Will hurricane Florence hit the Delmarva peninsula

 17th December 2019
Three people were killed in violent storms in the US states of Alabama and Louisiana in the southeastern United States. Dozens more were injured. there were power outages and severe property damage.

Hurricane "Dorian"

September 7, 2019
The cyclone has now been downgraded to the lowest category 1. In the further course of the day it should pass the states of New England, including New York, Massachusetts and Maine, at a relatively great distance from the US coast.

6th September 2019
Hurricane "Dorian" hit the east coast of the United States. With wind speeds of up to 150 kilometers per hour, the storm not only caused major floods, major damage and power outages, but also cost the lives of at least 40 people. Many trees and electricity pylons simply buckled. Houses were covered. At times around 200,000 households lost their electricity supply.

In the Bahamas, where "Dorian" first reached land, the death toll has now risen to 43. Hundreds of people are still missing.

Forest fires in California

October 13, 2018
The forest fires in California have taken on a historical dimension. There are now at least 31 dead and hundreds missing. Thousands of houses were destroyed by the flames. More than 8,000 firefighters continued to fight three major fires in northern and southern California over the weekend.
Many Hollywood stars lost their homes in Malibu. Among other things, the property of Thomas Gottschalk burned down.

California Governor Jerry Brown blames climate change for rising temperatures and worsening droughts. These extreme weather conditions would have led to the now devastating forest fires.

Hurricane Michael

October 13, 2018
Hurricane Michael has in Florida 16 lives claimed. Sniffer dogs are still searching for survivors in the rubble. The energy and electricity supply has collapsed in many places, so that telephones and other devices only function to a limited extent. Five people were killed in Virginia, three in North Carolina and one in Georgia. More than 1,700 rescue workers have been dispatched to the area.

Tropical storm Florence

15th September 2018

On Friday, the tropical storm "Florence" hit land a few kilometers east of Wilmington with wind speeds of around 155 kilometers per hour. Storm surges of more than 3 m occurred on the coast.

Large stretches of land are flooded and over 1 million people are without electricity. In some cities, 60 centimeters of new rain fell within a day. The storm destroyed numerous buildings and streets and knocked down countless trees. The strong storm will probably continue for several days. The violent tropical storm Florence in the southeastern United States has already cost several lives. A total of five million people could be affected by the floods. Two million people have been forced to leave their homes in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. But not all followed the call. Authorities warn of environmental disasters and fear that large quantities of industrial waste could end up in the environment. Flooded pig farms in the region could also pose a threat

Hurricane on the US east coast
(Hurricane Sandy)

Final spurt and crisis management
After Hurricane Sandy, almost four million people are still without electricity and that with night temperatures close to freezing.

"Europe is becoming less important" (02.11.2012)
Michael Werz, political scientist at the Center for American Progress in Washington, believes that foreign policy will play a subordinate role in the current presidential election. The desperate economic situation and high unemployment currently play a much larger role for the Americans.

The US government is also looking at the problems of Greece, Europe and the euro zone with great concern, said Werz. Overall, Europe has lost importance for the USA in the last few years, because the greatest economic, political and probably also security policy challenges of the next two or three decades are more likely to be expected in the west, in the direction of the Pacific. Mexico and Brazil have also been given a higher priority in US foreign policy.

The US is also moving away from Europe physically, said the political scientist from Washington. He justifies this with the fact that the Hispanics in the southwestern United States are the fastest growing minority in the United States. Therefore, the population center of the United States is shifting more and more from the northeast to the southwest. In a little more than 20 years there will probably no longer be a white majority, according to the prognosis, but only minorities, of which the Hispanics will make up the largest part of the total population.

"Sandy" ensures unfamiliar solidarity (31.10.2012)
In the state of New Yersey, which has been badly hit by the hurricane, Republican Chris Christie finds nothing but praise for President Obama's disaster management, much to the displeasure of his party friends. The water sinks gradually, but the alluvial sand remains and so in many places there is a picture of devastation. For the Republican, who is actually one of Romney's supporters in the election campaign, party affiliation is of secondary importance this time in view of the catastrophic situation in the country. More important for him is fast and unbureaucratic help for those affected in his state, and that is what Obama promises.

