By: P. Payne
Spring is here and the threat of tornados in "tornado alley" already has begun with storm damage in a nearby town. Each year, when clouds form and storms begin, area residents watch television weather reports with trepidation and ready themselves to take cover if necessary...
The economic impact of blizzards
By: Keith Needham
Blizzards certainly affect the economy both for good and for ill. Blizzards are severe snowstorms usually accompanied by high winds and what are called "white-out" conditions. In white-out conditions, traffic grinds to a standstill. People are force to stay home from work; while emergency workers...
By: Jane Allyson
It is a common misconception that people are killed by lava and ash as a result of a volcanic eruption. In fact, lava is made up of liquid rock that has been superheated to a temperature of up to 1250 degrees centigrade, and is a...
The mythology of natural disasters
By: Jordan Cropper
Humans have always needed stories to reassure them about what is really in the dark. Historically, no culture has yet been able to separate itself from myths, legends, religions and the other lore any society seems to love. We see that myths have arisen to...
What is wildfire modeling?
By: Vance Clear
Wild fire is a danger in any community, city or location that you live. Fires occur in all parts of the country as well as the world, some areas obviously more than others. They can be small or large causing little damage or causing millions...
The difference between shallow-focus and deep-focus earthquakes
By: Anne StClair
The terms shallow focus and deep focus (and a third term: intermediate focus) earthquakes relates to the depth below the earth's surface at which the earthquake occurs.An earthquake originates at a point known as the focus or hypocentre, and most occur less than 70...
How tornadoes form
By: Cheryl Gregory
Tornadoes are one of the most destructive forces that Mother Nature delves out to the earth's inhabitants. This violently rotating column of air will make a wide and damaging path through areas of their choice at wind speeds of up to 300 miles per hour...
The deadliest earthquakes on record
By: Frances Stanford
Earthquakes are caused by the natural movements of the shifts that occur in the plates of the Earth fall beneath the surface of the land. Not all of them cause any damage. especially those that occur out to sea. In areas where earthquakes rarely happen...
Nuclear Pollution: Causes, effects and preventive measures
By: Jordan Cropper
It would seem that mankind feels a need to always leave some kind of legacy, some kind of lasting trace. Sadly, it also seems that these influences are almost always very bad for where we leave them. This planet is incredibly polluted, and it is...
A guide to drought mitigation strategies
By: Avinash Mendha
Drought is a natural hazard, it has slow impact, and it evolves over months or even years. Drought occurs when there is subnormal rainfall, erratic rainfall, or higher water need or combination of all the factors. The impact of increasing population has become a point...

 

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