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Furious Fiords

Who doesn’t marvel at those wonderful travel pictures of the fiords of Norway?  Waterfalls, quaint houses perched on green slopes, snowy glaciers far above and likely, a cruise ship sailing far below.  

 One hesitates to sully this image with negative mentions, but steep-sided fiords do present a real and present danger in the form of rockfalls and rockfall-generated waves. “Fiord tsunami” I call the latter, however some find this liguistic mixture ludicrous as ‘lutefisk sushi’.

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Future Fuji

I recently read a web article entitled “Ten Major Natural Disasters Predicted in the Near Future” …

…and I saw Japan’s Mt. Fuji listed as Number 6. 

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Earthquakes on the Newport Inglewood Fault

During the past few months, beginning with a magnitude 3.3 event on April 13, 2015, there have been 6 M>3 earthquakes on or near the Newport-Inglewood fault in the West Los Angeles area.  The latest of these events occurred on saturday June 6 just prior to 10 pm.  All of the events are relatively shallow, between 6 - 15 km.  It is noteworthy that this fault was responsible for the M6.4 Long Beach earthquakes on March 11, 1933. 

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Using the Hazard Viewer to Compute a Forecast

The Nepal earthquake struck in a region with poorly constructed buildings, susceptible to major damage and destruction.  Here I show an illustration of how to use the Hazards Viewer to obtain a forecast.

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Major Earthquake in Nepal, April 25, 2015 Magnitude 7.8

Much damage and destruction in Kathmandu and elsewhere, together with major loss of life.  More will be posted as time goes on.  Good pre-event forecast is difficult due to the poor station coverage in that area:

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Smoke Stream

Most people have heard of the Jet Stream -- those high-speed "rivers of air" several miles up in the sky.  True, our exposure to it amounts largely to seeing a long wavy arrow on the newspaper’s weather map or hearing it blamed by the lady on the Six O'clock News for extended wet or dry spells. Frequent airplane travelers might hold responsible the Jet Stream for taking longer to fly from New York to San Francisco than from San Francisco to New York.

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Muddy Waters

Do you know Muddy Waters?  He was a famous Blues Musician, largely of Chicago in the 1940’s and 1950’s, but finishing strong through the 1970’s.  “Hoochie Coochie Man” and “I’ve Got My Mojo Working” his hand penned. 

For today’s blog,  Muddy’s song  -- Rollin’ and Tumblin’ --  might best fit.

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Cyclone Pam devastates Vanuatu

And speaking disasters, Tropical Cyclone Pam has devastated the country of Vanuatu.  Details here.  Image courtesy of NASA.

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At the UN Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction

First day of the meeting today. Leaving the hotel this morning was interesting.  There are some 30 heads of state attending the conference, along with 100 ministerial delegations.  One of the heads of state is staying at our hotel, and bodyguards are in evidence. Just leaving the hotel this morning in a taxi was challenging, since embassy vehicles and other official cars choked the drive in front of the hotel.

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United Nations Decadal Symposium on Disaster Risk Reduction

Well, its finally almost here - the United Nations third decadal conference on disaster risk reduction.  This global conference was last held on 18-22 January, 2005 in Kobe, Japan.  The upcoming third conference will be held 14-18 March 2015 in Sendai, Japan.  Many prominent scientists and even heads of state are expected to attend.  I am fortunate enough to be staying at the primary hotel for the meeting, and expect to be seeing quite a number of the major world players at breakfast, so to speak.  I will also be leading and participating in several of the forums and sessions as a part of t


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