Author: HSDL Staff

Anniversary of the Three Mile Island Incident

On March 28, 1979, a partial nuclear meltdown occurred at the Three Mile Island Unit 2 (TMI-2) reactor, near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. It was the most serious accident in U.S. commercial nuclear power plant history, and was given a rating of 5 out of 7 on the International Nuclear Event Scale....

1964 Alaska Earthquake and Tsunamis

Great Alaskan Earthquake & Tsunamis of 1964 On March 27, 1964, the second largest recorded earthquake in history struck Prince William Sound, Alaska. Measuring 9.2 on the Richter scale, the earthquake killed nine and a further 122 died from the subsequent tsunamis. This event has been referred to as the....

New iOS App Released to Assist First Responders in Hazardous Material Incidents

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has just released a new universal app for Apple iOS devices called WISER (Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders). The application was created to assist first responders in hazardous-materials incidents. From the iTunes Preview: “First responders in general, and HAZMAT units in particular, must...

New Report on Hate Crime Victimization from 2003-2011

Hate Crime Victimization, 2003-2011 Yesterday, the Bureau of Justice Statistics released a new reported titled, “Hate Crime Victimization, 2003-2011.” The report “Presents annual counts and rates of hate crime victimization that occurred from 2003 through 2011, using data from the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS). The report examines changes over...

3600 Organized Crime Groups Currently Active in the EU

Europol released the report “2013 EU Serious and Organised Crime Threat Assessment (SOCTA)”. The report finds that drug trafficking continues to be the most active crime activity, however, the report also warns of a new type of criminal groups that are exploiting the economic crisis and the internet. From the...

Terror in Japan: Lessons of the Sarin Gas Attacks

Today marks the 18th anniversary of the Sarin attack on the Tokyo Subway. On March 20th, 1995, members of Aum Shinrikyo, or Aum, launched five coordinated attacks on several lines of the Tokyo Metro. These attacks killed thirteen people and caused injuries in a little over a thousand individuals. This...

America’s Infrastructure GPA Rose Slightly in 2013 to D+

“Every 4 years, the American Society of Civil Engineers releases a Report Card for America’s Infrastructure that depicts the condition and performance of the nation’s infrastructure in the familiar form of a school report card by assigning letter grades to each type of infrastructure.” From the executive summary: “Now the...

2013 Worldwide Threat Assessment of the U.S. Intelligence Community

Statement for the Record, Worldwide Threat Assessment of the US Intelligence Community, Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, James R. Clapper, Director of National Intelligence, March 12, 2013 Today, the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence held a hearing on current and projected national security threats to the U.S. The Director...

The NYPD and Muslim Mapping

Mapping Muslims: NYPD Spying and its Impact on American Muslims A report from the Muslim American Civil Liberties Coalition (MACLC), the Creating Law Enforcement Accountability & Responsibility (CLEAR) project, and the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) alleges that the New York City Police Department (NYPD) was engaged...

Still Picking Up the Pieces: The Two Year Anniversary of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Disaster

Today is the second anniversary of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant disaster that occurred in northeast Japan following a magnitude-9 earthquake on March 11, 2011. The earthquake, which developed on the ocean floor just off the coast of the country, generated a large tsunami which struck the power plant...