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RSOE EDIS: One of the Best Sites I've Ever Stumbled Upon

Updated on June 19, 2017
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During my daily morning stumbleupon internet surf session, I came across one of the best websites I have ever seen.

How would you like to have an interactive world map, with real time indicators of every disaster as it's happening? Bat Man Style......say hello to

RSOE EDIS WORLD ALERT MAP

...This morning I read that at 5 am Friday morning there was a major dam collapse in Zhoushan (Zhejiang Province) China, due to flooding. That there were also several earthquakes today(at least one major quake in Ahar, Iran).

I read that there's a case of animal rabies reported in northern New Hampshire (apparently a fox attacked two people as they were walking their dog, the second fox reported in a month), and that there is reportedly a higher than average number of shigellosis cases in Douglas county Nebraska,… all before I could finish my first pot of coffee.

In this article I’ll explain this site, how to use it, and give tips to further explore some of the emergencies if the information on the map is limited.

RSOE EDIS --"Prepared Citizens - Prepared Communities".

The Hungarian National Association of Radio Distress Signaling and Infocommunications (RSOE) manages the EDIS (Emergency and Disaster Information Service) from within it's own website.

Their objective is to monitor (and document) all emergencies and disasters on Earth as they happen. They monitor events 24 hours a day and broadcast in "near" real time. Let's explore the map.

Click an Icon to get more details. This Icon Reads "Technological Disaster" in Zhejiang, China
Click an Icon to get more details. This Icon Reads "Technological Disaster" in Zhejiang, China | Source

As you can see by just looking at the map, there is always something going on, somewhere. This map not only gives you a real time world view, but you can use this information to go deeper into any given disaster.

For example, the major Dam collapse in Zhejiang, China that I mentioned. I found this information by:

  1. Clicking on the flashing map icon in China, which opens up a pop-up window which read "Technological Disaster".
  2. Clicking "details" to see what kind of technological disaster this was.

By clicking "details" I can read further into a given emergency situation.
By clicking "details" I can read further into a given emergency situation. | Source

Unfortunately, not much more information was available from the details page.

***So I then

3. copied and pasted the EDIS number into Google:

By entering the EDIS number into google, you may be able to find more information on a given disaster.
By entering the EDIS number into google, you may be able to find more information on a given disaster. | Source


I was then able to find an article which was directly linked to the EDIS number. I found another good website, C4I for Humanity.

By using the EDIS and google, I was able to find another great site which was directly linked to the EDIS number.
By using the EDIS and google, I was able to find another great site which was directly linked to the EDIS number. | Source

RSOE EDIS has other great site features besides the map. If you scroll down (use the slider bar NOT your mouse wheel -- the map is interactive much like google maps), you will see event summaries in multiple categories, as well as a "level" indicator to the far right.

If you want more information, you can click the "details" icon on the far right and follow the same process as described above for the China dam collapse.

This is, by far, one of the most informative and impressive websites I have come across yet. It's awesome to be able to start your day with a world view, and, once assessed (in ten minutes or less), you can put down the site down and get on with your day!

Timeline below the real time EDIS map
Timeline below the real time EDIS map | Source

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    • howlermunkey profile imageAUTHOR

      Jeff Boettner 

      5 years ago from Tampa, FL

      Thanks Jesse! Yeah, I knew I had to write about that site as soon as I found it. It's fascinating, and really, a lot of the "disasters" aren't tooo bad. For example, a "biohazard" can literally mean a fox with rabies has been found in NH. (true story). But it is good to know what's going on, a lot of what you see on that map is very close to "real time" -- you can know about major earthquakes before they hit the news, and sometimes you find things that simply never make the news here....

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      jessefutch 

      5 years ago from North Carolina

      Man you never cease to amaze. This site is better than pink Himalayan sea salt for sure. This site is great. I never knew such a thing existed. I clicked on the site and before I knew it I'd spent 30 minutes clicking on all the disasters and hazards. It's sort of twisted but there is a degree of fun in looking at all of the dangers on our planet.

    • howlermunkey profile imageAUTHOR

      Jeff Boettner 

      5 years ago from Tampa, FL

      @neophonic, yeah, sometimes you have to look those up... (using the technique I show ya) .., a "technological disaster" for example, can mean (real example) a bursted Dam in China. a "biohazard" can be a reported case of rabies (a fox in NH recently), or even bubonic plague (recent reported case in Colorado) -- I just wanted to say also that while I feel the Site itself is cool, for the fact that I can know what's going on around the planet, I don't think that disasters themselves "are cool" , I'm actually quite the opposite, I would rather listen to music than watch the news ;)

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      Jakub Dubec 

      5 years ago from Europe

      Yes I am just wondering about biohazards! It is sad to say "Pretty cool".

    • howlermunkey profile imageAUTHOR

      Jeff Boettner 

      5 years ago from Tampa, FL

      Thanks neophonic :), yes its by far one of my favorite websites. You literally have a birds eye view of critical events that are happening around the entire globe, right on your desktop.

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      Jakub Dubec 

      5 years ago from Europe

      I never seen thing such like this i think. Interesting, thumb up!

    • howlermunkey profile imageAUTHOR

      Jeff Boettner 

      6 years ago from Tampa, FL

      Thanks dwachira, its one of the best resources I have found on the web, especially since it is very very close to "real time",(I know about quakes before they hit the news) and, because I know about things going on in the world that don't make the news here. Thanks for sharing this hub :)

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      [ Danson Wachira ] 

      6 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      This is a resourceful website to check on especially because it is giving information in "near" real-time. The number of people and businesses that can gain useful information from this site is enormous. Voted up, useful and shared.

