Tagged: Natural hazards

Humans can make rockfalls from earthquakes more dangerous - Guest Work

Guest Author Sep 18, 2016

Mark Quigley, University of Melbourne and Josh Borella, University of Canterbury Earthquakes (including the tsunamis they generate) are Earth’s most fatal natural hazard, accounting for approximately 55% of the more than 1.35 million disaster deaths in the last two decades. The US Geological Survey predicts that more than 2.5 million people will die from … Read More

Peeking inside a volcanic avalanche - News

John Kerr Sep 06, 2016

New research has offered a glimpse into the inner workings of one of the most dangerous results of volcanic eruptions – pyroclastic flows. “They are basically mixtures of hot volcanic particles and gas that race down the flank of a volcano to destroy everything its path,” says Dr Gert Lube from Massey University, describing these volcanic juggernauts. He and his … Read More

Five years on – scientists reflect on the Christchurch quake - Griffin's Gadgets

Peter Griffin Feb 22, 2016

Five years after the biggest disaster in modern New Zealand, experts who were involved in communicating the science of the quakes share their experiences and thoughts. At 12:51pm on the 22nd of February 2011, a magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck the city of Christchurch. The disaster killed 185 people and caused billions of dollars of damage. Read More

Hippo surfs flood waters to freedom - Crikey Creek

Daniel Collins Mar 12, 2010

From flooded elephant research sites to flooded zoos… Back in January heavy rains flooded a private zoo in Plavinca, Montenegro. 2-ton and 11-year old hippopotamus Nikica flew the coop by swimming over her submerged cage. The natural disasters commission wasn’t happy, and thought they might be able to shoot her. The state veterinary authorities thought otherwise, saying she … Read More

Kenyan rains wash away elephant research - Crikey Creek

Daniel Collins Mar 08, 2010

The Save the Elephants research camp in Samburu National Reserve, Kenya, was hit by a flash flood on Thursday. No-one was killed, but according to STE the site was severely damaged and much research lost. “At approximately 5am this morning, a wall of water akin to a Tsunami surged through Elephant Watch Camp, catching tourists and staff unawares and … Read More

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