Natural Disasters

Troubled Waters in Kashmir

Rita Pal | Posted 16.09.2014 | UK
Rita Pal

In 2010, a little known report predicted the catastrophic 2014 Kashmir floods. Greater Kashmir wrote wrote "Highly placed sources in the state gover...

This Is What Would Happen If An Asteroid Hit Your Town

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 10.09.2014 | UK Tech

Asteroid strikes are rare but not impossible. As proven by last week's impact in Nicaragua the Earth can only protect us from so much. So what woul...

16 Pictures Of The Destruction Wrought By California's Biggest Earthquake In 25 Years

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 24.08.2014 | UK

A 6.0 magnitude earthquake has caused several injuries, damaged buildings, and caused power cuts across the northern Bay Area in California. It's t...

Amazing Video Captures Moment Motorists Try To Outrun Deadly Gas Explosion

The Huffington post | Posted 01.08.2014 | UK

Incredible video and pictures have caught the moment a series of blasts ripped through a densely populated district in Taiwan's second-largest city. ...

Can We Halt the Climbing Cost of Natural Disasters?

Frans Berkhout | Posted 17.09.2014 | UK
Frans Berkhout

We can halt the climbing cost of natural disasters, if we are ready to unite science and society to find a path towards a more sustainable use of the natural resources we rely on.

A 7.1 Earthquake Hit Just Off The Coast Of Mexico

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 07.07.2014 | UK

A magnitude 7.1 earthquake has hit just off the coast of southern Mexico, the US Geological Survey says, with two people reported dead in neighbouring...

Uttarakhand Floods: Life One Year On

Yeeshu Shukla | Posted 16.08.2014 | UK
Yeeshu Shukla

We cannot forget that this region in the foothills of the Himalayas is fragile and young in comparison to other mountainous regions around the world, and the probability of future catastrophic events is high. And for this reason it's also vital the region's inhabitants are prepared for the worst.

Google Adds Live Tweets To Disaster Alert Feature

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 06.06.2014 | UK Tech

Despite being at loggerheads most of the time, Google and Twitter have agreed to hold hands when it comes to Google's Crisis Response service on Googl...

Six Years After Cyclone Nargis

Robin Lustig | Posted 25.06.2014 | UK
Robin Lustig

Next week will mark the sixth anniversary of Cyclone Nargis, which swept through the Irrawaddy Delta in Burma and killed at least 140,000 people. I've just been to the delta to see how the survivors have managed to rebuild their lives. This is what I found...

Massive Earthquake Strikes Chile, Sparking Tsunami Warnings

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 02.04.2014 | UK

An enormous earthquake, measuring a magnitude of 8.2, has struck off northern Chile's coast causing a tsunami, and a climbing death toll. A 6.9 foo...

Hurray for World Vision! Round One to the World's Impoverished Children - Or Not?

Terry Ally | Posted 27.05.2014 | UK
Terry Ally

After fighting hard, being the trailblazer for Christian organisations rights to hire and fire on faith basis and opposing USAID's attempt - just two years ago - to "strongly encourage" faith-based contractors to stop discriminating against LGBT people in order to receive federal funding, one wonders what went wrong in the World Vision board room.

Why We Need to Think Again About How We Deal With Humanitarian Crises

William Garvelink | Posted 21.05.2014 | UK
William Garvelink

As disasters continue to increase in lives lost and in damage costs it is time for the international community to look again at the fundamentals of disaster response and invest in training the real First Responders, the families and communities affected by these emergencies.

What We Can Learn About Floods From Developing Countries

Dr Kate Crowley | Posted 26.04.2014 | UK
Dr Kate Crowley

Type the phrase "good in a crisis" into Google and you get 1.8 million hits. Search for "good at preventing crises" and you get just sixteen. It's a sad fact that - whether as individuals or as nations - we spend infinitely more time, energy and money dealing with problems than we do preventing them.

Where's Mavie?

