September is PreparednessMonth! Are YOU Prepared for the natural hazards that could affect you and your community? USGS conducts the science that helps our Nation be more prepared. Learn more here: Readygov EarthquakeSafety EarthquakePrep
Every year, the United States experiences dozens, if not hundreds, of natural hazard events that can vary in size and impact – some are incredibly large and affect people across several states and communities, and some are more localized impacting only a relatively small number of people.
Black Forest Fire, Colorado - Credit: USDA(Public domain.)Rising temperatures, decreased snowpack, and earlier snowmelt are expected to lead to longer fire seasons, drier fuel, and an increase in the area burned by wildfires in the future. With growing extent and severity of wildfires comes enhanced risk of damaging flooding and debris flows that can claim lives, damage infrastructure, affect water supply and quality, and impact ecosystem functions. Forest and rangeland managers therefore need information on how wildfire patterns and forests will change as the climate warms, in order to guide management activities that can sustain the important ecosystem services that forests provide – including timber production, carbon storage, improved water quality, and recreational opportunities.
Geomagnetic StormsGeomagnetic storms are caused by a dynamic interaction between the solar wind and the Earth’s magnetic field. The resulting rapid magnetic field fluctuations can interfere with radio communications, GPS systems, satellites, and directional drilling for oil and gas. Large magnetic storms can even interfere with the operations of electric power grids, causing blackouts. For these reasons, these storms are considered hazardous for both the economy and national security.
Three perspectives on the events that create geomagnetic storms: A storm from the Sun, a global perspective of an auroral event as seen from space and aurora as seen from Earth. Researchers at NASA's Langley Research Center are using the Sounding of the Atmosphere using Broadband Emission Radiometry (SABER) satellite to take new measurements of the E-region of the ionosphere - an active, charged layer that is crucial for the transmission of satellite, radio and GPS signals. headtopics.com
(Credit: SOHO Mission, NASA. Public domain.)The USGS operates a network of specially designed observatories thatprovide real-time data on magnetic storm conditions. These data are critical for tracking the intensity of geomagnetic storms and are used by the NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center for issuing storm warnings, and likewise by the U.S. Air Force for their operations. Through the National Space Weather Program, USGS scientists are working with other federal government agencies and private industry to assess and mitigate hazardous effects of storms to the nation’s electric power grid.
Preparedness ResourcesGet useful information and tools for preparing your family for hazards in your neighborhood, school, and workplace. FEMA’swebsite has ideas for creating emergency kits, activities for drills, group discussions, and exercises, and preparedness information specific to different hazards ranging from hurricanes to extreme heat.
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Volunteers from three organizations have moved the massive reptile back into the ocean and will continue to monitor its progress.
Readygov Now is the time to check your homeowner’s policy. Make sure it is what you need and want. A few years ago State Farm changed the deductible to 1/2% of the dwelling value if you didn’t notify them that you wanted your old $1,000 deductible, Don’t get caught off guard. Readygov This is hard! I've been in many earthquakes and the problem is that you never know where you are going to be. You can be driving, at school, at work, at the store. I think what is most helpful is to have training on what we can do in all the different scenarios.
Watch Simone Biles’s Heartbreaking Testimony in the Larry Nassar Senate Hearing'I don’t want another gymnast, Olympic athlete, or individual to experience the horror that I and hundreds of others have endured before, during, and continuing to this day in the wake of the Larry Nassar abuse,' said Simone Biles Extreme courage! May she find peace.
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Aly Raisman Reveals The Physical Effects Of Larry Nassar's Abuse In Powerful Testimony At Senate HearingAly Raisman reveals the physical effects of Larry Nassar's abuse in powerful testimony today at a Senate hearing. Nassar sexually assaulted hundreds of girls.
Mass Shootings Soared During Pandemic — And Researchers Think Covid Stress Could Be To BlameI am a London-based reporter for Forbes covering breaking news. Previously, I have worked as a reporter for a specialist legal publication covering big data and as a freelance journalist and policy analyst covering science, tech and health. I have a master’s degree in Biological Natural Sciences and a master’s degree in the History and Philosophy of Science from the University of Cambridge. Follow me on Twitter theroberthart or email me at rhartforbes.com
Mass Shootings Soared During Pandemic — And Researchers Think Covid Stress Could Be To BlameI am a London-based reporter for Forbes covering breaking news. Previously, I have worked as a reporter for a specialist legal publication covering big data and as a freelance journalist and policy analyst covering science, tech and health. I have a master’s degree in Biological Natural Sciences and a master’s degree in the History and Philosophy of Science from the University of Cambridge. Follow me on Twitter theroberthart or email me at rhartforbes.com NO WAY....I thought it was to much coffee......DA We have been steadily opening back up, relieving covid stress, yet mass shootings are getting worse. I think the researchers might be bringing their own implicit biases. Why are the mass shooting mainly going up in areas that have attacked, or defunded, their police force? Hmm?