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Natural Disasters

Autor:  nikky  11 December 2011
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Natural Disasters

As a teenager who grew up in the Bay Area on top of the San Andreas Fault, I have grown to become used to earthquakes. That is, I have grown accustomed to experiencing minor tremors. I have never experienced any quake strong enough to cause any major damage; such as the earthquakes that struck Haiti and Japan. In my lifetime I have felt, roughly, fifty to sixty earthquakes. To someone who grew up in the middle of America that may seem like a lot; but in reality, it isn’t as scary of a number as it may seem. It may even be more than that. That number includes only minor quakes that I may not have even felt; earthquakes that caused no damage at all. Almost every day there are small earthquakes throughout California along the fault that no one may have ever felt.

Although I may have a lot of experience with earthquakes, I learned a lot of new information that I didn’t previously know. I assumed that any and all earthquakes were considered natural disasters. Wordiq.com defines a natural disaster as “a natural event with catastrophic consequences for living things in the vicinity.” As this definition shows, I was way off in my interpretation of natural disasters. Various types of natural disasters include earthquakes, droughts, floods, hurricanes, tornadoes and tsunamis. Earthquakes and hurricanes are the most common of the few listed above. Those are the ones we hear about most often. When I think of the biggest natural disasters I have heard about, three of them jump into my head immediately: Hurricane Katrina, the Japan earthquake and the Haiti earthquake. Sometimes natural disasters can lead to other catastrophic events. This was the case with the Japan earthquake. The Japan quake occurred approximately 43 miles off the coast of the Oshika Peninsula. The 8.9 magnitude earthquake caused a tsunami which flooded parts of Japan with large amounts of water. It was just one disaster that led to two others which, in turn, caused great destruction to many parts of Japan. The quake led to a tsunami, which led to the flood. This one huge disaster took more than fifteen thousand lives, while injuring close to six thousand making it one of Japan’s and one of the world’s deadliest disasters.

In today’s society, people are intrigued by disaster. That is why when one occurs they will begin to think of one thing: “How many people were either killed or injured”. After that, they will learn about how much damage was done to th ...