How Natural Disasters Affect the Environment

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How Natural Disasters Affect the Environment Author's name Author's institutional affiliation Author's note How Natural Disasters Affect the Environment A natural hazard is a geophysical, atmospheric or hydrological event (e.g., earthquake, landslide, tsunami, windstorm, flood or drought) that has the potential to cause harm or loss, while a natural disaster is the occurrence of an extreme hazardous event that impacts on communities causing damage, disruption and casualties, and leaving the affected communities unable to function normally without outside assistance. ~Petrucci, 2012 Natural disasters inherently affect the environment because they examples of extreme weather and weather is an aspect of the environment. Yet, the affects and effects of natural disasters are not limited to the conditions that precipitate the weather or the extreme weather conditions themselves. The environment often undergoes a lengthy transition back to normalcy and balance following a natural disaster. The paper explores the diversity of the consequences to the environment after the occurrence of a natural disaster. One of the most common side effects in the aftermath of a natural disaster is air pollution and/or contamination. There are a great variety of natural disasters. Meaning, natural disasters can take many forms. A common characteristic of natural disasters is wind. Wind accompanies natural disasters such as great fires, tornadoes, hurricanes, blizzards, and more. Wind as part
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