Sinkholes Research Paper

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Antipode 273, 1995, pp. 221-241 ISSN 0066 4812 LOS ANGELES AFTER THE STORM: THE DIALECTIC OF ORDINARY DISASTER Mike Davis" Once or twice each decade, Hawaii sends Los Angeles a big, wet kiss. Sweeping far south of its usual path, the westerly jetstream hijacks waterladen tropical air from the Hawaiian archipelago and hurls it toward the Southern California coast. This "Kona" storm system - dubbed the "Pineapple Express" by television weather reporters - often cames several cubic kilometers of water, or the equivalent of half of Los Angeles's annual precipitation. And when the billowing, dark turbulence of the storm-front collides with the high mountain wall surrounding the Los Angeles Basin, it sometimes produces rainfall of a…show more content…
Otherwise, the scenes were those of an ordinary, familiar disaster: Power was cut off to tens of thousands of homes. Sinkholes mysteriously appeared in frontyards. Pet animals and several children were sucked into the deadly vortices of the flood channels. Reckless motorists were drowned in flooded intersections. Lifeguards had to rescue shoppers in downtown Laguna Beach. Million-dollar homes tobogganed off their hill-slope perches. * Mike Davis is the author of City of Quartz: Excavating the Future in Los Angeles (Vintage 1991). He is currently completing a new book, Ecology of Fear (Knopf, forthcoming) on Los Angeles' continuing ordeal of recession, not, flood, fire and earthquake. He teaches environmental history at the University of Southern California and the Claremont Graduate School. 0 1995 Editorial Board of Antipode. Published by Blackwell Publishers, 238 Main Street, Cambridge, MA 02142, USA, and 108 Cowley Road, Oxford OX4 IJF UK. 222 MIKE DAVIS Apocalypse Themepark What was exceptional was not the storm itself (a “20-year event” according to meteorologists),but the way in which it was instantly

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