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Current Events

  • Welcome to the DEEP Center's disaster current events page!  We will work our hardest to update this page with the latest current events on a bi-weekly basis (roughly the 1st and15th of each month).  Please check back often for the latest in disaster news!  


* Photo courtesy of: Michael Raphael/FEMA.


(floods, landslides/mudslides, avalanches, hurricanes, cyclones, typhoons, tropical storms, tornadoes, thunderstorms & winter storms)


  • Flood victims lining up for food stamps
    Chicago Tribune - Oct 21, 2008
    Thousands of Chicago-area residents braved the morning chill Monday to apply for food stamps to recoup losses from last month's floods. More than 5,000 households from the seven-county area affected by the floods have already been approved for disaster...
  • At least 3611 Bihar flood victims still missing
    Economic Times, India - Oct 21, 2008
    PATNA: More than two months after the worst floods in 50 years swept through Bihar, 3611 people are still missing and hopes of tracing them are receding ...
  • Reburying the dead a grim task in Ike's wake
    The Associated Press - Oct 20, 2008
    IN THE MARSH OF CAMERON PARISH, La. (AP) -- Joe Johnson craned his neck from the airboat as it circled a patch of brown marsh grass. The runaway coffin was not where it was supposed to be. ...
  • Flooding takes 11 lives in central Vietnam
    Xinhua, China - Oct 20, 2008
    HANOI, (Xinhua) -- Heavy rain and subsequent flooding in central Vietnam have claimed 11 lives, including seven in Quang Nam province and three in ...
  • Wisconsin town fights to survive after 2 floods
    The Associated Press - Oct 14, 2008
    GAYS MILLS, Wis. (AP) -- Water built this southwestern Wisconsin village. Now water is draining the life out of it. ...
  • US to help rebuild washed-out Haitian bridge
    The Associated Press - Oct 9, 2008
    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) -- The American Embassy in Haiti says the U.S. will help rebuild a key bridge that collapsed during this summer's devastating floods. ...



TROPICAL CYCLONES (Hurricanes, cyclones, typhoons, tropical storms)

  • Hurricane Ike Damage On Harris County Homes Estimated At $8.5 Billion
    AHN - Oct 21, 2008
    Houston, TX (AHN) - A preliminary estimate released Monday by the Harris County Housing Authority showed that Hurricane Ike damaged $8.5 billion worth of ...
  • Exposing Anguilla’s coastline: Hurricane Omar and coastal ...
    Anguilla LNT, Anguilla - Oct 21, 2008
    (Anguilla National Trust, The Valley Anguilla) - It has been just over one week since Hurricane Omar swept by Anguilla, unleashing its Category 3 level ...
  • Invention: Hurricane pacifier
    New Scientist (subscription), UK - Oct 20, 2008
    Interest in hurricane mitigation has peaked since Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans in 2005, and any means of limiting the damage wrought by these ...
  • Post-Cyclone Aid Divides Myanmar
    New York Times, United States - Oct 20, 2008
    By THE NEW YORK TIMES SITTWE, Myanmar - The cyclone that ravaged Myanmar’s Irrawaddy Delta five months ago has led to an unexpectedly robust influx of ...
  • Norbert weakens to tropical depression over Mexico
    The Associated Press - Oct 12, 2008
    PUERTO SAN CARLOS, Mexico (AP) -- Norbert dissipated into a tropical depression over the northern mountains of mainland Mexico on Sunday, after ripping off roofs, flooding streets, and forcing thousands to seek shelter ...
  • Dozens die as typhoons slam Vietnam, Taiwan
    Bangkok Post, Thailand - Sep 29, 2008
    Taipei (dpa) - Typhoon Hagupit targeted Vietnam over the weekend, killing at least 42 people, while Typhoon Jangmi left two people dead in Taiwan before ...


