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A Warning System for Tsunamis

Scientists at the Australian National University have developed the Time Reverse Imaging Method to take real-time data from the ocean sensors and use that information to recreate what the tsunami looked like when it was born. Once scientists have the tsunami source pinpointed, they can use it to make better predictions about what will happen once the waves reach shore. This new method is fast enough to compete with existing algorithms but much more accurate.

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Security Threat at Manchester United, Wildfires in Alberta, and How the Public Responds to Authorities in a Crisis

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What Makes the Public More Likely to Second-Guess Authorities During a Crisis?

In a digital age when people have many information sources, during a crisis they won’t always seek guidance from the government or other official channels. Why not?

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Culverhouse Insurance Research Center Produces Alabama Tornado Preparedness Guide

Five years ago, more than 200 people lost their lives and more than 2,000 injuries were reported from the April 27 tornado outbreak that swept across the state of Alabama. On that day, 35 of 67 Alabama counties suffered damage and 23,552 homes were damaged or destroyed. The Alabama Center for Insurance Information and Research at The University of Alabama's Culverhouse College of Commerce released the 2016 TORNADO PREPAREDNESS GUIDE & INSURANCE TIPS.

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Learning to Live with Fire, Necessity for Forest Communities

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Evacuation From Wildfire Just the Beginning, Psychological Impact Could Have Long Term Consequences Says UAB Expert

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Experts Available to Discuss Fort McMurray Wildfire and Its Effects

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Scientist Will Use Satellite Data to Study Lightning That Sizzles

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Dr. Phillip Bitzer of The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) wants to learn more about long-stroke lightning that makes things sizzle.

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Insect Outbreaks Reduce Wildfire Severity

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A surprising new study suggests that major insect outbreaks--contrary to current thinking and forest management guidelines--can reduce forest fire damage.

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Cutting-Edge Telepresence Technology Helped Investigators Find the El Faro "Black Box"

Federal investigators found the “black box’’ that could reveal why the El Faro cargo ship sank off the Bahamas in a hurricane last fall. The University of Rhode Island played a key role in the discovery. URI’s acclaimed Inner Space Center at the Graduate School of Oceanography provided telepresence technology—and its expertise—to assist with the search.

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Forget Fukushima: #Chernobyl still holds record as worst #nuclear accident for #publichealth

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Landslide Risk Remains High a Year After Magnitude-7.8 Nepal Earthquake

With the monsoon fast approaching, the landslide risk in Nepal remains high a year after a magnitude-7.8 earthquake that killed more than 8,000 people, according to a University of Michigan-led research team.

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Bringing the Landslide Laboratory to Remote Regions

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Thanks to millions of years’ accumulation of the wind-deposited, highly-porous sediment from which China’s Loess plateau takes its name, the region has been called the most erosion-prone on Earth. However, despite the prominent geomorphic role gravity erosion plays on the slopes, the process isn’t well understood due to the complexity of soil failure occurrence and behavior, Researchers at Dalian University of Technology present their findings in this week’s Review of Scientific Instruments.

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‘Category 77 Hurricane’ Winds Found Near Supermassive Black Hole

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New research by astrophysicists has revealed the fastest ultraviolet winds ever detected near a supermassive black hole more than 10 billion light-years away.

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Speeding Up Accuracy of Flood Risk Assessment

Research from the University of Adelaide hopes to provide advances in the planning for flood risk, thanks to a new, faster method of assessing the highly complex factors that cause floods in a specific location.

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Wildland Communities Must Learn to Live with Fire

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“If you live in flammable countryside, you’ve got to work with fire. You can’t make it go away,” according to professor Mark Cochrane, a wildfire expert and senior scientist at the Geospatial Sciences Center of Excellence. That means moving from the notion that fires are unnatural and toward a managed approach that involves reintegrating fire as a vital landscape process and building communities that are resilient to fire.

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Sea Level Rise Threatens Larger Number of People Than Earlier Estimated

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More people live close to sea coast than earlier estimated, assess researchers in a new study. These people are the most vulnerable to the rise of the sea level as well as to the increased number of floods and intensified storms. By using recent increased resolution datasets, Aalto University researchers estimate that 1.9 billion inhabitants, or 28% of the world's total population, live closer than 100 km from the coast in areas less than 100 meters above the present sea level.

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Risk of Being Involved in an Avalanche Less for Smaller Groups of Recreationists

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Groups of 2 or single individuals less likely to be caught in an avalanche than larger groups, according to a new report in Wilderness & Environmental Medicine.