Natural Disaster

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Natural disasters can happen anywhere and one should be aware of the most devastating disasters so that he/she can stay prepared for the harsh realities once they occur. Following is a list of various natural disasters and their effects. Landslide: Landslide can be constituted by ground, trees, houses or rocks getting swept up. There are many causes for such a landslide such as earthquakes, continuous rain and volcanic activities. While the effects of a landslide cannot be overwhelming, they can still constitute to considerable amount of devastation. Drought: Drought can be a serious disaster and it is caused when a region suffers from extensive deficiency of water over a long time. This condition is largely constituted when a region receives lesser amount of rains which is significantly lower than the average rainfall of the region. Though it may not bring in quick damage to people and lives, prolonged ones can affect the economy and the quality of the life the local people. Flood: Flood is one of the most common natural disasters that one can come across. Flood can be explained as a water expanse that has the ability to plunge land and trample pretty much anything on its path. There are many reasons for floods and some reasons can be extensive rains, dam breaks. Poor irrigation and wastage disposal can result in clogging leading to floods. Tsunamis: These are large tidal waves that are caused by the sudden displacement of water in ocean due to high intensity earthquakes under water. Though these are not quite common everywhere, one can find tsunamis common at regions that are seismically very active. The desolation caused by these waves can be really high and it can result is extensive damage to lives and properties. They also have the power to wipeout entire cities as well. Volcanic Eruption: Though not quite common, volcanic eruptions can be a great concern for people living near an active volcano. Though there are not many active volcanoes to speak about now, the damage caused by the eruptions can be catastrophic. The lava can melt anything in its path and burn down entire villages and towns. The smoke emitted from the opening of the volcanoes can be poisonous and it can contain a lot of tiny rocky particles can cloud sun and cause extensive damages to flights. Tornados These are powerful and rotating columns of air that can blow at speeds from 50mph to 300mph and higher. Tornadoes can occur at places where chances of thunderstorms are higher and can result in extensive damage to lives and properties. Earthquakes Earthquakes are the result of seismic activities that happen on the crust of the Earth between tectonic plates. While not all earthquakes can result in damages, earthquakes that have a magnitude of more than 4 can cause considerable damages to the property and lives of the people. The manifestations of the quakes at the tectonic plates are normally observed as displacement and shaking of the ground. While there can be many other natural disasters, these are the most notorious ones that a person can easily relate to.

Natural disasters can happen anywhere and one should be aware of the most devastating disasters so

that he/she can stay prepared for the harsh realities once they occur. Following is a list of various

natural disasters and their effects.

Landslide

Landslide:

Landslide can be constituted by ground, trees, houses or rocks getting swept up. There are many causes

for such a landslide such as earthquakes, continuous rain and volcanic activities. While the effects of a

landslide cannot be overwhelming, they can still constitute to considerable amount of devastation.

Drought

Drought:

Drought can be a serious disaster and it is caused when a region suffers from extensive deficiency of

water over a long time. This condition is largely constituted when a region receives lesser amount of

rains which is significantly lower than the average rainfall of the region. Though it may not bring in quick

damage to people and lives, prolonged ones can affect the economy and the quality of the life the local

people.

Flood

Flood:

Flood is one of the most common natural disasters that one can come across. Flood can be explained as

a water expanse that has the ability to plunge land and trample pretty much anything on its path. There

are many reasons for floods and some reasons can be extensive rains, dam breaks. Poor irrigation and

wastage disposal can result in clogging leading to floods.

Tsunamis

Tsunamis:

These are large tidal waves that are caused by the sudden displacement of water in ocean due to high

intensity earthquakes under water. Though these are not quite common everywhere, one can find

tsunamis common at regions that are seismically very active. The desolation caused by these waves can

be really high and it can result is extensive damage to lives and properties. They also have the power to

wipe out entire cities as well.

 Volcanic Eruption

Volcanic Eruption:

Though not quite common, volcanic eruptions can be a great concern for people living near an active

volcano. Though there are not many active volcanoes to speak about now, the damage caused by the

eruptions can be catastrophic. The lava can melt anything in its path and burn down entire villages and

towns. The smoke emitted from the opening of the volcanoes can be poisonous and it can contain a lot

of tiny rocky particles can cloud sun and cause extensive damages to flights.

Tornados

Tornados

These are powerful and rotating columns of air that can blow at speeds from 50mph to 300mph and

higher. Tornadoes can occur at places where chances of thunderstorms are higher and can result in

extensive damage to lives and properties.

Earthquakes

Earthquakes

Earthquakes are the result of seismic activities that happen on the crust of the Earth between tectonic

plates. While not all earthquakes can result in damages, earthquakes that have a magnitude of more

than 4 can cause considerable damages to the property and lives of the people. The manifestations of

the quakes at the tectonic plates are normally observed as displacement and shaking of the ground.

While there can be many other natural disasters, these are the most notorious ones that a person can

easily relate to.

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How to prepare a Natural Disaster Kit

Having a disaster kit ready at your disposal can mean a world to you and your family during any sort of

calamity.

Water:

If you did not know better, there are certain elements that constitute a disaster kit and the most

important one is water. Clean drinking water is one of the scarcest items that you come across at a

disaster location. You must have clean water for cooking and washing as well. Keeping water for at least

three days is the best option.

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Food:

Till you get the help that is being brought, you need to survive and to survive you need energy. So, one

preparing a disaster kit must store enough food for at least three days for you and your family. If you

have more food, you can also support some of you fellow survivors as well.

First Aid

This is another important aspect that you have to take care of. Having enough first aid can be lifesaving,

most of the times. You do not want to keep your wounds open and susceptible for infections.

Surviving an emergency can most of the times means preparation. Being prepared for the worst with

whatever you have can mean the continued reign of you and your family’s lives.

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