Compare And Contrast Hurricanes And Earthquake

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Hurricanes and earthquakes are both very catastrophic natural disasters. Hurricanes are huge whirling storms which produce winds of 119 kilometers per hour (74 mph) or higher (Stillman). Hurricanes are very disastrous and can rip trees out of the ground and can move a building from one place to another. An earthquake i.e. trembling or shaking of the ground is the result of the violent shifting of massive rocks underneath the Earth’s surface called tectonic plates (“My Big Book of Knowledge” 26). Earthquakes can happen on a very high scale, causing between 30,000 and 830,000 casualties during a single earthquake. Earthquakes can be much more dangerous than hurricanes as they can’t be predicted, but, all the same, there are many striking …show more content…
But which one causes more? Determining how much damage a natural disaster can cause depends on four things: perception, prediction, people and protection. The first thing to consider is perception. The damage caused by such an event can be observed in three different ways: the cost of the damage, the loss of life, and the extent of the area affected. The most costly disaster in US history was Hurricane Katrina; however, four of the top five most expensive natural disasters of all time are earthquakes. The second thing to consider, prediction, is one of the most essential things to consider in determining which one causes more damage. Earthquakes are extremely difficult to predict and impossible track. In contrast to earthquakes, hurricanes can usually be predicted before they reach human settlements with the help of satellite images. Hurricanes are a part of the climate system and are reported every day to the public across news and weather channels whereas earthquakes have no such similar service. The third thing to consider is people. The more people in the area that disaster strikes, the more damage there is. More people mean more buildings and more buildings means more casualties. The deadliest natural disasters have happened in areas of greater population density. Fatalities and damage are magnified further when those events occur in highly populated areas with weak construction standards. The last thing to consider is the …show more content…
Hurricanes are formed because of moist air rising and mixing with cooler air. Earthquakes occur because of a sudden release of energy in the Earth’s crust that creates seismic waves. Earthquakes and hurricanes both have separate areas in which they occur more commonly. People cannot be truly safe from either earthquakes or hurricanes, but as earthquakes can be predicted people can be prepared for it, and evacuate if needed, while an earthquake will arrive most unexpectedly, sparing no time to be prepared for

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