The 1985 Mexico City earthquake was one of the most devastating earthquakes in the history of the Americas. On Thursday, September 19, 1985, at 7:19 am. local time, Mexico City was struck by an earthquake of magnitude 8.1 on the Richter scale. The epicenter of the earthquake was off the Pacific coast of the Mexican state of Michoacán, a distance of 350 km, in the Cocos Plate subduction zone. It was felt as far away as Los Angeles, California.
9-1-1 The earthquake in Haiti, Hurricane in New Orleans, and the Demolition in San Francisco are all examples of National Disasters around the world. The human population has been affected by national disasters since the beginning of time; over billions of people have either become homeless, heart, and in most cases dead. The United Stases is the most powerful and richest country in the world yet the government and celebrities go out and help other countries spending billions of dollars on water, food, and shelter before helping people back home. We have more than 500,00 people homeless right now, that alone is a national disaster. Unfortunately, other countries aren’t so lucky; like Africa.
In this section of the report, the authors detail the rate at which destructive fire kills, injures, and causes property loss to Americans. The report states that fire claims the lives of 12,000 people every year in the U.S., making it the second highest cause of accidental death. That isn’t the only human toll, because there are also 300,000 people who are injured by fire on an annual basis. The authors expound on the injuries by detailing the painful experiences of patients who must endure numerous plastic and reconstructive surgeries. The price of destructive fire is estimated at over $11 billion a year in the U.S. Loss of businesses leads to loss of jobs, which is a price that is beyond calculation.
Later Tuesday night, the hurricane had subsided, but the superstorm it unleashed caused so much chaos in about 17 other neighboring states in the country, leaving millions with power shortages and homeless now. “The biggest problem is not the first few days, but the coming months”, said Alan Rubin, an expert in nature disaster discovery. The economic impact “Sandy” has left is immense as the destruction caused is estimated to be about $20 billion, and about $10 billion in lost
(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.
Historic Earthquakes Chile 1960 May 22 19:11:14 UTC Magnitude 9.5 The Largest Earthquake in the World Articles N.B. : The magnitude for this earthquake has been recalculated since the following articles were written. Magnitude 9.5 is a better determination of the size of this earthquake. More than 2,000 killed, 3,000 injured, 2,000,000 homeless, and $550 million damage in southern Chile; tsunami caused 61 deaths, $75 million damage in Hawaii; 138 deaths and $50 million damge in Japan; 32 dead and missing in the Phillippines; and $500,000 damage to the west coast of the United States. Abridged from United States Earthquakes 1960, by H. Carroll Talley, Jr. and William K. Cloud.
Trevor Palmer 4/30/14 5th Period 1960 Chilean & Japanese Tsunami Natural disasters can happen at any moment, ranging from the most deadly to just minor natural disaster, but on this day in May of 1960 something happened that will never be forgotten. They say it was the largest earthquake that ever happened off the coast of Chile and because of that a tsunami happened also. According to the Natural Disaster Organization “the earthquake hit at 7:11 pm approximately 100 miles off the coast of Chile”. The shock of the earthquake had a large magnitude of at most 9.5, this goes without saying that there were warnings of this going to happen the day before. The deadly earthquake caused a large amount of damage and death in the country and in the pacific coastal areas.
For three weeks they had to keep street lights during the day. Inhabitants of Oklahoma had to wear dust masks, the temperature stayed on 42,2°C. Because of this devilish combination many farmers were ruined, especially small farmers. The Dust Bowl meant the beginning of migration. 60% of population left this area, in Texas the population dropped from 40000 to 1000 people.
Hurricane Sandy left a huge impact on New York City. After the disastrous three day storm, many people lost their power, homes, and loved ones. Many trees collapsed on houses, cars and electrical wires. It caused a large amount of schools to be closed for a week and many of the schools served as a shelter home for the people that lost their homes. This hurricane killed about 40 people in New York City and most of the deaths were in Staten Island.
How the 1906 Earthquake Marked the Dawn of Understanding Earthquakes And the Study of the San Andreas Fault in California On the morning of April 18, 1906 at approximately 5:12 in the morning, the city of San Francisco was awoken to one of the most devastating earthquakes in the history of California. The earthquake and subsequent fires caused an estimated 3,000 deaths and over half of the city’s residents were left homeless, and the once wealthiest and most important cities on the Pacific Coast was turned to ashes and ruins (Zoback). Before 1906, little was known or understood about earthquakes, how and where they occurred, or the risk they posed. Although the 1906 earthquake manifested a groundbreaking and tragic event in California,