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Australian Government Disaster Assist. Page Content This website provides information on assistance for current disasters as well as links to assistance and response to previous disasters that have impacted Australians, both in Australia and overseas.

Australian Government Disaster Assist

Assistance from the Australian Government may be provided to aid the recovery of Australians most affected by an offshore or onshore disaster. In such cases, this website will have up-to-date public information messages, relevant free call numbers, information on Australian Government assistance packages and links to other relevant websites. You can find information on financial assistance available for Current Disasters (since 1 July 2012) by selecting the state and territory affected on this map. Disaster recovery assistance The support and assistance provided by the Australian Government for each disaster is tailored to the needs of the affected community.Disasters before 1 July 2012 are on the Previous ​Disasters page. Please provide feedback. Ash Wednesday 1983. Victoria's natural environments are some of the most fire-prone areas in the world.

Ash Wednesday 1983

High temperatures and limited summer rainfall produces conditions of very high fire danger in Victoria's eucalypt forests. Sudden strong wind changes that can hamper efforts to control fires are also common. The bushfire danger becomes serious in some parts of Victoria every few years. However, bushfires as severe as the Ash Wednesday fires appear to occur six to ten times a century. Australian Emergency Management Knowledge Hub. Splash - Natural disasters articles and videos. Australian Government - Australian Emergency Management Institute. Cyclones - Frequently Asked Questions. 1.

Cyclones - Frequently Asked Questions

What is a tropical cyclone? A tropical cyclone is defined as a non-frontal low pressure system of synoptic scale developing over warm waters having organised convection and a maximum mean wind speed of 34 knots or greater extending more than half-way around near the centre and persisting for at least six hours. Every cyclone is unique varying according to a number of factors including life cycle, intensity, movement, size and impact (wind, storm surge and flooding).

Tsunami Frequently Asked Questions. What is a tsunami?

Tsunami Frequently Asked Questions

The name Tsunami, from the Japanese words tsu meaning harbour and nami meaning wave, is now used internationally to describe a series of waves travelling across the ocean. These waves have extremely long wavelengths, up to hundreds of kilometres between wave crests in the deep ocean. In the past, tsunamis have been referred to as 'tidal waves' or 'seismic sea waves'. The term 'tidal wave' is misleading. Even though a tsunami's impact upon a coastline is dependent on the tidal level at the time a tsunami strikes, tsunamis are unrelated to the tides. 2004: Thousands die in Asian tsunami. 2004: Thousands die in Asian tsunami Massive sea surges triggered by an earthquake under the Indian Ocean have killed over 10,000 people in southern Asia, with many more feared dead.

2004: Thousands die in Asian tsunami

An 8.9 magnitude earthquake under the sea near Aceh, north Indonesia, at 0759 local time (0059 GMT) generated the biggest tsunami the world has seen for at least 40 years. The wall of water fanned out across the Indian Ocean at high speed and slammed into coastal areas with little or no warning. Officials in Indonesia, Sri Lanka and India have all reported death tolls in the thousands and the figures are expected to rise sharply over the next few days.

Australian Broadcasting Corporation - /stories/mosaic. Cyclone Yasi. Category five Cyclone Yasi crossed the far north Queensland coast near Mission Beach, between Cairns and Townsville, in the early hours of the morning on February 3, 2011, bringing peak wind gusts estimated at 285 kilometres per hour.

Cyclone Yasi

Gallery: Cyclone Yasi The massive storm destroyed homes, shredded crops and smashed marinas and island resorts as it roared ashore. Because it was such a large, strong storm, Yasi maintained considerable intensity as it tracked inland into the state's north-west, finally weakening to a tropical low near Mount Isa more than 20 hours after it crossed the coast. While the towns of Cardwell, Tully, Mission Beach, Innisfail and many surrounding townships were badly damaged, the far north's major cities, Cairns and Townsville, escaped relatively unscathed. Although Yasi was one of the most powerful cyclones to have affected Queenslanders since records commenced, only one cyclone-related death was recorded. Key facts Key links. Australian Geographic: People Places Nature Culture History - Australian Geographic. Australia's official weather forecasts & weather radar - Bureau of Meteorology.

Education Resources for Primary (K-6) Grades. ABC - Australian Broadcasting Corporation. GCSE Bitesize - Natural hazards. Natural Hazards. More Info September 9, 2015 Fall Colors in Eastern Siberia September 6, 2015 Tropical Storm Leads to Floods in Japan.

Natural Hazards

Seismology Research Centre. Forces of Nature. Hazards. Historically, bushfires, floods, earthquakes, landslides and cyclones have caused loss of life and significant damage to property and infrastructure.


Bushfire Bushfires and grassfires are common throughout Australia and are an intrinsic part of Australia's environment. They can cause billions of dollars of damage and loss of life. Cyclone A tropical cyclone is a low-pressure system which develops in the tropics and is sufficiently intense to produce sustained gale force winds of at least 63km/h. Earthquake Earthquakes in Australia are usually caused by movements along faults as a result of compression in the Earth's crust. Flood Every year in Australia, floods cause millions of dollars damage to buildings and critical infrastructure, such as roads and railways as well as to agricultural land and crops.

Landslide A landslide is the movement of rock, debris or earth down a slope. Nuclear Monitoring Severe Weather Tsunami Volcano Emergency Management.