116 houses were lost at Wye River in Victoria, but nobody was killed.
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The Christmas Day fires that struck the Victorian town of Wye River are an example of how to get emergency responses right.
Poor planning can make natural disasters much, much worse.
Fires in Esperance killed four people last week.
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Four people have died in catastrophic fires in Western Australia. Long-term data show more females and people leaving their homes late are dying in fires.
Hurricane Patricia as it made landfall on the Pacific coast of Mexico.
False complacency: Hurricane Patricia didn't devastate Mexico as feared, but provides more evidence that warming waters raise the chances of more intense storms.
Since the last earthquake in the region in 2005, we have got much better at recovering from disaster.
There were no fatalities from Hurricane Patricia, which was downgraded to a tropical storm after making landfall in Mexico.
Research shows that El Niño creates conditions for a certain type of hurricane – and offers clues as to how climate change can affect the severity of hurricanes.
Evacuees gather at a rescue centre after this month’s floods in the Philippines. But for many women the danger doesn’t end here.
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Climate change isn't gender-neutral. The effects are likely to hit the world's poorest women hardest of all, because they are more likely to lack the resources to escape natural disasters or disease.
The scene in Balakot, 2005.
Ten years ago, a devastating earthquake killed tens of thousands of people in Pakistan. How has the devastated town of Balakot recovered?
Could media reports of natural disasters reduce people’s risk perception?
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Are you at risk from natural disasters? Research shows media reports could actually reduce people's perceptions of risk.
Mount Colima volcano eruption, 2015.
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Our planet is a hugely dynamic place – and the clock is ticking down to the next superdisaster.
What caused the dramatic collapse of the coast on a Queensland island?
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The beach collapse at Inskip in Queensland might look like a sinkhole, but it was likely triggered by very different forces.
Chileans wait outside after evacuating during the earthquake in Santiago.
Earthquake monitoring can now detect a quake and warn people before it arrives.
The sea straddles two tectonic plates and is lined by large towns and cities. We need to take the tsunami threat seriously.
One of tens of thousands of homes and buildings blown over across Vanuatu by Cyclone Pam in March 2015.
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One of the most hotly debated questions in Vanuatu has been about how communities can rebuild so that they are safer and more resilient to future cyclones. That's not as simple as you might think.
There are more resilient ways to build in vulnerable areas.
Resilient Collective Housing', New Jersey Institute of Technology College of Architecture and Design studio project by Taryn Wefer and Naomi Patel. Instructors: Keith Krumwiede and Martina Decker
The climate is changing. Development patterns that have hardly served us well in the past certainly won't serve us well in the future. Now is the time to adapt.
Would giving disaster victims cash, rather than just supplies, help them get back on their feet faster?
When disaster strikes, billions of dollars are spent on food and supplies, with little accounting of whether relief groups bought the right things or what impact they had.
Everybody’s leaving New Orleans ahead of Katrina.
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Hurricanes can be deadly to those in their path. Officials don't want to unnecessarily alarm before solid forecasts are in place, but residents need enough time to prepare and heed evacuation orders.
With many people in need of shelter and schools only now re-opening, Nepal is not yet ready to restart the lucrative tourism industry that will help its recovery.
While some operators have prematurely suggested it's safe for tourists to return, Nepal's recovery from the earthquake has barely begun. In the longer term, though, tourism will be vital to this process.
The road to recovery is a long one for Nepal, which goes beyond the immediate priority of disaster relief.
Politics in Nepal will hinder relief and recovery efforts following the earthquake and its aftershocks. But look at it the other way around. Could the disaster help to resolve political problems?
People catch up with the news of the earthquake at a kiosk in Kathmandu, Nepal.
Nepal has thousands of journalists working in hundreds of media outlets and publications. But getting the story out about the deadly earthquake was no easy task.