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November 30th, 2018

Mw 7.0 Earthquake – Near Anchorage, Alaska

Posted at 4:59 PM ET

alaska-eq_small_newA magnitude (Mw) 7.0 earthquake was reported near Anchorage, Alaska around 17:29 UTC on November 30 (8:29 local time), according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). The epicenter was located at a depth of 44.1 km and about 12.9 km (8.0 miles) north of Anchorage, Alaska. A tsunami warning was issued but later lifted by the U.S. National Weather Service. Initial media reports indicate that the event rendered considerable damage to infrastructure including roads, power and water, along with significant transportation disruption. Damage has been reported to buildings including interior damage and some cracked foundations with some building collapses. Initial media reports indicate no fatalities or injuries, although survey efforts are still ongoing.

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November 29th, 2018

Wildfire Activity - California - Update

Posted at 7:25 PM ET

calwildfires_small1Recent wildfire activity has rendered especially severe impacts to areas of California, including areas of Butte, Los Angeles and Ventura Counties. Rates of extreme fire spread were enabled by especially dry, windy conditions on November 8 and the days following. Aggressive firefighting efforts allowed containment efforts to progress despite adverse conditions over the following week. Periods of heavy rainfall have recently allowed firefighting crews to bring the last of the fires to 100 percent containment over the last week. The Camp, Woolsey and Hill Fires have burned an estimated 20,297 structures since November 8, including at least 13,972 residential structures from the Camp Fire alone, according to Cal Fire statistics. These fires have also claimed at least 91 lives. Recent heavy rainfall has amplified the threat for flash-flooding and debris flows in and around the burn scars. Media reports indicate estimated insured losses for the Camp and Woolsey Fires of around USD 9-13 billion as reported by RMS. It will take some time to determine the full scope and severity of this event as search, recovery and survey efforts continue. Our first thoughts and concerns remain with those lost and directly affected by this event.

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November 14th, 2018

Wildfire Activity – California

Posted at 9:37 PM ET

calwildfires-smallSignificant wildfires have affected areas of northern and southern California due to extremely dry, windy conditions and very dry fuels. In Northern California, the Camp Fire has burned at least 130,000 acres since November 8 and claimed at least 48 lives, making this the deadliest wildfire in known California history. Damage survey efforts are still ongoing, however initial reports indicate at least 7,600 residences destroyed with another 225 damaged. Meanwhile in Southern California, the Woolsey Fire has consumed at least 97,620 acres along with 483 structures, and at least two lives. Ongoing dry, windy conditions have offset containment efforts. However, aggressive firefighting efforts of over 5,100 firefighters have brought the Camp Fire and Woolsey Fire to 35 and 47 percent containment, respectively. The cause of these fires remains under investigation, according to Cal Fire. A federal disaster area has been declared to better allow emergency assistance. Improving weather conditions should enable greater progress with containment efforts over the coming days.

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November 12th, 2018

Increasing Frequency of Extreme Weather Events in Asia Pacific

Posted at 1:00 AM ET

_offset_472526_smallThe Asia Pacific may be the most adversely impacted region by the pronounced increase in the frequency of extreme weather events around the world. The Guy Carpenter Asia-Pacific Catastrophe Report 2017 projects an increase in economic losses from natural disasters in Asia, which amounted to USD 126 million a day between 2006 to 2015 (1).

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October 31st, 2018

Flood Risk Challenges in Asia - GC@SIRC Commentary

Posted at 9:00 PM ET

mark-weatherhead-finalMark Weatherhead, Head of Model Development, International

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  • Asia is particularly prone to flooding because of three factors: hydrology, population density and mitigation rate
  • To improve loss assessments, hazard data should be combined with other data types, such as probabilistic event sets and defense information
  • Guy Carpenter has made a significant investment in data and technology to help our clients improve their understanding of flood risk

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October 29th, 2018

Closing the Gap: Insurance Penetration and Public Sector Risk Financing in Asia Pacific - GC@SIRC Commentary

Posted at 10:00 PM ET

michael-schwarz_resizedMichael Schwarz, Head of Public Sector, Asia Pacific

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  • Our industry should be a critical contributor to increasing community resilience against volatility and shocks to their environments
  • Public-private risk-transfer partnerships offer a huge opportunity for the insurance industry to grow. However, one size does not fit all. In addition to technical expertise, specific knowledge and understanding of client needs are essential
  • Recent functional risk transfer mechanisms are using data, analytics and modeling to spur change in the landscape around flood, droughts and other perils

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October 29th, 2018

2018 Asia Pacific Catastrophe Reinsurance Report

Posted at 9:00 PM ET

front-cover150x140Guy Carpenter has released its 2018 Asia Pacific Catastrophe Reinsurance Report. The report reviews property catastrophe cover trends; market conditions, including losses and pricing; and catastrophe events in each of the major Asia Pacific countries during 2018.

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October 23rd, 2018

Closing the Gap: Public Sector Risk Financing Solutions Increase Community Resiliency - GC@BB Commentary

Posted at 1:00 AM ET

clark_jonathan-headshotJonathan Clark, Head of Public Sector Specialty, U.S.

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  • Only 33 percent of economic disasters are alleviated through (re)insurance
  • Recent functional risk transfer mechanisms use advances in data, analytics and modeling
  • Guy Carpenter and GC Securities* are working with over 100 public entities around the globe

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October 13th, 2018

Hurricane Michael

Posted at 11:11 AM ET

michael_smallHurricane Michael made landfall on October 10 as a high-end Category-4 hurricane on the Florida Panhandle, with maximum sustained winds of 155 mph. The storm rendered severe to complete damage to areas from Panama City to Port Saint Joe, with especially severe damage in Mexico Beach due to severe wind and storm surge. Damage due to wind has caused roof and wall collapse, especially for cinderblock construction and even commercial properties. Some coastal areas of Mexico Beach have been scoured to the foundation by storm surge and wave battering. At least twelve fatalities have been reported by media, although this number could rise as damage survey and search and rescue efforts continue. Our thoughts and concerns are with those lost and directly affected by this event. Hurricane Michael is the strongest hurricane to affect the Continental U.S. since Hurricane Andrew (1992).

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