Ocean waves peaked at 100 feet, the height of 10-story buildings. Waves 30 feet high battered the New England coast, destroying 200 homes. Nine people died, including the six-man crew of a swordfish boat from Gloucester, Massachusetts. (CNN.com) Not only was a book wrote about this event, they later made a movie about too. But in spite of such amazing events in history caused by
Haiti also has large rivers that overflow in the rainy seasons and dry up during the dry season. The most recent hurricane/tropical storm was Isaac which hit Haiti August 25, 2012. It dumped massive rain which caused flooding and very strong winds. The last recorded hurricane prior to Isaac, was Tomas in 2010 which caused massed flooding and mudslides. According to CBC News World, “The storm hit Haiti's rural western tip hard, flooding the refugee-camp homes of quake survivors.” (2010).
Hurricanes Hurricanes can be one of the most deadly natural disasters in the world today. One of the most deadly hurricanes ever was Hurricane Hazel. This Hurricane struck in 1954 killing over one thousand people in Haiti, then it took landfall in the United States, South Carolina being its first stop. Through this essay, I shall explain the structure and the movements of Hurricane Hazel and explain how this hurricane was such a deadly force. Even though Hurricane Hazel had devastating winds, it was not known for that, it was known for its speed.
Hurricane Katrina was one of the deadliest and costliest hurricanes in the United States. Katrina made landfall as a category three hurricane on August 29, 2005. The initial landfall was made in the Gulf Region near Buras Louisiana and later at the Louisiana and Mississippi border at Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. Katrina packed sustained hurricane force winds of 125 mph, and extended out 75 miles from the eye of the storm (NOAA, 2012). Katrina’s damage was devastating to residents of the area affected.
Crisis Management: An Analysis of the 1947 Texas City Explosion Kevin K. Rice Columbia Southern University Abstract Texas City became the site of the worst industrial catastrophe in United States history when two merchant ships, the SS Grandcamp and SS High Flyer, carrying ammonium nitrate fertilizer exploded on the 16 and 17 April 1947. The Texas City disaster remains the worst industrial accident in US history. This disaster occurred prior to the realization that government entities needed to have emergency management plans. Since this major accident, major improvements have been made in emergency management ;however, the possibility of a disaster is always relative to the seriousness of the threat. This paper is a recounting of the events surrounding the accident, both before, during, and after.
(i) Description of Disasters: Hurricane Katrina is said to have been the most costly and deadliest hurricanes in U.S history, resulting in $81.2 billion dollars in damage and 1836 casualties6. The hurricane made landfall in New Orleans in the early morning of August 29th, 2005 as a Category 3 or 4 storm. The heavy rains that were produced as the hurricane moved inland, along with the poorly designed levees, caused all 56 levees in New Orleans to fail, resulting in freshwater flooding of 80% of the city15. Hurricane Katrina devastated an area over 160 km from the storm’s eye, which included parts of Mississippi, Alabama, Florida and most importantly, Louisiana6. It originally formed off the Bahamas, on August 23rd, as a Tropical Depression and strengthened to a Category 1 storm once it made landfall in Florida on August 25th.
Ryan Rosier Mrs. Ball English 9 February 27, 2014 Hurricane Katrina As Hurricane Katrina struck land in New Orleans people who didn’t leave the city were staring down the barrel of a loaded gun. Only Katrina’s gun was loaded with 140 mph gale force winds and crushing flood waters. The effects of the hurricane’s wrath were devastating enough to cause 75 billion dollars in damage. (Hurricane Katrina) Raging through while demolishing buildings, leveling entire suburbs, and taking thousands of lives was what this storm was hell bent on accomplishing. For those who didn’t leave the city, whether they couldn’t afford the costs, seeked the thrill of the storm, or just simply didn’t wanna leave on the opened interstates, (Beller) the storm
Hurricane Carol was among the worst tropical cyclones on record to affect the New England region of the United States. It developed from a tropical wave near the Bahamas on August 25, 1954, and slowly strengthened as it moved northwestward. On August 27, Carol intensified to reach winds of 105 mph (170 km/h), but weakened as its motion became to a northwest drift. A strong trough of low pressure turned the hurricane northeastward, and Carol later intensified into a major hurricane. [nb 1] While paralleling the Mid-Atlantic and Southeastern United States, the storm produced strong winds and rough seas that caused minor coastal flooding and slight damage to houses in North Carolina, Virginia, Washington, D.C., Delaware, and New Jersey.
Haiti Earthquake, January 2010 Terrah-Leigh Ann Pietersen On the 12th of January, 2010, an earthquake struck Haiti which measured up to 7.0 on the Richter scale. This caused an estimate of 230, 000 to 316, and 000 to have died. The earthquake was produced form the fault line that separates the Caribbean tectonic plate from the North American plate. The fault line ran from east to west. It was miles away from the capital called Port au Prince.
For example, Hurricane Katrina was a strong category five storm that was above average because of global warming. Gore mentions how textbooks were changed and how, in the United States, cities have broken all-time records for catastrophic weather conditions. Now is the time to act to prevent global warming before it destroys more people’s lives. Textbooks had to be rewritten when the first hurricane hit Brazil. Gore stated that the books used to say, "It's impossible to have a hurricane in the South Atlantic” (618).