Monthly Archives: January 2011

More flooding to Australia: Cyclone Yasi


As Australia is still dealing with flooding, more damage will be caused by Cyclone Yasi, which is expected to hit in the next few days. It has strengthened to a category 3 storm and is expected to reach a 4. … Continue reading

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Can psychic predict what earthquakes will do to North America?


Gordon-Michael Scallion claims he has the psychic ability to predict future events including when earthquakes will occur and of what magnitude. In his prediction newsletter for 2010, he predicted that an earthquake of large magnitude would hit Tokyo, Japan. On … Continue reading

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Typhoon Tip 1979


Typhoon Tip may not have been the most damaging or deadly typhoon in history but has been considered the most intense. Tip struck during the 1979 Pacific typhoon season. It formed in the western Pacific Ocean and headed toward Guam. … Continue reading

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1994 Mid-Michigan Earthquake


On September 2, 1994 just outside of Lansing, Michigan, in what is my hometown of Potterville, there was a 3.4 magnitude earthquake that rumbled through the city and was felt by most in the surrounding areas. The Epicenter was located almost exactly in the small town … Continue reading

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Severe Floods in Australia Result in Heavy Damage


In early January, the worst flood in years destroyed many homes and businesses in Brisbane, Australia. The storm left 970 people whose homes are no longer existent trying to find temporary shelter. Debris is currently covering streets in the area … Continue reading

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Tanshang, China Earthquake


On July 28, 1976, an earthquake struck Tanshang China. This earthquake caused the most damage of any modern earthquake and registered a 8.3 on the Richter Scale. The official number of deaths was 255,000, but it was estimated that 655,000 … Continue reading

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Poor Urban Planning and Rain Leads to Landslides in Brazil


Over the past few weeks the beautiful country of Brazil has been devastated by terrible landslides.  The landslides are not uncommon in Brazil but these specific landslides have killed hundreds of people and displaced many more. According to the Guardian.co.uk, … Continue reading

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Impact of Annual Floods on Botswana Safaris


Botswana faces annual floods between March and April in its Okavango Delta, which is located in northwestern Botswana. Savuti Marsh in Botswana is greatly affected by the yearly flooding. The marsh is all that is left of what was once … Continue reading

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Infectious Disease to Follow Brazil Landslides?


After a series of disastrous landslides has hit Brazil, the death toll is continuing to rise and many are being forced to evacuate from their homes. As of Sunday there have been 806 casualties related to the landslide and flooding, making … Continue reading

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Mighty Earthquake Shakes Up Pakistan


Early last week, an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.2 hit southwestern Pakistan, with its epicenter just 30 miles west of Dalbadin (south of Quetta). It shook through the surrounding area, towards the nation’s borders with Iran and Afghanistan, and … Continue reading

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2010 Named Deadliest Year


The United Nations recently released a report naming 2010 as one of the most deadly years for natural disasters out of the last 20 years. This is largely due to the Haitian earthquake (January 27, 2010) and Russian heat wave … Continue reading

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South Africa Flood!


After experiencing the heaviest rainfall in over 20 years, coupled with poor drainage systems, South Africa has declared 33 disaster areas due to flooding [rvd: Link]. Two of the largest rivers in the area [rvd: the Zambezi and the Okavango … Continue reading

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Massive Flooding to hit Manitoba


This isn’t the first time Manitoba, Canada has had to deal with extreme flooding.  In 1997 “the flood of the century” hit, also as recently as 2009 they also experienced severe floods.  For the most current flood which the citizens … Continue reading

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Flooding in Australia


Queensland Australia has been receiving enormous amounts of rainfall since Christmas time due to cyclone Tasha and La Nina. Before Queensland received over 30 inches of rain in the month of December (2010) they were suffering from a decade long … Continue reading

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Haiti


I think one of the most well known natural disasters of 2010 was the earthquake in Haiti.  The damage it caused for the people living there and within the cities throughout the country makes it seem so difficult for the … Continue reading

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Welcome to the blog for ISP203B


Welcome to the blog for ISP203B, a class on Natural Hazards and Disasters taught at Michigan State University. Section 2 in Spring 2011 is taught by Remke van Dam, Assistant Professor in the Department of Geological Sciences. This blog will … Continue reading

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