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"For Bianco and the observatory staff, one of the greatest challenges will be deciding when to trigger the final red alert. There are currently no set criteria for deciding this. 'A lot still involves considerable amounts of expert judgment. What have you seen before?' Donovan explained. Because major eruptions are relatively rare, it can take a lifetime to build up that knowledge. The United States Geological Survey, for example, is currently facing the retirement of a tranche of experienced volcanologists and must consider how best to preserve their expertise. The stakes are incredibly high. In the L’Aquila earthquake in Italy in 2009 (a low-probability event with high stakes, much like an eruption), more than 300 people died. Some of the victims’ families claim that reassuring statements by the then-deputy head of the Civil Protection Department fatally prompted their relatives to stay indoors when the quake struck. At the other extreme, volcanology is still haunted by the example of the 1976 Guadeloupe eruptive crisis, when 72,000 people were evacuated for between three and nine months at huge economic and personal cost. A major eruption never occurred."
a:Helen-Gordon  p:The-Economist/1843  d:2017.12.11  w:4000  disaster  future  Italy  nature  from twitter
2 days ago by bankbryan
Switzerland is Prepared for Civilizational Collapse - Marginal REVOLUTION
More than any other country, Switzerland’s ethos is centered around preparing for civilizational collapse. All around Switzerland, for example, one can find thousands of water fountains fed by natural springs. Zurich is famous for its 1200 fountains, some of them […]
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7 days ago by aries1988
National Corvette Museum Has Restored the Last of the Sinkhole Vettes | News | Car and Driver | Car and Driver Blog
Exactly four years ago, a massive sinkhole appeared directly under the National Corvette Museum, swallowing eight of the rarest and most special Corvettes on Earth. Of the eight, five were put back on display unrestored, and two were brought back to their original condition by the General Motors heritage program. The last one, a 1962 Corvette finished in Tuxedo Black, has just finished its restoration process, and it looks stunning.
Fortunately for us, the museum set up cameras and recorded the entire restoration process from start to finish. Although it may not have looked it from some of the footage, the car needed some major repairs. There were several splits in its fiberglass body, and plenty of other exterior damage.
cars  corvette  museum  disaster 
8 days ago by rgl7194
Survival Capsule
The Survival Capsule is patented as a personal safety system (PSS), designed as a sphere to protect against tsunami events, tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, and storm surges.
survival  tsunami  flood  pod  disaster  preparedness 
14 days ago by kybernetikos

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