Today in disaster resilience (28 April 2023)

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

Recent emergencies/disasters

Large rare tornado hits Myanmar – over 200 homes destroyed, 8 fatalities, and 128 injured

Angola – Thousands of Homes Damaged or Destroyed After Days of Heavy Rain

Severe shaking after M5.9 earthquake, series of aftershocks hit North Island, New Zealand

Historic heatwave engulfs the Iberian Peninsula

Large tornado hits earthquake-relief camp in Turkey

Volcanic activity worldwide 27 Apr 2023: Fuego volcano, Popocatépetl, Shiveluch, Karangetang

Brazil – Thousands Displaced After Floods and Landslides in Bahia

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Thai authorities issue extreme heat warnings as temperatures soar

Majority of Australians keen to switch from gas to electric to lower emissions, survey finds

The summer of 2021 was the Pacific Northwest’s hottest in a millennium

Report highlights climate change danger to children’s education in Pacific

Poles Have Lost Enough Ice to Form an Ice Cube 12 Miles High, Study Finds

‘We have already lost’ in 2 key climate change signals, according to UN report

As Earth’s climate warms, glaciers and ice sheets are retreating, cracking, and adding to sea level rise at record speeds

How will I experience climate change?

Here Are the Places Most at Risk From Record-Shattering Heat

Half the global population saw all-time record temperatures over past decade

WMO annual report highlights continuous advance of climate change

In hot water: here’s why ocean temperatures are the hottest on record

As Sea Levels Rise, the East Coast Is Also Sinking

The most at-risk regions in the world for high-impact heatwaves

Human-induced climate change increased drought severity in Horn of Africa

AR6 Synthesis Report: Climate Change 2023

Drought-hit Spanish town gets water trucked in as temperatures peak

‘Statistically impossible’ heat extremes are here – we identified the regions most at risk

Record renewables help bring down Australia’s energy prices and emissions

The Global Transboundary Climate Risk Report 2023

Extreme climatic events and human biology and health: A primer and opportunities for future research

Disaster risk reduction

Explore the ocean with MyOcean Pro

A Community Disaster Resilience Index for Chile

The classic Mediterranean vacation spot that sits over a live volcano

Missing Maps: Using mapping for humanitarian good

Mechanisms of hydrological responses to volcanic eruptions in the Asian monsoon and westerlies-dominated subregions

Ghana catalyzes new action to address disaster risks and growing climate crisis

Emergency management

Inter-Agency Coordination in Disaster Management

How deadly lessons from Fukushima changed Japan and the world

What we’re watching: Weekly disaster update, April 24

Safeguarding First Responders on duty

France to mobilise wildfire-fighting forces one month early

Disaster education, communications and engagement

Volcano Crisis Communication

About Journal of Disaster Studies

Rivercraft 2: the game engaging young people on flood risk

Psychology and disasters

Beyond burnout II: A case series of doctors seen in a new publicly funded doctors’ mental health service

Trauma-Informed Social Media: Towards Solutions for Reducing and Healing Online Harm

Sociology and disasters

Behavioral changes during the COVID-19 pandemic decreased income diversity of urban encounters

The Resilience of a Resettled Flood-Prone Community: An Application of the RABIT Framework in Pasig City, Metro Manila

Ageism and the pandemic: How Canada continues to let older adults suffer and die from COVID-19

Building urban infrastructure resilience through network governance

Preconditioning the 2023 Kahramanmaraş (Türkiye) earthquake disaster


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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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