Natural Hazards/Disasters Raging on: 2011 Ends with Floods in Thailand, Philippines, and Australia; Strong Earthquake in Japan

Natural Hazards/Disasters Raging on: 2011 Ends with Floods in Thailand, Philippines, and Australia; Strong Earthquake Hits Tokyo and Eastern Japan on 31 December 2011; Debris from Japan’s 2011 Tsunami and Nuclear Disaster Scatters in the Pacific Ocean, Possibly Heading to U.S. according to NOAA Scientists.

Japan's Tsunami Debris Heading to U.S., 29 Dec 2011 (credit: NOAA/ScienceDaily)
  • Debris Scatters in the Pacific Ocean, Possibly Heading to U.S. according to NOAA Scientists: Debris from the tsunami that devastated Japan in March could reach the United States as early as this winter, according to new predictions. However, they warn there is still a large amount of uncertainty over exactly what is still floating, where it’s located, where it will go, and when it will arrive. Responders now have a challenging, if not impossible situation on their hands: How do you deal with debris that could now impact US shores, but is difficult to find? This is a syndicated post, which originally appeared at ScienceDaily: Natural Disaster News. View original post. December 29, 2011.
  • Japan’s Most Recent Earthquake: Hiroko Tabuchi of The New York Times tweeted “New Year’s quake strikes wide swath of eastern Japan: M6.8 near Izu islands to the south. No tsunami alert. Tokyo is fine.” December 31, 2011.
  • Australia Floods: Train is swept off bridge in Australia floods and floodwaters wreak havoc after tropical cyclone Grant hits the town of Katherine in Australia’s Northern Territory. Report by Jack Caba of The Telegraph, December 28, 2011; video follows (credit: The Telegraph).
  • Philippines floods: Philippines flood deaths hit 650 and 800 more missing as typhoon Washi sweeps houses into rivers and out to sea off southern island of Mindanao…Reuters/guardian.co.uk. Sunday, 18 December 2011.
  • Thailand’s Mega Flood of 2011: One-third of country and millions of people were impacted by the devastating floods of October 2011 in Thailand. Read the post on Thai post-flood seminar in Bangkok hosted by AIT/ASEAN Affairs on December 21, 2011.
    The following video is about universities hit hard in late October 2011 from floods in Rangsit north of Bangkok (credit: ASEAN TV).


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