Disaster Studies

California Wildfire Occurrences Highest in October

California Wildfire Occurrences Highest in October

Wildfire occurrences highest in October, California   Wildfires have taken a top spot in the news as of late. They cost American taxpayers between $20 billion and $100 billion every year, in expenses that range from air pollution and soil degradation to public...

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Predicting Hurricanes

Predicting Hurricanes

Predicting HurricanesNatural Disasters: Hurricanes in the US Even though hurricanes mainly threaten the US Gulf and East Coasts, of all the natural disasters that happen in America, hurricanes are the most costly and destructive. Hurricanes can strike anywhere from...

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A Tornado’s Costly Path

A Tornado’s Costly Path

A Tornado's Costly PathRecent events remind us that tornados often have a sad and deadly cost for the victims in their path. Even an F-3 tornado can cause devastation and the total destruction of everything in its path. Homes are reduced to matchsticks, office...

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Information Destruction Through History

Information Destruction Through History

Loss of Knowledge Information the most valuable commodity in the world. All human progress depends on the accumulation and preservation of information. When information is lost, human progress suffers. This infographic displays some of the most significant losses of...

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Data Center Exposure and Recovery in New York City

Data Center Exposure and Recovery in New York City

Hurricane Sandy provided a fascinating opportunity to study the both the level of disaster planning and the resilience of New York City data centers. This article will examine a) what actually happened, b) what was the risk, and c) what are the lessons learned. What...

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Hurricane Sandy Update

Hurricane Sandy Update

Hurricane Sandy Update Hurricane Sandy Update. Global Data Vault continues to support our customers in the affected areas especially New York and New Jersey. We have been busier than usual, but all of our customer recoveries have gone very well. We wish all of our...

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Hurricane Sandy Power Outages

Hurricane Sandy Power Outages

From the New York Times, here is a breakdown by time and state of the more than 6 million customers affected with  Hurricane Sandy power outages this morning based on information updates from 35 major power companies: For more details on the impact see the New York...

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New Orleans After Isaac – Update 7

New Orleans After Isaac – Update 7

With power mostly restored now - and apologies to those still waiting, this will be our final update in our New Orleans After Isaac  series. Hurricane Isaac was a Category 1 hurricane. By wind speed, it was barely even that strong, with top sustained winds of 80 mph....

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New Orleans After Isaac – Update 6

New Orleans After Isaac – Update 6

Real progress is finally visible today. While many are still without power, there is surely a light at the end of the tunnel for those homes and businesses still waiting. A new color is peaking through now on the map: green!  

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New Orleans After Isaac – Disaster Update 4

New Orleans After Isaac – Disaster Update 4

If you look carefully today, you can see some improvements since Isaac struck. The map is much more blue than red - clearly, the outages are being reduced. Entergy had said they would have power back to 90% of those "ready for power" by September 6. Hopefully this...

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New Orleans After Isaac – Update 2

New Orleans After Isaac – Update 2

Progress in recovering power is moving slowly. Today Entergy reports they "expect to make significant progress today and through the weekend restoring power." They expect to restore power to 90% of customers "who can take power" by September 6. But the statsu today...

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New Orleans After Isaac – Update 1

New Orleans After Isaac – Update 1

The current, as of 10a.m. on Thursday August 30, status of power outages in New Orleans is shown below. Entergy, the local utility, has 10,000 workers deployed to restore power. Legend: Blue = 1 to 50, Yellow = 51 to 250 and Red = 251 to 1,000 power outages. Red lines...

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Hurricane Isaac Update

Hurricane Isaac Update

Here is a live view of wind speeds as reported hint.fm/wind. This image shows the measured sustained wind speed in New Orleans at 10:00a.m. today.   It has been a busy couple of days for Global Data Vault, but things are going well. As the storm approached, we...

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Are You Vulnerable to Smartphone Viruses and Malware

Are You Vulnerable to Smartphone Viruses and Malware

Uh, yes. The good news is that some smart phones are safer than others. But that also depends on how you’ve cared for it. For example, Apple’s wildly popular iPhone is built on a restrictive platform that protects it from being vulnerable to viruses and malware being...

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Disaster Planning – Pacific Coast Tsunami Preparations

Disaster Planning – Pacific Coast Tsunami Preparations

The Cascadia subduction zone is a 600-mile-long offshore earthquake fault that runs from northern California to southern British Columbia. And that fault has a serious tale to tell. Geologists have found sand deposits up and down the Pacific coast along this zone, the...

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Predicting Natural Disasters – Earthquakes and Tsunamis

Predicting Natural Disasters – Earthquakes and Tsunamis

Tsunamis are arguably one of the most devastating and difficult to predict natural disasters. Evidence of this is the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami which is considered among the deadliest in human history, credited with more than 230,000 people killed in 14 countries...

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Solar flares and their effect on technology

Solar flares and their effect on technology

My iphone has been behaving badly the last couple of days. I blame solar flares. You can stop laughing, solar flares are very real. And while they may not be the actual culprit of MY wireless communication device’s deviant ways – they do have the ability to wreack...

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The Commerical Impact of Extreme Weather

The Commerical Impact of Extreme Weather

Being in the business of disaster recovery, we take note anytime a business preparedness survey is released. This particular report which included businesses located in the South West and conducted by Climate SouthWest is particularly interesting. The study discovered...

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