Most of the time, these operations were not urgent – unlike the one following this disaster that summoned some 600,000 people to the site of the worst nuclear accident of all time.
Meet the unsung aid workers who put their lives on the line during war and natural disaster to make sure the dead are treated with respect – and that their grieving families get closure.
Population growth is creating a huge demand for infrastructure, even as environmental risks grow. To detect problems early, satellites can provide rich data to help assess infrastructure "health".
Disaster information needs to come from all sections of a community at risk, and we need to leave nobody marginalised.
A chaplain of the Paris Fire Brigade helped save several items during the fire at Notre Dame Cathedral. Rarely seen, fire chaplains often take enormous risks to provide support during disasters.
Whether in direct response to these events or as a way of coping with their consequences, many Indonesians react to the unpredictability of the natural world with a “wait and see” attitude.
Donald Trump has threatened to use funds allocated for disaster relief to fund his border wall. It's time to rethink how we frame disasters to stop politicians from using them for political gain.
Taking selfie at disaster sites is so wrong at many levels. Not only it poses risks but the action also indicates mental issues
The last two major disasters show that Indonesia needs to embrace a new chapter in its disaster risk governance.
The flight data may only shed light on what happened. Investigators must systematically investigate other evidence to find out why JT-610 crashed.
A peaceful society requires us to trust our public institutions, but in order to do so, we must question them. Questions are a healthy and necessary response to a world filled with uncertainty.
Indonesia's tsunami early warning system failed to provide adequate warnings to people in Palu.
The damage to coal ash sites from Hurricane Florence demonstrates how a community's vulnerability to natural disasters is closely linked to how stringent environmental regulations are.
The billions of dollars worth of aid dispatched every year to alleviate the suffering and damage after earthquakes and hurricanes would do more good if it didn't get clumped up.
How do experts know when and where the next big hurricane is going to hit? A look at the complicated science of forecasting.
Warning Syrians of approaching airstrikes via social media is helping save lives.
Bridge engineering does not end when construction finishes and traffic starts to flow.
Large-scale emergencies can be a strain, even in one of the world's richest countries. Population growth, income inequality and fragile supply chains may make the problem worse.
Can artificial intelligence accurately simulate people's religious tendencies in the face of disaster and tragedy?
This week marks the 26th anniversary of the Westray mine disaster in Nova Scotia. There have been plenty of disasters since then but we still struggle to hold people to account when systems fail.