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Nations lean on Pacific Disaster Center to prepare for Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Irma—Estimated Wind Impacts map.

Already deadly Hurricane Irma, is raging as a Category 5 storm in the Atlantic. Forecast to hit the Florida coast within just a few days as one of the strongest hurricanes in recorded Atlantic history, Irma continues to pack record-breaking maximum sustained winds of 185 mph, with gusts of up to 224 mph. To support the countless local, national and regional responders, …

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UH center responds to Hurricane Harvey in never-before-seen Texas flooding event

As the devastating effects of Hurricane Harvey, now a tropical depression, continue to worsen throughout Southeast Texas, the University of Hawaiʻi-managed Pacific Disaster Center (PDC) is doing its part to expedite analysis and dissemination of new field data using its powerful DisasterAWARE technology. Working closely with the Texas National Guard, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and several local authorities, the center is using …

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As Guatemala’s Volcano of Fire belches, PDC helps with new tools to reduce risk

Guatemala is one of the most populous and economically developed countries in Central America, yet despite its economic strength it remains one of the most disaster-prone countries in the world, home to three dangerous volcanoes, frequent earthquakes, hurricanes, floods and landslides. Densely populated urban areas as well as hard-to-access rural communities are both exposed to extreme hazards—making communities throughout the …

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Nuclear power plant hazard mitigation agreement signed by UH managed Pacific Disaster Center

When the 60th General Conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is convened in Vienna on September 26, Greg Rzentkowski, director of the Division of Nuclear Installation Safety, can report that a key recommendation from the 2015 conference has been firmly acted upon. For nearly six years, IAEA has been using an “external events notification and information system” that …

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[VIDEO] UH-managed Pacific Disaster Center aids fight against Zika

The Zika virus is one of the latest threats the University of Hawaiʻi-managed Pacific Disaster Center (PDC) is helping to combat with its global array of technological solutions and services. The center has been monitoring and mapping outbreaks and providing regular products to the U.S. government as well as international agencies involved in the strategic response to the mosquito born …

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