People tell tales to explain what they see – centuries later, scientists try to map handed-down myths onto real geological events.
In the immediate aftermath of an event like the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, the path forward is not always clear. Looking backward, what have we learned?
Japan has a long experience of hazards and disasters. Yet it does not seem like all lessons have been applied when it comes to COVID.
Indonesia has a warning system for tsunamis generated by earthquakes – but not volcanoes.
Massive landslides can trigger destructive and deadly tsunamis, and climate change could make them worse.
Eco-fiction to help you rethink your role in the climate crisis.
What is political will or political commitment to disaster risk reduction? Why is it important to measure political commitment? And how to measure it?
A tricky kind of earthquake that happens in the soft rock of the ocean floor causes much larger tsunamis than their magnitude would predict. New research pinpoints a way to identify the danger fast.
A devastating quake and tsunami in the Pacific Ocean prompted a new kind of post-disaster research. Ten years on, we need these lessons to prepare for a precarious future.
Half the deaths from Atlantic hurricanes are down to storm surge. People in vulnerable regions need to be aware of what it is and how it threatens their safety.
Because it happened within the Australian Plate rather than at a plate boundary, shockwaves from the quake travelled more efficiently to Darwin than to cities closer to the epicentre.
If you’ve never heard of a form of wave called a ‘seiche’ – which can occur in swimming pools during earthquakes – this is your chance to catch up.
Research into volcanic activity in the waters off Indonesia shows how active this region is and how destructive landslide-caused tsunamis can be.
Making the word smong part of the Indonesian vocabulary does not mean removing the word tsunami. Smong should be a source of pride in how local knowledge protects us from disaster.
Earthquakes and tsunami in Indonesia this year did not only leave a deep sorrow. It made us rethink the relationship between humans, technology and nature in Indonesia.
Last month’s earthquake in Sulawesi, Indonesia was large, but not huge. It was the aftereffects that made it so devastating.
To stay safe in a tsunami, remember that the sequence of waves may occur over hours to days, and the biggest wave in the sequence could occur at any time.
Developed countries focus on technology, but lullabies can sometimes have a greater effect.
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.