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Natural Disasters Essay

  • Submitted by: mickstick13
  • on March 18, 2009
  • Category: History
  • Length: 1,001 words

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Natural Disasters
Do you ever wonder what causes natural disasters?   Have you or a loved one ever personally witnessed or, heaven forbid, lost their life to one?   In 2007 alone, there were 63 recorded natural disasters in the U.S.   Between 2005 and 2006 there were 2,018 deaths and 5,326 known injuries caused by natural disasters. Some of the most popular disasters that are known throughout the world are Hurricane Katrina, the Narrows Bridge collapse of 1940, the eruption of Mount Saint Helen, and finally the massive earthquake of Tangshan.   Natural disasters have been known to occur throughout the entire world, in all places, sometimes injuring a few people to killing a few hundred thousand.   What is the cause to all these horrible events?   Why aren’t we able to avoid or at least prepare for these catastrophes?   These are questions so many people have while virtually no one really has any valid answers to.  
On July 28th, in the year 1976, at roughly 4:00 a.m., “the most devastating earthquake in modern times was the famous 1976 Tangshan magnitude-8 event in China, whose toll varies between the official 255,000, and a possible 655,000. This event truly began the modern era of intense seismic hazard monitoring in China and the West. Little is known of an earlier lethal earthquake that struck the Chinese city of Shaanzi in 1556. No magnitudes are quoted, and of course no recordings exist, but it is said to have taken the lives of 830,000 people.”   After the disaster was finished, 85% of the city’s buildings were either destroyed or so badly damaged they were unusable.   Prior to the earthquake, Tangshan held an estimated 1,000,000 civilians in its population; by the end of earthquake, it is said that half of the entire population was wiped out.   Everything from electric systems to, sewer systems, to radio communications and even the large coal mines and industries that required coal were seemingly fragile compared to this monstrosity of an earthquake.   The...

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