from The Great Debate UK:

Preparing for the next tsunami

By Guest Contributor
November 3, 2010

-- Lord Hunt is a visiting professor at Delft University and emeritus professor at University College London, and former director-general of the UK Meteorological Office. Dr Simon Day is a researcher at the Aon Benfield UCL Hazard Research Centre, University College London. The opinions expressed are their own --

from Russell Boyce:

Asia – A Week in Pictures 31 October 2010

November 1, 2010

In terms of the Ring of Fire, Indonesia had just been too quiet. Warnings that Mount Merapi, which towers above the outskirts of Yogyakarta city on Java island, was about to erupt, were heeded by some and ignored by many. On Monday, a 7.5 magnitude quake triggered a tsunami that hit the remote western Mentawai islands killing at least 343.  A day later, Mount Merapi erupted, killing at least 34.  It took almost three days for Jakarta based photographer Crack Palinggi to reach the scene of the devastation caused by the tsunami. Beawiharta was quicker to scene of the volcano; needless to say it's always worth standing well back when people are evacuating from an erupting volcano.  Bea's picture screams panic, heat and noise of those fleeing as hot ash falls to earth, the drama amplified by the flash blur technique used.  It is in complete contrast to the picture taken a day later of sombre near silence as rescue workers crunch through the muffled ashen landscape like newly fallen snow.

from From Reuters.com:

This week we get naked and go flying

March 5, 2010

What do you get when you cross an economist, the Olympics and lots of naked people? An odd assortment of popular stories for the week. They obviously don’t make for a very funny punchline but they did get you clicking. Here are the stories that warmed your cockles (okay, maybe not, but “cockles” is a fun word, isn’t it?).

from Raw Japan:

“Sorry” excuse for tsunami

March 1, 2010

Japanese weather forecasters might have been expected to be cheery after a tsunami that hit the country's coast on Sunday proved smaller than feared.

from The Great Debate:

Drawing humanitarian lessons from disasters

January 21, 2010

-- Diane Paul is Nonresident Senior Fellow on Natural Disasters and Human Rights, Brookings-Bern Project on Internal Displacement at The Brookings Institution. The views expressed are her own. --

from Photographers' Blog:

Choking back the horror

December 28, 2009

Five years have passed and I still find it hard to talk about the tsunami. When the subject comes up my throat still constricts, choking back the horror and raw pain that I saw and more shockingly, the way the rest of the world seemed to carry-on with daily life. Relief came - sometimes too much of it, but nothing prepares a photographer for the shock of returning to normality from a disaster zone.

from Photographers' Blog:

The 2004 tsunami: A Singapore perspective

December 28, 2009

"Where were you when the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami hit?"

For me, it is a day I will always remember. I had barely been working as a picture sub-editor on the Asia Desk for a month. I remember being asked to come in early to work that Sunday morning because “an earthquake had hit and it seems quite bad”.

from Your View:

The Great Tsunami/Earthquake 26 Dec 2004

December 25, 2009

The beach of Kota Kuala Muda which was hit by the 2004 Tsunami at the Tsunami memorial park, Kota Kuala Muda, Kedah, Malaysia.  Your View/Hafizal Nor Bin Abdul Aziz

from Your View:

The Great Tsunami/Earthquake 26 Dec 2004

December 25, 2009

A motorcyclist drives past a memorial set up by the Kedah state government in malaysia in honor of the victims of the 2004 tsunami.  Your View/Hafizal Nor Bin Abdul Aziz

from Photographers' Blog:

Reliving the tsunami

December 22, 2009

Today I returned to Aceh, determined to take pictures of the same locations my team and I had photographed five years ago, when the capital Banda Aceh was completely devastated by a tsunami. At the time, I was with two Reuters journalists from the Jakarta bureau.