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Major earthquake threat from the Riasi fault in the Himalayas, says new study

A new study was conducted by Y. Gavillot, A. Meigs, D. Yule, R. Heermance, T. Rittenour, C. Madugo and M. Malik on ‘Shortening rate and Holocene surface rupture on the Riasi fault system in the Kashmir Himalaya: Active thrusting within the Northwest Himalayan orogenic wedge’ which was funded by National Science Foundation. The results of the study were then published by Geological Society of America Bulletin, 2016. The study on new geologic mapping in the Himalayan Mountains of Kashmir between...

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Tropical Depression Warning for Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Andhra Pradesh

New Delhi, May 20 (G’nY News Service): The cyclonic storm ‘ROANU’ over west central Bay of Bengal moved north-eastwards at a speed of 16 kmph during past six hours and lay centred at 0530 hrs IST of 20th May, 2016 near latitude 17.2º N and longitude 83.3ºE, about 60 km south-southeast of Visakhapatnam and 120 km northeast of Kakinada. The system is likely to move north-eastwards along & off Andhra Pradesh and Odisha coast and intensify into a severe cyclonic storm by tonight. Continuing...

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Heatwave death toll crosses 130: IMD warns

New Delhi, April 18 (G’nY News Service): Temperatures are running above normal in major regions of India, for several days now. Places like Delhi, Agra, Allahabad, Khajuraho, Churu and Sri Ganganagar are observing day temperatures well above the normals as per IMD data till April 17- recording temperatures above or close to the 45-degree mark. For instance, Bankura recorded a maximum of 46oC, Nizamabad 44.9°C, Delhi (Palam Observatory) 44°C, Ranchi 41.6°C, Nagpur 44.6°C, Churu 44.2°C, Jaipur...

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Firecrackers kill more than Dengue–regulatory norms imperative in India

New Delhi, April 12 (G’nY News Service): Despite the fact that dengue hits the headlines many time over every season, and garners thousands of crores investment for its control, it is perhaps startling that firecrackers kill far more. The Kollam Temple tragedy on 10th April 2016, is a dark day that would not have happened if only we had some stringent policies in place. The fireworks industry in India is a cause on concern on many counts. The total deaths in India due to fireworks/crackers in the last...

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Mobile apps for climate and disaster warnings

New Delhi, February 26 (G’nY News Service): Due to its physio-graphic and climate conditions, India is one of the most disaster prone areas of the world. Almost 85 per cent of India’s area is vulnerable to one or multiple natural hazards. Of India’s 28 states and 7 union territories, 22 are disaster-prone. Almost 57 per cent of the land is vulnerable to earthquakes (high seismic zones III–V), 68 per cent to drought, 8 per cent to cyclones and 12 per cent to floods. (http://www.simplydecoded.com/2013/10/21/india-disaster-profile-and-management/) https://www.geographyandyou.com/science/weather-and-climate/early-warnings-natural-hazards/ https://www.geographyandyou.com/media/interviews/sarat/ Yet,...

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January 2016 declared as hottest ever recorded

New Delhi, February 26 (G’nY News Service): In 136 years of record -keeping since 1880, January 2016 has been declared as the hottest ever by National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). January marked the 9th consecutive month to break a monthly global temperature record, NOAA said, after the blistering temperatures of 2015 set a heat record for the year. The average temperature across global land and ocean surfaces was 1.87...

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Record Breaking ‘Cyclone Winston’ disrupts Fiji

New Delhi, February 25 (G’nY News Service): At least 17 people were killed in Fiji when a record-breaking storm struck the island nation on February 20, 2016. Winds from Cyclone Winston, which tore through Fiji, reached 185mph (297kph), making it the strongest storm in the Southern Hemisphere since record-keeping began, according to Weather Underground. The cyclone was followed by torrential rain, and waves rising upto 12m (40ft). Cyclone Winston is the first storm system to hit Fiji measuring...

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Planning Earthquake Risk Reduction

New Delhi, February 04 (G’nY News Service): Most disasters arrive uninvited; this is especially true of earthquakes. Earthquake risks compound with unsafe construction. Appropriate decisions by the government along with effective action and planning can go a long way to mitigate the adverse effects of an earthquake and minimise the loss of human lives and property. For this, a well-thought out disaster management system needs to be instituted. The Government of Gujarat, following the 2001 Bhuj...

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Top 10 Disasters of 2015

New Delhi, February 02 (G’nY News Service): India’s diverse geographical location makes it prone to a large number of natural disasters. Every year our subcontinent faces a number of small and large disasters - increasingly frequent. This list explores the top 10 natural disasters in India that occurred in 2015, the ranking based on the casualties reported. And, we are sure you would be surprised to learn which disaster topped the list. Roll down for the highest casualties ever… 10. MANIPUR...

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Earthquake preparedness in India is achievable

New Delhi, January 30 (G’nY News Service): The Himalayan tectonics have once again put forth the urgency of earthquake preparedness, which have to be understood as not merely remembering the severe seismic zones we belong to, but its implication. This needs to be adapted to our every day agenda. The agenda does not only pertain to creating popular debate in the media and demonstrating how concerned we become when an earthquake strikes. When the twin earthquake in Nepal (April-May 2015) shook...