Bad Neuenahr, Germany on July 16 2021, where massive rainfall caused widespread flooding.
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I helped forecast disaster – but nothing prepared for me what happened next.
Heatwaves pose a huge threat to human health.
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.
Salvaging items from a destroyed home near Lebanon, Tenn., March 3, 2020, after tornadoes ripped across the state.
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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.
A general view of a tsunami devastated mosque in Talise beach, Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, 30 September 2018.
Indonesia’s tsunami early warning system failed to provide adequate warnings to people in Palu.
Searching for victims after a rain-triggered mudslide that blanketed a village and killed at least 178 people in north China’s Shanxi province, Sept. 13, 2008.
AP Photo/Andy Wong
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.
Secretary birds are identified by South Africa’s early warning system as being fast headed towards extinction.
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.