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  • Volcano - Sangay, Ecuador

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  • Flood - SE of Hanjiang Xixi Basin, Philippines

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  • Flood - Mekong Basin, N of Mun River, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam

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  • Flood - W of Pannawonica, Western Australia, Australia

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  • Flood - Bulungan Basin, Indonesia and Malaysia

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  • Flood - Volta Basin, W of White Volta River, Ghana and Togo

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  • Flood - Orange Basin, E of Fish River, Botswana and South Africa

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  • Volcano - Fuego, Guatemala

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  • Severe Weather - N of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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  • Winter Storm - Hokkaido, Japan

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  • High Wind - Channel-Port aux Basques, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada

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  • Landslides - Northern Vietnam

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  • Earthquake - 5.7 - 49 km NE of Bandar-e Lengeh, Iran

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  • Earthquake - 5.0 - Fiji region

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  • Drought - Eastern Africa

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  • Wildfire - NE of Anmatjere, Northern Territory, Australia

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  • Rainfall - Natashquan, Québec, Canada

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  • Extreme cold - Shanxi Province, China

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  • Flood - W of Atrek Basin, Iran and Caspian Sea

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  • Flood - Zhem Basin, SE of Zhem River, Kazakhstan and Caspian Sea

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  • Flood - Kilindoni, Lindi and Pwani, Tanzania

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  • Flood - Carupano, Sucre, Venezuela

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  • Flood - Joinville, Paraná, Santa Catarina and São Paulo, Brazil

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  • Flood - Chennai, Eastern India

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  • Flood - NW of Aurangabad, Bihar, India

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  • Flood - Salween Basin, S of Salween River, China, India and Myanmar

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  • Flood - Yenisey Basin, SW of Selenga River, Russia and Mongolia

    17 hours ago WARNING

  • Storms - Greece

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  • Earthquake - 5.2 - Pacific-Antarctic Ridge

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  • Wildfire - N of Babahoyo, Los Rios, Ecuador

    23 hours ago INFORMATION

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    23 hours ago INFORMATION

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  • Flood - La Paz, Baja California, Baja California Sur and Sonora, Mexico

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  • Flood - N of Rosario, Entre Ríos and Santa Fe, Argentina

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  • Flood - Magdalena Basin, NW of Magdalena River, Colombia

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  • Flood - Orinoco Basin, Orinoco and Apure Rivers, Colombia and Venezuela

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  • Flood - Totness, Coronie, Suriname

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  • Flood - Amazon Basin, W of Mamore River, Brazil, Bolivia and Peru

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  • Flood - Murray Basin, Murray, Darling and Murrumbidgee Rivers, Australia

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  • Flood - Mahakam Basin, Kapuas and Mahakam Rivers, Indonesia and Malaysia

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  • Flood - Raba, Nusa Tenggara Barat, Indonesia

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  • Flood - SE of Mahakam Basin, Indonesia

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  • Flood - NE of Merauke, Papua, Indonesia

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  • Flood - Mataram, Nusa Tenggara Barat, Indonesia

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  • Flood - W of Bengawan Solo Basin, Indonesia

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  • Flood - Ganges Basin, NE of Penner River, India and Bangladesh

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  • Flood - Irrawaddy Basin, W of Irrawaddy River, Myanmar and Thailand

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  • Flood - E of Zhosaly, Aqtöbe and Qyzylorda, Kazakhstan

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  • Flood - SE of Cauvery Basin, Sri Lanka

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  • Flood - N of Baoshan, Southwest China

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  • Flood - SE of Karachi, Sind, Pakistan

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  • Flood - NW of Chattogram, Chittagong, Bangladesh

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - Thanjavur, Kerala, Puducherry and Tamil Nadu, India

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  • Flood - Indus Basin, India and Pakistan

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - Hyderabad, Baluchistan, Punjab and Sind, Pakistan

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - Brahmaputra Basin, Eastern Asia, Southern Asia and South-eastern Asia

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - Yangtze Basin, Yangtze, Yalong Jiang and Duke He Rivers, China

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - Mekong Basin, Cambodia and Vietnam

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  • Flood - Mekong Basin, South-eastern Asia

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  • Flood - Shatt Al Arab Basin, Iran, Iraq and Saudi Arabia

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  • Flood - S of Abadan, Khuzestan, Iran

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  • Flood - E of Lodwar, Turkana, Kenya

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  • Flood - Irrawaddy Basin, India, Bangladesh and Myanmar

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  • Flood - E of Abadan, Khuzestan, Iran

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  • Flood - Conakry, Conakry, Guinea

