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· December, 2011

Stories about Disaster from December, 2011

Philippines: Typhoon Sendong and Social Media

Typhoon Sendong victims, their families, and friends, in the Philippines are using social media to look for missing victims, coordinate and document relief efforts, and record images and accounts of...

Chile: Netizens Report and React to Torres del Paine Wildfire

For days, a wildfire has been consuming thousands of hectares in national park Torres del Paine in Chile's Patagonia. Netizens are sharing reports and reacting to the news through #salvemostorresdelpaine...

A Radical Solution For Global Poverty: Open Borders

Various experts say that extreme poverty isn't inevitable. The most radical solution to drastically reducing global poverty would be, for many economic experts, opening the borders between countries and allowing...

Tanzania: Dar Youth Mobilise Online to Assist Flood Victims

Dar Es Salaam’s young social media users are mobilising volunteers to assist in relief efforts following the floods that inundated vast areas of Dar es Salaam causing deaths and damage...

Japan: Archiving Online Videos of Quake and Tsunami

More than 9 months have passed since the earthquake and tsunami which devastated many areas of Japan on March 11th. Rick Martin has been mapping and tagging videos taken during...

Philippines: State of National Calamity After Tropical Storm Sendong

A state of national calamity was declared by the Philippine president after tropical storm Sendong devastated many parts of north Mindanao Island. More than 1,000 people have already died in...

Japan: New Video Footage of Tsunami Tidal Surge

Devastating tsunami tidal surges are quiet and quick, as a recently uploaded video shows. The video was recorded from inside a truck which got stuck in the rising waters more...

Japan: Life Decisions in the Face of Radiation Fear

The decision to move away differs from the more reactive evacuations that occurred this spring after the initial nuclear disasters. A blogger who decided to stay calls for a more...

Kobe, Japan: Running Through a City Once Devastated

Kobe City was hit with a 7.3-magnitude earthquake on January 17, 1995. On November 20, 2011, the city held their first ever official marathon event, where more than 20,000 runners...

Philippines: Storm Leaves Hundreds Dead and Missing

Hundreds died in many parts of Mindanao Island in southern Philippines after tropical storm Sendong hit the country last Friday. The casualties could be worse and may even reach more...

Southeast Asia: Crocodiles in the News

A giant crocodile in the southern Philippines and crocodiles in the flooded waters of Thailand and Cambodia were among the top news topics in Southeast Asia in the last quarter...

Japan: Lifestyle and Awareness Changes after the Earthquake

The Japan for Sustainability blog summarized results of various questionnaires that indicate how Japanese lifestyles and awareness have changed after the Great East Japan Earthquake. Subjects include energy, nature, inter-personal...

Japan: 311 in a Visual Anthropology Class

Anthropologist Steven C. Fedorowicz summarizes a recent Contemporary Japan and Globalization class that he taught on the triple disasters following March 11th.

Macedonia: Is Skopje Really the Most Polluted City in the World?

Unlike the authorities, social media users are reacting to the empirical information about high levels of pollution in Skopje, the capital of Macedonia. Filip Stojanovski reports.

Barbados: Environmental Laws Needed

In the wake of a fire at a chemical warehouse, Barbados Free Press says: “This week’s spill disaster again reminds us that when it comes to environmental standards, laws and...

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