Natural Disasters

Despite all that humanity has accomplished, Mother Nature still likes to remind us from time to time of who's really in charge. Post all questions regarding the causes and devastating effects of the Earth's natural disasters including earthquakes, volcanoes, fires, floods, and tornadoes, into this category.

Asked in Hurricanes Typhoons and Cyclones, Natural Disasters

Who to call after a disaster?

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911 although they are likely to be overflowing with calls.
Asked in Emergency Preparedness, Natural Disasters

The role of NCC in disaster response?

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The National Coordinating Center (NCC) handles the day-to-day operations and response activities triggered by emergencies and disasters affecting the telecommunications infrastructure up to major disasters where the Federal Response Plan (FRP) is not activated. NCC functions: Receive damage reports, reports of service outages and estimates of restoration capabilities from affected government and industry entities. Monitor the status of the telecommunications industry and Federal Government response. Maintain contact with FEMA regarding the emergency or crisis.
Asked in Environmental Issues, Rain and Flooding, Natural Disasters

Which are the most vulnerable homes during floods?

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MOST VULNERABLE HOMES 1. Buildings, which are constructed with earth-based materials or using stone and brick in mud mortar are highly vulnerable to damage in heavy rains and/or floods. 2. The huts made from biomass materials like bamboo, leaves, thatch or light construction using metal sheets are easily destroyed in floods and washed away. 3. The occupation of areas within the flood plain of rivers has increased the vulnerability, especially in areas of high population concentration. Flood plains attract poor people because of inexpensive land values.
Asked in Car Buying, Environmental Issues, Natural Disasters

What are natural calamities?

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Earthquakes, floods, volcanic eruptions, landslides, fires, spontaneous tree limbs falling, winds, hurricanes, tornadoes, ice storms... Natural calamities are occurences, events or phenomenon that happen in nature of their own accord.or because of man(the use of celltowers,vehicles also cause damage to air)so these may occur NEXT ANSWER A- natural- disaster- is the effect of a natural hazard- (e.g. flood, tornado, hurricane, volcanic eruption, earthquake, or landslide) that affects the environment, and leads to financial, environmental and/or human losses. The resulting loss depends on the capacity of the population to support or resist the disaster, and their resilience.This understanding is - concentrated in the formulation: "disasters occur when hazards meet vulnerability." A natural hazard will hence never result in a natural disaster in areas without vulnerability, e.g. strong earthquakes in uninhabited areas. The term natural has consequently been disputed because the events simply are not hazards or disasters without human involvement.
Asked in Politics and Government, Meteorology and Weather, Natural Disasters

What natural disaster is most likely to kill you?

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According to Manswers, its an asteroid impact. They gave odds of 1:200,000 chance of an asteroid wiping out life on earth during your lifetime; which is higher than the individual chances of dying in a flood, earthquake, etc. The above is a ludicrous exaggeration (consider the source), and is factually false. Total extinction of the human race via asteroid (or comet) or other celestial impact is literally astronomically tiny. Even killing a substantial number of humans is highly unlikely. For instance, no human settlement in recorded history has been hit by a meteor or comet. (The odds of a large impact are estimated at 1 per 100 million years, according to the International Astrometical Union). Small impacts (causing damage on the order of dozens of megatons) are much more likely - on the order of once per millennium, but that damage is extremely local (essentially, equivalent death to a large nuclear weapon being detonated), and presumes that the impact happens in a highly urban area. Which natural disaster is most likely to kill you depends entirely on your specific physical location, and not just the country you live in. World-wide, taking humanity as a whole, floods and drought are by far the largest killers, historically. This has changed over the past half-century, as modern civilization has been able to significantly reduce the impact of many natural disasters. Currently, severe wind weather (tornado, cyclone, hurricane) is the largest killer. See the link below for the world-wide death rates due to various natural disasters.
Asked in Coastlines, Tsunamis, Natural Disasters

How do tsunamis happen?

