MIT Technology Review: Crowdsourced reports could save lives when the next earthquake hits. “In Japan and California, huge networks of sensors and seismic stations can alert citizens to an earthquake. But these networks are expensive to install and maintain. Earthquake-prone countries such as Mexico and Indonesia don’t have such an advanced or widespread system. A cheap, effective way to help close this gap between countries might be to crowdsource earthquake reports and combine them with traditional detection data from seismic monitoring stations. The approach was described in a paper in Science Advances today.”
Catalyst NZ: Christchurch Memories Preserved with New Red Zone App. “Catalyst – South Island, is proud to have partnered with the University of Canterbury Arts Digital Lab to develop the ‘Red Zone Stories’ application. This application will crowdsource and preserve the memories of the neighbourhood that were lost after the February 2011 quake.”
Washington: Database shows buildings that could pose safety risk during earthquakes. “A new interactive database launched in March takes us one step closer to knowing how safe our buildings are during an earthquake. The database — while not comprehensive — presents a list and map of potentially unreinforced masonry buildings, or URMs, throughout the state.”
KTIC: Gov. Ricketts Unveils New “Nebraska Strong” Relief Website. “On the website, Nebraskans who need relief can log requests for items ranging from housing to tools. Requests will then be reviewed by the Nebraska Preparedness Partnership before being posted. After they are reviewed, they will then be available for fulfillment by members of the public.” The article also includes phone numbers for specific needs – farmers who need feed stuffs, a general questions hotline, etc.
Stuff NZ: International artists create art out of the Kaikōura earthquake. “Describing an earthquake as ‘beautiful’ might seem unnatural to New Zealanders. But huge seismic events can have a hint of art hidden in them – something UK-based artists Ruth Jarman and Joe Gerhardt know well.”
PRWeb: HazardHub Releases Mold Susceptibility, Airport Noise, Fire Protection, and Wildfire data (PRESS RELEASE). “HazardHub, the nation’s fastest-growing supplier of geospatial risk data, is pleased to announce the launch of two brand new data sets and updates to four others. All new and updated data is immediately available via the HazardHub API.”
NPR: Search The Thousands of Disaster Buyouts FEMA Didn’t Want You To See. “NPR analyzed records from a Federal Emergency Management Agency database of more than 40,000 property acquisitions, or ‘buyouts,’ funded by the agency from 1989 through 2017. The program buys homes from eligible homeowners who opt in. It then turns those lots into open space.”