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Pacific Standard

Jacob Kushner

21 March 2020

Canaan, Haiti

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A survivor of Haiti's earthquake sought out a new home on an unclaimed plot of land which is home to one of the country's largest cemeteries. Madame Roy built a neighborhood from the ground up with the help of archite...

East Bay Express

Clara Hogan

30 January 2019

Oakland, California, United States

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The question is not if, but when the next major earthquake will hit the Bay Area of California. To prepare for the impact of the natural disaster, Oakland if following in the footsteps of neighboring San Francisco by ...

Bloomberg CityLab

Jennifer Hattam

23 February 2018

Düzce, Turkey

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After an earthquake devastated the town of Düzce, Turkey, residents banded together to create a housing cooperative and later Düzce Hope Studio, a group of pro-bono architects and engineers working to help rebuild the...

BBC

Tulip Mazumdar

19 December 2017

Japan

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Two schools in Japan experienced the 2011 tsunami completely differently. After the earthquake, students in Kamaishi immediately took off running to get to higher ground, ahead of even their teachers. Meanwhile in Oka...

The New York Times

Natalie Schachar

2 October 2017

Mexico City, Mexico

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Scientists in Mexico are deploying instruments to create a network using GPS, pressure and seismic data, to track the movement of tectonic plates with the goal of creating models of earthquakes and tsunamis that would...

The New Humanitarian (formerly IRIN)

Stefan Dercon

11 September 2017

Mexico

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When disasters, such as hurricanes and earthquakes, strike the recovery can be very expensive. Insurance has been found to be key in order to quickly get funds to help relief efforts.

News Deeply

Liza Ramrayka

2 June 2017

Kapilakot, Sindhuli, Nepal

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After Nepal's 2015 earthquake, many village women were left in financial devastation and struggled to support their families. The earthquake destroyed up to 90% of small enterprises and markets, so the United Nations ...

The Seattle Times

Daniel Gilbert

2 December 2016

Christchurch, New Zealand

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Seattle doesn’t need to experience a major earthquake to predict and prepare for its effects. The comparable city of Christchurch, New Zealand, was hit with a big one in 2011. Buildings collapsed. 185 people died. A k...

The Seattle Times

Daniel Gilbert

2 December 2016

Christchurch, New Zealand

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A magnitude 6.3 earthquake that struck Christchurch, New Zealand, in 2011 laid waste to much of the city and killed 185 people. Although on the opposite side of the world, Seattle is home to strikingly similar buildi...

Deutsche Presse-Agentur (DPA) International

Deepak Adhikari

2 November 2016

Kathmandu, Nepal

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After an earthquake hit Nepal, the government and NGOs struggled to respond fast enough, so local entrepreneurs stepped up to respond in efficient, creative ways. A Nepalese architect designed homes that would withst...

Garden Collage

Temma Ehrenfeld

20 September 2016

Kathmandu, Nepal

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In an effort to rebuild after Nepal’s devastating 2015 earthquake, Earthbags have become a growing method of sustainable, affordable construction. These bags are carefully filled with soil, and stacked on one another ...

Smithsonian

Margo Pierce

26 April 2016

Huntsville, Alabama, United States

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Technology used in outer space has huge potential to mitigate the effects that earthquakes have on buildings in America. Throughout testing and prototyping the project, the NASA team at the Marshall Space Flight Cente...

Public Radio International (PRI)

Sonia Narang

25 April 2016

Nepal

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For one village in Nepal, there's a silver lining to the earthquake: A year later, a new and better health clinic is rising from the rubble of the old. And it includes a birthing center.

BBC

Neal Razzell

22 March 2016

Nepal

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Can we engineer buildings to prevent collapse in earthquakes? The answer is yes, and the Inquiry dives into how better building design can save more and more lives as urban density increases.

Quartz

Margo Pierce

22 February 2016

Huntsville, Alabama, United States

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NASA developed a new stabilizing technology, known as the LOX Damper, in 2013 after working on a violently shaking rocket. Testing revealed that the technology could help design earthquake-proof buildings.

The Guardian

Amy Yee

14 July 2015

Dhaka, Dhaka Division, Bangladesh

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In the wake of the Rana Plaza collapse, Bangladeshi civilians—often first on the scene of disasters in poorer countries–are being trained to support emergency teams.

Christian Science Monitor

Amy Yee

12 July 2015

Dhaka, Bangladesh

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Disaster drills save lives. A UN program is bringing earthquake preparedness training to 4,600 teachers in Bangladesh who are expected to relay the information to administrators, students, parents, and fellow teachers...

Bloomberg CityLab

Laura Bliss

27 April 2015

Nepal

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Citizen cartographers around the globe are tracing and checking roads, buildings, and open spaces to assist people on the ground. You can help.

The New York Times

Nicholas Kristof

24 December 2014

Port-au-Prince, Haiti

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Haiti suffered tremendous losses after the 2010 earthquake, exacerbating the devastation in an already impoverished country. In 2015, agriculture in Haiti is a growing business backed by the United States’ Feed the Fu...

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