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Pacific Ocean tsunami warning system to be tested in coming week

Countries bordering the Pacific Ocean will test the tsunami warning system from 2 to 6 February. "More than 40 countries will take part in the exercise named PacWave15," UNESCO Press mentioned. It is designed to assess the effectiveness of the communication systems used for warnings for which the messages will be issued by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) in Hawaii and the Northwest Pacific Tsunami Advisory Centre in Japan to focal points in every country.

China coal mine flooding kills 7

A coal mine flooding in east China's Anhui Province has claimed lives of seven people. According to People's Daily Online, the disaster occurred at the Zhuxianzhuang coal mine in Yongqiao District, Suzhou City, at 6:55 p.m. Friday. Thirty four miners were working underground when flooding happened. Twenty-seven miners managed to escape while seven others were trapped, according to the Huaibei Mining (Group) Co. Ltd., the owner of the coal mine.

Oakham, Rutland earthquake today measured 3.8 in magnitude

M 3.8 light earthquake shakes Oakham, Rutland today, the British Geological Survey reported. According to the British Geological Survey, the quake's epicenter was located in Oakham town of Rutland county in the East Midlands of England. It was 4.9 miles deep.

Earthquake confirmed in Winchester, Hampshire

An earthquake with a magnitude of 2.9 has been recorded in Hampshire, the British Geological Survey confirmed. According to the British Geological Survey, the quake's epicentre was approximately 1 km northeast of the centre of Winchester. It was 1.9 miles deep.

'DALER' robot can rescue you during natural disasters

A Deployable Air-Land Exploration Robot (DALER) which can fly by spreading its wings wide and walk by turning its wings down to function as legs has been created. The designers hope their adaptive robotic ‘bat’ could be used to find victims in dangerous areas after a natural disaster by being remotely deployed to fly to an affected area, before walking through the rubble to search for victims.

You can see this Gigantic North India Landslide From Space

Recent satellite images taken by the Indian Space Research Organization's CartoSat-2 have shown a gigantic landslide in Northern India. "The landslide believed to be occurred sometime around December 31 last year in Northern India has sent enough debris into the Tsarap River, creating an obstruction about 2,000 feet (600 meters) long, and a brand new 300-acre lake", io9 has written.

Winter Storm Juno prompts emergency

Winter Storm Juno is forecast to be a major snowstorm for the Northeast United States Monday and Tuesday. Juno was named by the winter storm naming committee at The Weather Channel on Sunday morning. Disaster Report will provide latest updates on Winter Storm Juno including forecast, watch, warning.   Follow Disaster Report @ facebook ( Disaster Report ), twitter ( Disaster_Update ) and Google + ( Disaster report )

Don't get panicked as Asteroid passes near Earth today

Is there any threat to Earth as Asteroid 2004 BL86 fly by Earth on January 26, 2015? You will never see this space rock again in your lifetime. Yes, it's once-in-a-lifetime event. According to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Asteroid 2004 BL86 is set to make its closest approach to Earth on Monday, Jan. 26, at a distance of about 745,000 miles from our planet . "That’s more than three times the distance between Earth and the moon, so there is no threat to all of us", The Weather Channel has written.

Tornado hits Bombala, Australia

A tornado hit Bombala town of south-eastern New South Wales, Australia on Saturday afternoon, leaving considerable damage in its wake. The storm formed in the direction of the Bombala Golf Club was accompanied by very heavy rain and impressive thunder and lightning, Bombala Times has written.

Queyras avalanche kills six skiers

An avalanche in the Queyras mountain range in the French Alps has claimed lives of six skiers. The bodies of three victims were found at an altitude of 2,500 metres. Later, a team of 18 rescue workers, backed by a helicopter and sniffer dogs discovered the rest of the missing team of hikers, France24 has written.

Damage reported as tornado hits Florida

A tornado touched down in Sarasota County, Florida around 3:30 a.m. on  Saturday, The National Weather Service confirmed. "The tornado touched down in Myakka State Park and destroyed a camper. The camper was lifted from its original position and thrown several yard away. Luckily, no one was in the camper at the time and there were no injuries",WINK News has written.

Light earthquake hits Nepal's Khaptad National Park

M 4.4 light earthquake shakes Far Western region of Nepal, the Nepal Seismological Survey reported. According to the Nepal Seismological Survey, the quake's epicenter was in Khaptad National Park in Doti district of Nepal.

Forest fire in Oahu burns 350 acres

Firefighters are battling a fire that has burned 350 acres of acres of rare native forest on Oahu. "The Kipapa drainage fire above Mililani Mauka is 30 percent contained", Hawaii News Now has written quoting The state Department of Land and Natural Resources.

Importance of network disaster recovery plan during natural disasters

Interruption of network services during a natural or manmade disasters are common. In that case,  a network disaster recovery plan could be helpful particularly for an organization. Such network disaster recovery plan, ordinarily documented in written form, specifies procedures an organization is to follow in the event of a disaster. Importance of network disaster recovery plan during natural disasters is that it provides guidelines for restoring network services.

