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US Geological Surveyhttp://pasadena.wr.usgs.gov/step/
The US Geological Survey has launched this web page that shows the probability of earthquake shaking in the next 24 hours in California. Maps graphically illustrate the change in earthquake probability during aftershock and possible foreshock sequences. The maps are updated at least once an hour.
In conjunction with Supervolcano, the BBC’s docudrama that imagines how a super-eruption would devastate the planet, the network created this interactive online game that casts players as emergency managers tasked with saving communities from a volcanic eruption.
American Society of Civil Engineerswww.asce.org/files/pdf/tsunami.pdf
This article from the American Society of Civil Engineers’ journal Civil Engineering examines the possibility of a tsunami, such as the one that struck in the Indian Ocean in December, happening in the US, off the coast of Southern California in particular.
Earthquake Engineering Research Institutewww.eeri.org/lfe/clearinghouse/sumatra_tsunami/presentation.html
The Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) has released “The Great Sumatra Earthquake and Indian Ocean Tsunami,” a comprehensive PowerPoint presentation intended for use by individuals who are giving presentations to colleagues, community groups, and others. It explains the origins of the earthquake and tsunami and documents the damage they caused. It also includes slides on tsunamis in the US and a discussion of tsunami risk reduction methods.
United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction Platformwww.unisdr.org/ppew/tsunami/ppew-tsunami.htm
This new section of the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction Platform for the Promotion of Early Warning web site provides information on developments pertaining to the organization of a tsunami early warning system for the Indian Ocean. It also contains a concise summary of information on tsunamis and links to other tsunami web sites.
Development of a Tsunami Warning and Mitigation Systemhttp://ioc.unesco.org/indotsunami/mauritius05/mauritius05_outcome.htm
The result of the Second International Coordination Meeting for the Development of a Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System for the Indian Ocean, the Mauritius Declaration posted here, complements the Paris Communiqué issued in March and further outlines the way forward toward the development of a tsunami warning system for the region.
This report from aid agency Oxfam International about the impact of the Indian Ocean tsunami on women shows that up to four times as many females as males may have been killed by the tsunami. It examines some of the reasons why and what can be done to address the disproportionate impact on women in general.
eAceh.org is an effort by the government of Indonesia and the donor community to bring together the stakeholders rebuilding lives, livelihoods, and communities in Aceh and northern Sumatra devastated by December’s earthquake and tsunami. Information from all government agencies, international institutions, bilateral donors, international NGOs, and local Lembaga Swadaya Masyakarat participating in the rehabilitation and reconstruction of Aceh will be made available on this site.
Asian Disaster Research Centerwww.adrc.or.jp/publications/Srilankasurvey/en/index.html
The Asian Disaster Research Center conducted a field survey on the awareness of disaster risk in the Galle district of Sri Lanka to identify the current situation and characteristics of the community’s capacity to respond to natural disasters. The survey was conducted for the purpose of proposing a strategy for dissemination of disaster knowledge and raising public awareness for reducing the negative impact of natural hazards. The results are available here.
Seattle Fault Earthquake Scenariohttp://seattlescenario.eeri.org/
The Seattle Fault Earthquake Scenario, a collaboration between the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute and the Washington Emergency Management Division, drew upon the knowledge and advice of many of the region’s experts in the fields of earth and life sciences, earthquake engineering, planning, and emergency management. The multidisciplinary team developed a broad, unbiased look at the vulnerability of the Puget Sound region and Washington State to one of their top earthquake threats – the Seattle Fault. Scenario documents and presentations are available here.
Presentations from the June 21, 2005, Disasters Roundtable of the National Academies, The Indian Ocean Tsunami Disaster: Implications for US and Global Disaster Reduction and Preparedness, are available here.
US Geological Survey web sitehttp://walrus.wr.usgs.gov/tsunami/sumatra05/
This new US Geological Survey web site, “The 26 December 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami: Initial Findings from Sumatra,” contains information gathered during an international survey conducted January 20-29, 2005, as well as more than 500 photographs.