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Environmental Disaster Management: In the News

This is a guide for Disaster and Emergency Management

Natural Disaster Links

2011 Tornado Information.  NOAA (Nation Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) statistics and analysis of tornado activity for 2011.  Many links to other weather information.

Tornado FAQsNOAA answer guide on tornado basics, historical tornadoes, climatology data, and research information.

Tornadoes... Nature's Most Violent Storms. Information from NASA the weather conditions that cause tornadoes and preparedness measures.

Environment/Natural Disasters. Discover Magazine. Retrieved on June 22, 2010

Grant, bob. Scientists brace for oil impact. The Scientist.com. May 17, 2010.  Retrieved on June 22, 2010.

Oil Spills. National Library of Medicine. May 21, 2010.  Retrieved on June 22, 2010.

    Earthquakes and Health- Japan & Haiti

    Readings of Environmental Radioactivity Level by (Japanese) Prefecture Time-series data of the affected areas. Collected and mapped four times a day by the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology

    OCHA Situation Reports Frequently issued humanitarian situation reports from the United Nations.

    Google Crisis Response - Japan Includes maps, updated information & peoplefinder

    Interactive Map of Japan  - Displays real-time Tweets, along with YouTube videos and Flickr photograpy

    Japan Sendai Earthquake Data Portal - from the Harvard Center of Geographic Analysis.


    Government Initiatives

    Other Resources

    Animals in Disasters

    Animals in Disasters 

       This web site is a list of web sites that have information on dealing with animals in disaster situations.


    This guide identifies information resources useful for researching environmental disasters and ways to prevent/minimize them or to manage the aftermath.  The scope of coverage includes:

    • operational and monitoring technologies
    • chemical hazards
    • risk management
    • disaster planning
    • laws and regulations
    • environmental consequences
    • economic impacts
    • health risks
    • public relations management

    There are sub-tabs below the In The News tab with information about specific types of disasters.

    Interior Geospatial Emergency Management System

    Interior Geospatial Emergency Management System


    (IGEMS), managed by the department’s Office of Emergency Management, provides ongoing awareness of natural hazards, enabling individuals to monitor and analyze natural hazard events as they occur. Information is presented in an integrated geospatial view that locates these threats with reference data, including various basemaps that can be selected by users. The system utilizes data from Interior bureaus, such as the U.S. Geological Survey as well as data provided by the National Weather Service and other authoritative sources.

    Superstorm Sandy

    The following links are courtesy of librarian Emily C. Wild of the U.S. Geological Survey:

    State level information on the hurricane storm surge, in real time where available.  The USGS surge gages deployed under mission assignment from Regions 1, 2, and 3 are being updated and posted to the following viewer: http://water.usgs.gov/floods/events/2012/sandy/sandymapper.html
    Real-time conditions, where available, will be posted through the points on the map.  Additional tabular data will also be available through the above site

    USGS: Coastal Change Hazards: Hurricanes and Extreme Storms

    USGS Water Watch

    USGS news blog, Hurricane Sandy: http://www.usgs.gov/blogs/features/usgs_top_story/sandy/?from=title

    USGS news release, Hurricane Sandy : http://www.usgs.gov/newsroom/article.asp?ID=3440&from=rss_home

    NOAA's National Weather Service information on Hurricane Sandy:

    NASA information on Hurrican Sandy: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/hurricanes/archives/2012/h2012_Sandy.html

    Naval Research Lab-Tropical Cyclone Web Page http://www.nrlmry.navy.mil/TC.html


    Links to State-level information - Hurricanes @ USA.gov http://www.usa.gov/Topics/Weather/Hurricane.shtml


    New York City's Severe Weather page: http://www.nyc.gov/html/oem/html/nycsevereweather/weather_home.shtml

    New York (State) Severe Weather page:

    Environmental Disaster Examples

    BP Oil Spill

    BP Oil Spill





    Mount St. Helens

    3 Mile Island

    Debris after a Tsunami







    Testing for Pollution after Hurricane Katrina

    All images in this column were retreived from AP Digital Photo Archive, an ASU Library subscribesd database.

    Gasland (documentary) on Fracking for Natural Gas

    The film's website

    Other video resources in ASU's collections:

    Living With the Spill  A documentary about the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill

    A Village Called Versaille A documentary film about a community in New Orleans

    Industrial Processes and Waste Stream Management  A series of videos related to industrial waste management

    The Prediction Problem A documentary about the difficulties of predicting earthquakes

    Anatomy of an Earthquake (streaming) A video discussing the potential multiple disasters that might occur with a major earthquake in southern California

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