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  • Flood - Ogooue Basin, Middle Africa

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - NE of Adigrat, Tigray, Ethiopia

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - Alexandria, Al Iskandariyah, Egypt

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  • Flood - Niger Basin, Nigeria

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  • Flood - Niger Basin, Niger and Bani Rivers, Burkina Faso and Mali

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - N of Saint-Louis, Saint-Louis, Mauritania

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  • Flood - Abhe Bad Basin, Eastern Africa

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  • Flood - Chad Basin, Chad

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  • Flood - Itapicuru Basin, Brazil

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - Buzi Basin, N of Buzi River, Mozambique and Zimbabwe

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - Chao Phraya Basin, Thailand

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - Vam Co Basin, N of Vam Co River, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam

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  • Flood - Indus Basin, Afghanistan and Pakistan

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  • Flood - Chad Basin, Central African Republic, Sudan and Chad

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  • Flood - Niger Basin, Benin and Nigeria

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  • Flood - Chad Basin, Middle Africa and Western Africa

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  • Flood - Qiantang Jiang Basin, China and Taiwan

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Europe

    7 months ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Africa

    7 months ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Middle East

    7 months ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - North America

    7 months ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Asia Pacific

    7 months ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Latin America/Caribbean

    7 months ago WARNING

  • Floods - United Kingdom

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  • Floods - Catabato Province, Philippines

    1 day ago INFORMATION

  • Floods - Chiba, Japan

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Severe Weather - East Java Province, Indonesia

    1 day ago INFORMATION

  • Landslides - Italy

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  • Landslides - Catabato Province, Philippines

    1 day ago INFORMATION

  • Floods - Western Venezuela

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Extreme Cold - Northern Vietnam

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Storms - Northern Vietnam

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  • Extreme Heat - Southern Vietnam

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  • Storms - Eastern Malaysia

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  • Extreme Cold - South Korea

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  • Storms - Southern India

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  • Volcano - Pavlof, United States

    1 day ago WATCH

  • Landslides - Cameroon

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Extreme Cold - Xiangxi Tujia and Miao Autonomous, China

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Storms - Southern Italy

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Cholera - Haiti

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Ebola Virus - Uganda

    4 weeks ago WARNING

  • Storms - Southeastern Paraguay

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Nevado del Ruiz, Colombia

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Alaid, Russia

    4 days ago ADVISORY

  • Ebola Virus - Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo

    3 months ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Hawaii

    7 months ago WARNING

July 5, 2016

The “Ring of Fire” encircling the Pacific is a 25,000-mile trail of volcanos, major seismic activity, and—on land and undersea—gaping trenches. The same islands and continental coasts that are exposed to the geological hazards of the Ring of Fire—earthquake, volcano, tsunami—are also disaster-prone in other ways. These areas are exposed to tropical cyclones (storms, hurricanes, typhoons) and storm surges; also, since coasts are lower relative to inland areas, they often flood in wet seasons. Additionally, many of the most at-risk islands and Pacific coasts are becoming heavily populated metropolises, increasing disaster risk by moving more people into hazardous places.

This is the “neighborhood” surrounding the headquarters of Pacific Disaster Center (PDC), which is located on the island of Maui, in the Central Pacific. When PDC opened in 1996, its official area of responsibility already included the “Pacific and beyond.” The Center was established to share in the mandate of an array of U.S. Government agencies led by the humanitarian assistance units of Department of Defense and the USAID Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA). That mandate has three components: “save lives, alleviate human suffering, and reduce the economic and social impact of humanitarian emergencies worldwide.”

Naturally, neighbors help neighbors in need, but it’s more than neighborliness when PDC undertakes disaster risk reduction projects. These activities, carried out first in Hawaii, then around the Pacific, and throughout the world today, are the very reason for the existence of PDC.

In 2016, while assisting with response activities for specific events, PDC is working to enhance the disaster management capacity of countries in the Asia-Pacific region, Latin America, and the Caribbean, and is exploring options for providing meaningful support to countries in Europe, where U.S. foreign disaster assistance began more than a century ago. When PDC projects are conducted under USAID funding, the materials produced include the slogan “from the American people.” In fact, PDC is a quintessentially American organization, always representing the compassion that is a hallmark of this country and always hoping to be of service to neighbors in need, worldwide.

Related articles:

  • The USGS map of the Ring of Fire
  • PDC-opening era described
  • The story of PDC’s mission
  • A 20-year Journey of Hope (PDC)
  • 2014 story about support to Thailand
  • 2013 story about support to Vietnam
  • 2015 story about support to Peru
  • The index of stories on PDC activities

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