Global & Disaster Medicine

Archive for November, 2016

3 reported killed as more than 14,000 residents and tourists were forced to evacuate Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge.

US News



Alabama: A tornado killed 3 people in a mobile home early Wednesday and critically injured four children at a daycare center.

USA Today

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Tennessee Wildfires: Mandatory evacuations were underway for areas in and around Gatlinburg, including the south part of Pigeon Forge, where Dolly Parton’s theme park is.



The University of Cincinnati Public Safety Director last year  established training for an “active shooter” scenario like the one that unfolded Monday morning at The Ohio State University.  Then he and his team started training faculty, staff and students on what to do in the event an attacker arrives on campus intent to kill or harm.

USA Today

“…..However, campus police chiefs and other officials all said authorities would be remiss if their universities did not continually train and educate faculty, staff and students on what to do — and what not to do — in an active shooter scenario…..”


A charter plane carrying 81 people, including players from a rising Brazilian soccer team headed for a championship match, has crashed en route to Medillin’s airport in Colombia with 5 said to have survived.

Washington Post


Police say a Somali immigrant, Abdul Razak Ali Artan, drove his car onto the sidewalk during a midmorning attack, hitting several pedestrians, then getting out of his car and wielding a butcher’s knife.

USA Today


Ten people were taken to hospitals and one suspect was dead after a chaotic car-and-knife attack at Ohio State University on Monday morning; A second suspect was arrested.


Boston, 1919: When 2.3 million gallons of molasses burst from a gigantic holding tank in the North End, 21 people were killed and about 150 more were injured. The wave of syrup — some reports said it was up to 40 feet tall — rushed through the waterfront, destroying buildings, overturning vehicles and pushing a firehouse off its foundation.

NY Times


The Popocatépetl volcano erupted with a billowing cloud of dark ash billowing into the morning sky Friday and ever since there have been 129 exaltations of ash, three explosions and one measurable earthquake.




suspected car bomb killed at least 10 people when it exploded at a police checkpoint next to a busy market in the Somali capital, Mogadishu


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