flooding after widespread rainfall

Thousands stranded in homes as flash flooding batters Central West NSW, Wyangala Dam spills at record rate

Unusually large, 5-km-long landslide hits Colombia

Port aux Basques fights floods just weeks after devastation from post-tropical storm Fiona

Colombia – Floods and Landslides Leave 2 Dead, 6 Missing

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Global carbon emissions at record levels with no signs of shrinking, new data shows

The challenges of climate change adaptation for displaced communities: The Bikini community on Kili and Ejit Islands

Handbook on Climate Change and Disasters

UN to track greenhouse gas emitters with space data

Heatwaves, spread of infectious diseases due to climate change growing health threats to Europeans

Scientists understood physics of climate change in the 1800s – thanks to a woman named Eunice Foote

What is climate change ‘Loss and Damage’?

Australia still trails most developed countries in climate performance ranking

Eight warmest years on record witness upsurge in climate change impacts

Economic losses from extreme weather rocket in Asia

Methane emissions from 15 meat and dairy companies rival those of the EU

Disaster risk reduction

An Integrated Approach Toward Smart and Resilient Cities

‘They’re coming back’: huge flows set to restore life to parched end of Murray-Darling system

Could the magnitude of the 3/11 disaster have been reduced by ecological planning? A retrospective multi-hazard risk assessment through map overlay

Exploring disaster impacts on adaptation actions in 549 cities worldwide

Local floodplain home buyouts can inform federal plans

New analysis of exactly how long extreme rainfall takes to drain from catchment to coast could lead to better identification of the coastal areas most likely to flood and provide timely flood-warnings in the future

Global population hits 8 billion as growth poses more challenges for the planet

This StoryMap shares a credible science-based hazard scenario developed by AF8 to help us plan and prepare for an Alpine Fault earthquake

Drone footage shows Hurricane Nicole’s erosion on Florida east coast

The flood capacity of dams could be at greater risk of being exceeded, due to out-of-date modelling for potential maximum rainfall

Emergency management

Lismore divided as council rejects plan to build temporary homes for flood survivors

B.C. flood recovery tempered by fears of new climate disasters looming on horizon

NSW flood disaster response declared largest ever, as international volunteers arrive to help

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Empowering communities to advocate for their own resilience

Using an inventory cluster approach for assessing bushfire preparedness and information needs in vulnerable communities

What To Do (And Not Do) During A Flood

Sociology and disasters

Trust but verify: Validating new measures for mapping social infrastructure in cities

You are now one of 8 billion humans alive today. Let’s talk overpopulation – and why low income countries aren’t the issue

The harmful legacy of colonialism in natural hazard risk


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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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