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A tsunami (Japanese for harbor wave) can be caused when a large volume of water in a sea or ocean is displaced. Tsunamis can happen most anywhere that there is an ocean or giant body of water. They especially happen where major natural events like underwater earthquakes or volcanoes can happen. A tsunami can be generated when convergent or destructive plate boundaries abruptly move and vertically displace the overlying water. There is usually a movement underwater, like an earthquake, where the earth's plates push together, or a landslide, which causes a wave to be generated. When tectonic plates slide on each other, that's when an earthquake may happen. Because they can slide under the ocean, the impact can make the water form a giant wave. This wave is massive - nothing like what a surfer seeks. The wave can be meters high, and as it rushes closer to the coast it gains enough momentum to wreak massive damage on land. The momentum slows upon reaching land, but it is still a major force. Get in a pool or the bath tub and put your hand a good ways down and then pull it up quickly but not out of the water, pull up strong but don't break the surface and watch the result. Not exactly a tsunami, but a simple version of the science. Tsunamis can be caused from different kinds of events, including, but not limited to: Sea bed earthquake, displacing water (the most likely cause).Distance landslides into the ocean or sea.Tropical storms or hurricanes.Volcanic disruption.Meteor striking the ocean or sea. More details Most tsunamis occur when there are underwater seismic events such as an underwater earthquake or volcanic eruption. This normally occurs along plate boundaries. Subduction in convergent boundaries account for most tsunamis. This will cause shock waves to be radiated out of the epicenter. There will be a rise or fall of the seabed. This displacement will create a wave which cannot be clearly detected from shore. These waves can travel at speeds up to 700 mph (i.e. the speed of sound in water). As the wave gets nearer to the shore, the wave will compress and gain height in the shallower water. The waves can be up to 100 ft. (30 m) or more when they come ashore. Tsunamis can also occur because of landslides. When land subsides into water bodies (usually extremely large landslides), they can create a wave that resembles a tsunami. The wave of these kinds of tsunamis will not be very high, unless a huge volume of rock or ice is involved. Tsunamis can also occur when asteroids fall into the water bodies. This is extremely rare, and they must be extremely large to cause a large water displacement to form a wave. Meteorites will not cause high waves as they are usually much smaller than asteroids. Some meteorological storm conditions such as deep depressions causing cyclones, hurricanes, strong winds and other similar occurrences can generate a storm surge, which can be several metres above normal tide levels. This is due to the low atmospheric pressure within the centre of the depression. As a storm surge comes ashore, it can resemble a tsunami, inundating vast areas of land.
Asked in Natural Disasters, Coal (fuel source)

Why is dangerous to burn coal in a closed room?

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Burning anything in a closed room consumes oxygen. Additionally, the fumes from burning things can cause lung damage or even death due to smoke inhalation.
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What natural disaster occur in Florida?

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The most common natural disaster to occur in Florida would be a hurricane or flooding
Asked in Hurricanes Typhoons and Cyclones, Natural Disasters

What is the name of the instrument used for measuring natural disasters?

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There is no single instrument as there are different types of natural disasters with different things that can be measured. Anemometers, barometers, and rain gauges can measure wind, pressure and rainfall in storms. A seismometer can measure the intensity of a earthquake.
Asked in Hurricanes Typhoons and Cyclones, Predictions, Natural Disasters

How do scientists predict where hurricanes will strike?

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A hurricane is basically a heat-transfer mechanism for the Earth, absorbing heat in the tropics and carrying it to higher latitudes. As it takes energy from warm water, it interacts with the other weather systems it encounters. And while every hurricane is different, they all share common structures and influences. By creating mathematical models including temperatures, atmospheric pressure, and prevailing winds, scientists can forecast how these factors will affect the development and movement of a storm. Much of the programming of these models is based on the study of previous hurricanes. And because the factors are so complex and interactive, there is always a margin of uncertainty in any hurricane prediction.
Asked in Natural Disasters

How can slopes be stabilized?

