Causes And Effects Of Earthquake

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From Los Angeles to Beijing, natural disasters can happen in even the most remote places in the world. Natural disasters do not just destroy land, they also cause economic distress and make life more problematic. With many different names, what we know as hurricanes, occur all over the world. Some call them typhoons or tropical cyclones, just to name a few. An average hurricane can be around six hundred miles across, with strong winds spiraling inward at speeds of seventy-five to two hundred miles per hour. They last up to a week, moving across the land at ten to twenty miles per hour. When hurricanes hit land they bring heavy rains, strong winds, and sometimes large waves; their destruction slows development, destroy homes, buildings, power …show more content…
There are approximately twenty plates on the earth’s crust. When they occur they cause earthquakes, which in turn, create fault lines. According to the map from www.weatherwizkids.com/weather-earthquake.htm majority of earthquakes take place on the west coast of North, Central, and South America. As well as India, the Philippines, New Zealand, an eastern parts of Africa. The Richter scale is a device that measures the magnitude of an earthquake, one being the least destructive and ten being the worst. That scale is what classifies the quake as a main shock or an aftershock. Aftershocks are other earthquakes in nearby locations due to the main shock, almost like a domino effect. They cause a lot of economic issues due to how many times a year they happen, ruining underground power lines, structures and roads. At least 8 earthquakes happen annually, killing about ten thousand people. The world’s worst earthquake happened in Nankaido, Japan, hitting on September 20th, 1498. It left twenty-six to thirty-one thousand people dead or injured. The earthquake that hit in Haiti in 2010 is said to have cost 1.5 billion dollars in …show more content…
What makes a blizzard so dangerous is that they create life threatening conditions, making it difficult to do everyday tasks, especially driving. Ice is especially bad for the roads because it causes that cracks in them to expand, resulting in repairs that cost anywhere from $3,000 to $10,000. Not only do snow and ice ruin the road, but they also destroy the power lines, costing around $250,000 per mile. Even the smallest amount of ice and snow can slow life down, Nathan Rao from express.co.uk says “Britain is on a major snow alert as nine inches of snows cripples the country.” (Nathan Rao, N.D.) on December 9th, 2012, a large blizzard that went through eastern Europe killed five people. 70% of deaths during a blizzard take place in a

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