We are excited to bring to you the new Hazard Highlights report headlining major disaster events around the world. This weekly report features natural hazards such as major drought, earthquake, fire, flood, storm, tropical storm, tsunami, and volcano events. For up to the minute information on current disasters download PDC’s free Disaster Alert mobile app available for your iOS or Android devices today! You can also access hazard information through the Global Hazards Atlas or by monitoring PDC on Twitter and Facebook.
Below we take a closer look at earthquake and volcano information provided by PDC.
Have you ever felt the ground shaking and wondered if it was an earthquake? PDC’s Global Hazards Atlas can provide near real-time information on recent earthquakes as well as background data such as historical events, tectonic plate boundaries, and risk information. You can also use the Global Hazards Atlas to investigate the earthquake intensity zones around your home or community of interest. This information helps individuals and communities prepare for the hazards that are most likely to occur. Just yesterday the Island of Hawaii experienced two small earthquakes as shown in the image below.
Volcanoes – Paluweh, Indonesia
In recent volcano news, this past week on Palue Island, Indonesia the Paluweh volcano erupted during the early morning hours of August 10th. Hot ash and gas shot two kilometers in the air causing aviation authorities to issue an orange alert. (ECHO) More than 500 people were evacuated from the island and five people were killed. (ReliefWeb)
Hazard of Interest: Tropical Storm Erin
For those of you in the Caribbean and Southern United States we will be monitoring the progress of Tropical Storm Erin as she moves west through the Atlantic. The latest advisory shows maximum sustained winds of 40 mph and some strengthening is expected during the next 48 hours. (NWS) For more information download the PDC Disaster Alert mobile app or visit the PDC Global Hazards Atlas page.
Current Hazard Warnings
Drought: China (Guizhou), Marshall Islands, United States (Central)
Fire: Montenegro, Slovenia, United States (Alaska, California, Idaho, Oregon, Washington)
Flood: India, Sudan
Severe Weather: Australia (South, Victoria), Malaysia (Eastern), Pakistan
Tropical Storm: Erin (Atlantic)