Natural Disaster

Listen Current: Katrina 10 Years Later

Listen Current

September 4, 2015  --  It’s been 10 years since Hurricane Katrina flooded New Orleans. At the time then President George W. Bush and his administration were widely criticized for their slow response to the flooding. But on the 10 year anniversary Bush was invited back to visit the city again. His tour sparked mixed reactions from residents who still feel they were let down by the federal government's response to the massive disaster. Use this story to discuss this anniversary and the local reactions to the federal response. 

From NSF: Monster hurricanes struck U.S. Northeast during prehistoric periods of ocean warming

National Science Foundation

From NSF, 02/11/2015  --  Scientists find clues in sediment deposits on Cape Cod

Intense hurricanes possibly more powerful than any storms New England has experienced in recorded history frequently pounded the region during the first millennium, from the peak of the Roman Empire to the height of the Middle Ages, according to results of a new study.

The finding could have implications for understanding the intensity and frequency of hurricanes the U.S. Northeast may experience in the future.

EARTH: How Much Natural Hazard Mitigation Is Enough?

EARTH Magazine

From EARTH Magazine  --  Hurricane Sandy struck the U.S. East Coast in October 2012, leaving about $65 billion of damage in its wake and raising the question of how to mitigate the damage from future storms. It's a question that arises in the wake of most natural disasters: What steps can society take to protect itself from storms, floods, landslides, earthquakes, tsunamis or volcanic eruptions? But the question itself illustrates the complexity of preparing for natural disasters.

Hurricane Isaac

On the seventh anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Isaac made landfall in the northern Gulf Coast of the United States.  Forty percent of Louisiana was without power for an extended period of time, and the heavy rains put pressure on canal locks while at the same time providing some much-needed drought relief.