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SpatialKey® and HazardHub collaborate to give insurers easier access to hazard data


by Sarah Stadler

SpatialKey Inc. (SpatialKey) is pleased to offer its insurance clients access to hazard data from HazardHub, a risk data provider. HazardHub specializes in developing proprietary models and processing past event data to help underwriters and exposure managers better understand the probability of future property damage, in order to write profitable business and maintain a strong portfolio.


Devastating earthquake hits central Italy: Respond now and plan for tomorrow


by Heather Munro

Photo credit: www.independent.co.uk

 A magnitude-6.0 earthquake rocked central Italy early Wednesday morning, killing more than 260 people. Losses are expected to be below that of the 2009 L’Aquila event, which Willis Re estimated to have £502 million in insured losses. The quake could be felt as far away as Bologna to the north and Naples to the south, and devastated centuries-old towns where historic churches and monuments dot the landscape.

The picturesque village of Amatrice was particularly hard hit, with the mayor telling The Guardian that “half of the town no longer exists.” The town of L’Aquila, which lost 300 residents during the earthquake in 2009, has promised to take in the hundreds left homeless in Amatrice.

As your insureds in Italy focus on rescue efforts and begin the grim task of sifting through the rubble left behind, you can get a more complete view of your potential exposure—and market opportunities—throughout the region.

Understand and act quickly on the impact to your portfolio

Centered about 110 kilometers northeast of Rome and about 35 kilometers north of the deadly magnitude 6.3 earthquake that hit L’Aquila in 2009, the Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia (INGV) estimates a magnitude of 6.0 and depth of 4 kilometers. Shallow earthquakes like these generally cause more damage, as was the case here.

To help you understand the extent of this and prior events, SpatialKey includes shakemaps from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) global library of earthquake footprints, which show the impact in and around the epicenter. You can easily visualize which policyholders have been affected and begin mobilizing your claims team to respond as quickly as possible.

Willis Re is already providing insurance companies with an assessment of their potentially affected risks by providing event-response analytics with SpatialKey.

“We have been assisting insurers in visualizing the event and their insured risks that are likely to have been affected,” explains Tim Edwards, Head of Europe, Willis Re Catastrophe Analytics. “We have applied the latest USGS event footprint in SpatialKey to individual client portfolios. This enables the identification of potential policies impacted by the most severe shaking intensities, including net exposures after earthquake indemnity limits. This has allowed insurers to work with their claims teams, senior management, and reinsurers and respond in a timely fashion.”

The image below is an example of the types of value-added analytics Willis Re delivers to its clients to support their event response efforts.


Ecuador Earthquake: How SpatialKey Helps Insurers Respond


by Sarah Stadler
Photo credit: cnn.com.

Japan’s Latest Earthquakes Underscore Complexities for Insurers


by Sarah Stadler
Photo Credit: Koji Harada/Kyodo News via AP.

What next? Assessing the damage after the M8.3 earthquake in Chile


by Sarah Stadler

Last week, Chile was shaken by a significant earthquake along its central coast. According to catastrophe modeling firm AIR Worldwide, an estimated $600-$900 million in insured losses is expected.


Analyzing Your Exposure Against the 2014 South Napa Earthquake


by Doug McCune

SpatialKey customers were able to quickly calculate potential exposure resulting from the 6.0 earthquake that struck near Napa, CA on August 24. The SpatialKey Earthquake App enabled ready access to earthquake shake maps published by the USGS within one hour of the quake, allowing our customers to respond quickly and confidently.

Introduction to our Earthquake App


by Tom Link

We recently announced the commercial availability of our Natural Perils Suite. Each of the apps in the suite are designed to more easily put hazard data into perspective for users throughout an insurance company from risk, portfolio, and claims managers right up to the C-suite.


Rapid Earthquake Exposure Assessment - Virginia Quake


by Tom Link

A 5.8 magnitude earthquake occurred in Virginia, a rare occurrence for the east coast.