  • Seneca R-7 gets storm shelter funding
    Neosho Daily News, MO - Oct 20, 2008
    By John Ford The Seneca R-7 School District will receive nearly $1.5 million in federal mitigation grants to construct a community tornado safe room. On ...
  • Tornado wreaks havoc in NZ town
    The Age, Australia - Oct 16, 2008
    MetService severe weather forecaster Bob Lake said there were no reports of injuries or deaths from the tornado, which brought with it winds of at least 120 ...
  • Storm spawns tornado in Fla., possibly one in Ala.
    The Associated Press - Oct 9, 2008
    (AP) - Forecasters say a tornado blew out windows and knocked down power lines in the Florida Panhandle, and another suspected twister damaged a civic ...

STORMS (thunderstorms, winter storms)

* Photos courtesy of: Jacinta Quesada/FEMA (flood); John Shea/FEMA (landslides/mudslides); Dave Saville/FEMA (avalanches); National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration/Department of Commerce (tropical cyclones); NOAA Photo Library, NOAA Central Library; OAR/ERL/National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL) (tornadoes & storms).



(earthquakes, volcanic eruptions & tsunamis/tidal waves)


  • Earthquake confirmed in Dillsburg area
    The Patriot-News -, PA - Oct 20, 2008
    by The Patriot-News A local seismological expert confirmed that the ground rattling Dillsburg-area residents felt Sunday morning was indeed an earthquake ...
  • Five Most Dangerous US Earthquake Hotspots Beyond California
    Wired News -  Oct 20, 2008
    California isn't the only state with a serious earthquake hazard. There are several lesser ...
  • Powerful Earthquake Shakes Central Sulawesi Province
    Bernama, Malaysia - Oct 20, 2008
    TOLITOLI (CENTRAL SULAWESI), Oct 20 (Bernama) -- A tectonic earthquake measuring 6.5 on the Richter scale shook Tolitoli, Central Sulawesi Province, at 11 ...
  • Strong earthquake off Guatemala-Mexico coast
    Bernama, Malaysia -
    Oct 20, 2008
    TOLITOLI (CENTRAL SULAWESI), Oct 20 (Bernama) -- A tectonic earthquake measuring 6.5 on the Richter scale shook Tolitoli, Central Sulawesi Province, at 11 ...
  • The coming quake
    High Country News - Oct 20, 2008
    A 7.8 earthquake ripped open the fault's northern segment just south of San Francisco, shaking many of the city's buildings to rubble and sparking fires ...
  • Earthquake strikes east of Tonga
    BBC News, UK - Oct 19, 2008
    A strong earthquake has hit a remote area of the South Pacific ocean, about 150km (95 miles) east of the island nation of Tonga...
  • Earthquakes hit Kyrgyzstan, Tibet
    eTaiwan News, Taiwan - Oct 7, 2008
    A strong earthquake hit Kyrgyzstan late on Sunday, killing 72 people mainly in a remote village near the border with China that rescuers were racing to ...


  • Russia's tallest volcano erupts in Far East
    RIA Novosti, Russia - Oct 16, 2008
    Continuous flows of lava running down Klyuchevskoy's slopes could trigger mudslides as the molten rock melts the snow and ice, endangering people living in ...
  • What caused the LUSI mud volcano eruption?
    innovations report, Germany - Oct 14, 2008
    Two competing theories about the cause of a massive mud volcano eruption in Indonesia will be debated next week, in a special session at a conference held ...
    Big Island Video News, Hawaii - Oct 14, 2008
    The US Geological Survey's Hawaii Volcano Observatory has released video of the recent explosive eruption at Halema`uma`u vent on the summit of the Kilauea ...
  • Volcano in lab may help predict real eruptions
    Reuters - Oct 9, 2008
    By Ben Hirschler LONDON (Reuters) - Scientists have recreated conditions found in an erupting volcano in the laboratory, offering a new way to understand ...
  • Volcano activity and fears of eruption rise
    Colombia Reports, Colombia - Oct 7, 2008
    The volcano has ejected only mud and ashes so far, but a large eruption at any moment, or at least more solid materials, that would leave disastrous results ...



  • Malaysia to enhance tsunami early warning system
    Xinhua, China - Oct 6, 2008
    KUALA LUMPUR, Oct. 6 (Xinhua) -- Malaysia is expected to enhance its national tsunami early warning system through implementing a second phase program, ...
  • Tsunami threat 'is growing in UK'
    BBC News, UK - Oct 4, 2008
    The UK could be at increasing risk from tsunami, and especially amid climate change, two experts have claimed. Oceanographer Professor Simon Haslett, ...

