Today in disaster resilience (9 December 2022)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

More than 600 aftershocks following M5.6 earthquake beneath Lake Taupō, New Zealand

Landslide buries bus in Colombia, leaving at least 34 people dead

Flash flood hits Johannesburg, leaving 14 people dead and 3 missing, South Africa

Peru – Flood Destroy Homes and Bridges in Ucayali Department

Chad – Médecins Sans Frontières Launches Emergency Response for Flood Victims in “Dire Situation”

Vietnam – Deadly Floods in North Central Coast Region

Brazil – Thousands Displaced, 10 Dead After Rain, Floods and Landslides in 5 States

Italy – Dozens Rescued From Flooding in South

River Murray flows to reach 220 gigalitres a day by the end of the year

Severe flash floods hit Lisbon, Portugal

Very large tornado hits Ras Laffan, Qatar

Volcanic activity worldwide 7 Dec 2022: Stromboli volcano, Fuego, Popocatépetl, Shiveluch

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Ten step guide to climate action based on scientific data

Losses from climate change: €145 billion in a decade

 Europe’s water crisis is much worse than we thought

Australia needs ‘wartime mobilisation’ response to climate crisis, security leaders say

How to Move a Village. Or 40.

Country towns at ‘greater risk’ of running dry when drought returns despite recent floods

Disaster risk reduction

Storm sequence chronology and initial profile morphology controls on beach erosion

Indigenous fire management and cross-scale fire-climate relationships in the Southwest United States from 1500 to 1900 CE

Grey to Green: Sheffield’s transformational flood defence scheme

Studies show prescribed burns are key to forest resiliency

Queensland’s dam upgrade bill to pour pressure on state budget

Machine Learning Model Doubles Accuracy of Global Landslide ‘Nowcasts’

HydroSat: geometric quantities of the global water cycle from geodetic satellites

Urbanized landslides

5 Sustainable Forest Management Strategies for Wildfire Prevention

Increased Flood Risk Threatens California’s Airports

Scientists Develop Low-Cost Sensors for River Levels

The Southern Hemisphere is stormier than the Northern, and we finally know why

Enhancing Earthquake Detection from Orbit

Latest study on Bradfield scheme in Queensland again concludes proposal doesn’t hold water

Spatial and temporal variability of shorefaces: A morpho-hydrodynamic controlled system

Queensland Scientists Develop Satellites and Radar Techniques for Faster Flood Mapping

 Emergency management

Murray River towns could see brown tap water for months in wake of floods

Aerial images used to map lava from Mauna Loa eruption in Hawaii

Moulamein farmers swap harvesters for excavators to maintain levees against highest flood in memory

In Indonesia, a deadly inland earthquake exposes urgent preparedness gaps

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Great photojournalism article on the recent Eugowra floods in NSW

The tale of tornado tales

Psychology and disasters

Effect of individual characteristics, risk perception, self-efficacy and social support on willingness to relocate due to floods and landslides

Sociology and disasters

Can social infrastructure mitigate the impact of massive hazards?

Public satisfaction with the government’s disaster response during Typhoon Odette (Rai)


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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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