On the other hand in California in 1996-7 they were experiencing sub-tropical storms, it had been the wettest December in a while. Furthermore rail was falling at a high elevation causing snow of mountains to melt and increasing further water. Impacts included 23000 homes and buildings destroyed, 1200 evacuated and caused $2 billion in damage. This is less than the Philippines because they had some protection from levees on the Sacramento River however they did fail, due to the already saturated land. However it reduced the amount of water but also they had a bit of warning and many people got evacuated in time.
They are both convection storms, which means rising air causes low pressure and, in turn, makes air rush in from surrounding areas to create very strong winds. However, the area that each storm covers differs drastically. A hurricane can cover up to 600 square miles while blizzards are limited to much smaller areas. To compare and contrast hurricanes and blizzards, the main points of interest are how these natural phenomena are formed, and the destruction associated with them.
It registered a 7.0 on the Richter scale. The earthquake’s epicenter was extremely shallow at only 8.1 miles below ground, which released the energy close to the surface and intensified the shaking. The increased level of destruction led to a high loss of life. The earthquake epicenter was only 15 miles from Port-au-Prince and was the strongest earthquake to hit the area since 1770. “The 7.0-magnitude earthquake would be a strong, potentially destructive earthquake anywhere, but it is an unusually strong event for Haiti, with even more potential destructive impact because of the weak infrastructure of the impoverished nation” (Thompson, 2010, p.1).
Even though Hurricane Hazel had devastating winds, it was not known for that, it was known for its speed. Hurricane Hazel’s speed allowed it to do damage to seven states and parts of Canada. “Hurricane hunter planes found Hazel’s winds to have accelerated to 150 mph, and the storm was moving at an incredible forward speed 30 mph (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hurricane_Hazel)”. Those speeds are very fast moving for hurricanes, especially ones of this size. This shows that this hurricane was much more different and deadly from most hurricanes.
Since air is less dense than water wind can only remove fine sediment such as silt, sand, and clay, but unlike running water, wind is not confined to channels. It can have a widespread effect over vast areas, and the faster the wind blows, the more sediment it can move. Wind action in dry climates can result in thick, choking dust storms. Air pressure differences cause wind as air warms and cools and changes density. The extreme temperature fluctuations that can occur in dry climates causes winds to become stronger.
The primary effected area would be the damage of infrastructure, loss of power, fires and other potentially catastrophic hazards. Much of San Diego is located in low lying valleys and in a densely populated central business district, because of the strong concentration of people damage and loss of life from collapsed infrastructure and debris would be great. According to (Guzzetti& Carrara 1993 ) It is the location to human population that is key distinguishing feature of population risk .Furthermore much of the secondary effects like the loss/damage to property can be severe, according to (californiagreensolutions.com) in the past 26 years an accumulated amount of 19.43 billion dollars of damage has been attributed to catastrophes, and 19.43 billion has been related to earthquake damage. Conclusion Through my findings and research I have found that the two most common natural disasters that San Diego and its outlying areas are susceptible to are wildfires and earthquakes. Although the frequencies for earthquakes are relatively low the possible of catastrophic damage from one is a major possibility during the next 20 years.
Hurricane Sandy hit New York on 29th October 2012. Causes of the hurricane include the water in the Atlantic Ocean was 3 degrees hotter than normal. This is due to climatic change; the extra heat in the water was a major cause of the hurricanes formation. Warm water is vital in the formation; the water helped intensify the storm and enabled it to produce more rain. Another factor includes the rising sea levels; these enabled the storm to be much more damaging storm surge than before.
The Dust Bowl According to West (2011), the word Dust Bowl is generally understood as an area whose vegetation is lost and soil is eroded. He noted that Dust Bowl is majorly caused by drought or unsuitable farming practice. Hook (2009) on the other hand noted that the word matters much to the Americans than to any other group of the world. He noted that the Americans understand the concept Dust Bowl to mean the parts of the United States (i.e. Oklahoma, Kansas, the Northern Texas, and the New Mexico) which experienced severe soil erosion caused by the effect of windstorms in the 1930s.
Monitoring our Planet Katrina Park Argosy University There are many types of natural disasters caused by phenomena such as: earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions, floods, tornados, and hurricanes. Many times the phenomena that you think are most deadly are not. For example, many people believe that tornados or tsunamis are most deadly; however, floods and droughts actually kill more Americans over time. (Staff, 2013) By being able to predict the coming of some phenomena we are able to reduce the amount of lives lost due to them. There are still some phenomena that are unpredictable and can only be responded to after the occurrence.
The extremely high winds pick up debris, causing seemingly harmless things such as small pieces of Styrofoam or wood to become lethal projectiles. The winds can also cause extensive structural damage. The storms associated with tornadoes also bring hazards such as baseball-sized hail and intense rain around the vicinity of the tornado. To keep safe follow the instructions I mentioned before but the most important get to a low area and grab hold of something very strong or under a table . From the inferences I have made , we can deduct that tornadoes are hazardous to the Southern Parts of the