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· July, 2011

Stories about Disaster from July, 2011

Poland: Smolensk Report Blames Both Polish and Russian Sides

On July 29, Poland presented its final report on the 2010 Smolensk plane crash, in which 96 people died, including the then president of Poland Lech Kaczynski. While putting the...

Poland-Russia: Passing Out Blame for Kaczynski Plane Crash

Streetwise Professor comments on the Polish report about last year's plane crash that killed the country's president, and goes on to argue that, whereas Polish pilots where mostly to blame,...

Denmark: Starvation Day

The severe drought in Africa's Horn is echoing in many online corners of the world. But not only established organizations are raising funds for food. Here's a Danish Facebooker introducing...

Haiti: Martelly's Promises

Toussaint on Haiti suggests that Haitians who voted for a Martelly presidency may now be suffering from buyers’ remorse.

South Korea: 41 Dead in Torrential Flooding and Landslides

Torrential rain has battered South Korea for several consecutive days, causing landslides, flooding and power cuts. At least 41 people have been killed and 12 people are still missing. Throughout...

Russia: Summer Brings Death

Vadim Nikitin at Foreign Policy Association observes that death tolls in Russia seem to rise during the summer, from terrorism, accidents, disasters and other reasons.

China: Ministry of Railways

Twitter user @JAYxiaomuzhu posts a number of T-shirt design using the logo of PRC's Ministry of Railways to protest against its handling of the recent train crash incident in Wenzhou.

Inside the Mind of the Norwegian Terrorist

Thoma Roche of Techyum blog posted an analysis entitled ‘Inside the Mind of the Norwegian Terrorist’. The fact that the terrorist pinpointed Japan and South Korea as clear examples of...

China: Death on the High Speed Rail

C. Custer from China Geeks has a post updating the discussion on the high speed rail crash.

China: Outrage at High-Speed Train Crash

A collision between two high-speed trains in China in the evening of July 23 killed at least 35 people and injured over 200. C. Custer at ChinaGeeks has written about...

Colombia: Challenges of the Victims’ Law

Paula Delgado-King writes about some of the challenges the recently approved Victims’ Law faces: “the process needs to provide loans and credits, guidance for which crops and animals are most...

Chile: Teen Warns About Earthquakes via Twitter (@AlarmaSismos)

TNW Latin America features the work of 14-year-old Sebastian Alegria (@sebasak), a Chilean teen sending earthquake warnings on Twitter through @AlarmaSismos: “The way it works is ingenious: Sebastian bought a...

Russia: Public Transport Safety

Streetwise Professor reflects upon safety of public transport in Russia, against the backdrop of the recent “Bulgaria” boat disaster.

Guatemala: Neighbors Affected by Giant Sinkhole Still Unable to Return Home

Luis Figueroa says [es] that neighbors of Ciudad Nueva, victims of a giant sinkhole that opened up over a year ago, are still unable to return to their homes. He...

Japan: Indie Music Rocks the Nukes

With a spreading nuclear crisis and related issues such as radiation fears, new energy policies on the horizon and an uncertain future for the operating reactors, Japanese netizens have started...

India: Mumbai Relives A Day Of Terror

Today in the evening three coordinated bombs exploded in crowded commercial areas of Mumbai. Netizens were quick to embrace social media to spread news and communicate ways to help. This...

Russia: Cruiser Catastrophe Causes Questions

As casualty numbers rise from Sundays' ferry catastrophe on the river Volga, Russians have come to the bitter realization of yet another tragedy, with a death-toll of well over a...

Russia: Worries of wildfires

Two-Zero of Moscow Blog writes about the worries in Russia that last year's catastrophic wildfires will repeat themselves this year.

Japan: A Fukushima Poet Tweets His Verses

Since the March 11 Japan earthquake and tsunami disaster, Ryoichi Wago, a poet from Fukushima city, has been experimenting with a new form of poetry. He expresses his feelings about...

Mexico: Neighborhood Affected by Floods Feels Abandoned on Election Day

On Sunday, July 3, the state of Mexico held gubernatorial elections, but Daniel Hernandez in the Los Angeles Times blog La Plaza reports that in the Colonia Franja del Valle...

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