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Improve your soil's ability to resist erosion by stabilizing slopes by increasing vegetation and trees. Straw, woodchips, or bark applied to a depth of at least one inch are effective in holding soil in place on slopes.
Asked in Singapore, Tsunamis, Natural Disasters

What would happen if a tsunami flooded Singapore?

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Singapore would get flooded utterly and nearly the entire island would be submerged underwater, along with large loss of life.
Asked in Tornadoes, Emergency Preparedness, Natural Disasters

What should you do when a tornado strikes your area?

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Go to the basement or the center part of your house on the lowest floor. Stay away from windows. Abandon mobile homes or vehicles for a sturdy building. If you are driving and cannot get to shelter move away from the approaching tornado at right angles, if possible. If there is not enough time to move or find a suitable shelter, leave your car and lie flat in a ditch or depression. Avoid large trees, metal poles and other electrical conductors as lightning can also be a hazard.
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What are disasters in the hydrosphere?

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Hurricanes Floods Oil Spills Pollution
Asked in Breast Enlargement, Meteorology and Weather, Natural Disasters

Who has the biggest natural breast in the world?

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Tina Small, a British model of the 1980's claimed to measure 84EE OR GG-22-34. Tina Small had a ten year career as a model and actress during the 1980's and not the 1970's as some report. Her book are Big Girls Don't Cry-an autobiography and a photo book of her pictures taken by John Xavier.Every Inch a Lady-Fling Publishing and reprinted by Amazon Publishers.Her movies are Big Girls Don't Cry,The Girl From Planet X-Part One and Part Two,Extra-Part One.Although Editor Dian Hanson on "The Big Book of Breasts"dosen't seem to know this or refuses to care. Terry Richardson and Benedikt Taschen, NYC, 2010. Photo © Terry Richardson When The Big Book of Breasts debuted in 2006 people immediately noticed that the cover image of this edition was roughly life-size. Once noticed, the urge to hold the book over the appropriate body part and snap a photo proved irresistible. These urges only increased when The Big Penis Book was released, followed by The Big Book of Legs, and The Big Butt Book, until it seemed each day's email brought new body part impersonation photos. Since TASCHEN loves creativity and hates waste, we're now offering you the chance to turn your favorite body part photos into valuable prizes! Just take a photo with your copy (or copies) of any one of our body parts books and upload it here as JPG. Creativity counts! Use our art to make your art and win your weight in art books!** Contest closes November 30, 2010, so don't delay. There's gold in them thar parts, and we aim to mine it all.
Asked in Meteorology and Weather, Natural Disasters

When is a natural disaster likely to occur?

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A natural disaster is always likely to occur. When I walk it happens. When I talk it happens. When I dance it happens. Here's what you need to know. I am hades.
Asked in Meteorology and Weather, Natural Disasters

What kind of natural disaster would happen in the middle east?

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Tropical cyclone over Arabian Sea would bring about heavy rainfall causing flash flooding. Any rainfall in this region can be serious due to the rapid run-off as the rainwater heads down to sea-level. Typically, dry river beds or "wadis" start flowing which hinders the road network.
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Why do rich countries cope better in natural disasters than poor countries?

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because rich contries normally have the money to fix it
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Is there a natural disaster that starts with f?

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Fire and flood are both natural disasters that start with 'f'
Asked in Japan in WW2, Meteorology and Weather, US in WW2, Natural Disasters

What are disasters?

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A disaster ,natural or human -induced ,is anything which causes harm to life ,property etc .
Asked in Meteorology and Weather, Global Warming, Nevada, Natural Disasters

Will the ocean rise to Nevada if all of the ice melts in global warming?

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If ALL the ice on earth melted, sea level would rise around 220 feet. Las Vegas is about 2,028 feet elevation. That gives you about 1,828 feet of buffer!
Asked in Natural Disasters, Yellow Fever

Is yellow fever a natural disaster?

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I should think so because it had a devastating effect.