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Two of the largest wildfires in California’s history are burning right now
And fire season has just begun.
Millions of Android phones could soon start detecting earthquakes
The Google project is creating a global network of makeshift seismometers—out of smartphones.
Earthquakes can cause serious psychological aftershocks
Anxiety disorders affect tens of millions of people around the world. Natural disasters might make those numbers worse.
Natural disasters will push the US further into crisis mode
This year’s hurricanes and tornados will be hard for the US to bear.
COVID-19 could make this year’s wildfire season more dangerous
Firefighting and pandemics don’t mix.
Disinformation during a pandemic can be deadly
Authorities must stay vigilant against malicious claims in times of crisis.
Experts predict dozens more earthquake aftershocks in Puerto Rico
The physics of earthquakes are complex, but our abilities to forecast future ones in real time is improving.
Hurricanes really are becoming more destructive
The total area destroyed by hurricanes is increasing and powerful storms are becoming more frequent.
Among Hurricane Harvey’s many bad effects: riskier childbirth for women
A new study of Hurricane Harvey data shows how much havoc big storms wreak on newborns.
People in cancer treatment during hurricanes have lower survival rates
Delay in treatment during natural disasters can be detrimental for certain cancer patients.