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# Natural Disasters

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A new EU directive means it will soon be mandatory for people to be sent SMS alerts during terror attacks
The directive was passed in the European parliament earlier this week.
Culture strongly influences how young people cope with natural disasters, study finds
“We found that culture really matters in terms of how adolescents respond to a disaster.”
Donegal flood humanitarian scheme to be rolled out for all natural disasters
The financial assistance payment has been paid out to 138 people in Donegal to date.
Facebook explains why safety check was available for Paris but not other 'human disasters'
The feature was created with natural disasters in mind but was activated during the attacks on Paris.
Mexico is bracing for the most dangerous hurricane EVER, tonight
The Category 5 Hurricane Patricia is expected to bring 200 mph winds, and potentially catastrophic rainfall.
Fatal flood opens old wounds for an isolated, polygamous sect with a dark past
A divided religious community led by a convicted child abuser lost 12 women and children this week.
Five dead and more than 1 million evacuated from homes in Chile earthquake
Buildings were reported to have swayed as far away as Buenos Aires.
PHOTOS: Thousands of firefighters battle "monster" California wildfire
13,000 people have been forced from their homes since the enormous wildfire started last week.
Column: Women, the elderly, and the disabled are disproportionately hit by natural disasters
Surely powerful natural events like cyclones and tsunamis should be indiscriminate in their destruction? The figures tell a different story.
Forget bomb shelters, 'tsunami survival capsules' could be the new thing in Japan
The spherical capsules are designed to deflect debris strikes.
These are the ten cities most at risk of being hit by natural disasters
Spoiler: Ireland is grand.
Opinion: Humanitarian work is intense and all-consuming, but I believe in what I do
Aid work is very full on – you work, live and socialise with your colleagues. But, cheesy as it sounds, I do really believe in what we’re doing here.
This island - a celebrity favourite - used to be covered in hot green glass
45,000 years ago…
Column: People in the Philippines are desperate, stunned and hopeless
As a Filipino, I know we’re a resilient nation – but this time the devastation is so great that people are truly desperate. This sort of disaster is simply unprecedented, writes Dr Natasha Reyes.
Women and children 14 times more likely to die during disasters
Adolescent girls in disasters are being drastically failed when they are at their most vulnerable, says CEO of Plan Ireland.
Ireland ready for natural disaster despite 'budgetary situation'
Defence Minister Alan Shatter is satisfied the Defence Forces is equipped to handle any emergency situations.
Explainer: What is reinsurance, and how does it help cover natural disasters?
With the costs of Hurricane Sandy expected to be at least €20 billion, insurers will be looking to reinsurance companies to cover most of the bill. But what are they?
Column: How to stop crises becoming disasters
On World Humanitarian Day, Concern Director in Kenya Anne O’Mahony writes from Nairobi on tackling the underlying causes of vulnerability to the worst effects of manmade and natural shocks.
Column: Ever wondered why the weather is getting weirder?
Flash flooding in Dublin, gales around the country – it’s happening more often. So what’s going on? John Gibbons has some answers…
Natural disasters mean most expensive year ever for insurance damages
Earthquakes in Japan and New Zealand contributed to almost €300billion in overall economic losses from natural disasters.
In pictures: the natural disasters of 2011
Last year saw a number of major natural disasters strike, including earthquakes in Japan, New Zealand and Turkey, volcanic eruptions in Chile and Iceland, and severe tropical storms in Asia.