Category Archives: Recent Event

What happens to the money??


In the days before the tsunami hit Japan, their stock market the Nikkei 225 Stock Average had its highs and lows throughout the month. However, when the tsunami hit the market took one of the biggest losses to date, dropping … Continue reading

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Kilauea Eruption Fires Up Hawaii


Upon researching hazardous disasters, I was personally drawn to the recent eruption that took place on March 5, 2011, on the volcano Kilauea, one of the five volcanoes that are located on the Big Island of Hawaii. Kilauea is one … Continue reading

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Tsunami Affecting Automakers throughout the World!


As the Earthquake and Tsunami hit the country of Japan, the auto industry began to take a hit. This is where my major of Supply Chain Management resembles this tragedy. Japan being the 3rd largest automobile manufacturer, after the U.S. … Continue reading

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Being Prepared Means Everyone


The bustling streets and subways of New York City came to halt this past December thanks to one of the biggest recorded blizzards that has ever hit the city.  Over the night of the 26th and into the day on … Continue reading

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6.3 Earthquake Damages City


On February 22, 2011 there was a 6.3 magnitude earthquake that hit Christchurch, New Zealand. The death toll is said to be at least 65 people. The earthquake’s epicenter was located deep under ground about 6 miles from ChristChurch. To make matters … Continue reading

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Tsunami devastations reach farther than just point of impact


As we have learned, a shift in a subducting plate zone near Japan caused for vertical displacement of water and resulted in a tsunami. The waves reached nearly 40 feet tall. However, Japan’s government has estimated that the damages from … Continue reading

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Flooding Fitzroy


Western Australia experienced flooding of the Fitzroy River due to mass amounts of rainfall in mid-march. Flooding of the river endangered both people and property, instigating an evacuation of the areas subject to the flood’s destined path. The river’s protrusion … Continue reading

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New Zealand Earthquake Has Californians Questioning


VIDEO SURVEILLANCE FOOTAGE OF EARTHQUAKE IN CHRISTCHURCH Because of the tremendous impact that the New Zealand earthquakes had on the country and the news media, citizens of California are now re-evaluating the way they’ve been building their buildings. In New … Continue reading

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Brazilian Landslides Wreak Havoc


In January of last year, Brazil experienced some of the worst landslides in it’s 190 year history as a country. Displacing nearly 14,000 Brazilian residents and killing hundreds of people, the landslides have been a huge catastrophe to the South … Continue reading

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Airlines Sit and Watch the Euros Fly By


The ash cloud that came from the volcano in Iceland about a year ago had a huge economic impact on the whole world.  It shut down airlines for over a week and cost them about 130 million Euros per day. … Continue reading

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Aiding Landslide Victims through Google Maps


The city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil has recently and historically experienced multiple landslides caused by extreme precipitation. With these disasters (such as one in April 2010), victims are often left homeless and possibly in the way of danger once … Continue reading

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New Zealand’s ‘Darkest Day’


On February 2nd, 2011 tragedy hit Christchurch, New Zealand in the form of a 6.3 magnitude earthquake. Seventy five causalties were reported and more than three hundred reported missing [rvd: casualties are estimated to be over 200]. Prime Minister John … Continue reading

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Roads Blocked in Mexican Landslide


Residents in Mexico were furious when they could not evacuate from their small town of Oaxaca because the roads were so bad. A landslide took out the many homes. The damage was at a maximum because the homes were on … Continue reading

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Studying Abroad in a Gloomy Cloud of Ash


Last spring I ventured across the pond with a group of MSU students and professors to study abroad. Our destination was The Netherlands where we would evaluate Dairy Husbandry and Environmental Stewardship. As we counted down the days to departure … Continue reading

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Dirty Thunderstorms, Volcanos Produce Lightning?


When thinking of a volcano a person thinks of lava, ash, and mudslides, but lightning?  Yes I said lightning.  This little understood and somewhat rare occurrence happens when the ash from the erupting volcano, ice particles, and rock fragments collide … Continue reading

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U.S. Army Corps Levee breach


In August of 2005, what Maryland Weather calls the third deadliest United States hurricane, Hurricane Katrina, struck the south. Tearing its way through the gulf of Mexico it gained the strength of a category 5 storm, although it made landfall … Continue reading

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Natural Disaster of Brazil Slashes Towns


In the middle of January, 2011, the country of Brazil experienced its largest natural disaster in the past four decades. Flash floods and massive landslides in the Serrana mountain area near Rio de Janeiro destroyed many roads and buildings. The many photos … Continue reading

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Cyclone Yasi


Many people across Australia were facing the destructive aftermath of Cyclone Yasi on February 3rd 2011. The streets were covered in trees and many power lines were down. The storm left 180,000 homes with out electricity. The cyclone was classified … Continue reading

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Haiti Earthquake 2010


These two articles talk about the Earthquake in Haiti that was the biggest in terms of casualties in a long while. An important part was about more of the problems that were not as obvious as just the physical destruction of the massive … Continue reading

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It’s Raining Birds


New Studies have shown that the sleeping fault of the New Madrid fault zone has awakened, causing over 500 earthquakes in Arkansas [rvd: more specifically, in 4 months from Sept-Dec 2010]. Since the discovery, mysterious events have taken place, thousands … Continue reading

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Heat Waves and Food Delays


According to the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 2010 tied the record holder, 2005, for hottest year to date. Throughout the year 19 nations set record temperature highs. They also reported that 2010 was the wettest year on record. … Continue reading

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Earthquake Aid Denied


Pakistan welcomed 2011 with a M7.2 earthquake on January 19th. The earthquake did not cause a lot of damage (only 200 houses at the epicenter were affected) and no deaths were reported, but it made a lot of people fearful of … Continue reading

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Building to save lives


Areas of the world that are prone to earthquakes like California, Chile and other places that lie on active faults need to be more educated about building structures and safer spots to build homes. In Haiti, about 250,000 deaths occurred … Continue reading

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Quake crushes schools in Haiti


Everyone has heard about the recent earthquake that caused phenomenal destruction in Haiti on January 11, 2010.  Much of what was plastered across newspapers and given prevalence on news stations were the death tolls and the help or lack thereof that … Continue reading

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Learning from Indonesia’s Previous Earthquakes


In October of 2010, a Magnitude 7.7 earthquake led to a tsunami hitting the coast of Indonesia. The high death roll (>100) could be attributed to the lack of warning, as well as the building materials of structures in the … Continue reading

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Gaining Positive Face in the Face of Disaster


The day after Christmas in 2004, an earthquake with more power than 23,000 atomic bombs unleashed its destructive force on surrounding areas of the Indian Ocean. After causing devastation in 11 countries, displacing millions of people, and killing hundreds of thousands, … Continue reading

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Haiti Hurts Again


The morning of November 5, 2010 hit Haiti right where it hurt. After the earthquake that left Haiti in painful shambles it seems like a double whammy for floods to come cause more devastation when healing has just begun. The … Continue reading

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Is Another Quake Headed Chile’s Way?


After the 2010 earthquake-tsunami dual disaster in Chile, scientists believe the risk of yet another quake has increased. The 8.8 magnitude quake occurred where the Nazca Plate (which is an oceanic lithospheric plate) subducts under the South American mainland at … 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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