Angela Singh | Posted 09.04.2014 | UK
Angela Singh

As a young woman living with a disability in a disaster-affected community Mavie faces even more challenges than most - Plan works hard to ensure that the rights and needs of children like Mavie are taken into account when planning for, and responding to, disasters like Typhoon Haiyan.As a young woman living with a disability in a disaster-affected community Mavie faces even more challenges than most - Plan works hard to ensure that the rights and needs of children like Mavie are taken into account when planning for, and responding to, disasters like Typhoon Haiyan.

PHOTOS: Heart Break For Families In Somerset

The Huffington Post | Elliot Wagland | Posted 10.02.2014 | UK

Moorland in Somerset is one the worst affected areas as the record rainfall sweeps through the country. The Marines have finally been called in to ...

The United States Is Selectively Slow, Too Bad for the Philippines

Francisca Stewart | Posted 13.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Francisca Stewart

Although the Philippine government is being criticized for not doing more, it is still difficult to find blame when it comes to natural disasters of this level. When it comes down to it, there is no one that can be directly blamed for this type of travesty, there is only so much anyone can do to prepare. The death tolls are nonetheless frightening and humbling.

Disaster in Haiti - Four Years On

Mike Baker | Posted 14.03.2014 | UK
Mike Baker

The world looked on in horror as a massive 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti on 12 January 2010. More than 200,000 people were killed in the capital alone, along with countless thousands of animals, including beloved pets and vitally important livestock. Just 72 hours later, the WSPA, rushed to aid the animals of the devastated nation...

Philippines - The Spirit of Renewal

Toby Porter | Posted 09.03.2014 | UK
Toby Porter

It has been a tremendous experience - haunting and inspiring in equal measure. We are at the one-mile mark of a long and challenging marathon which we must plan and implement well, while also being accountable and creative.

#SAVEOURSHARKS

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK

Thousands of people have gathered on beaches under banners demanding Australia's government 'Save Our Sharks' and stop a planned cull, which activists...

Nine Years After the Tsunami, We Can Prevent Most Devastating Effects of Natural Disasters

Sophia Salenius | Posted 22.02.2014 | UK
Sophia Salenius

Nine years ago today the world was left stunned as the most deadly natural disaster ever recorded devastated the Indian Ocean region.

Conversation in a Hospital After Typhoon Haiyan

Agus Morales | Posted 19.02.2014 | UK
Agus Morales

Gilda and Emma's green house is one of the few still standing on Tacloban's seafront, although some of the walls collapsed and it suffered severe structural damage. Photo albums, books and Christmas decorations are strewn over the floor. For the first few chaotic days after the disaster, Gilda and Emma took refuge in the local church. The building sheltered dozens of families who had lost their houses.

Relief Groups Aren't Doing Much in the Philippines and Neither Is the Mayor

Keb Darge | Posted 09.02.2014 | UK
Keb Darge

On about day 10 the mayor appeared and took charge of distributing relief goods. This involved men with automatic rifles, light and heavy machine guns, grenade launchers etc., protecting the relief boxes until the Mayor had shifted "the good stuff" into his newly commandeered storage buildings.

We Have the Technologies to Prevent the Worst Effects of Natural Disasters - But They Need Governmental Support

Sophia Salenius | Posted 04.02.2014 | UK
Sophia Salenius

The typhoon in the Philippines reminded us all of Mother Nature's destructive power. Even in a technologically advanced 21st Century, we remain dangerously exposed to the worst she has to offer. But this doesn't have to be the case. We have the capability to utilise a wealth of information and state of the art scientific analysis to significantly improve survival rates when disasters hit.

Treating Typhoon Haiyan's Victims With Dignity

Kent Page | Posted 01.02.2014 | UK
Kent Page

For the two weeks since the typhoon, these bodies have been laying face up - staring into the alternating blazing sun and pouring rain. The smell of decomposition was overbearing, but I couldn't look away from the little girl in the white dress. It seemed so wrong for her to be left to the elements like that, and stared at by anyone passing by.

Typhoon Haiyan: Digging in for the Long Haul

Nigel Chapman | Posted 29.01.2014 | UK
Nigel Chapman

Driving out of Tacloban Airport is easier than in the early days of Typhoon Haiyan's aftermath, but the scenes on either side of the road still assault the senses. The occasional lorry loads up corpses still being discovered in shattered houses. Everywhere, there is debris...