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Environmental Disaster Management

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.

Grant, bob. Scientists brace for oil impact. The May 17, 2010.  Retrieved on August 3, 2017.

Oil Spills. National Library of Medicine. May 21, 2010.  Retrieved on August 3, 2017.

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 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.

Office of Emergency Management

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:
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:

USGS news release, Hurricane Sandy :

NOAA's National Weather Service information on Hurricane Sandy:

NASA information on Hurrican Sandy:

Naval Research Lab-Tropical Cyclone Web Page


Links to State-level information - Hurricanes @


New York City's Severe Weather page:

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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