Worldwide in 2013, 330 reported natural disasters caused the death of more than 21,610 people, made 96.5 million victims and caused a record amount of US$ 118.6 billion of damages!
 CRED Annual Disaster Statistical Review 2013 : http://t.co/BQEvGVuKLb
The 2010 earthquake in Haiti was one of the greatest seismic tragedies of the last few decades. The magnitude 7 struck late in the afternoon with an epicentre just west the capital Port-au-Prince on 12th January 2010.
The earthquake caused major damage in the capital and surrounding regions leaving a death toll estimated between 100,000 and 316,000. Most of these deaths occurred due to the collapse of buildings and other infrastructure.
TED Fellow Peter Haas explains why Haiti was not a natural disaster but a disaster of engineering in his TED talk, linked below.
The remains of hurricane Gonzalo is due to strike the British Isles tonight resulting in widespread rainfall and wind gusts up to 80 miles an hour tomorrow morning.
Gonzalo travelled over the island of Bermuda earlier this week, but has since been decreasing in energy and is now downgraded from hurricane status to an extra-tropical storm. The video below, from the Met Office, shows ex-hurricane Gonzalo undergoing extra-tropical transition into an Atlantic low pressure system.
The Met Office has issued a severe weather warning for wind for large parts of the UK. The worst disruption is expected on Tuesday morning when high wind gusts coincide with the morning rush hour.
— Met Office (@metoffice) October 20, 2014
The Environment Agency has asked people to be flood aware and prepared, Although the strong winds might help drive low coastal flood risk on Tuesday and Wednesday. You can keep up to date with updated flood warnings on the Environment Agency’s website: http://apps.environment-agency.gov.uk/flood/142151.aspx
 The Met Office warnings: http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/warnings/
 The Environment Agency flood risk map: http://apps.environment-agency.gov.uk/flood/142151.aspx
 More about hurricanes, typhoons and cyclones: http://climateandgeohazards.wordpress.com/2013/10/07/cyclones-hurricanes-and-typhoons-whats-the-difference
 The latest BBC news report at time of writing (21:37 Mon 20th): http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-29685066
Earthquakes happen every day, and as this animation shows, small ones happen more frequently than moderate-to-large earthquakes. However, April 2014 was unusual because there were more than the average number of moderate and large earthquakes. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre (PTWC) had to issue official warnings for 13 different earthquakes in that month. Of those 13, PTWC issued tsunami warnings for 5:
|1 April||8.2||Northern Chile|
|3 April||7.8||Northern Chile|
|12 April||7.6||Solomon Islands|
|13 April||7.7||Solomon Islands|
|19 April||7.8||Solomon Islands|
This animation shows all earthquakes on earth that occurred in the first quarter of this year. Note the typical level of activity through March. But starting with the 8.2 magnitude earthquake in northern Chile on April 1, the rest of the month saw 12 more moderate-to-large earthquakes mostly in Chile and the Solomon Islands but also in Nicaragua, Mexico, Canada, and even the south Atlantic Ocean. The animation concludes with a summary map showing all of the earthquakes in this four-month period.
“Only fools, charlatans and liars try to predict earthquakes.”
Did you know, hurricanes, cyclones and typhoons are different names for the same weather phenomenon?
In general large cyclonic storms in the Atlantic and East Pacific are called hurricanes, those in the Indian Ocean are called cyclones while typhoons are the same weather events in the western Pacific.
 Check out our blog post on these incredibly energetic weather events.
Originally posted on Met Office News Blog:
After an exceptionally dry September, the UK has seen its first bout of widespread heavy rain and strong winds so far this autumn. An area of low pressure centred close to Iceland has driven a cold front eastwards across Britain, bringing unsettled weather, particularly in the west.
Highest rainfall totals
Some of the highest rainfall totals are shown below (between 10pm (5th October) to 10am (6th October):
|SITE NAME||AREA||RAINFALL (mm)|
|SOUTH UIST||WESTERN ISLES||41.4|
Strongest wind gusts
There have been some strong wind gusts in parts, particularly across exposed western areas. The highest gusts are below:
|DATE/TIME||SITE NAME||AREA||WIND GUST (MPH)|
|06/10/2014 03:00||SOUTH UIST RANGE||WESTERN ISLES||84|
|06/10/2014 05:00||ALTNAHARRA NO 2||SUTHERLAND||78|
|06/10/2014 01:00||MAGILLIGAN NO 2||LONDONDERRY|
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World leaders gathered yesterday for a crucial United Nations meeting to encourage 120 member states to sign up to a new comprehensive global climate agreement in Paris next year.
The last such meeting in 2009 ended with no concrete results. However the meeting yesterday was hailed by the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, saying “never before have so many leaders gathered to commit to action on climate change”.
The interactive map below shows what each country has promised (source: mashable.com).
Note. This is not an exhaustive list of initiatives might be updated.