Hurricanes and Earthquakes

1652 Words Nov 17th, 2009 7 Pages
Hurricanes and earthquakes are two of the most dangerous natural disasters in the United States. They can be very disastrous and deadly. In the United States, there have been 73 hurricanes since 1954. Earthquakes are harder to detect because they have to have at least a magnitude of 5 ("Earthquakes per year," 2009). The amount of earthquakes detected in the United States was 1656 in the past 10 years ("Earthquakes per year," 2009). The World Meteorological Organization is the organization that can choose the names of hurricanes. At the beginning of the year, the first hurricane always begins with an A name, and continue down the alphabet (NHC, 2003). The letters not used to name a hurricane are, Q, U, X, Y, and Z (Netting, 2003). …show more content…
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Catastrophic Disasters Caused by EarthquakesCatastrophic disaster can occur with little or no warning. They may cause significant personal or property loss, and there is a greater sense of danger and helplessness than in predictable disasters. Examples of catastrophic disasters are tornadoes, earthquakes, and hurricanes. However, under certain conditions, normally predictable events may turn into unpredictable, catastrophic events. Earthquakes take place on planet Earth annually. The majority of earthquakes are so slight that they are not even noticed. The powerful earthquakes can cause numerous destructions and take place on the planet nearly once in two weeks. Fortunately, the majority take place in the oceans that is why they are accompanied with the catastrophic consequences when, for example, the earthquake causes tsunami. On December 26, 2004, giant waves hit the Indonesian, and Indian Islands. "One year after the tsunami tore across the Indian Ocean, the signs of devastation are still everywhere" (Casey, 2005). The amount of environmental waste can be seen after the water had subsided. It is unfortunate that catastrophic events have to happen in order for humans to react.
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