Posts Tagged ‘Disaster’

How can we perceive something that makes such a colossal sound as a silent phenomenon? Yes, light travels almost 900, 000 times the speed of sound. So when lightning strikes, we often don’t hear thunder until seconds later.  But this isn’t the kind of silence I am talking about. I am talking about the fact that lightning kills an estimated 24, 000 people and injures a further 240, 000 each year, yet it rarely features in our news headlines or as a significant topic in disaster studies.

Lightning never strikes twice?

Lightning never strikes twice?

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An Undeclared Disaster…in Canada?

Posted: May 2, 2012 by aydencumming in Disaster
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The title of this blog is “Masters of Disasters”, but what exactly is a disaster? For most people, the word conjures up a mix of images which consist of human suffering caused by something beyond our control, such as an earthquake or flood.  Most of us expect that a disaster would make the news, and that help would be sent to the affected region. It’s not hard to recognise a disaster, right?

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Thanks to the internet, communication between people has become easier than ever. We can now share information quickly and easily with a large global audience or a few specific people through ‘social media’. Examples of such ‘interactive dialogues’ include community-generated materials (e.g. Wikipedia), blogging sites and social networking sites.

So what has social media got to do with disasters? Well, social media is not always associated with disasters, however, we are beginning to see some innovative examples of its use. These include the incorporation of social media into the disaster arena to aid in disaster risk reduction (DRR), act as an early warning system, as well as its use to raise public awareness of ongoing disaster situations and even comfort family and friends.

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