Recent Announcements and Awards
The Integrated Research on Disaster Risk International Programme Office has designated the HVRI
as an International Centre of Excellence on Vulnerability and Resilience Metrics. The IRDR Centres of Excellence collectively embody an integrated approach to disaster risk reduction.
HVRI members are the lead authors on a new book on the impacts of Hurricane Katrina. Hurricane Katrina and the Forgotten Coast of Mississippi focuses on the impacts of and recovery from Katrina in southern Mississippi, closely examing the existing conditions that affect recovery as well as the role of inequalities in the process.
To conduct basic research on hazard vulnerability and resilience; train the
next generation of hazard scientists and practitioners; and through its outreach
efforts, assist in the improvement of emergency preparedness, planning, response,
and recovery at local, state, national, and international scales.
DISASTER OF THE MONTH - July 2014
The 1958 Lituya Bay Mega-Tsunami
On July 9, 1958, an 8.3 (moment magnitude) earthquake occurred on the Fairweather Fault in southeastern Alaska, approximately 13 miles from the t-shaped Lituya Bay. The event caused a rockfall of approximately 30 million cubic meters of material into Gilbert Inlet in the northeast part of the bay. The rockfall created a massive, localized tsunami that swept the entire seven mile length of the bay, scouring trees, soil, and vegetation from its sides. The 1720 foot wave run-up makes the tsunami the largest ever recorded.