Most natural hazard specialists believe the key to reducing losses is to use our existing knowledge of the ways earthquakes occur, and where, to implement measures that increase awareness, preparedness and resilience. The real focus needs to be on dealing with the social, political and economic barriers that prevent effective disaster risk reduction. While speculative research on prediction is an interesting exercise, and might yield unintended benefits, it is not the magic bullet that will reduce losses, no matter how appealing it might seem at first glance.
Aerial picture of the ruins of Villa Epecuen, some 600 km southwest of Buenos Aires, Argentina, taken on May 3, 2011. The highly saline water of Lago Epecuen has receded in recent years, after flooding the village in 1985 and and submerging it under 10 meters (33 feet) of salt water for nearly 25 years. Credit: Juan Mabromata/AFP/Getty Images. (via In Focus)
Fuente: The Atlantic
The tail end of a truck protrudes from debris inside the Beijing sinkhole on April 26. According to news reports, the driver and a passenger jumped out of the vehicle before it sank into the hole. Both people were only slightly injured. (…) Based on the pictures, the Beijing sinkhole is about 25 feet (7.6 meters) wide and about 35 feet (10.6 meters) deep. (via Pictures: Sinkhole Opens in Beijing Road, Swallows Truck - National Geographic)
Fuente: National Geographic
Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico (by NASA Goddard Photo and Video)
On April 20, 2010, an explosion at an oil well in the Gulf of Mexico resulted in a major oil spill. Since then, emergency response efforts have been underway to contain the growing oil slick before it reaches the southern coast of the United States. Landsat imagery, acquired by the U.S. Geological Survey on May 1 shows the extent of the oil slick. The Landsat data are being used to monitor the extent and movement of the slick. Credit: NASA/GSFC/Landsat.
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