All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘natural disasters’

Facebook Safety Check Keeps Track of You and Your Friends After Natural Disasters

Facebook has just unveiled a new feature called Safety Check, which allows people to identify themselves as safe following major disasters – as well as keep track of their friends who might’ve been in the affected area. The feature is pretty simple. If Facebook thinks you’re in the area of a natural disaster – let’s say a tornado, hurricane, or …

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Colorado Mudslide Leaves Three People Missing

A massive mudslide in rural Colorado has covered miles of forest and left three people missing. The mudslide occurred early Sunday evening in Mesa County, Colorado. According to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department, deputies responded quickly to calls about the slide at around 6 pm on Sunday, establishing a joint emergency command with firemen, search and rescue teams, and road …

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Moore, Oklahoma Toughens Building Codes for Future Tornado Incursions

New residential building codes went into effect Thursday for one tornado-prone town. The city of Moore, Oklahoma is taking preventive measures to protect the area from any further destructive damages incurred from tornadoes. The city recently set in stone tough construction codes that will ensure every future home is built firmly to withstand winds up to 135 mph. This includes …

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Mudslide Death Toll In Washington Rises To 37

The March 22 mudslide that happened in the Cascade foothills of Washington state continues to devastate. After a heavy rain, the hillside collapsed above Stillaguamish River. It has recently been reported that the official death count has risen to 37 after search representatives located another person amidst the mud and debris. Tragically, nobody has been pulled alive from the rubble …

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Acapulco Flooding: Thousands to be Evacuated

Dozens of people have lost their lives in Mexico after a tropical storm and hurricane ravaged the country back-to-back, and now rescue efforts are underway to help those who have been affected by flooding. Thousands of tourists and residents left stranded or homeless from the Acapulco resort area are being evacuated by emergency flights. Hurricane Ingrid made landfall in Mexico …

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New Jersey Sinkhole Swallows Warehouse Worker

It seems fantastical that the Earth could simply open up and swallow whatever is above it. However, sinkholes are a real danger, and just over the past few months sinkholes have taken cars, ponds, and people. This week, a man in East Rutherford New Jersey was pulled into a sinkhole that opened beneath him during work. According to a New …

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Google Expands Public Alerts to Japan to Help with Natural Disaster Preparedness

Google has expanded its new public alert program to Japan, a country that is still feeling the effects of a massive hurricane and tsunami that hit two years ago. Google Public Alerts, first launched in the U.S. following hurricane Sandy, are now available in Japan. Public Alerts provide pertinent information about natural disasters and other emergency situations inside Google Search, …

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Google Crisis Response Launches Resources For Jakarta Flooding

As it typically does when there’s a major natural disaster, Google’s Crisis Response team has put together a resource page for those affected by flooding in Jakarta. The page helps users track affected areas, and provides updated emergency info. “We also have a mobile page with emergency contact numbers and lists of shelters, and enhanced search results on google.co.id to …

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Google Creates Embeddable Typhoon Pablo Crisis Response Map

Google has been pretty good about getting out crisis response maps for major storms and other natural disasters, and Typhoon Pablo is no different. Google announced the map on its Google Maps blog, and encouraged people to share it or embed it on their own sites. The map includes storm warnings, shelter locations, weather info, etc. It’s in English and …

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Twitter Extends a Lifeline to Japanese Users

If there’s one thing that Twitter is engineered for, it’s providing a large volume of information in real-time. If you don’t know what I mean, click on a trending topic and watch the tweets roll in. Sometimes, it’s dizzying trying to keep up with the pressurized firehose that is a tweet stream. Admittedly, not all of this information is important …

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Facebook Disaster Message Board Being Tested In Japan

It’s been close to a year since a monstrous 9.0-magnitude earthquake nearly disappeared Japan off the map. While the country has recovered some over the past year, the haunting reminders of the earthquake’s wrath are still evident along the eastern seaboard. Following Google Maps’ before-and-after presentations of the northeast coast of Japan, or at least what remained of it, one …

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