Monthly Archives: October 2014
Related links and resources for Nuclear and Radioactive hazards, disasters and incidents.
Nuclear or radiation emergencies may be intentional (e.g., caused by terrorists) or unintentional. Some examples of different types of radiation emergency incidents that could happen in your area are:
Radioactive contamination and radiation exposure could occur if radioactive materials are released into the environment as the result of an accident, an event in...
One in three Americans is at risk of a poison gas disaster by living near one of hundreds of chemical facilities that store and use highly toxic chemicals. A chemical disaster at just one of these facilities could kill or injure thousands of people with acute poisoning
Landslides occur in many manifestations and are usually classified according to the type of material involved and the mode of downslope movement. The material...
Landslides are sudden, short-lived geomorphic events that involve the rapid-to-slow descent of soil or rock in sloping terrains. The term landslide includes a wide range of ground movement, such as rock falls, failure of slopes, and debris flows.
While many countries worldwide face food security crises, with large numbers of people hungry and unable to find enough food, only rarely do the conditions meet the humanitarian community’s formal criteria for a famine. A famine can be declared only when certain measures of mortality, malnutrition and hunger are met.
Throughout history, famines, or food-security emergencies, have been linked to many of the most severe crises of humanity. Even with a collective effort, the reaction of the world community to intense food crises fails to address the long-term impacts of famine.
When is a disease outbreak a concern? And what is the difference between an epidemic, pandemic, or the plague? Learn the basics about the spread of serious diseases and what you can do to protect yourself, your family, and your community. Occasionally, the amount of disease in a community rises above the expected level.
n engineering disaster is an event caused by a malfunction of a structure or system and/or some human error in controlling or handling the technology. Engineering hazard incidents include failures, power outages, dam and infrastructure failures.
Seismic waves from earthquakes can produce violent ground shaking. These wave vibrations produce several different effects on the natural environment that also can cause tremendous damage to the built environment (buildings, transportation lines and structures, communications Full Article...