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Magnetic Storms

Posted by on Oct 25, 2014 in Articles, types of natural disasters | Comments Off on Magnetic Storms

  Magnetic storm is a momentary commotion of the planet’s magnetosphere. In short, it is a world wide magnetic turmoil. It is usually caused by a solar shock wave that interrelates with the planet’s magnetic field. It happens only on the outer space, however the impact of it can be felt around the globe because of a sudden change in the magnetic field. If you trace a Southward magnetic field that weakens those towards north, then that is a concrete sign of magnetic storm. After several years of study with regard to this matter, experts successfully introduced Dst, which stands for, Disturbance Storm. It is a way of measuring the level of magnetic field of a certain planet. They measure it by using magnetometer that is located in different stations.   Alexander von Humboldt is the one that discovered...

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Landslide

Posted by on Sep 3, 2014 in types of natural disasters | Comments Off on Landslide

Landslide Landslide – Mudslide Nature is indeed unpredictable, today you might experience fair and sunny weather but tomorrow might be a whole different one. As a result, people are experiencing different kinds of natural calamity most of the time such as storm, hurricanes, volcanic eruptions, tornadoes, and a lot more that might lead to floods, storm surge, or even landslide, and mudslide that can cause serious accidents or in worst case scenario, death. Landslide and Mudslide are somewhat two different kinds of after effect that might experience after a particular heavy rain. Landslide refers to the downhill movement of a certain volume of soil that might include rock and any other type of debris on the surface. This can absolutely result to a huge destruction depending on the amount of the landslide. There are four types of landslide and...

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Natural Disasters

Posted by on Aug 13, 2014 in types of natural disasters | Comments Off on Natural Disasters

Natural Disasters There is little worse than a natural disaster. These types of disasters come in all shapes and sizes and do not discriminate. A natural disaster is any event that occurs from nature and is not manmade, such as a tornado, a volcanic eruption, a hurricane, flood, or an earthquake. These disasters are often tragic and can come with fatal repercussions. There are plenty of victims every month involving natural disasters and it would help other people to avoid those situations if they better prepared for them. Earthquakes are sudden releases of energy in the Earth’s crust that create seismic waves. These happen all the time, without us even feeling them, but the ones that catch our attention are ones of high magnitude. These can shift buildings, put cracks in the street, and can cause billions in damage....

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Impact of Meteor or Asteroid

Posted by on Jul 4, 2014 in types of natural disasters | Comments Off on Impact of Meteor or Asteroid

      When a Meteor or Asteroid Hits Earth Recent studies show that the likelihood of a meteor crashing on earth is ten times greater than we formerly thought. A few months back, a sizable meteor burst over a Russian city smashing most of the building windows in its impact. A meteor explosion occurred over Chelyabinsk last February 15 is the first ever meteor impact that has been video-recorded and it has caused considerable damage and a few injuries. It may be the biggest airburst that happened on earth since the 1908 incident at Tunguska event which is also in Russia. A sizable chunk of the Chelyabinsk meteorite weighed almost 1,500 pounds which is, to date, the biggest fragment discovered. The extermination of the dinosaurs during the Jurassic period more than 60 million years ago is largely believed...

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Sandstorm

Posted by on Jul 4, 2014 in types of natural disasters | Comments Off on Sandstorm

    You always experience a storm which brings both light and heavy rain or ice particles like snow and hale but have you experienced sand? The particles of red, white, or yellow sand covers the sky like thin sheets of blanket. It can make the clearest sky as dark as the night. This type of storm is natural occurring but violent, mostly in the areas near deserts. It occurs usually during the day. It causes property damage and a lot of cleaning. It can be as tall as skyscrapers or even more. Sandstorms are created by the convection currents when a certain area receives too much heat causes an unstable weather. As the wind blows strong air from place to place, it lifts to topsoil and carries sand particles thus creating a huge cloud storm. These are called...