    • howlermunkey profile imageAUTHOR

      Jeff Boettner 

      6 years ago from Tampa, FL

      7.6 earthquake rocks costa rica (RSOE reports 7.9)

      Major earthquake rocks Costa Rica, eaqrly reports suggest a magnitude of 7.9 . The quakes epicenter is approx

      87 miles from san Jose. The pacific Tsunami Warning center has issued a Tsunami warning for the coastline of Costa Rica

      along with Panam and Nicaraqua. There is also a Volcanic eruption just up the coast in Guatemala.

    • howlermunkey profile imageAUTHOR

      Jeff Boettner 

      6 years ago from Tampa, FL

      Awesome, Thanks so much Michelle :), I had a bad day today, and you have no idea how it feels good to hear something positive, thanks for stopping by again :)

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      Michelle Taylor 

      6 years ago from New Jersey

      Howler, I just needed to come back and tell you that this site has become incredibly addicting and I cannot thank you enough for introducing it to me :-)

    • howlermunkey profile imageAUTHOR

      Jeff Boettner 

      6 years ago from Tampa, FL

      Seriously? WOW, checking it out now. The first day I found this there were two major quakes in Iran, and I thought, "Yeah right", this site isn't real.... then the next day I heard about the quake on the news. Nuclear events ey? Checking it out now, Thanks for the Comment!

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      Daniel Sanderson 

      6 years ago from Behind a Firewall

      :D Bit worrying that there are nuclear events currently on there O_O hehe good find bud. TWEETED!

    • howlermunkey profile imageAUTHOR

      Jeff Boettner 

      6 years ago from Tampa, FL

      @nmdonders - Thanks for the feedback :), There is a lot of useful info packed into that website. You can use google or some of the other sites that are linked to get the scoop on what's going on. I bookmarked mine in pearltrees, so I can always get to it if need be.

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      Nira Perkins 

      6 years ago

      That's a really neat website, I just went to check it out. It's cool that you can click on the little symbols and it tells you what each is. I'm going to bookmark it so I can visit again. Thanks for the info!

    • howlermunkey profile imageAUTHOR

      Jeff Boettner 

      6 years ago from Tampa, FL

      unknown spy -- *smiles* , thanks so much! :)

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      IAmForbidden 

      6 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Jeff, THIS IS THE BESST!! Wow! Really cool and I opened it, there, it says "Flash Flood" on Phils. amazing. I'll always check this site for updates.

      shared!!

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      Terrye Toombs 

      6 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      lol howler. If you wanna see what I have to deal with, check out the "Proper care & feeding of a cowboy." The cowpoke with the black hat is my hubby. :)

    • howlermunkey profile imageAUTHOR

      Jeff Boettner 

      6 years ago from Tampa, FL

      @JanHeath -- Thanks for commenting. Great that its all right there on map isn't it? Feel like I'm in the Bat cave.

      @TT -- ha! , after the way you dealt with "fred" I can't believe he even dares to mess with ya!

    • howlermunkey profile imageAUTHOR

      Jeff Boettner 

      6 years ago from Tampa, FL

      @Modern Lady -- thanks for your comment, I look forward to reading your hubs as well

      @whonunuwho -- your name rocks. Thanks for the comment

      @NateB11 -- thanks for the feedback. Yep, that site is addictive, already spent way too much time there this weekend

      @moonlake -- Thanks, and yes, I agree, we can get worldwide news that, unless its catastrophic, won't make it to our media -- one of the coolest things I noticed was the amount of earthquakes that took place yesterday, not just the major quakes in Iran

      -- also interesting news from that site, the algae bloom in western australia that is killing fish, similar to the red tide here --- a theory suggests iron from the Saharan Air layer feeds Microorganisms that then cause the red tide (SAL HUB)… does the outback have similarities? hmmm, oops, I'm rambling lol....

    • TToombs08 profile image

      Terrye Toombs 

      6 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      My pleasure, howler! I showed the site to my hubby and he took away my laptop! :) No worries, I hit him over the head with a frying pan and got it back. :)

    • howlermunkey profile imageAUTHOR

      Jeff Boettner 

      6 years ago from Tampa, FL

      @ TT -- Thanks so much for the awesome comments and share! I just heard on the news this am about the quake in Iran, and thought, wow, knew about that as it was happening. Good site to bookmark for sure.

      @Michelle Taylor-- Thanks for your comment and Your Welcome. I'm trying to share as I discover :)

      @ChristyWrites -- Thanks again for your comment, and you are right, you never know what you're gonna find, fun when you find a gem.

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      JanHeath 

      6 years ago from Australia

      This is an amazing site. Thanks for sharing. It makes sense to have a world map of events but don't think I've ever seen anything like it.

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      moonlake 

      6 years ago from America

      How neat. We will get more news off this site than we do our own news. Voted up and more.

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      Nathan Bernardo 

      6 years ago from California, United States of America

      Great information and very interesting. Definitely want to check out this site some more.

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      whonunuwho 

      6 years ago from United States

      Thanks for sharing this valuable site. It will be great to review it from time to time.

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      Modern Lady 

      6 years ago from Chicago, IL

      This is really cool. I'm going to spend a ton of time here. Absolutely fascinating. Thanks for sharing it.

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      Christy Birmingham 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      That is very cool. I love that we never know what sites we'll come across on a certain day. Good job!

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      Michelle Taylor 

      6 years ago from New Jersey

      This website is fascinating! I have always been interested in natural disasters and I had no idea there was one central place that documents everything. Thank you so much for sharing this information!

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      Terrye Toombs 

      6 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Wow, howler, that is a REALLY freakin' cool website! Great job on presenting it! That could easily become addicting and way more useful than sitting on FaceBook all day! :) I'm sharing this one with THE WORLD! :)

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