* Name of film: Inside the Megastorm (Hurricane Sandy) * Date viewed: April 24, 2013 * Your name: Mohamad Syahir Sabar * Today’s date: April 29, 2013 PBS Nova has come out with 54mins documentary following the Hurricane Sandy that has struck the East Coast of the United States. The Hurricane Sandy mainly attacked the New Jersey, New York and Long Beach. The chronology of this natural disaster started from the October 22nd until October 30th when it finally hit the East Coast area. As the early expectation begins, Sandy started as a typical Tropical Storm in the middle of Caribbean. Like the normal storm, it was formed from the warm water in the Caribbean.
The storm gets bigger as the low pressure sucks in more warm moist air this also causes strong winds. The main impact from the hurricane was the national hurricane centre in Miami lost its radar, ammeter and satellite communications equipment, this reduced the ability to monitor and forecast storm track. A social impact was the loss of homes, 25,000 homes destroyed and 100,000 badly damaged. As wind speed was so high it caused jumbo jets at Miami International Airport to blow of the runways, also at Tamiani airport hangars and light aircraft were destroyed. Although the natural hazard was very destructive only 30 people died, and some of these deaths could have been prevented.
But on August 25, 2005, when Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans, everything changed. The levees failed, over 75% of the city was submerged in water and over 1,800 lives were lost. By the time the storm passed, over $81 billion in physical damages had been done. It is estimated that Katrina has resulted in the loss of over 230,000 jobs in Louisiana alone. When the storm struck New Orleans and the levees failed, the low-lying lands flooded at record levels.
The True Understanding of Hurricane Katrina In the essay, “Hurricane Katrina: Investigating the U.S. Government’s Failed Response” the author, Eliza Hubbard writes about the situations that accrued in Hurricane Katrina, which is one of the most destructive tropical storms ever to hit the United States. It affected many parts of the coastal areas of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama on August 29th, 2005, it affected New Orleans, Louisiana the most by causing the levees, which helped the flow of the river and stop flooding, to collapse. This lead to flooding in the city, where many bodies still lie beneath the dirty waters filled with debris. Hurricane Katrina attacked in two ways, one being the hurricane itself and the other being the flooding throughout New Orleans. The effect of Hurricane Katrina on New Orleans was extremely severe, resulting from one of the most deadly natural disasters in U.S. history.
The arguments involved myriad of people claiming whether or not Global Warming has anything to do with Hurricane Sandy. From my point of view, I whole heartedly agree with the writer’s statements that Hurricane Sandy is resulting from Global Warming. The writer clarified that Hurricane Sandy is an extremely unusual phenomenon which may have caused by the rising of water temperature. “In part, it’s because Sandy involved a highly unusual confluence of weather events, some of which may have resulted from a widely documented rise in global ocean and surface temperature.” (para. 3).
2. The official casualty estimate came to 567, including the crewmen and victims nearby. This is really considered to be an underestimate because of the severity of the explosion. Of the dead, 405 were identified while 63 never were identified. Of those remaining, 113 people were labeled missing.
To conclude, black people all over the world, wherever they live were for a long time victim of racism for their skin color. People treated them badly only because they had a darker skin color, forgetting that that we are all humans and the color of our skins an where we come from doesn’t indicate our personalities and beliefs. Black in America suffered a lot for reason of racism and went through the hard ships and difficulties
Poor standards of living for blacks were another cause of Montgomery Bus Boycott. This inspired blacks to desegregate buses as facilities were segregated, blacks were seemed and treated inferior to whites. Harassment from the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) was given to blacks. In 1870, in one county South Caroline alone was 6 murders and 300 whippings. KKK was hugely supported by whites and became the voice for poor uneducated whites who felt threatened in competing for housing and jobs.
| The amount of bodies out on the street caused a lot of diseases to spread, diseases like, cholera. They became a big problem. | Many hospitals and schools were destroyed/badly damaged along with the airport control tower. | They had trouble getting aid into the area because the airport was shut. And the situation had poor management.
The mega hurricane displaced millions and killed over 1,800 people. The irony of the hurricane come from the impact it had on New Orleans. The preparation for the hurricane in New Orleans was inadequate, people were not ordered to evacuate until less than a day before hurricane Katrina made landfall which lead to numerous