Case Studies

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2017 - Dry season and wildfires across California

 

Several massive wildfires ravaged across California throughout July with structural damages and evacuations being some of the consequences. The fires have been causing a state of emergency in areas all over California as they […]

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2017 - Severe flooding and mudslides in southern Japan

 

In early July, Southern Japan experienced one of its deadliest natural disasters when large swathes of the region were hit by flooding and landslides. While it is not unusual for Japan to experience such […]

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2017 - G20 highlights the risk of demonstrations during international summits

 

 

On July 7-8th world leaders from the members of the G20 group gathered in Hamburg, Germany for the annual meeting to discuss the international economic agenda. The meeting was attended by top officials from […]

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2017 - Storm and flooding in Western Cape

 

 

Between 6-8 June, much of South Africa’s Western Cape province, including Cape Town, was hit by a powerful storm which resulted in casualties and severe disruptions. The South African Weather Service reported it as […]

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2017 - Mora marks beginning of cyclone season in North Indian Ocean

 

 

In late May, Cyclone Mora lashed through Bangladesh and several other countries in North Indian Ocean region, causing widespread damage and disruptions to the local populace and travelers alike. Cyclone Mora as it is […]

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2017 - Ongoing insurgency and militant activity in North Sinai

 

 

As of the 2011 political upheaval and the subsequent instability in Egypt the Sinai Peninsula has seen an active insurgency by ISIL- affiliated militants. Over the course of six years the group calling itself […]

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2017 - Terror attack at pop concert in Manchester

 

 

On 22 May, an explosion ripped through a concert hall in Manchester, killing 23 people and leaving dozens more wounded. That incident would later become the second worst terrorist attack in the United Kingdom […]

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2017 - Trial of the Jakarta governor and subsequent protests

 

 

The trial of the Jakarta governor, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, or popularly known as “Ahok” was concerned with his alleged blasphemous remarks. Many have regarded the trial as a major turning point in Indonesia’s image […]

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2017 - May Day rallies held worldwide

 

Labor Day/ May Day/ International Workers’ Day falls on the May 1st every year in most countries across the globe. It is a day to recognize the contribution of the working classes that dates […]

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2017 - Stockholm terror attack

 

 

On April 7th, a terrorist attack occurred in Stockholm where a truck rammed into pedestrians in downtown Stockholm, killing four people and leaving at least 15 others wounded. The incident was later confirmed as […]

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2017 - Germany and undetonated WWII bombs

 

 

More than 70 years after the end of the Second World War, there are still undetonated bombs and shells all over Europe. Decades of post-war construction has uncovered many of these devices while building […]

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2017 - Protests and strikes in Brazil

 

 

On March 31st, in Brazil, there were nationwide protests against the proposed federal pension reform. These demonstrations were just the latest in a recent history of civil unrest in the country. Protests and demonstrations […]

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2017 - Anti-corruption protests across Russia

 

 

On March 26th, thousands of Russians took to the streets for anti-corruption demonstrations which demanded the resignation of Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev. Clashes between protesters and police occurred in a number of cities across […]

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2017 - Westminster Bridge Attack

 

 

The recent attack on the streets near Parliament was a reminder to the people of London, and the world, that even in what is considered to be a low-risk country, tragedy can suddenly become a reality.

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2017 - Filipino government terminates ceasefire with communist rebels

 

 

The Philippines is no stranger to an active insurgency, as they have been deeply entrenched in conflict with Islamic militants and communist rebels. When President Rodrigo R. Duterte took office in June 2016, he […]

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2017 - Anti-corruption protests in Romania

 

Unrest which had simmered during January exploded into full-blown mass protests in cities throughout Romania. The protests began on January 29th, after the government pushed through a controversial set of legislative amendments regarding corruption. […]

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2017 - Trump protests in the United States

 

The recent US presidential election in November, 2016, spurred a wide range of demonstrations across the United States. After what can be regarded as one of the most controversial presidential elections in US history, those unhappy with […]

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2017 - Presidential transition in Gambia

 

 

