Category Archives: Natural Disaster

Extreme Weather Events in Top 5 Worst Natural Disasters of the Century

The top 5 worst natural disasters in the last 100 years all were extreme weather events in the United States, as follows (source – The Weather Channel):
1. 1930-34 Dust Bowl (brought by severe drought in the Midwest)
2. 1927 Great Flood of Mississippi River (more destructive than the 2011 Great flood) Continue reading Extreme Weather Events in Top 5 Worst Natural Disasters of the Century

Guest Posts on Disasters, Sustainability, and Climate Change Impacts

For several years I have been offering a 3 credit hour senior/graduate level geospatial course at the university of Mississippi, USA. During the course lectures I have motivated the students to conduct geospatial and GIS term projects on current sustainability challenges facing the nation. Continue reading Guest Posts on Disasters, Sustainability, and Climate Change Impacts

2011 Great Flood of Mississippi River, USA. Why This Big Surprise?

The Great Flood of Mississippi in Vicksburg - May 2011
After the torrential rains of April 2011, Mississippi River started swelling with flood water moving down from the northern states to the lower Mississippi River valley. According to the Los Angeles Times report of May 20, 2011, Mississippi River along Vicksburg crested at 57.1 feet (14.1 feet above flood stage), Continue reading 2011 Great Flood of Mississippi River, USA. Why This Big Surprise?

Natural Disasters Occurring More Globally?

Natural disasters (earthquake, tsunami, landslide, and volcanic eruptions) and weather related natural disasters (hurricane/cyclone, tornado, flood, drought) are occurring dramatically at increased frequency during the last decade, which is thought to be the result of climate change mechanisms. Extreme weather related disasters impacts include mobility and catastrophic failure of life line infrastructure. Continue reading Natural Disasters Occurring More Globally?