Tag Archives: Hazards

Chile hopes earthquake technology can help save lives

Chile hopes earthquake technology can help save lives

How the Chilean government is embracing technology to mitigate against the effects of earthquakes

This is a good example to show how a country whose population is extremely vulnerable to powerful earthquakes are trying to reduce the severity of primary impacts, which ultimately have a large knock on effect socially, and economically. After a hazard has struck, impacts are often exacerbated by the failure of communication networks. This prevents further warning messages and advice being passed on (it is often the aftershocks which cause the buildings to finally collapse!), and help being sent to where it is needed.

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Guatemala Fuego volcano eruption triggers evacuation

Guatemala Fuego volcano eruption triggers evacuation

Guatemala has evacuated thousands of people after the Fuego volcano started spewing ash and lava. Volcanologists said powerful eruptions were catapulting burning rocks as high as 1,000m (3,280ft) above the crater and lava was flowing down its slopes.

Local residents reported how the roaring of the volcano shook windows and roofs in nearby villages.

Experts say the eruption of the Fuego, 50km (31 miles) south-west of Guatemala City, is the biggest since 1999.