World's first flood resilient ferry terminal opens in Australia

World’s first flood resilient ferry terminal collaboratively designed by Cox Rayner Architects and Aurecon has been opened in Brisbane, Australia. It is a new technology that will safeguard it from floods and natural disasters , and cope with the Brisbane River’s tidal range. The completed flood resilient ferry terminal at Milton is the first of many to be rolled out along the Brisbane River in 2015.

Light earthquake shakes Kosovo, Serbia today

M 4.0 light earthquake shakes Serbia today, Seismological Survey of Serbia reported. According to the Seismological Survey of Serbia, the quake's epicenter lies in Peć (Pejë) city in western Kosovo. It was 6.2 miles deep.

Japan avalanches claim four including 2 Argentine nationals

A series of avalanches over the weekend in Nagano and Niigata prefectures of Japan have claimed lives of four people. An avalanche Sunday at Ryuoo Ski Park in Yamanouchi, Nagano Prefecture, killed two Argentine nationals. The 30-meter-wide, 200-meter-long avalanche started when the two Argentines skied off the prepared slope, The Japan Times has written quoting the Nagano Prefectural Police.

Tropical storm Chedza kills 14 in Madagascar

Tropical storm Chedza has claimed lives of at least 14 people in Madagascar, the National Office of Risk and Catastrophe Management said Monday. Tropical storm Chedza has further displaced more than 36,000 Madagascans. Most of the fatalities are as a result of landslides caused by heavy rain and building collapses as strong winds tore roofs from houses.

10 killed in Albay, Philippines landslide; 200 rescued

The landslide triggered by heavy rains brought on by Tropical Storm "Amang" has claimed lives of at least 10 people. However, rescue teams have  saved at least 200 residents trapped by a landslide in Sitio Inang Maharang in Barangay Nagotgot, Manito, Albay.  Two military helicopters from the Philippine Air Force Tactical Operations Group 5 based in Legazpi City were deployed to the area to assist in the search operation, Inquirer has written quoting the Albay Public Safety and Emergency Management Office (Apsemo).

Hunga Tonga volcano eruption creates large new island

A large new island has been formed at the eruption site between Hunga Ha’apai and Hunga Tonga, 65 km from Nuku’alofa, Tonga’s Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources said. The volcano has been erupting from two vents, one on the uninhabited island of Hunga Ha'apai and the other underwater about 100 metres offshore. The new island is more than one kilometre wide, two kilometres long and about 100 metres high.

Malawi flood kills 176; 153 missing: National tragedy

The death toll from floods in Malawi has risen to 176 and made 200,000 homeless, Vice President Saulos Chilima said Friday. "At least 153 people are missing", Chilima told a news conference. The flood statistics was out when Chilima visited over the worst affected Lower Shire districts of Nsanje and Chikwawa in the south. President Peter Mutharika has called the floods a "national tragedy that urgently needs both local and international response".

Flights canceled as rare snowstorm hits Saudi Arabia

Rare snowstorm in Saudi Arabia has grounded planes at Turaif Domestic Airport. "Snow storms have left a layer of white snow on top of the sand", BBC reported. The bulk of the snow hit a town near the northern city of Tabuk and forced the Bedouin shepherds and their camels to stay in their tents for protection and to keep warm.

Connecticut earthquake today is 12th earthquake in week

Connecticut has been jolted by 12th earthquake in a week this Thursday. Connecticut earthquake today was measured 2.2 on Richter scale at 09:39 UTC, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the quake's epicenter was located just 1 km N of Moosup, Connecticut. It was 3.3 miles deep.

Flash flooding in Malawi kills 48, displaces 23,000

Heavy flooding in Malawi has claimed lives of at least 48 people and displaced around 23,000 others. Flash floods wreaked havoc in 10 out of 23 districts in Malawi, Nyasa Times has written quoting the President Peter Mutharika. Flood impact assessment has been hampered as most of the flood disaster areas are inaccessible and Malawi Defence Force has been requested to undertake rescue operations using boats.

Landslide in Jigawa, Nigeria kills 2 brothers

Landslide in Jigawa state of Malaysia has claimed lives of two brothers. Fatalities include a 17-year-old boy and his 15-year-old brother. Landslide hit Zaidawa Village in Garki Local Government Area, Jigawa State while those boys were digging sand in the area, Sun News Online reported.

Snowstorm in Syria kills 11 including a two-day-old girl

Snowstorm in Syria has claimed lives of at least 11 people this week. "Seven children, including twin baby girls, were among the dead on Sunday", Times of Oman has written quoting the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Recent fatalities include a two-day-old girl in the Firdous district of the northern city of Aleppo and three boys in Beit Sahem, south of Damascus, in the eastern town of Albu Kamal and in southern Syria's Daraa province.

Turkey avalanche kills 1, traps 4: Disaster Management Agency

An avalanche in Turkey’s northeastern Trabzon region has claimed life of a worker and trapped four others, the disaster management agency (AFAD) said. "The five workers were repairing a broken generator in a construction site for a tunnel when the avalanche struck", Reuters has written quoting the disaster management agency's spokesman Dogan Eskinat.

