Massive Wildfire Burns More Than 140,000 Acres of Yosemite Wilderness

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According to catastrophe modeling firm AIR Worldwide, a massive wildfire that started just over a week ago is currently racing along the remote northwest corner of Yosemite National Park. Dry, warm conditions and winds gusts between 15 to 30 mph are fueling the blaze, which is currently at 7% containment. The fire has already consumed more than 225 square miles of Yosemite’s wilderness-known to be some of the most beautiful in the world-and is threatening two groves of California’s iconic sequoia trees. According to the U.S. Forest Service, the fire…

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Colorado Wildfire Doubles in Size; Thousands Are Evacuated

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According to catastrophe modeling firm AIR Worldwide, earlier this week, wildfires-exacerbated by unseasonably warm temperatures and windy conditions- broke out in the forested terrain of southern Colorado. In fact, Colorado Springs hit 98° on June 10, setting a record for this early in the year. According to the El Paso County Sheriff’s office, as of June 14, 2013, at least four wildfires are currently active across the state. “The largest of the blazes, the Black Forest fire, doubled in size from Wednesday to Thursday, growing to 15,700 acres (25 square…

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M6.2 Earthquake Strikes Taiwan Late Sunday Night: AIR Worldwide

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According to catastrophe modeling firm AIR Worldwide, a magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck central Taiwan Sunday night June 2, 2013, at 9:43 p.m. local time (13:43 UTC), in a sparsely populated region of Nantou County just seven kilometers (4.3 miles) northeast of a similar rupture only two months ago (M6.0 on March 27). The epicenter of the Sunday night quake was located at 23.794oN, 121.082oE, by the United States Geological Survey and estimated to be at a depth of 20 km. AIR does not expect significant insured losses from this event…

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As Hurricane Season Begins, Smartersafer.org urges Congress to Pass Mitigation

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MEASURES TO PREVENT HIGH COST OF BEING UNPREPARED FOR NATURAL DISASTERS WASHINGTON ‒ With the 2013 hurricane season getting underway today, SmarterSafer.org is urging Congress to begin work on a legislative strategy to promote mitigation incentives that will minimize the financial impact disasters like Sandy. “Now that hurricane season is here, we should be reminded of the terrible cost of being unprepared for severe storms,” said SmarterSafer.org.  “It’s long past time for Congress to pursue a national mitigation strategy.  These kinds of measures will help save taxpayers billions of dollars…

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Massive EF-5 Tornado Causes Destruction in Moore, Oklahoma

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BOSTON, May 21, 2013 – According to catastrophe modeling firm AIR Worldwide, at 3:01 p.m. on Monday, May 20, 2013, a massive tornado struck Moore, Oklahoma, a suburb of Oklahoma City, destroying many homes, businesses, and public buildings, including two elementary schools and a hospital. According to reports and aerial images, property damage in the affected region is extensive, with whole neighborhoods heavily damaged or destroyed. “A slow-moving upper level low pressure system triggered a series of severe thunderstorm outbreaks across the Central Plains starting on May 19,” said Dr.…

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Powerful M7.8 Earthquake Strikes Iran-Pakistan Border

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  According to catastrophe modeling firm AIR Worldwide, just after 3:00 p.m. local time (10:44 UTC) on April 16, a powerful M7.8 earthquake struck… a sparsely populated area of southeastern Iran about 50 kilometers (30 miles) from the country’s border with Pakistan. According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the earthquake struck at a depth of 82 kilometers (51 miles). The Iranian Seismological Center characterized the quake as the worst to strike the country in 40 years. It was felt as far away as New Delhi, India, and the…

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Tropical Cyclone Rusty to Deliver High Winds, Heavy Precipitation and Flooding to Coast of Western Australia

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According to catastrophe modeling firm AIR Worldwide, Tropical Cyclone Rusty formed only on Saturday, February 23, but grew rapidly and intensified due to… low wind shear (5-10 knots) and very warm waters off the northwestern coast of Australia (31-32° C). It is expected to intensify further as it approaches the coast as the upper level environment remains highly conducive for development. Rusty is expected to make landfall near Port Hedland around 6 p.m. WST on Wednesday Feb. 27 (5 a.m. EST, Wednesday 2/27) as a severe tropical cyclone-a Category 4…

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