Recent Disaster Information Available
MCEER’s Information Service compiles news, images, videos, and statistics for recent natural disasters. The site currently includes information on the following disasters:
The Iowa-Midwest floods affected eight states, displaced 40,000 people, caused the Mississippi River to crest at 37 feet, breached over 25 levees, and cost the agriculture industry approximately $2B.
- The 2008 Atlantic Hurricane season has been abnormally active: ten named storms, two major hurricanes (Gustav & Ike) and two tropical storms (Fay & Hanna) resulting in nearly 1,000 deaths and over $45B in damages.
- The 7.9 M Wenchuan China Earthquake occurred on May 12, 2008. Casualties range from 68,000-90,000 people, almost 5 million homeless, and reconstruction costs estimated at $150B.
- Cyclone Nargis made landfall on May 3, 2008. Sustained winds of 130 mph and gusts of 150-160 mph with a 12-foot storm surge devastated the country, affecting 2.4 million people and killing 134,000.
These resources are updated daily. For more information, contact the contact the MCEER Information Service at (716) 645-3377.