Hazards for IB DP Geography

By Richard Allaway | For all IB DP Geography students and educators! #ibgeog11 -  'Hazards and Disasters - Risk Assessment and Response' + #ibgeog19 - Geophysical hazards

Hurricanes: A perfect storm of chance and climate change?

<b>The succession of intense and deadly tropical cyclones that have barrelled across the Atlantic in recent weeks have left many people wondering if a threshold of some sort has been crossed. Is this chain of hurricanes evidence of some significant new frontier in our changing climate?</b><p>The answer is …

Climate Change

Hurricane Maria: Puerto Rico may be months without power

<b>Hurricane Maria has knocked out power across the island of Puerto Rico, home to 3.5m people, officials have said.</b><p>Flash flood warnings cover the entire island, which continues to be lashed by heavy rain in the storm's wake.<p>Meanwhile more pictures are emerging of widespread destruction on the small …

Caribbean

Mexico quake: Where buildings collapsed

<b>Rescue workers are searching for survivors after a devastating earthquake hit central Mexico killing more than 200 people. The 7.1 magnitude quake brought down dozens of buildings in the capital, Mexico City, including a school, leaving many children dead.</b><p>Although the quake hit 120km (75 miles) …

Earthquakes

Mexico earthquake: dozens dead after powerful quake - latest updates

Death toll is expected to rise after a 7.1 magnitude earthquake strikes 120km from Mexico City, collapsing buildings and killing at least 79 people.

Earthquakes

Mexico: Huge earthquake topples buildings, killing more than 200

<b>A strong earthquake has struck central Mexico, killing more than 200 people and toppling dozens of buildings in the capital, Mexico City.</b><p>At least 30 people, mostly children, died after a school collapsed in the capital, local media report.<p>The 7.1 magnitude quake also caused major damage in …

Earthquakes

Typhoons, cyclones and hurricanes: how these weather systems form

Hurricane Irma is already blasting its way into the record books, but what causes destructive storms like it to build?<p>As recovery begins on the islands of the Caribbean and Florida braces itself for an onslaught, Irma has stormed into the record books as the most powerful hurricane in the Atlantic …

Weather

Mexico's strongest quake in a century strikes off southern coast

<b>An earthquake described by Mexico's president as the country's strongest in a century has struck off the southern coast, killing at least 36 people.</b><p>The quake, which President Enrique Peña Nieto said measured 8.2, struck in the Pacific, about 87km (54 miles) south-west of Pijijiapan.<p>Oaxaca and …

Earthquakes

Hurricane Irma: Caribbean braces for 'extremely dangerous' storm

<b>Hurricane Irma has been upgraded to a category five - the highest category - making it "extremely dangerous" as it crosses the Caribbean.</b><p>Irma now has sustained winds of 290km/h (180mph), making it the most powerful the Atlantic has seen in over a decade.<p>It is projected to bring storm surges, …

Weather

Flooded toxic dumps pose threat to Texas communities hit by Harvey

'I'm kind of concerned ... we have a water well, we use it for the animals, we bathe with it'<p>For 10 years, Elizabeth Victorio has lived in a small …

Environment

Why Houston is under water: Harvey's destruction explained

It's been raining since Aug. 24 and is expected to continue until at least Sept. 1<p>When Hurricane Harvey slammed into Texas on Friday, it came with …

Weather

This is Houston. Then and now.

<b>(CNN) —</b> Tropical Storm Harvey tore through Houston, dumping record rain, swelling bayous and leaving the nation's fourth-largest city under water. It will take a while for the full extent of the devastation to become clear. But these photographs capture what the vibrant city looked like before -- …

Weather

Houston floods: 'Catastrophic' flooding from Harvey to worsen

<b>"Catastrophic" flooding in the US state of Texas is only expected to worsen in coming days as waters rise following a storm of historic proportions.</b><p>A record 30in of rain (75cm) has already fallen on the city of Houston in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, turning roads into rivers.<p>But forecasters say …

Weather

Over 1,000 people rescued as Harvey floods Houston

Emergency crews raced to pull people from cars and homes as flood waters rose across southeast Texas, rescuing more than 1,000 people in the Houston …

Weather

Hurricane Harvey death toll rises as Houston faces 'historic' flooding

Police chief advises residents facing rising waters to take refuge on rooftops rather than in attics, after more than 2ft of rain falls in 24 hours<p>As coastal Texas cleaned up from Hurricane Harvey, the storm shifted its attention to Houston, bringing intense rainfall that threatened “historic” …

