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News & Updates:
Senator says he nearly has enough votes for ObamaCare repeal; Retail sales fall unexpectedly in August; Industrial production hit by Harvey, drops by most in 8 years; Consumer sentiment falls slightly in September, amid concerns about Hurricane Harvey.
As floodwaters from Hurricane Harvey recede in Houston, one thing that’s been revealed is that some of the damage — financial, physical, emotional — could have been avoided.
“It gives people a feeling of complacency if they are not required to buy insurance,” said Howard Kunreuther, the co-director of the Wharton Risk Management and Decision Processes Center at the University of Pennsylvania. He would like to see FEMA provide people the “gradation of their risk.”
Coastlines will continue to become ever denser population and economic centers, which guarantees that storm-related disasters will get even costlier. What should be done about it?
Faculty Affiliate Howard Kunreuther suggests changing the way that risk is communicated to homeowners could potentially mitigate the disastrous effects of floods.
The House on Friday gave final approval to a fiscal deal that raises the debt ceiling and keeps the government funded until December, while providing $15 billion in hurricane relief.
he House on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved nearly $8 billion in disaster aid in response to Hurricane Harvey. Top Democrats said on Wednesday that they will support linking immediate help for Hurricane Harvey recovery with a short-term debt limit increase of three months. U.S. Trade Gap Widened Less than Expected in July.
National Earthquake Information Center
The mission of the National Earthquake Information Center (NEIC) is to determine rapidly the location and size of all destructive earthquakes worldwide - and to immediately disseminate this information to concerned national and international agencies, scientists, and the general public.
The NEIC compiles and maintains an extensive, global seismic database on earthquake parameters and their effects that serves as a solid foundation for basic and applied earth science research.
Quick link to Earthquake Data: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/regional/neic/