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Devastating earthquake in Amatrice, central Italy, on 24 August 2016

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UCL IRDR's Joanna Faure Walker on CNN Amatrice EQ 2016

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A magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck the Umbria region, central Italy at 3.36am local time (2.26am BST) yesterday (Wednesday 24th August). At the time of publishing, 159 people have been killed and the search and rescue operation is ongoing. The earthquake was felt as far away as Rome (160km away), Venice and Naples. The epicentral region is made up of many small villages, and is a popular holiday destination for Italians. Roads are small and the region is very mountainous, which appears to be hindering recovery efforts. 

Symposium on Facing Disasters: International Disaster Management and Humanitarian Responses

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UCL Fukushima Symposium

Based on experience from the Great East-Japan Earthquake and Tsunami in 2011, the aim of this public symposium held on the 28th July in UCL was to discuss how to build safety systems and resilience against future disasters in the region. Scientific views of, and human problems after the disaster were discussed with talks given by representatives of academia, industry and Japanese local government. The symposium keynote lecture was delivered by Prof. Peter Sammonds (Director, UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction). Other speakers included two PhD students from the IRDR, Serena Tagliacozzo and Omar Velazquez Ortiz, who spoke about their experiences visiting the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear power plant and the communications during and after the disaster.  Dr Ilan Kelman also spoke about maternal psychological heath following the disaster. More information about their visit to Japan can be found on the IRDR blog.

UCL IRDR Continuing Professional Development Courses, September 2016

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We are pleased to announce the launch of two exciting new UCL IRDR CPD courses:

  • Business risk and resilience in the face of disasters: a research based workshop for leaders

How to Write an Emergency Plan, by David Alexander, published in June 2016

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On 2nd June 2016 Dunedin Academic Press of Edinburgh and London published a new book by UCL-IRDR's Professor David Alexander. The title is How to Write an Emergency Plan.

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