Weather

Hurricane Harvey: fatality confirmed as Texas battered by 'marathon' storm – rolling report

At least one killed as most powerful storm to hit the US since 2005 hits the coast and flooding risk rises. Follow live updates here<p>Read our latest news story: Texas cities brace for ‘catastrophic flooding’ under Hurricane Harvey

Weather

Hurricane Harvey will be major disaster: Texas governor

<b>Texas is facing a "very major disaster" as Hurricane Harvey approaches its coastline, the state's governor says.</b><p>It is now a category four storm as it powers across the Gulf of Mexico. It is due to make landfall on Texas' central coast very late on Friday.<p>Greg Abbott has asked for more federal aid …

Weather

Hurricane Harvey: Texas braces for massive storm

<b>Texas is bracing itself for Hurricane Harvey, which may be the worst storm to hit the US mainland in 12 years.</b><p>Harvey, currently a category two storm in the Gulf of Mexico, is expected to make landfall on Texas' central coast late on Friday or early Saturday.<p>The National Hurricane Center said storm …

Weather

Climate change link to the timing of European floods

The way floods are arising across Europe, including Ireland, is changing dramatically due to climate change, and it is mainly to do with their …

Extreme weather 'could kill up to 152,000 a year' in Europe by 2100

<b>Extreme weather could kill up to 152,000 people yearly in Europe by 2100 if nothing is done to curb the effects of climate change, scientists say.</b><p>The number is 50 times more deaths than reported now, the study in The Lancet Planetary Health journal said.<p>Heat waves would cause 99% of all …

Climate Change

Europe heatwave sparks health warnings as temperatures soar

<b>Parts of Europe are experiencing their most extreme heat in more than a decade as temperatures hit 44C (111F).</b><p>Several countries have issued health warnings as this week's record-breaking weather conditions continue to affect swathes of the continent.<p>Sweltering temperatures in Italy have sparked …

Why Europe's heatwave is so dangerous

Countries across Europe are sweltering amid the continent's hottest weather in more than a decade.<p>The high temperatures, combined with high humidity, have made conditions dangerous.<p>What can you expect in the next few days?

Global Landslide Susceptibility Map Highlights Overlooked Regions of the World

<i>Ad:</i><p><i>Share:</i><p>Share on Facebook 53<p>Share on Twitter12<p>Share on Google Plus 6<p>Share on LinkedIn 2<p>Thousands of landslides occur every year around the world, …

Sentinel satellites to monitor every volcano

<b>A UK-led team of scientists is rolling out a project to monitor every land volcano on Earth from space.</b><p>Two satellites will routinely map the planet's surface, looking for signs that might hint at a future eruption.<p>They will watch for changes in the shape of the ground below them, enabling …

Satellite images of Peru floods show devastation

<b>A series of devastating floods in Peru have left 100 dead and tens of thousands homeless since the start of the year.</b><p>Entire roads and bridges have been swept away, towns have been engulfed and farmland has been turned to muddy swamp.<p>It has led to more than 800 towns and cities declaring states of …

Kaikoura: 'Most complex quake ever studied'

<b>The big earthquake that struck New Zealand last year may have been the most complex ever, say scientists.</b><p>November's Magnitude 7.8 event ruptured a near-200km-long swathe of territory, shifting parts of the South Island 5m closer to the North Island.<p>Whole blocks of ground were buckled and lifted …

Cyclone Enawo: Five dead in Madagascar

<b>Five people are now known to have died in Madagascar from a cyclone that made landfall in the north-east of the island on Tuesday, officials say.</b><p>About 10,000 people have had to leave their homes because of damage from Cyclone Enawo.<p>Power supplies are also down in some areas, according to local …

Dying robots and failing hope: Fukushima clean-up falters six years after tsunami

Exploration work inside the nuclear plant’s failed reactors has barely begun, with the scale of the task described as ‘almost beyond comprehension’<p>Barely a fifth of the way into their mission, the engineers monitoring the Scorpion’s progress conceded defeat. With a remote-controlled snip of its …

Fukushima

Horn of Africa: Impact of conflict and drought crises on women and girls (March 2017)

Data analyzed from various partner reports show that drought and conflict in the region has had a negative impact on families, with women and girls …

Powerful Photos Reveal a Nation in Crisis as Drought Hits

Observers fear that two years of drought will soon become famine in Somalia.<p>In 2010, drought struck Somalia, and shortly after famine followed. When the rains returned, a quarter of a million people had died. Last Tuesday, the country’s government declared the current drought a national disaster.<p>On …

Africa