As travelers in foreign lands we rarely take time to study the political environments of the places we go to in detail. However, political developments can escalate rapidly, and cause disruptive or even dangerous situations for travelers abroad. […]

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2017 - Southern rail strikes in England

 

Since October 2016, Southern rail has been hit by several crippling strikes, which have affected passengers traveling between south England, south-east England and London. […]

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2017 - Shooting at Fort Lauderdale

 

 

On January 6th, 2017, a man opened fire in the baggage area of Terminal 2 at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Florida, USA. The attack killed five people and wounded eight others. The motive behind the shooting has not been […]

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2017 - Eruption of Turrialba Volcano, Costa Rica

 

A 2 km security perimeter was established around Turrialba Volcano, in Cartago Province, following several eruptions during December 2016 and January 2017.A state of emergency was declared in the surrounding area, including the capital of San Jose […]

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2016 - Berlin Truck Attack

 

On December 19th, 2016 a truck rammed into a Christmas market in Berlin, which killed 12 people and injured 56 others. The Berlin attack was a tragedy, and highlights the risk of terrorism in Europe. The UK Foreign Office placed a high threat from […]

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2016 - Flooding in East Malaysia and Southern Thailand

 

There have been regular floods in East Malaysia and Southern Thailand during the end of December, due to the north-east monsoon season. In 2014, the worst-flooding in decades hit the east coast peninsular of Malaysia, which completely paralyzed […]

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2016 - Earthquake and Tsunami in New Zealand

 

New Zealand often experiences earthquakes and tsunamis; however, this fact hasn’t deterred travelers from visiting the country. This part of the world situated on the Pacific Ocean’s Ring of Fire has caused 90% of the world earthquakes […]

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2016 - Wildfires in Israel

 

Large wildfires occurred in Haifa, Israel’s third largest city on November, 2016. Wildfires reached residential areas, forcing people to evacuate. A total of 600 houses were damaged during the wildfires. The first wildfire was reported in the Haifa area […]

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2016 - Hurricane Matthew

 

Hurricane Matthew was a category five Atlantic storm, which caused the deaths of an estimated 1,600 people. For others, there was serious property damage, floods, high winds and power outages. The storm hit landfall on October 2nd, 2016. For […]

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2016 - The passing of Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej

 

The King of Thailand, Bhumibol Adulyadej passed away on October 13th, 2016 at the age of 88. As the world’s longest reigning monarch, King Bhumibol was not only revered by the Thai people but also earned great respect from foreigners alike for his […]

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2016 - Philippines and Duterte’s war on drugs

 

Certain areas of the Philippines have remained dangerous for foreign visitors due to a high risk of crime and sectarian violence, especially western Mindanao and the Sulu archipelago. During the violence following the war on drugs there has been an […]

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2016 - Civil unrest in Kashmir

 

Jammu & Kashmir has been a disputed region for several decades, and insurgency movements are still widely active. Violent and deadly demonstrations have been commonplace due to the tensions between the Indian state and […]

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2016 - Protests in Ethiopia

 

Between August 5th to 8th, 2016, Protests were held in Ethiopia calling for reforms. The protests turned violent in Oromia, Ethiopia, during these three, protests escalated, and 90 people were killed by Ethiopian security forces. Intense protests […]

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2016 - Failed coup d’état in Turkey

 

After the failed coup d’état in Turkey on July 15th, Turkey’s government, and its institutions are now starting to normalize, even though the after effects are still being felt. The seriousness of this event asks many […]

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2016 - Nice Truck Attack

 

The terror attack in Nice, on July 14th 2016, illustrated that the risk of terrorism is still present. France is an extremely popular travel destination, with around 80 million tourists visiting the country every year. In the wake recent of high profile […]

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2016 - Protests in Argentina

 

On April 29th, 2016, public sector unions in Argentina organized a major protest event in Buenos Aires. The protests were centered around the Labor Ministry and gathered many thousands of people. The demonstrations, and the resulting […]

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2015 - Power Outage in Zambia

 

