With the aim of providing information on recent Charter activations, news, events and related activity, the "International Charter: Space and Major Disasters" has issued its latest newsletter with the following topics:
The "International Charter: Space and Major Disasters" has been activated once more for China when on the morning of 22 July 2013 Gansu Province was hit by two earthquakes with a magnitude between 5.6 and 6.6 approximately and a depth of 20 km. Rescue efforts as well as local and international relief are already being conducted in the affected areas where some of the damages include power outages and disruption of communications. The areas suffering the worst harmful effects from the earthquakes were the counties of Zhang and Min.
The International Charter: Space and Major Disasters was activated on 8 July 2013 to provide satellite imagery for the train derailment and consecutive oil spill and oil fire in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec, Canada. The mechanism was activated by Public Safety Canada.
UNOOSA/UN-SPIDER participated as a trainee and observer in the Project Manager (PM) training for the International Charter Space and Major Disasters. The two day training course on 27 and 28 June 2013 offered sessions on the objectives and processes of the Charter and others on the specific roles of Project Managers. Demonstration and simulation exercises allowed the trainees to learn the whole process of coordinating activation and of providing adequate products to end users and authorized users of the Charter.