Accidentally discovered during the construction of a housing project, an extensive network of tunnels in the area of Cappadocia, Turkey, known for its underground cities, is being explored and its size is estimated to surmount that of Derinkuyu, having a hosting capacity of 20,000 people.
Around 250 firefighters responded last Thursday after a gas main leak caused an explosion that demolished three buildings in Manhattan’s East Village. 22 people were injured, four critically, and two people are thought to still be missing.
The explosion comes only a year after two buildings in Harlem collapsed after a gas leak last March, which killed eight and injured many more. The buildings were served by a 127-year-old gas main. Following the incident in 2014, industry experts warned that utilities in many parts of the U.S. were struggling to maintain or replace antiquated and leaky gas mains in older urban areas. Mains composed of cast iron or steel are the most vulnerable.
According to the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB), 17% of Indonesia's population, this being translated to nearly 41 million people, live in areas susceptible to landslides. With landslide mitigation efforts still being minimal, people in the specific areas have faces medium to high risk of landslides during the latest rainy season.
Amid escalating concern regarding California’s continued four year drought, Governor Jerry Brown signed a $1.1 billion emergency drought relief bill into law on Friday. Just under two-thirds, $660 million, is set to go towards improving and increasing the number of flood protection structures in place to protect communities from mudslides and sudden storms. Much of the remaining budget will fund grants for water recycling programs, new wells for drinking water facilities,and improvements at wastewater treatment plants.
According to data from the NASA-supported National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) at the University of Colorado, Boulder, the Arctic ice cap reached its maximum extent, 5.61 million square miles (14.54 million square kilometers), on February 15th. This is the smallest maximum extent on record and also one of the earliest, occurring nearly 15 days earlier than the average datefrom 1981 to 2010 of March 12th. Only once, in 1996, did the peak come earlier - and just by a day, February 14th.
Could the Oso landslide have been avoided? Are there more landslide prone areas across the country and how could state and federal agencies locate them and take precautions? Professors of the University of Washington D.R. Montgomery and J. Wartman, in their NY Times article "How to Make Landslides Less Deadly", are providing enlightening information with regards to the above questions and explain that despite recent technological advancements, little has been done towards their implementation in the development of detailed and reliable maps of landslide hazards nationwide.