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Avalanche

Posted by on Jun 30, 2014 in types of natural disasters | Comments Off on Avalanche

  Avalanche Snow During the course of the summer season, you often find yourself travelling to different tourist destinations because of the heat. One tourist destination that you can travel to is the Alps. It is a sure hit that you will go here because of its cold weather, magnificent view of the mountain ranges, the heavenly snow and the winter activities you can do. Snow, in this location is often thick, deep and sometimes dangerous depending on the accumulation of ice that cannot support its own weight thus causing an Avalanche.   An avalanche is a natural occurring disaster that can be compared to a landslide. It gains speed over 80 miles/hour within 5 seconds and power as it goes down the mountain side. Even if you shout or yodel, an avalanche will not occur. It takes 140...

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Fire Natural Disaster

Posted by on Jun 19, 2014 in types of natural disasters | Comments Off on Fire Natural Disaster

  Fire information and Fire natural disaster   Fire is perhaps one of the most common, dangerous, and deadliest disasters that might happen to anyone. It might occur because of a very warm climate, accident, or by negligence. That is why it is very important to take extra precaution whenever dealing with a fire, make sure that all safety precautions are checked to ensure their safety and all the people that surrounds them. A lot of Fire natural disaster happens everyday in different parts of the world most of them are wildfires, here are some of the information that describes the characteristics of a wildfire: Uncontrollable – Wildfire spreads extremely fast, it can burn an entire forest in just few minutes depending on the wind direction and once it is spread, it is definitely impossible to control it. It...

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Drought

Posted by on Jun 10, 2014 in types of natural disasters | Comments Off on Drought

Drought: Water Deficiency Causes Long Term Affects When a region doesn’t have a significant rainfall for a period of time, which can range from 15 days to several years, it is considered a drought. This water shortage may be a lack of surface water, atmospheric problems or lack of ground water and it can have a severe impact on the region’s ecosystem and agriculture. Prolonged Drought Has Major Effect on the Region Some droughts may persist for several years at a time, but even shorter droughts can cause damage to an area. The loss of crops causes hardship for farmers and raises the cost of fruits and vegetables, corn and wheat among other products for consumers. The longer a drought lasts however, it creates larger problems and can contribute to mass migrations and humanitarian crises. The effect a drought...

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Hurricanes

Posted by on May 4, 2014 in types of natural disasters | Comments Off on Hurricanes

Hurricanes – Mother Earth’s Wrath When the Earth’s wrath and Nature’s wretchedness are fiercely combined, people must prepare themselves because they can’t easily shun and run away from the veracity that this couple can certainly bring jeopardy and can cause myriad death on man. Hurricanes are definitely one of the most perilous storms that people fear of because they can annihilate things and take lives in a heartbeat. Hurricanes are massive, swirling storm and can engulf anything that would curb and come on its way. They produce winds of 119 kilometers per hour or 74 meters per hour or much higher. They are formed over warm ocean waters. Hurricane Categories There are categories of hurricanes and they are categorized through making use of Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale. Category 1 when the winds range from 119-153 km/hr. Category 2 when the...

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Tsunami

Posted by on Apr 28, 2014 in types of natural disasters | Comments Off on Tsunami

Tsunami – No Great Enemy Thailand and Hawaii, two different nations, with different culture and orientation, nothing seems to be in common for these two countries but what makes them the same is the fact that these countries were struck by a colossal natural menace, tsunami. It’s hard to suffice what comes to someone’s mind when they hear the word “tsunami”. Treacherous, fatal, a turncoat – for the past decades, this natural catastrophe had shattered many lives, properties and even dreams. Though, it doesn’t occur that often, the aftermath is devastating. No shelter, dead loved ones, no food, no water, people are put in the midst of nothing. The trauma, the fear and the trepidation that it had to its victims is immeasurable. With its frightening number of victims and the lives that it had taken people are getting...

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Floods

Posted by on Apr 24, 2014 in types of natural disasters | Comments Off on Floods

Floods – When Blood, Sweat, and Tears mix with Water Dictionaries and other reference materials may simply define flood as an event wherein water overflows to otherwise dry land. However, those who have experienced flood know that it is a lot more than that. A flood is something that takes properties, livelihood, and lives. Flood is an inconvenience at the very least. However, it can also be very destructive and life threatening. A flood can also be a measuring factor of a neighborhood, a city, a state, and a nation’s strengths and weaknesses. Kinds of Floods There are different kinds of floods depending upon the cause. There are some locations that are more prone to floods compared to others. There are also a lot of different factors that may contribute to flooding. A Real Areal Flood. Excessive rainfall causes...

