Stories about Disaster from April, 2017
“I'm Glad I'm From Tohoku” Trends on Twitter Following Japanese Politician's Cruel Words
A Japanese cabinet minister's insensitive remarks spurred a popular Twitter hashtag supporting Japan's northeastern Tohoku region, as well as the minister's resignation.
How Two Students in the US Turned Their Online Popularity Into Big Money for Famine Aid in Somalia
It began with a video of Liban Adam drinking a giant bowl of camel’s milk and ended in a one-month $80,000 fundraiser.
31 Years Later, the Lights Come Back on in Chernobyl
Last week, group of Polish adventurers lit up the abandoned town of Pripyat, three miles from the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant.
A Collaborative Project Maps the World’s Vulnerable Communities Before Disaster Strikes
The Missing Maps project combines the work of volunteers contributing remotely, on-the-ground community leaders, and humanitarian organizations.
Sri Lanka's Tragic and Totally Avoidable Disaster
Years ago, officials planned to decommission the Meethotamulla garbage dump and convert it into a “beautiful place.” But it never happened and now locals find themselves confronting their worst fears.
Vietnamese Continue to Demand Justice a Year After Toxic Waste Spill That Caused Massive Fish Kill
"Formosa must accept full responsibility and make efforts in returning the clean environment to our country, our people and central Vietnam before leaving Vietnam."
Taxi Drivers, Ordinary Citizens Offer Free Rides in Wake of St. Petersburg Attack
After an attack forced authorities to close down the St. Petersburg metro, the city's residents came through for each other in a big way.
Six Years On: How Fukushima, Miyagi and Iwate Are Recovering From the Tsunami
The report includes statistics from Japan's Reconstruction Ministry as well as surveys of evacuees themselves to provide a local perspective on efforts to recover from the 2011 "triple disaster."