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Friday, September 01, 2006

Japan holds huge quake drill with US military

CD Japan holds huge quake drill with US military

"Japan held a huge earthquake disaster drill in Tokyo on Friday with a US navy ship transporting evacuees and helicopters carrying relief supplies.

The exercises, held every year on the anniversary of the Great Kanto earthquake which killed more than 140,000 people on September 1, 1923, are a reminder that the island nation, where earthquakes occur frequently, must be vigilant.

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.7 struck southern Japan shortly before the drills started. But there were no reports of damage or casualties. On Thursday, Tokyo was struck by a 4.8 magnitude quake.

In a mock news conference on Friday, a grim-faced Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi said that massive damage had been caused by an earthquake that struck Tokyo earlier in the day."

Thursday, August 31, 2006

Canterbury communities urged to prepare for Alpine quake

CD Canterbury communities urged to prepare for Alpine quake

"Canterbury Civil Defence emergency planners are urging communities in the region to be well prepared for a devastating alpine fault earthquake, predicted by scientists.

A recent study by Professor Tim Davies, of Canterbury University and Mauri McSaveney, of GNS Science, has determined that the long-predicted alpine quake would have catastrophic effects on the South Island and New Zealand.

While the scientists point out that such a quake might not happen for "many decades" it would have a similar strength to the 1931 Napier earthquake – 7.8 on the Richter scale – be spread over a much larger area and cause massive damage.

The scientists presented their study at last week's natural hazards conference in Christchurch."

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Feeble Ernesto soaks Florida but Hurricane John closes in on Mexico

CD Feeble Ernesto soaks Florida but Hurricane John closes in on Mexico

It is the season. Tropical Storm Ernesto peetered out, but Hurricane John has grown into a powerful cyclone (Category 3) heading toward Mexico.

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Missing Person has been located

LSAR Missing Person has been located

A previously-reported missing 78 year old man, Wiki POPATA, has been located.
He was spotted by crew of the Police Eagle helicopter in farmland near the Mangere airport. The helicopter was assisting in the search for the man which saw the deployment of Search and Rescue squad-members and volunteers.

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Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Irrigation Scheme Stirs Opposition

Irrigation Scheme Stirs Opposition

Now for something a bit different, not CD or SAR.

In my role with AREC providing emergency communications for various sporting events I have had a bit to do with activities on the Waimak and Rakaia Rivers. There is an uproar by recreational users of the rivers about the proposed Irrigation schemes which will dramatically reduce the flow on the rivers.

However there is a side effect that may be related to CD if it is done right. A scheme that only takes water on very high flows would be OK for recreational users, and it may be beneficial for flood prevention.

Submissions have now closed, but watch for future oportunities to oppose this plan.

Missing skiers spent night in snow cave

LSAR Missing skiers spent night in snow cave

Five people walked off Mt Ruapehu to Iwikau Village at the Top of the Bruce yesterday morning after spending the night in a snow cave in minus-five degree conditions.

Search and Rescue (SAR) groups from Taumarunui, Turangi and a mix of DoC, Ruapehu mountain workers and volunteers searched through the night for the group.

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Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Locals on lookout for tsunami danger

CD Locals on lookout for tsunami danger

Locals in Sri Lanka create their own Tsunami alerting system by watching the Internet, TV and listening to radio ...

"there is still no pan-Asian tsunami warning system"

Their Community Tsunami Early Warning Centre was set up with private donations from foreign nationals, is sandwiched between ramshackle temporary shelters and the ruins of homes.

Hurricane Expert Threatened For Katrina Warnings

CD Hurricane Expert Threatened For Katrina Warnings

More allegations of threats and corruption linked to Emergency Planning for Hurricane Evacuation and flooding prevention in New Orleans come on the anniversary of Katrina.

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Monday, August 28, 2006

Director Says FEMA is Ready for Ernesto

CD Director Says FEMA is Ready for Ernesto

"The head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency says FEMA is ready to deal with a new natural disaster, even if Hurricane Ernesto hits Florida.

Director David Paulison told NBC News' Meet the Press Sunday, We are ready for a hurricane, regardless of where it's going to hit, whether it's the Gulf (Coast) region or the Atlantic or the west coast of Florida where (Ernesto) seems to be heading right now.

FEMA was criticized harshly for its slow response to Hurricane Katrina last year.

Paulison said the most important FEMA change since Katrina has come in communications."

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Civil Defence plans for major disaster

CD Civil Defence plans for major disaster

"Civil Defence and the Government are planning a major exercise to help prepare for a disaster in the Wellington region.

The scenario is based around an earthquake measuring 7.6 on the Richter scale, which would probably see the city cut off for several days.

Civil Defence and Emergency Management acting director Bruce Ferguson says the exercise will give them and other key departments valuable practice in how to deal with a disaster of that scale.

One of the key areas to be focused on is transport: how to get food, medical supplies and help into the region if roads, the harbour and airport are inoperable."