Safe Drinking Water 101: What to Do Before, During and After a Natural Disaster
Whether it's a hurricane bearing down on the U.S. coast or a deadly monsoon in parts of Asia, recent weather events have magnified the importance of access to clean, safe drinking water during natural disasters. Taking the following steps recommended by emergency management agencies will help ensure your supply of safe water.
Fatal eruption triggered a 'volcanic freeze'
On Dec. 22, 2018, the Anak Krakatoa volcano in Indonesia erupted in a violent display of ash and lava. The event was so powerful that it caused an underwater collapse of the southwest portion of the volcano, reducing its height by more than 700 feet and triggering a tsunami that killed more than 400 people along the coastlines of Sumatra and Java. #volcano #ice
Australian wildfires spawn rarely seen weather phenomena
Add fire-induced storms to the list of intense consequences from Australia's bushfires, as a wildfire season that began in October persists. Caused by several years of extremely dry conditions and hot summer temperatures (both exacerbated by climate change), occasional rain isn't enough to douse these flames — and won't, until autumn comes to the continent. #australia #wildfire #bushfire
Wildfires spread across California, forcing thousands to evacuate
Raging wildfires in California forced tens of thousands of people to evacuate their homes near Los Angeles and in Northern California wine country, reports the Associated Press. The fires are being fueled by high winds, low humidity and high temperatures.
Hurricane Dorian devastates the Bahamas, marches up East Coast
Hurricane Dorian was the strongest storm ever to make landfall in the Bahamas. A powerful Category 5, Dorian lingered over the Abaco Islands and Grand Bahama Island from Sept. 1 to Sept. 3, flattening homes, toppling trees, causing severe flooding and causing at least 20 deaths.
How to help after Hurricane Dorian
Hurricane Dorian is inching up the Southeast coast after devastating the Bahamas as a Category 5 hurricane. It lingered over the Abaco Islands and Grand Bahama Island, destroying as many as 13,000 homes, according to Red Cross estimates. So far, seven people have been confirmed dead.
The Amazon is burning, and here's why it's not just Brazil's problem
It's difficult to keep track of all the climate crises, but the current fires in the Amazon rainforest should have everyone's attention. The world's largest rainforest, spanning nine nations, is vital for storing carbon and slowing down global warming. For the past few weeks, it has experienced an unprecedented level of burning.
Winnie-the-Pooh's real-life forest catches fire
The woods that were the inspiration for Winnie-the-Pooh's fictional home recently were engulfed in a large, fast-moving fire. The blaze at Ashdown Forest in East Sussex in the U.K. broke out on the evening of April 28 and spread quickly, affecting as many as 50 acres. More than a half-dozen crews battled to get the fire under control.