Nicaragua experiences historic day of hazards

  • Volcano - Sangay, Ecuador

    11 minutes ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Reventador, Ecuador

    31 minutes ago WARNING

  • Floods - Southern, United States

    42 minutes ago WARNING

  • Earthquake - 5.1 - 121 km ESE of Mil’kovo, Russia

    1 hour ago ADVISORY

  • Wildfire - N of Ishim, Tyumen - Russia

    1 hour ago ADVISORY

  • Volcano - Soufrière St. Vincent, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

    1 hour ago WARNING

  • Flood - St. Louis, MO--IL Region, United States

    1 hour ago WARNING

  • Flood - Mineola, TX Region, United States

    1 hour ago WARNING

  • Flood - Kilgore, TX Region, United States

    1 hour ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Semisopochnoi, United States

    2 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Carthage, MS Region, United States

    2 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Sabancaya, Peru

    2 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Brainerd, MN Region, United States

    2 hours ago WARNING

  • Wildfire - S of Nasir, Upper Nile - South Sudan

    2 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfire - S of Tekax, Yucatn - Mexico

    17 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Super Typhoon - Surigae

    3 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Fuego, Guatemala

    5 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Sheveluch, Russia

    5 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Volcano - Dukono, Indonesia

    5 hours ago WATCH

  • Volcano - Sinabung, Indonesia

    6 hours ago WATCH

  • Wildfire - NE of Louangphrabang - Laos

    7 hours ago WATCH

  • Volcano - Ebeko, Russia

    12 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Volcano - Lewotolo, Indonesia

    12 hours ago WATCH

  • Earthquake - 5.0 - 48 km SSE of Banda Aceh, Indonesia

    15 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Earthquake - 5.3 - Mariana Islands region

    15 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - North America

    8 months ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Hawaii

    8 months ago WARNING

  • Ebola - Guinea

    2 months ago WARNING

  • Earthquake - 5.2 - Kermadec Islands region

    18 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Volcano - Aira, Japan

    18 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Popocatepetl, Mexico

    18 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Earthquake - 5.4 - Fiji region

    19 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Earthquake - 5.0 - Kermadec Islands, New Zealand

    19 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Earthquake - 5.4 - 243 km NNW of Tobelo, Indonesia

    20 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Volcano - Pacaya, Guatemala

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Storms - Pakistan

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Storms - India

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Extreme Heat - Mexico

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Extreme Cold - Northern Mexico

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Storms - Southern Mexico

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Storms - Paraguay

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Floods - Bolivar, Colombia

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Floods - Putumayo, Colombia

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Storms - Northern Brazil

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Storms - Northern Vietnam

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Storms - Peninsular Malaysia

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Floods - Madiun Regency, East Java, Indonesia

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Storms - Eastern Malaysia

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Avalanche - Southern Alaska, United States

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Floods - Chiriqui and Bocas del Toro, Panama

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Floods - Pernambuco State, Brazil

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Wildfires - Valparaiso, Vina del Mar and Quilpue, Chile

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Floods - New South Wales, Australia

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Floods - Nauta District, Loreto, Peru

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Floods - Ciamis Regency, West Java, Indonesia

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Semeru, Indonesia

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Kadovar, Papua New Guinea

    2 days ago WATCH

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Europe

    8 months ago WARNING

  • Drought - Southwestern Africa

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Midwestern United States

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - High Plains United States

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Southern United States

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Southwestern United States

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Northwestern United States

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Micronesia

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - U.S. Virgin Islands

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Floods - Tarime District, Tanzania

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Floods - Colombia

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Floods - Las Amazonas, Loreto, Peru

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Floods - Pajarillo, San Martin, Peru

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Suwanosejima, Japan

    3 days ago ADVISORY

  • Volcano - Raung, Indonesia

    4 days ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Asia Pacific

    8 months ago WARNING

  • Ebola - Butembo, DRC

    2 months ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Middle East

    8 months ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Latin America/Caribbean

    8 months ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Africa

    8 months ago WARNING

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December 7, 2016

November 24, 2016, was a big day for Nicaragua. Category 2 Hurricane Otto made history as it swept across the southern part of the country, breaking three records including southernmost hurricane landfall ever recorded in Central America, the latest-in-season hurricane landfall ever recorded in the entire Atlantic Basin, and the strongest hurricane ever recorded so late in the season. As the eye of the storm left the Caribbean Sea and passed near the town of San Juan de Nicaragua, sustained maximum winds of 110 miles per hour and heavy rains downed trees and brought mudslides and flooding to the region.

Just one hour after Hurricane Otto made landfall, a magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck off the Pacific coast of Nicaragua. The earthquake triggered a tsunami warning for the Pacific coast and tremors could be felt across the entire region. Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega declared a State of Emergency in response to the multiple hazard events of the day.

The events of November 24 highlight the need for governments and organizations responsible for disaster management in Nicaragua to invest time and resources into research and preparation, and Pacific Disaster Center (PDC) is currently supporting work to address this need by conducting “National Disaster Preparedness Baseline Assessment” (NDPBA) projects.

Started in September 2013 with the goal of helping vulnerable areas of the world assess their ability to cope with and respond to disaster events, this stakeholder-driven approach to data collection, data analysis, and disaster management brings organizations already operating in a region together to assess risk and vulnerability (RVA) and understand current capacity for comprehensive disaster management (CDM). The NDPBA method ensures that all participating organizations have a shared sense of ownership in finding solutions to regional challenges and that they are working toward common goals, which is key for understanding local challenges and maintaining independence from foreign organizations and governments.

On November 28, just four days after Hurricane Otto and the magnitude 7.0 earthquake, PDC held the Nicaragua Midterm Workshop and Knowledge Exchange in Managua, Nicaragua, as a part of the ongoing NDPBA project that began there in October 2015. In partnership with Nicaragua’s leading disaster management agency Sistema Nacional para la Prevención, Mitigación y Atención de Desastres (SINAPRED), 70 participants representing 45 different organizations came together to hear the preliminary findings of the RVA and CDM assessments for their country. The Knowledge Exchange allowed the group to share experiences, lessons learned, and information as they discussed strategies and prepared to move forward into the next phase of the project.

After the successful Midterm Workshop and data discussions with teams from government agencies at national, departmental and municipal levels, PDC is looking forward to continuing to work with Nicaragua and SINAPRED in early 2017 to do additional data gathering and to share project results.

The NDPBA project is sponsored by US Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM) and is currently underway in the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, and Honduras in addition to the work being done in Nicaragua.

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