The anxious look ahead
After the water has slowly receded in many places, the extent of the damage is only really visible. In New York alone, 18 people died, according to Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and the US Department of Transportation granted the city of New York $ 10 million in emergency aid for repairs to roads, bridges and subway tunnels . According to preliminary estimates, the damage is likely to be approximately $ 50 billion. 8 million people on the US east coast are without electricity and the blackout could last for days as the water level must first drop before repairs can be carried out. In New York alone, 750,000 are affected by the blackout. Although subway traffic is still idle for safety reasons, there are first steps back to normal. John F. Kennedy and Newark airports will resume operations on Wednesday morning.

Score with voters with "Sandy" (30.10.2012)
So shortly before the election, both opponents want to score points with the voters. While Obama has so far presented himself quite successfully as the country's top crisis manager, Mitt Romney's room for maneuver is very limited. He tries to raise funds for the victims of hurricane "Sandy". In front of the cameras, Romney's campaign bus has now been loaded with relief supplies to be taken to the victims after the storm. He can only hope that Obama will make serious mistakes in overcoming the crisis, but so far the incumbent president has managed the crisis with great sovereignty.

More than 20 dead and billions in damages (30.10.2012)
Experts estimate the amount of the damage at ten to 20 billion US dollars. By Wednesday, 300 to 400 liters of rain per square meter are expected. As a result of the hurricane, more than eight million households are currently without electricity. The situation is worst in the state of New Yersey, where 2.5 million households are without electricity. In the New York borough of Queens, 80 houses burned down due to a simple short circuit, since in many places the fire department is unable to get through. Public life is still largely paralyzed in many parts of New York. The blackout could last for a few more days, as all the water has to be removed first. In parts of Manhattan, the water rose to about 4.30 meters above normal. That is a good meter above the previous record from 1960.

Millions without electricity - subway under water
Cyclone Sandy reached the east coast of the USA at over 140 km / h. The center of the storm reached yesterday evening. the south coast of New Yersey and caused flooding and immense damage. Currently 6.5 million people in several states are without electricity. IN New Jersey, New York, Maryland, North Carolina, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Connecticut, numerous people died - mostly from falling trees. In New York, public life has largely come to a standstill.

In the New York borough of Brooklyn, the water was knee-deep in the streets at times. Seven subway shafts were flooded. Many of the flooded subway tunnels are under the East River, which runs along the Manhattan Peninsula. Buses and trains do not run, and numerous flights have been canceled. New York Mayor Bloomberg spoke of 47,000 in New York affected by the blackout. At the Oyster Creek nuclear power plant south of New York, the oldest operating nuclear power plant in the United States, an alarm was raised because the water level there has risen threateningly. The high water level could affect the reactor's water pumps. The nuclear power plant itself was shut down as a precautionary measure before the hurricane hit. According to the operator, there is currently no danger from there.

"Sandy" slows down the US election campaign (28.10.2012)
Shortly before the presidential elections, Hurricane Sandy threatens the east coast of the USA. Obama has meanwhile canceled the rallies in Virginia and Colorado in order to devote himself fully to crisis management. Heavy rain and snow are expected from Monday evening, as well as flooding and power outages. The authorities asked the population to stock up on food supplies, drinking water and batteries. The state of Delaware even ordered forced evacuations for coastal areas. Ten days before the election, challenger Romney also canceled an appearance in Virginia, which was threatened by Hurricane Sandy.

Hurricane Sandy killed many people (26.10.2012)
Hurricane Sandy killed at least 21 people in the Caribbean region. 11 people died in Cuba, nine in Haiti and one in Jamaica. The hurricane wreaked havoc on Thursday at 175 kilometers per hour, especially in the provinces of Santiago de Cuba and HolguĂ­n. The hurricane caused flooding in coastal areas. In addition, rivers burst their banks and houses collapsed.

Hurricane on the US east coast
(Cyclone Irene)

Were the hurricane precautions too strict? (08/29/2011)

"Irene" leaves New York behind (08/28/2011)

Air traffic between Germany and New York is suspended (08/28/2011)

Severe gas explosion in San Francisco

Fire destroys residential district in San Francisco (09/10/2010)


The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico

Multimedia flash: the oil spill

> The forgotten disaster (02.10.2014)
 Four years ago, the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded. A short time later, a 10,000 square kilometer oil slick developed. The operating company BP - British Petroleum decided to spray a decomposing agent on a large scale, namely the Corexit 9500. Local fishermen would have preferred to use scooping nets instead to collect the oil floating on the water. The authorities made BP an obligation to refrain from using Corexit 9500 near the coast in order to keep the effects on humans and animals low. Accordingly, the chemical should not be sprayed within a radius of six miles around these islands, but many coastal residents came into contact with the oil-decomposing agent. Those affected complain of faintness, dizziness, nausea, sudden bleeding, gaps in memory and, above all, headaches.

