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EDM Monday Briefing: Papua New Guinea Quake, Winter Weather, Yahoo Breach


Emergency and disaster management briefing for December 19, 2016

  1. A large, magnitude 7.9 earthquake struck off the coast of Papua New Guinea this weekend, leading to a series of tsunami warnings. The epicenter of quake, which struck 61 miles deep, was 29 miles east of Taron in the Pacific island nation. Officials warned that waves reaching 3 to 9 feet high could possibly reach the coasts of Papua New Guinea. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.
  2. Severe winter storms resulted in at least seven deaths nationwide this weekend. Two people died and dozens were injured when a gasoline truck slid off a Baltimore highway, and two people died in crashes in North Carolina due to icy roads. In the past week, at least 13 deaths are being attributed to car crashes associated with winter storms across the U.S.
  3. Security experts say that Yahoo's recent disclosure of being the victim of a massive data breach is yet another example of too little, too late. Last week, the company announced a massive data breach that affected more than 1 billion accounts. The announcement comes just a few months after the company announced the hacking of more than 500 million accounts in a separate attack. Stolen user data from the latest announced breach, which occurred in August 2013, may include names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, hashed passwords, and, in some cases, encrypted or unencrypted security questions and answers.
  4. President Barack Obama officially declared a major disaster in Tennessee due to wildfires that devastated the state in late November and early December. The President's action makes federal funding available to individuals in Sevier County affected by the wildfires that burned from November 28 to December 9, 2016. FEMA assistance teams will be in Sevier County this week.
  5. Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards declared a public health emergency in the town of St. Joseph after the discovery of contaminated water. Testing reportedly showed elevated levels of lead in at least two locations and also discovered possible elevated levels of copper in two other locations.
  6. The Texas town of Corpus Christi lifted its citywide water system ban yesterday. A ban was in place for about four days due to a chemical contamination emergency after city officials discovered that a chemical tank containing an asphalt emulsifying agent leaked into water lines in the industrial district. Water service is now fully restored.
  7. A toddler died in an apparent road rage incident in Arkansas on Saturday. A Little Rock Police Department spokesman reported that an agitated driver allegedly opened fire into a car containing a grandmother and her grandson because the woman was not driving fast enough. The toddler died after being shot; a manhunt is still underway in Little Rock.
  8. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a travel advisory last week that warned pregnant women to avoid traveling to Brownsville, TX. The advisory came due to the risk of contracting Zika in Brownsville. Five people living in the Brownsville area reportedly contracted Zika through local mosquitoes, which ultimately led to the travel advisory.

Matt Mills Matt Mills has been involved in various aspects of online media, both on the editorial side and on the technology side, for more than 16 years. He holds a Master's Degree in Journalism from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, and is currently involved in multiple projects focused on innovation journalism.