ICLR

1,327 Added | 3 Magazines | 1,335 Followers | @gmcgillivray | The Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction (ICLR) is a world-class centre for multi-disciplinary disaster prevention research and communications. ICLR was established by Canada’s property and casualty (p&c) insurance industry as an independent, not-for-profit research institute affiliated with Western University, London, Ontario. Institute staff and research associates are international leaders in wind and seismic engineering, atmospheric science, risk perception, hydrology, economics, geography, health sciences, public policy and a number of other disciplines. ICLR is an IRDR International Centre of Excellence.

How San Francisco’s next big quake could play out

NEWS<p>Tremors in Nepal and New Zealand help scientists to predict how a magnitude-7.0 quake would affect the California city.<p>Alexandra Witze<p>Search for …

Geology

Hayward Fault’s nightmare scenario

Eight hundred deaths, 18,000 people injured, more than $82 billion in property damage and business losses and 400 fires that would claim more lives …

San Francisco

The U.S. Is Finally Getting a System to Warn When an Earthquake Is Coming

But will its alerts come in enough time to make a difference?<p>Having grown up in Southern California, I’m well-versed in the telltale signs of an …

Geology

San Francisco’s Big Seismic Gamble

The city’s building code does not protect its people from earthquakes nearly as much as you might think.

San Francisco

In 20 Years, Wildfires Will Be Six Times Larger

From Montana to California, wildfires in 2017 shattered record after record and cost the Forest Service an unprecedented $2 billion. The blazes ravaged rural landscapes and business centers and claimed dozens of lives, including those of at least two firefighters. This season’s bone-dry winter …

Wildfires

Nature-based solutions can prevent $50 billion in Gulf Coast flood damages

While coastal development and climate change are increasing the risk of flooding for communities along the U.S. Gulf Coast, restoration of marshes …

Ecology

FEMA maps lack up-to-date information on flood risk

The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s “patchwork quilt” of flood maps has coverage gaps and is obsolete in places, according to a recent study by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Nature Conservancy charity and the University of Bristol.<p>FEMA's current flood maps indicate that …

The Nature Conservancy

How Did an App Know an Earthquake Was Hitting California Before It Happened?

Some people in Los Angeles knew about today's earthquake before it even hit.<p>Those who had the beta Quake Alert application on their smartphones got …

Geology

TFD: High possibility of Santa Rosa wildfire happening in Tucson

TUCSON, Ariz. - The most destructive wildfire in the history of the state of California left the city of Santa Rosa devastated. The city lost a total …

Forests

500 years of Mississippi flood data shows things have gotten worse | Ars Technica

Study's authors suggest flood control measures have made things worse.<p>It's hard to get a sense of the Mississippi River's scale without having seen …

Climate Change

Water pressure a critical factor for mega-earthquakes

Scientists propose a mechanism that explains how the biggest earthquake ever happened and how more than 50 years later another large earthquake in …

Earthquakes

Modeling future earthquake and tsunami risk in southeast Japan

UMass Amherst, Smith College, Japanese scientists report, validate new techniques<p>AMHERST, Mass. - Geoscience researchers at the University of …

Geology

What is Britain doing to tackle flooding in the face of extreme weather?

The UK is set to be hit by a vicious combination of extreme storms, intense downpours and rising sea levels as it faces the next century.<p>Seven of our …

Climate Change

New state map tells you if you live in an earthquake fault zone

It’s better to know now, before the shaking starts<p>Living in fear that your home is on a fault line? Validate or negate your fears with a new map from the California Geological Survey.<p>The <i>Los Angeles Times</i> says the map allows users to input their address or share their location to see whether they’re …

California

How effective are earthquake early warning systems?

<b>Earthquake early warning detection is more effective for minor quakes than major ones.</b><p>This is according to a new study from the United States Geological Survey.<p>Seismologists modelled ground shaking along California's San Andreas Fault, where an earthquake of magnitude 6.5 or more is expected within …

Geology

The bigger the earthquake, the longer it takes to issue an alert

Earthquake early warning systems can give people crucial seconds to move to safety—but only if they send the message in time. Now, scientists working …

Natural Disasters

National Flood Insurance Is Underwater Because of Outdated Science

The FEMA program will continue to be financially unviable until it uses the latest research to help fix its broken system

Mississippi River

The SLR Factor: As sea levels rise, the flood risk equation changes. - Actuarial Review Magazine

<i>Failure to factor in sea level rise is risky business.</i><p>The evidence is irrefutable. The world’s sea level is rising at the fastest rate in human …

Sea Level

Seismologists introduce new measure of earthquake ruptures

A team of seismologists has developed a new measurement of seismic energy release that can be applied to large earthquakes. Called the Radiated …

Science

Lawmakers push prevention measures ahead of new wildfire season

Lawmakers at a hearing on Tuesday called for greater investment in wildfire prevention efforts in response to a catastrophic 2017 and ahead of a new …

Forests

More homes built near wild lands leading to greater wildfire risk

New research o shows that a flurry of home-building near wild areas since 1990 has greatly increased the number of homes at risk from wildfires while …

Bulldozing Forests Isn’t the Answer to Controlling California’s Wildfires. Here’s What Is.

On October 8, 1542, Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, the first European to explore California, sighted smoke around San Pedro Bay. We’ve been sighting smoke …

Portland Earthquake Study Estimates Wide Variation In Impact Depending On Timing

No one can say when exactly the next Cascadia megaquake will strike other than there's a fair chance it'll happen in our lifetimes. A new study of …

Please Stop Building Houses Exactly Where Wildfires Start

Built well, a city should provide a bulwark against disaster. Fundamentally, all cities are fortresses.<p>Or at least they should be. If a city is a …

FEMA flood maps massively underestimate real risks, study finds. Florida’s a hot spot.

Flood risk, a perpetual concern in porous, low-slung South Florida, is far worse here and across the continental U.S. than now projected under …

How Earthquakes Start and Stop

The second Cargèse school on earthquakes, held last October, covered important and persistently challenging topics in earthquake behavior, including …

Potent Mexico City earthquake was a rare 'bending' quake, study finds – and it could happen again

<i>Leer en español.</i><p>Six months have passed since a magnitude 7.1 earthquake struck Mexico City, toppling 40 buildings and killing over 300, but the …

Earth Science

It took a deadly earthquake to get Taiwan's attention, but now it's demanding safer buildings

Eliot Shen, project manager for a property developer in Taipei, has installed buffers under a new corkscrew-shaped, high-end apartment tower. The goal is to stop Taiwan’s frequent earthquakes from sending destructive energy upward into the building.<p>The builders put lightweight, expanded polystyrene …

28 million Americans live in flood zones and don't know it, study finds

Houston has learned the hard way time and again that the maps FEMA uses to set flood insurance rates are way out of whack with the reality on the …

Extreme Weather

Senate must stop ignoring the National Flood Insurance Program

Lawmakers on Capitol Hill have increasingly relied on do-or-die deadlines to advance critical legislation and keep the government running. But this …