Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Flooding - Okanagan Valley, Central British Columbia, Canada

Okanagan - Central Interior Flooding, British Columbia, Canada

Disaster Event: Spring Flooding (possible mud slides)
Location: Grand Forks, Kelowna, Oliver, Princeton, Okanagan - Similkameen, Cariboo Regional District, Tulameen, Cawston - Keremeos, Cache Creek, Osoyoos

Photo Credit: Canadian Press, Grand Forks B.C. May 12, 2018.

49°54′40″N 119°30′45″W  - Okanagan Lake

49°01′56″N 119°28′05″W - Osoyoos

Lakes: Okanagan Lake, Otter Lake, Kalamalka Lake

Rivers: Okanagan River, Thompson River

Primary Cause: Mountain Snow Pack 152% above normal level

Flood Plain Maps
British Columbia Road Condition Map

Lead Agencies

State of Emergency declared: Yes (Regional and Provincial)

Operations Support
Okanagan Flood History
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Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Kilauea May 2018 Volcanic Eruption, Hawaii, United States

Disaster Event: Volcano Eruption
Location: "Big Island" Volcano National Park, Hawaii, USA
19°25'16" N 155°17'13" W

Photo Credit: United States Geological Survey (USGS) May 18, 2018
Kilauea Volcanic Eruption Source Overview: USGS


Moderate-level eruption of lava continues from multiple points along the northeast end of the active fissure system. Fissure 22 is erupting a short line of low lava fountains that feed a channelized flow that reaches the coast just north of MacKenzie State Park. Spattering continues from a reactivated Fissures 6 that intermittently feeds a short lava flow. Fissures 17 and 19 continue weak spattering. 
HVO field crews are on site tracking the lava flows and spattering from multiple fissures as conditions allow and reporting information to Hawaii County Civil Defense.

Kilauea Summit: Active

Interview with Jim Kauahikaua - of the USGS HVO

Location on USGS Map Portal
Lava Flow Maps 

Ash Flow models by the USGS
Lead Agencies

State of Emergency declared: Yes (State and Federal)

Type of Volcanic Activity
Kilauea history

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Nipah Virus - Kozhikode District, India

This will be the start of a new series of disaster events as they unfold. The objective is to give a single page of resources, background information and news links that are relevant to a mounting crisis or disaster that is currently underway. The events tracked are not to be used as a sole resource of information that should be leveraged by Emergency Management responders. It will (hopefully) serve as a curation point of information and resources that can be used in a lessons learned environment and future reference as a learning aid. We will attempt to cover unusual types of disasters, small and big that many may not think about as important in addition to the larger events as they unfold. The series will be sporadic given the unpredictability of mother nature and where the event might occur. Access to information may not be available and links may become unusable.

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The first event, Nipah Virus, is now affecting the Kozhikode District in India.

Location on Google Maps - Kozhikode, Kerala, India

Lead Agencies

  • National Centre for Disease Control, India - NCDC
  • Integrated Disease Surveillance Program, India - IDSP

What is Nipah Virus

From the CDC (USA)

Nipah virus (NiV) is a member of the family Paramyxoviridae, genus Henipavirus. NiV was initially isolated and identified in 1999 during an outbreak of encephalitis and respiratory illness among pig farmers and people with close contact with pigs in Malaysia and Singapore. Its name originated from Sungai Nipah, a village in the Malaysian Peninsula where pig farmers became ill with encephalitis. Given the relatedness of NiV to Hendra virus, bat species were quickly singled out for investigation and flying foxes of the genus Pteropus were subsequently identified as the reservoir for NiV (Distribution Map).

Image Credit: Wikipedia

News links of current outbreak
  • CNN News - 10 confirmed dead from Nipah virus outbreak in India, including nurse treating patients
  • Telegraph India - NCDC boss heads team of specialists sent to Kerala to track Nipah virus
  • BBC News - Lini Puthussery: India's 'hero' nurse who died battling Nipah virus
Past incidents
  • National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) - Nipah Virus
Additional Resources
  • Comparison of the Pathogenicity of Nipah Virus Isolates from Bangladesh and Malaysia in the Syrian Hamster
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