Differences Between Natural And Manmade Hazards Essay

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Differences Between Natural and Manmade Hazards

Hazards exist everywhere and all the time. Hazards come in many forms and sizes and affects people in different ways. The two categories of hazards are natural and manmade. Natural hazards occur everywhere but based on the geographic location, single or multiple hazards can occur at once. Natural hazards branches into three categories and they are atmospheric, hydrologic, and geologic. Manmade hazards or also known as technological hazards poses many hazards that can affect communities. Manufacturing, transporting, and the utilization of chemicals, explosives, disease agents, radioactive materials, and other harmful substances to include terrorism are considered manmade hazards. This paper will explain the differences between atmospheric, hydrologic, and geologic and manmade hazards. Additionally, this paper will discuss some examples of both natural and manmade hazards. As mentioned, natural hazards occurs through atmospheric, hydrologic, and geologic hazards. Atmospheric hazards are weather related. Atmospheric hazards are tropical cyclones, tornadoes, thunderstorms, lighting, and hailstorms, heat, avalanches, and severe winter storms. According to Islam and Ryan, a tropical cyclone is a rotating, organized system of clouds and thunderstorms (Islam & Ryan, 2016, p. 131). Communities near tropical and subtropical waters are prone to tropical cyclones because it originates over warm water and has a closed,…

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