HazBlog-004: Mapping Loss and Recovery of Canada’s Costliest Disaster – the 2016 Horse River Fire

Fort McMurray, Alberta. The numbers are staggering: 1,500,000 acres, 88,000 evacuees, 2,400 homes lost, $9.5 billion CAD in direct and indirect losses. The fire was detected May 1, 2016 in forest lands some 7 km southwest of Fort McMurray. Canadian officials understood severe fire conditions were present and had helicopter crews surveying the area whenContinue reading “HazBlog-004: Mapping Loss and Recovery of Canada’s Costliest Disaster – the 2016 Horse River Fire”

HazBlog-003: Mapping lava flows with HazMapper – the 2002 eruption of Mount Nyiragongo in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

In this post we are going back in time 18 years to highlight the ability of HazMapper to identify lava flow inundation extents. Mount Nyiragongo, one of Africa’s most active stratovolcanoes and part of Virunga National Park, is positioned 20 km north of the city of Goma. In 2002, between January 17 and February 3,Continue reading “HazBlog-003: Mapping lava flows with HazMapper – the 2002 eruption of Mount Nyiragongo in the Democratic Republic of the Congo”

HazBlog-001: Introduction and Easter Tornado Swarm – Southeast USA 2020

Welcome to the HazMapper Blog.  This is where we will post short, timely summaries of recent natural disaster events from around the world utilizing the soon-to-be publicly available, open-source and web-based HazMapper Google Earth Application. A widespread tornado outbreak affected the southeastern US on Sunday and Monday, April 12-13, 2020 (Easter weekend). A strong atmosphericContinue reading “HazBlog-001: Introduction and Easter Tornado Swarm – Southeast USA 2020”