News reports last week featured two recent DisasterMap.net projects.
Working with Gulf Restoration Network, we created a set of maps and population figures that examine the impact of possible “resettlement zones” in Louisiana. This assessment of the at risk population was featured in this report on WDSU Channel 6 earlier this week. In the Channel 6 report, a Venetian Isles homeowner says that his house is elevated 17 ft. above the ground. In the future, it is very likely that the state will no longer offer elevation grants for homes that need be 14 ft. or more above ground. These homeowners will only be offered resettlement assistance.
Also this week, the biweekly Petrochemical Accident Map produced with Louisiana Bucket Brigade was featured in this article from the Times-Picayune|Nola.com. Our previous map, the first one is this ongoing series, received coverage in Facing South and Free Speech Radio News. When working on this current release, it shocked me to learn that an entire family was sickened in their home by a mysterious odor of unknown source.
Though not recent, DisasterMap.net‘s owner and creator Dr. Ezra Boyd was interviewed by CNN on his research on fatalities associated with Hurricane Katrina. Maps based off this research were also featured in this CNN piece and this follow up article. Finally, this article on Nola.com describes our initial assessment of the population affected by the August 2016 flood and was the top viewed article for nearly 20 hours.
Note: This post original appeared in the Natural Hazards, GIS and Disaster Management blog and is used with permission from the author.
Typhoon Chaba has killed 7 people in South Korea after causing heavy rainfall and devastating floods. The island of Jeju and cities Busan and Ulsan witnessed the worst impacts.
Warnings were issued for heavy rainfall, floods and storm surge in Japan after the typhoon moved towards the country.
Over 100 flights in Japan and South Korea were cancelled, numerous factories closed and 2500 schools in South Korea were also closed. Thousands of homes along the coast of South Korea lost electricity.
Typhoon Chaba developed on 26 September and was upgraded to typhoon status on 1 October. The highest winds recorded were 270 km/hour (165 mph) and the lowest pressure recorded was 905 mbar. The maximum wind speed makes this typhoon a Cat 5 on the Saffir Simpson Scale.
Typhoon Chaba started weakening on 4 October and was eventually downgraded to an extratropical system.