I helped forecast disaster – but nothing prepared for me what happened next.
Extreme heatwaves aren’t systematically monitored in most countries in sub-Saharan Africa. This leads to unnecessary and premature deaths which are often unrecorded.
New Zealand has several volcanic areas that remain popular tourist destinations. A new early-alert system for eruptions would help operators determine when it is safe to visit an active volcano.
In the Southeast US, tornadoes strike at night more often than in other regions. This poses special challenges for getting early warnings to the public.
The early warning system installed after the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami hasn’t lived up to expectations.
Indonesia’s tsunami early warning system failed to provide adequate warnings to people in Palu.
While the Montecito, California mudslides took 20 lives, landslides kill far more people in developing countries. Tighter construction standards and early warning systems could help reduce their toll.
Early warning systems are available for things like tsunamis and diseases. Why not for animals as well?
The sea straddles two tectonic plates and is lined by large towns and cities. We need to take the tsunami threat seriously.