Recent volcanic activity in Yellowstone National Park: USGS latest report shows 75 earthquakes

The latest update of the Yellowstone volcano by the United States Geological Survey (USGS) has shown total 75 registered earthquakes in the Yellowstone National Park region in December 2014. The largest event in Yellowstone National Park was a small earthquake of magnitude 2.4 on December 15. There were no earthquake swarm sequences during the month of December.

Maharashtra hailstorm damages 50 houses

Hailstorm in Senapati district of Maharashtra state of India has damaged at least 50 houses Friday afternoon. Members of 20 houses have been rendered homeless by the recent Maharashtra hailstorm with heavy damages in the banana farm, The Sangai Express has written.

Rare snowstorm in Lebanon kills 3 Syrian refugees

Snowstorm in Lebanon has claimed lives of two Syrian man and a young boy, bringing misery to thousands of Syrian refugees. The bodies of the two Syrians refugees have been found in the Shebaa region of south Lebanon who were crossing the mountainous border between Syria and Lebanon,, Times of Oman has written quoting the local Red Cross agency. The National News Agency later reported that a third member of the group had also died, without identifying them, The Daily Star Lebanon has mentioned.

Port Alberni earthquake today measured 4.8

M 4.8 moderate earthquake shakes Vancouver Island, Canada Region today, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the quake's epicenter was located 62 km W of Port Alberni, Canada. It was 7.7 miles deep. Port Alberni earthquake today has been felt in Campbell River, Courtenay, Cumberland, Nanaimo, Parksville, Ucluelet, Vancouver, Victoria and Walnut Grove. Port Alberni was hit by tsunamis in 1964 which washed away 55 homes and damaging 375 others. The tsunami was the result of magnitude 9.6 earthquake in Alaska which killed 139 people.

Snyder earthquake shakes Western Texas

M 3.5 light earthquake shakes Snyder, Texas today, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the quake's epicenter was located 22 km NNE of Snyder, Texas. It was 2.6 miles deep.

Breaking News: Dallas earthquake today widely felt across Northern Texas

Breaking News: Dallas earthquake today widely felt across Northern Texas Update: Another magnitude 3.1 earthquake has been recorded in Northern Texas at 00:59 midnight (2015-01-07). The epicenter is 4 km NE of Irving. M 3.6 light earthquake shakes Dallas, Texas today, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the quake's epicenter was located 6 km ENE of Irving and 9 km NW of Dallas, Texas. It was 3.1 miles deep. At least three earthquakes have been felt in Dallas in less than six hours. The first earthquake was recorded at 03:10 p.m. The strongest earthquake of magnitude 3.6 was recorded at 06:52 p.m.followed by magnitude 2.9 earthquake at 08:11 p.m.

Major natural disasters 2015 plus natural disaster map

Map of Major Natural Disasters 2015 Get this natural disaster map free. Just paste HTML to embed in website. Above is the major natural disasters occurred in 2015 so far. The natural disaster map shows the occurrences of recent natural disasters 2015 including earthquake, floods, Tsunami, wildfire, tornado, hurricane etc. The information in the map (google map) is manually entered by . It includes facts, statistics, photos, videos and links to detail report on particular natural disasters. Click on the icon above and a message will pop up with data about the particular natural disasters. Use the magnifying glass with the plus sign (+) to zoom in, and the minus sign (-) to zoom out. Do you want this natural disaster map? Just paste HTML below to embed in your website. You can adjust width and height according to your site layout. All recent natural disasters 2015 will be shown automatically once the code is added.

Bosnia landslide kills 1, injures 3

Landslide in Bosnia has claimed life of a person and injured three others. Landslide hit the central Bosnian town of Kakanj. Landslide also destroyed seven houses built on top of a coal mine that was closed down 50 years ago, Euro News has written.

Moderate earthquake today in Castaic, California

M 4.5 moderate earthquake shakes Castaic, California today, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the quake's epicenter was located 14km N of Castaic. It was 5.5 miles deep. A 3.0-magnitude earthquake occurred about 10 minutes before the larger quake hit, the USGS said. No damage or injuries have been reported from Castaic earthquake today.

Flash floods, landslides in Sri Lanka kill 39

Flash floods and landslides in Sri Lanka have claimed lives of at least 39 people and displaced more than 1 million in the past two weeks, Reuters has reported quoting data from the island's Disaster Management Center. Thousands of hectares of crops, mainly the food staple rice, have been destroyed in the agricultural heartland of the North Central and Eastern provinces of Sri Lanka.

Idaho: Challis earthquake causes rock slides, damages property

M 4.9 moderate earthquake shakes Challis today, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the quake's epicenter was located just 7 km E of Challis, Idaho. It was 5.1 miles deep. The Challis earthquake caused rock slides, damaged homes and knocked out power around Custer County, Reuters has reported.

Worst wildfire since 1983 causes emergency in Australia

Up to 2,000 firefighters are battling the wildfire which has ravaged more than 10,000 hectares in South Australia. "The state has faced the worst fire conditions since the 1983 Ash Wednesday disaster", has reported.