* Photos courtesy of: Jim Brown/FEMA (earthquakes), NOAA News Photo (volcanic eruptions), Stock.XCHNG (tsunamis/tidal waves).



(extreme temperatures, wildfires, droughts & insect infestations)


  • Wildfire breaks out in Fontana north of I-15
    The Associated Press - Oct 22, 2008
    (AP) - Authorities say homes are being evacuated and at least 100 acres have burned in a wildfire that has broken out in California's San Bernardino County ...
  • Wildfire lessons change strategy
    San Diego Union Tribune, United States - Oct 22, 2008
    By Michael Gardner SACRAMENTO - The firestorms that engulfed swaths of Northern and Central California earlier this year were turned back with the help of ...
  • Wildfire fully contained in northern Los Angeles
    The Associated Press - Oct 18, 2008
    LOS ANGELES (AP) - A wildfire in northern Los Angeles that destroyed 15 homes has been surrounded. State and local fire officials announced Saturday that ...
  • Despite major wildfire year, firefighting reforms go up in smoke
    San Jose Mercury News,  USA - Oct 18, 2008
    By Paul Rogers California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger visited firefighters camped at Christmas Hill Park in Gilroy working the Summit Fire in the Santa ...



* Photos courtesy of: Stock.XCHNG (extreme temperatures), Andrea Booher/FEMA (wildfires), Stock.XCHNG (droughts), Stock.XCHNG (insect infestations).


(Industrial accidents, transportation accidents, ecological/environmental destruction & miscellaneous accidents)

* Photo courtesy of: Todd Swain/FEMA.



(declared war, civil strife, ethic conflict, violent mass gatherings and demonstrations & terrorism)

* Photo courtesy of: FEMA News Photo.



  • Sudan's Kordofan Region May Become Second Darfur, Group Says
    Bloomberg - Oct 22, 2008
    The conflict in Darfur in western Sudan started in February 2003 when insurgents demanding a greater share of Sudan's political power and wealth attacked ...
  • Darfur violence caused 230000 to flee in '08: UN
    Reuters South Africa, South Africa - Oct 22, 2008
    By Louis Charbonneau UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Nearly a quarter of a million civilians have been forced to flee violence in Sudan's war-torn Darfur region ...
  • Early impacts from the World Bank's Global Food Response Program
    ReliefWeb - October 16, 2008
    Washington, D.C. - The $1.2 billion Global Food Response Program (GFRP) – the World Bank's fast-track food crisis initiative – was created in May 2008 to rapidly disburse assistance to countries hardest hit by the food crisis. " ...
  • Somali UN worker shot dead as death toll rises
    The Associated Press - Oct 20, 2008
    MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -- Gunmen killed a Somali engineer employed by the United Nations in the latest deadly attack against aid workers in the war-ravaged country, an official said Monday.
  • Overcoming the threat to aid workers
    BBC News - Oct 21, 2008
    The killing of a British aid worker in Afghanistan has again highlighted the dangers posed to humanitarian staff in many parts of the world....

* Photo courtesy of: Stock.XCHNG.



  • World leaders to meet on economy in Washington
    The Associated Press - Oct 22, 2008
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- World leaders will meet Nov. 15 in Washington to address the global financial crisis - the first in a series of summits to mitigate what economists predict could be a long and deep downturn, a senior Bush administration official said...
  • Top global businesses gather for UN ‘Caring for Climate’ initiative
    UN News Centre - Oct 21, 2008
    A United Nations-backed “Caring for Climate” gathering today is drawing representatives from more than 150 corporations, civil society organizations and governments from around the world...

* Photo courtesy of: Stock.XCHNG.


  • New National Alert System Is Set Back
    The Wall Street Journal - Oct 22, 2008
    WASHINGTON -- White House officials have asked the Department of Homeland Security to put on hold any new spending on an alert system that carries a price tag of more than $150 million ...

* Photo courtesy of: Allan Gichigi/IRIN.