Currently Available Disaster Events

REACT currently provides a subscription service for the following disaster events.

  • Earthquakes
  • Tropical Storms and Hurricanes
  • Floods
These subscriptions allow registered users to establish a set of disaster event related criteria that when satified will trigger notifications, data collections, and data processes. Results will be collected in the form of Event Albums, which can be used by researchers,disaster response personnel, and decision makers to monitor disaster events throughout the world.
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Earthquakes

An earthquake is the shaking of the Earth surface, resulting from the sudden release of energy in the Earth's lithosphere creating seismic waves. Strong earthquakes can cause property damage, injuries, and loss of human life. Monitoring stations around the globe use seismometers to detect, locate, and estimate their magnitude. REACT provides a subscription service that will trigger data collections when a set of user defined criteria is achieved such as location and magitude.

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Tropical Storms and Hurricanes

Tropical Storms and Hurricanes are huge storms. A tropical storm has sustained wind speeds of at least 39 miles (63 km) an hour. When wind speeds reach 74 miles (119 km) an hour it becomes a hurricane and earns a category rating of 1 to 5 on the Saffir-Simpson scale. REACT provides a subscription service that will trigger data collections when a set of user defined criteria is achieved such as wind speed and location.

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Floods

A flood is an overflow or covering of water that submerges land that is usually not covered by water. Floods often cause damage to homes and businesses if they are in the natural flood plains of rivers. Some floods develop slowly, while others such as flash floods, can develop in just a few minutes and without warning. REACT provides a subscription service that will trigger data collections when a set of user defined criteria is achieved such as flood forecasting, flood warnings, rainfall levels, and location.

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Coming Soon

REACT is currently working on subscription services for the following disaster events.

  • Tornadoes
  • Wildfires
  • Volcanic Eruptions
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Tornadoes

Tornadoes are one of nature's most violent storms. Tornadoes can cause fatalities and devastate a neighborhood in seconds with little or no warning. A tornado is a rapidly rotating column of air that is in contact with both the surface of the Earth and a cumulonimbus cloud or, in rare cases, the base of a cumulus cloud. REACT is currently working on a subscription service that will trigger data collections when a set of user defined criteria is achieved such as tornado watches, tornado warnings,and location.

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Wildfires

A wildfire is a fire in an area of combustible vegetation that occurs in a forest or rural area. Wildfires can be characterized in terms of the cause of ignition, their physical properties, the combustible material present, and the effect of weather on the fire. Wildfires can cause damage to property and human life. REACT is currently working on a subscription service that will trigger data collections when a set of user defined criteria is achieved such as wildfire characterizations, wildfire warnings, and location.

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Volcanic Eruptions

Several types of Volcanic eruptions in which lava, ash, and assorted gases are expelled from a volcanic vent or fissure. These are often named after famous volcanoes where that type of behavior has been observed. REACT is currently working on a subscription service that will trigger data collections when a set of user defined criteria is achieved such as an eruption type and location.

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