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 Maintenance announcements
Maintenance announcements are posted here. These announcements regard the GDACS web site and the GDACS disaster alert system.
GDACS maintenance policy - Friday, February 14, 2014
To comply with JRC policy on security settings, GDACS servers may go offline on a weekly basis for basic maintenance. The maintenance will be limited to a few minutes around 11:00UTC on Fridays. This affects all GDACS services (including mobile services). JRC is working on a solution to eliminate the downtime. read more ...
Old GDACS system shut down - Friday, November 22, 2013

In June 2013, GDACS was migrated to new servers. The old system was still available as backup under the URL This system has now been shut down. If you have any links pointing to that URL, they will not longer work.

Solved issue with Australian mobile numbers - Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Australian users may have experienced problems with receiving SMS alerts from GDACS in the past months. We noticed a while ago that all SMS traffic to Australian mobile numbers was not processed well by our SMS provider. We’ve since worked with the provider on a solution, which was tested with a few users this week. All traffic to Australian mobile numbers should now be routed correctly.

GDACS Migration - Wednesday, July 17, 2013

The JRC will shortly upgrade hardware and software underlying the GDACS monitoring, alert and public web system. User registration and changes to the alert profile will be unavailable for a short time, but other changes should be transparent. The main changes are:

  • Complete overhaul of the Earthquake and Tsunami system for better performance and with new alert models for tsunamis, support for national sub-systems and for different alert scales
  • Upgrade of the geospatial database system from ArcGIS Server 9.3 to 10, with new features for better maps
  • Migration of hardware from JRC corporate web zone to a dedicated subnet with more flexibility for scaling and deploying new beta products, and reducing the servers from 15 to 8 more powerful ones in a new architecture.

The new system can be previewed on Please let us know if you notice bugs with services you're using, in particular for syndicated feeds. After the switch (which will be announced in a further message), the old system will be available on Please don't hesitate to contact us for further information.

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         9/21/2013 4:31:25 PM
bugs I have not noticed any bugs as of yet, but I will keep testing to see if I find any. Submitted By: David mansfield

         9/21/2013 1:12:19 PM
Earthquake Can you elaborate what are the new features or let's say what's the sense in upgrading ArcGIS from 9.3 to 10? Submitted By: Julian

         8/30/2013 10:47:19 PM
Links for Earthquake Alerts do not work Dear sirs, The links to the earthquake alerts in the RSS feed do not work. If I change to, it will go to the right page. Submitted By: Harold Lemon

         8/14/2013 4:06:59 PM
reports Hy Tom I cannot find the page where we put our reports on storm surge and tsunamis Ciao Gian Submitted By: Gianluigi

         8/9/2013 12:51:57 PM
GDACS RSS Feed -- Bad XML Hello, the GDACS RSS feed is invalid XML, and hence is invalid RSS. This is because the ampersand character (i.e. &) appears unescaped in the XML file. Please correct this mistake. Thank you. Submitted By: Mustafa

         7/18/2013 1:53:06 AM
Newsletter subscription Dear GDACS Team, Unfortunately I can not find the subscription for the daily newsletter in the user profile and would be grateful for your advise how to add the daily newsletter to a new profile. Thank you, Jutta Submitted By: Jutta May

         7/17/2013 6:24:46 PM
confirmation email Hello! First of all, this website is a great source of information... but I think that there is something wrong with your email delivery system.... I registered for an account yesterday and I have still not received the confirmation email. Could you please look into that and fix the problem? Thank you. Best Regards Sven Andersoon Submitted By: Sven Andersoon

         5/20/2013 4:30:16 AM
VO yesterday not accessible when pushing on button LOGIN. Also today "dead"... from Beijing. Submitted By: KüNZI Beat

         4/29/2013 3:06:24 AM
Access to GDACS and the VOSOCC G'day, I am a senior lecturer at Griffith Univiersity in Queensland Australia and a researcher in Humanitarian Logistics. As part of my research I am working with Superintendent John Cawcutt who is the operational lead for INSARAG in Australia. He has recommended that I seak access to GDACS and the V-OSOCC as part of my research, and I would ask if this is possible to achieve. Many thanks in advance Submitted By: Dr Peter Tatham

         4/23/2013 5:06:04 PM
DLR/ZKI alert account Dear colleagues responsible for GDACS, I recently want to modify the notification details for the alert information but unfortunately I can not find any person at ZKI who knows about the login information of our account. So, would it be possible to have a look at your data base for the notification emails and send me the login details for the account that is related to the email address? That would be perfect. If you should need any further information, please let me know. You can also get a confirmation via the email account to ensure that my request is legitimate. Many thanks in advance. best regards. Tobias Schneiderhan Submitted By: Schneiderhan