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Tornado

Posted by on Apr 14, 2014 in types of natural disasters | Comments Off on Tornado

What is a Tornado and Where do They Occur? One of the most fascinating and frightening storms in the world is the tornado. This rapidly rotating storm is one of nature’s most destructive forces and the fact is, scientists aren’t completely sure how they form; and why one thunderstorm will produce one and another will not. Where Do They Occur? Tornadoes form almost anywhere in the world; including, Australia, Africa, Asia, South America, Europe and North America. While many areas around the world do have the potential for tornadoes, the majority of them form in the United States; mainly around an area known as “Tornado Alley.” This region in the United States actually sees approximately 1,200 of these storms each year. Tornado Alley is situated in the central United States within such states as Illinois, Indiana, Oklahoma, Kansas and...

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Storm

Posted by on Apr 11, 2014 in types of natural disasters | Comments Off on Storm

Storm – A Phenomenon of Nature and Technology Storm is an anxious condition of the atmosphere that affects the environment. Most of the time, it is an indication of a very bad weather condition together with thunder or lightning, strong wind, hail and many more. There are also several types of storm such as:   Snowstorm – This type of storm produces heavy fall of snow that surely results to approximately five centimeters per hour and snowstorm is known to last for few hours. No wonder this type of storm can stop the region’s activities and business that requires transportation. Blizzard – This is a combination of strong wind and heavy fall of snow. Blizzard results to a very cold weather approximately below 14 F or –10 degree Celsius. Ice storm – This is perhaps the most strongest and dangerous...

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Lightning

Posted by on Apr 5, 2014 in types of natural disasters | Comments Off on Lightning

The Flash – Understanding Lightning A lot of people cannot really tell if they are more afraid of lightning or thunder. Most people would scream and cover their ears when they hear thunders rolling. However, lightning is far more dangerous although it usually just looks like a flash of light from people inside their homes. It is very important to understand lightning and not dismiss it as just light. It is a beautiful natural phenomenon and a deadly one too. Lightning Variations There are different lightning variations. Although people will see the same flash of light, there are actually variations depending upon different factors such as sizes and durations. Have a Ball. A ball lightning is spherical and may be pea-sized or a few diameters big. It lasts for numerous seconds which is a lot longer than lightning flashes....

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Earthquakes

Posted by on Jan 6, 2014 in types of natural disasters | Comments Off on Earthquakes

~~Earthquakes also known as a quake, tremor or temblor occurs as a result of plate tectonics or shifting plates in the crust of the earth that causes a quake when the frictional stress builds in the gliding plate boundaries and causes a failure at a fault line. Elastic strain energy is released during an earthquake and waves radiate shaking the ground. Earthquakes are measured using observations from seismometers and measured mostly on the local magnitude scale that is also referred to as Richter scale. An earthquakes point of of initial rupture is called its focus or hypocentre. The epicentre is the point at ground level directly above the hypocenter. Scientists are able to predict where major quakes might occur but they cannot forecast specific locations or accurate timing. Magnitude 3 or lower is considered weak earthquakes while magnitude 7...

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Volcanoes

Posted by on Jan 5, 2014 in types of natural disasters | Comments Off on Volcanoes

Volcanoes ~~A volcano can be said to be an opening or eruption in the surface of the Earth which allows hot lava, volcanic ash and gases to escape from the magma/rock chamber beneath the surface. Volcanoes are commonly found where tectonic plates are either diverging or converging even though volcanoes are not usually created where two tectonic plates slide past one another. The Mid Atlantic ridge is an example of volcanoes caused by divergent tectonic plates pulling apart while the Pacific Ring of Fire has the examples of volcanoes caused by convergent tectonic plates coming together. Volcanoes will also form where there is stretching and thinning of the Earth’s crust in the interiors of plates. This is found in the East African Rift, the Wells Gray-Clearwater volcanic field, and the Rio Grande Rift in North America. How Volcanoes are...

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