Why NASA never told you about 'December 21 blackout'?

A fake information saying NASA confirmed “total blackout” on 21 December 2014 has became viral. Neither NASA nor any other credible scientific entity has made such a pronouncement. You must read this if you are running behind the rumor.

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Sunday, December 21, 2014

Sri Lanka flash flood maroons over 35,000

Torrential rains and flashfloods in Sri Lanka have marooned more than 35,000 people, disaster management officials said on Sunday.

According to the National Disaster Management Centre, around 30,000 people are from the worst hit Batticaloa district in eastern Sri Lanka. Nearly 14,000 people are having shelter in 107 welfare camps.

Storm damage prompts emergency in San Mateo County

A state of emergency has been declared in San Mateo County after recent rain and windstorms caused an estimated $3.4 million damage. The emergency declaration could make state and federal aid available to pay for repairs and emergency measures related to the storm, CBS Local has mentioned.

After submitting an estimate of damage to the Governor’s office, county should legally request to the Governor to proclaim a state of emergency and make state disaster relief funds available to the County.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Fake information about 'NASA blackout December 21' becomes viral

A fake information saying NASA confirmed six days of “total blackout” in December has became viral.

Another hoax claims about the blackout from the 21st to the 23rd of December.

2014 Global disaster losses cost insurers $34B

The insured losses from natural catastrophes and man-made disasters totalled USD 34 billion in 2014, the preliminary estimation by Swiss Re’s sigma research unit has shown.

According to the Swiss Re’s sigma estimation, total economic losses from natural catastrophes and man-made disasters in 2014 were USD 113 billion, down from USD 135 billion in 2013. Out of the total economic losses, insurers covered USD 34 billion in 2014, down 24% from USD 45 billion in 2013.

EU countries' hospitals and educational elements have insufficient disaster preparedness level, Survey shows

A research article published in PLOS Currents Disasters has shown the emergency preparedness level of hospitals and educational elements of European Union countries to be at the lowest level in 2012.

Study was done to evaluate health system preparedness for disasters in the 27 European Union member countries.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Mount Gamalama volcano erupts in Indonesia; 1 missing, 4 injured

Mount Gamalama volcano eruption in Indonesia has injured four people and left one missing.

Mount Gamalama on Ternate island in North Maluku province shot thick gray smoke up to 2,000 meters into the sky just before midnight Thursday, The New Zealand Herald has written quoting Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, the spokesman for Indonesia's Disaster Mitigation Agency.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

5.9 magnitude earthquake rocks Namche, Nepal

Magnitude 5.9 earthquake happened at about 9:17 p.m. (Nepali time), and was centered about 21 km NW of Namche Bazar, the route to Mount Everest. Tremor was felt throughout Nepal including parts of India and Bhutan. Ashish Khanal and Bivek Bhattarai from Nepal contributed for this article.