To this day, BP denies any connection. The victims were not compensated because BP was allowed to negotiate itself. British Petroleum has now spent millions on public relations and lawyers, but nothing on the aftermath of the accident. People feel abandoned and angry at politics. The disaster has shown once again that money literally rules.

> Unstable cement could have contributed to the oil spill (29.10.2010)

> What has happened politically after the oil spill? (10/20/2010)

> Oil well in the Gulf of Mexico officially sealed (19.09.2010)

> Oil well before final sealing (17.09.2010)

> "Oil well is no longer a threat" (05.09.2010)


Brief contents summarized for students:
When the Deepwater Horizon oil platform exploded on April 20, almost 800 million liters of oil flowed into the Gulf of Mexico due to a defective valve in the borehole on the seabed.
This made it the world's largest oil spill.

Now the defective safety valve has been recovered from a depth of 1500 m, which should help to clarify the question of guilt. It remains to be clarified whether the Halliburton company, which carried out the cement work on the borehole, Transocean, the owner of the drilling rig, or perhaps the British oil company BP alone, the enormous fines, compensation for those affected and the costs of cleaning work in and on Gulf of Mexico must carry.

> "Not another oil spill" (04.09.2010)

> Oil platform exploded in the Gulf of Mexico (September 2, 2010)

> Could bacteria be the last resort? (08/26/2010)

> Environmentalists fear for a natural paradise (08/26/2010)

> "The oil is still there!" (08/19/2010)

> US government insists on relief drilling (04.08.)

> BP wants to finally close the oil well faster

> So far the cork is holding

> Chronicle of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico (video)

> When the hurricane hits the oil spill

> "BP will survive the oil spill"

> US court collects Obama's deep-sea drilling stop

> Emergency brake for deep sea drilling

> Obama starts drilling for oil off coasts (03/31/2010)

Haiti earthquake

Haiti faces famine after "Sandy" (04.11.2012)
Because of the severe damage caused by Hurricane Sandy, the Haitian government has declared the country a state of emergency. The heavy rains have destroyed the harvests in large parts of the country. In total, it is estimated that the damage amounted to over $ 104 million. At least 60 people were killed and thousands were left homeless when the foothills of Cyclone Sandy hit the island nation two weeks ago. Haiti is still suffering from the aftermath of the severe earthquake in 2010, when 220,000 people were killed. Despite international aid, Haiti still suffers from cholera.

Electoral authority speaks of a "triumph for democracy" (21.03.2011)

Protests after presidential election in Haiti (29.11.2010)

Politics in times of cholera (November 24, 2010)

One dead in cholera protests in Haiti (November 16, 2010)

More than 900 deaths from cholera in Haiti (November 14, 2010)

UN asks for millions in aid for Haiti (12.11.2010)

Cholera - a question of "national security" (11/11/2010)

Hurricane "Tomas" wreaked havoc (11/05/2010)

With clean water against the epidemic (25.10.2010)

Haiti declares a sanitary emergency (23.10.2010)

"It will take a long time" (July 16, 2010)

A hospital in two dozen tents (July 16, 2010)

Paid work is in short supply (07/16/2010)

Help and preach in Haiti (July 16, 2010)

International Aid Conference in March (January 26th, 2010)

EU gendarmes to help in Haiti (25.01.2010)

Haiti balances on the precipice (25.01.2010)

Government reports 150,000 deaths in Port-au-Prince (01/24/2010)

Helpers rescue buried victims - after eleven days (23.01.2010)

400,000 people are to be relocated (January 22, 2010)

Strong aftershock hits Haiti (20/01/2010)

"People have no prospects at all" (January 20, 2010)

Haiti needs a Marshall Plan (01/19/2010)

"Everything has collapsed" (01/14/2010)

The Haiti earthquake on the Internet (January 14, 2010)

Haiti is a catastrophe - for decades (14/01/2010)