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 Emergency Preparedness, Natural Disasters
The role of NCC in disaster response?
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.
Which are the most vulnerable homes during floods?
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.
What are natural calamities?
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.
What natural disaster is most likely to kill you?
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?
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.
What is the name of the instrument used for measuring natural disasters?
How do scientists predict where hurricanes will strike?
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.
What should you do when a tornado strikes your area?
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.
Who has the biggest natural breast in the world?
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.