Selected Events: May 5 – May 11, 2016

Number of Stories about specific threats from Google Alerts:
Earthquake: 435
Fire: 579
Flood: 474
Hurricane: 176
Pandemic: 19
Security Breach: 153 (a separate page has been set up for selected Security Breach items)
Storms: 517
Tornado: 397

Articles of Interest:

There were a number of articles on follow-up activities to the Ecuador and Japan earthquakes of April. There we also several articles on Alaskan earthquakes, activity within Mt. St. Helens, and even some earthquake activity in Hawaii. The two articles chosen talk about the relationship between fracking and earthquakes. The first highlights the relationship as reported in a recent 60 Minutes show. The second discusses California’s issuing of fracking permits near fault lines. A third article discusses scientist concerns regarding the San Andreas fault being “locked and loaded” for a massive quake.

Deadly fires were numerous but my focus is on cause and prevention. Two commercial products, hover boards and “light-up” shoes are being blamed for fires. Another selection talks about a sprinkler system stopping a fire.

Flooding continues to be a concern due to heavy rains and seasonal snow melt. Three articles were chosen: Flood Safety and Preparedness Tips, a 10 week closure due to flooding, and a discussion regarding mosquitos following a flood.

The Atlantic Hurricane Season officially starts on June 1. Articles talk about the anticipated impact of El Nino and a possible La Nina on the Atlantic hurricanes as well as preparedness steps to be taken.


Part of Arizona would be affected by huge California earthquake

Received from Google Alerts 5/6/2016 9:39:59 AM – Source: FOX 10 News Phoenix


April Natural Disasters Hit Global Economy Hard

Received from Google Alerts 5/8/2016 10:25:20 PM – Source: EDM Digest


California Regulators Are Approving Fracking Permits Near Fault Lines

Received from Google Alerts 5/11/2016 4:46:46 PM – Source: DeSmog (blog)


60 Minutes episode discusses Oklahoma’s rise in earthquakes

Received from Google Alerts 5/9/2016 8:55:16 PM – Source: Tulsa World




Hoverboard blamed for North End apartment fire

Received from Google Alerts 5/9/2016 2:35:27 PM – Source: The Boston Globe


Sprinkler system stops small hotel fire

Received from Google Alerts 5/8/2016 12:46:54 AM – Source:


Fire Destroys South Suburban Strip Mall

Received from Google Alerts 5/7/2016 6:57:31 PM – Source: NBC Chicago


Payless Pulls Kids’ Light-Up Shoes Suspected of Sparking SUV Fire

Received from Google Alerts 5/11/2016 9:22:06 PM – Source: NBC New York




Colorado Flood Safety and Preparedness Tips

Received from Google Alerts 5/8/2016 9:50:13 AM – Source: Kiowa County Press


Hendersonville aquarium reopens after devastating flood

Received from Google Alerts 5/11/2016 3:24:12 PM – Source: WLOS


While mosquito populations tend to surge following flooding or other natural disasters like a tropical storm, there is rarely a threat to public health as …

Received from Google Alerts 5/9/2016 9:47:17 AM – Source:




National Hurricane Preparedness Week occurs May 15-21, 2016. Nationwide urges policyholders to review their insurance policies and prepare an …

Received from Google Alerts 5/11/2016 4:19:23 PM – Source: PR Newswire (press release)


Expert says coming hurricane season will be active

Received from Google Alerts 5/5/2016 4:18:26 PM – Source: ECB Publishing


NSAB Readies for Hurricane Season

Received from Google Alerts 5/5/2016 11:05:56 AM – Source: Pentagram


Climatologist at the Antigua & Barbuda Met Office, Dale Destin has indicated this year’s Atlantic Hurricane season could be a more active one …

Received from Google Alerts 5/5/2016 6:13:11 AM – Source: Antigua Observer


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