SAFEY reported that there was a power cut caused by a technical fault on December 22nd, 2015, which left most of Zambia without electricity. Alerts were sent to users in the area that the blackout was caused by faulty equipment, and that only […]

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2015 - Paris attacks

 

On Friday evening November 13th 2015, several establishments in the 10th and 11th arrondissements in Paris were attacked by a coordinated series of terrorist attacks. All SAFEY app users that visit France are automatically notified […]

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2015 - Volcano Eruption in Bali

 

Explosive volcanoes blast hot solid and molten rock fragments, and gases into the air. Ash can fall hundreds of miles downwind, and dangerous mudflows/floods can occur in valleys leading away from volcanoes. On August 6th, 2015, A smoke cloud […]

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2015 - Heatwave in Pakistan

 

In recent years, excessive heat has caused more deaths globally than all other weather events. A heat wave is a prolonged period of excessive heat, 10 degrees or more above average, often combined with excessive humidity. Heatwaves […]

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2015 - Barcelona shooting

 

SAFEY alerts can provide travelers with real-time alerts that can help them make the best decisions in unfamiliar places. A SAFEY user told us that they were heading to a dinner in the Las Ramblas area in Barcelona. As he was stepping outside […]

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2015 - Clashes and ethnic tensions in Ghardaia, Algeria

 

In July 2015 rivaling communities clashed in the town of Ghardaia, 600 km (373 miles) from the capital of Algiers. More than 20 people were killed and more than 300 people were injured before police and security forces were able to disperse […]

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2015 - Tunisia attacks

 

On June 26th 2015, the tourist resort at Port El Kantaoui, about 10 kilometers north of the city of Sousse in Tunisia, was attacked by militants. Thirty-eight people were killed, most of them were visiting Tunisia on holiday. All SAFEY app users that […]

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2015 - Zika Outbreak

 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a warning advising all pregnant women to avoid travel to Zika virus-infected countries. Where travel is necessary, strong precautions should be taken to avoid mosquito bites. […]

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2015 - Sandstorm in Bahrain

 

Dust and sand storms are an unpredictable phenomenon, but are common in arid and semi-arid regions. For travelers that aren’t use to Sandstorms, visibility is low, and the storms can cause discomfort for individuals for people suffering from Asthma […]

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2015 - Attack at Garrisa University, Kenya

 

On April 2nd, 2015, at Garissa University, the Somali-based militant groupal-Shabaab terrorists killed almost 150 people, primarily students, and wounded many others. During the attack SAFEY was able to send SMS alerts to all users […]

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2014 - Ebola Outbreak in West Africa

 

The Ebola virus causes an acute, serious illness which is often fatal if left untreated. The outbreak that occurred in March, 2014, caused worldwide, and intense media attention. The severity and spread-ability of the disease caused interest, and also […]

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2014 - Air Pollution in China

 

Beijing and other large urban centers in China suffer from regular problems with high pollution levels. In Beijing, high pollution levels have been recorded on several occasions in recent months without an alert being issued. The high levels of […]

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2012 - Typhoon in Philippines

 

In early November 7th 2012, Typhoon Haiyan, one of the most devastating storms ever recorded, caused great destruction throughout the Philippines and other parts of the South Pacific. SAFEY, days before the landfall of the storm in the […]

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2012 - Earthquake in Indonesia

 

In Indonesia on 11th of April 2012, an undersea earthquake occurred with a magnitude of 8.6, close to Aceh province. Tsunami warnings were issued in the following countries: Indonesia, Australia, Cambodia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, […]

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2011 - Kidnappings in Kenya

 

In September to October 2011 multiple kidnappings and attacks took place in the coastal resort of Lamu, Kenya, targeting foreign nationals. No travel risk advice was issued at an early stage by any local authority or international department of […]

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2011 - Tsunami in Japan

 

On Friday afternoon the 11th of March 2011, a devastating earthquake occurred outside the eastern coast of Japan. It was the most powerful earthquake ever recorded to have hit Japan, and the fourth most powerful earthquake in the world […]

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