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According to a statement, released by World Bank, Sri Lanka is the first South Asian country to receive funding for natural disaster protection works. The development policy loian of $102mn comes with a Catastrophe Differed Drawdown Option, meaning that credit can be drawn partially or in full if the country declares a state of disaster. 

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A new report with updated earthquake maps, issued by the U.S. Geological Survey, reveals the 16 states recognized as high risk areas for seismic activity. In addition, areas of 42 states, located in the country's western half, Midwest and Southeast have been identified to be at risk of earthquakes in the next 50 years, while the report includes geologists' predictions of the places, intensity and frequency of future shakes.

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A mega-project natural gas pipeline, proposed to pass through Michigan heading to Ontario, upsets Michigan residents, who fear that their properties will be torn up again as it happened with the Line 6B about a year ago. Despite the construction company's estimates of thousands of new temporary as well as permanent jobs and tax revenue benefits, locals strongly oppose the pipeline construction perspective.

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Geocomp is awarded a contract to provide Structural Health Monitoring for the new Tappan Zee Bridge, in South Nyack and Tarrytown over Hudson River in New York.

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An educational initiative aiming in introducing secondary school students to the duties of geotechnical engineers was undertaken by the Hong Kong government early July. The Day Camp included a series of talks and hands-on activities for efficient understanding of the basic principles of soil mechanics. 

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Geoengineer.org would like to extend a warm welcome to its newest annual corporate sponsor, Wykeham Farrance, brand of the Controls Group, and thank them for their valued support to our efforts to advance the geoprofession!

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Bentley System has announced the availability of its new SewerGEMSSewerCADCivilStorm, and StormCAD V8i (SELECTseries 4) products for the analysis and design of wastewater and stormwater systems. The new releases provide advanced hydraulic and operational capabilities for an increased depth of information modeling that empowers users to evaluate and compare a wider range of network considerations. Through theoptioneering feature, users are able to assess trade-offs across disciplines and systems in terms of cost, time, and efficiency. This allows them to make better-informed decisions that result in better system performance. The SELECTseries 4 releases also help streamline the information modeling process – saving time and money.

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A century-old stone block retaining wall failure, after heavy rain occurring in late April and captured on video, resulted in blocking Baltimore's railroad network. In total, eight parked cars, light poles and tons of soil - slid approximately 40 feet down, covering the adjacent train tracks below with debris. No one was injured and many homes were evacuated. City officials said at the time of the landslide that people living  in the houses across the collapsed wall may not be allowed to return in their homes for up to 40 days.

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2014 is the year of the 20th anniversary of the opening of the Channel Tunnel linking France with the United Kingdom and the 50th anniversary of the agreement that led to its construction. The Channel Tunnel is among the list of the world's nine most amazing tunnels. Have a look of these marvels of underground construction in today's news item! 

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Initially characterized as a super typhoon, Neoguri is devastating Japan with heavy rainfall, major landslides and at least three casualties in the central town of Nagiso. Luckily, the typhoon - reaching wind speeds of about 155mph - has weakened and was downgraded to a tropical storm as it moves towards Tokyo and Osaka. Typhoons are frequent in Japan, however, it is still early in the season for such strong and devastating storms. Watch the video below, showing a mudslide as recorded on camera!

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