U.S. congressional caucus examines risks from natural hazards



Two recent disastrous earthquakes—the magnitude 7.6 quake in El Salvador on January 13, and the magnitude 7.7 quake felt throughout much of the Indian subcontinent on January 26—are among the latest natural hazards to rattle the public out of any misperceptions that the Earth is a quiet and uneventful planet. Occurring in between these two deadly events, the bipartisan Natural Hazards Caucus of the U.S. Congress held a hearing on January 22 in Washington, D.C. to discuss ways to deal more effectively with natural hazards within the country and internationally, through preventative measures to reduce risk, and through improved mitigation, and disaster relief efforts.