If current population trends continue, the already crowded U.S. coast will see population grow from 123 million people to nearly 134 million people by 2020, putting more of the population at increased risk from extreme coastal storms, which severely damaged infrastructure and property last year..
March 25, 2013
New England is expected to experience a “moderate” red tide this spring and summer, which may result in closure of some shellfish harvesting beds to prevent possible illness to consumers who might eat contaminated food, according to Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) scientists funded by NOAA studying the toxic algae that cause the harmful blooms in the Gulf of Maine.
NOAA and state and federal agencies that participate in the National Tsunami Hazard Mitigation Program are partnering again this year for National Tsunami Preparedness Week, March 24 – 30. During the week, NOAA urges coastal residents and visitors to be prepared for a tsunami and encourages communities to become TsunamiReady.