Category Archives: Natural Catastrophe

The next large volcanic eruption in Japan. A source of concern?

The largest and most devastating eruptions have return periods of hundreds, even thousands of years, enough for populations and businesses to settle within range. Continue reading →

Space weather spawns earthbound risks

The University of Cambridge's scenario-based study examines the impacts and derived economic impacts from an extreme space weather event such as a solar storm. Continue reading →

A global assessment of tsunami hazards over the last 400 years

Last year, the UN General Assembly designated November 5 as World Tsunami Awareness Day. To commemorate the day, many events and activities have been planned this year. Continue reading →

After Amatrice: Unlocking seismic hazard. A race against time.

Italy’s earthquake in August raised questions about whether the seismic risk in the region has increased. Amatrice is an area of historical seismic activity where seismic hazard and risk studies carried out a few years ago anticipated that a future … Continue reading →

Scariest Risks of 2016

As Halloween nears, people’s thoughts inevitably turn to ghoulies and ghosties, and long-leggedy beasties, and things that go bump in the night. At the Wire we take this opportunity to reflect on the scariest risks our clients faced this year.  … Continue reading →

Hurricane Matthew damage report

The thirteenth named storm of the 2016 Atlantic hurricane season, Hurricane Matthew, the longest-lived Category 4-5 in October in the Atlantic, attaining a lifetime maximum intensity of Category 5. It reached a maximum Category 3 intensity while tracking parallel to … Continue reading →

Matthew

The deadliest hurricane in 11 years has struck around a fortnight ago. After tearing a path through the Caribbean, across Haiti and Eastern Cuba, through the Bahamas and then along the east coast of the U.S., it was finally absorbed … Continue reading →

Winter storms and hurricanes, all of an afternoon

A forecast given by a long-range climate model differs to that of a short-range weather model, as it expresses the likelihood of all possible outcomes rather than just one solution. Continue reading →

Has hurricane season peaked?

As an ex-weather forecaster, and redoubled through my role working with the Willis Research Network, I have always been involuntarily drawn toward extreme weather. For me, the peak of hurricane season always brings both excitement and anticipation at the prospect … Continue reading →

Questions of coverage in the wake of Italy’s August earthquake

Last week’s earthquake in central Italy raises questions regarding the lack of earthquake insurance take-up and resilience measures, also available techniques for managing earthquake catastrophe accumulations. Continue reading →