Natural Disasters

In the past several years, we have had many natural disasters that have made a major impact on our world. Just to name a few: 2011 Japan Earthquake and Sunami, 2010 Haiti Earthquake, 2004 Indonesia Earthquake, Hurricane Katrina, and so many more. Scientists have been warning that there will be more natural disasters in the future – and ones that are much worse. This poses many problems for the United States. First, are we prepared? Can our emergency teams manage what is to come? Our country should be able to manage both on a national level and a state level, but how? Second, will the disasters become more severe or more frequent? Or both?
According to Popular Mechanics, Washington State should be preparing for a “40-Mile-Long Mudslide” from Mount Rainier. Kevin Scott, a scientist emeritus at the U.S. Geological Survey’s Cascade Volcano Observatory states, “With Rainier’s active hydrothermal system saturating the rock, the landslide would reach the base of the slope as a flowing mass of watery, muddy debris” (Popular Mechanics). What would this mean for our state?
Other disasters said to be headed for the United States include:
– 80-Foot-High Tsunami on the Atlantic Coast
– Magnitude 6.9 Earthquake in the Mississippi River Valley
– 195-MPH Hurricane in Florida
I honestly do not think that our nation is prepared for disasters at this level. Take Seattle for instance: the entire city shuts down over 6 inches of snow! What if we had a blizzard the size of the ones recently occurring on the east coast? According to an article from the History Channel, studies are showing that global warming is causing the frequency and/or severity of extreme weather to increase. I think that our nation needs to be better prepared for when (not if) these terrible disasters occur. What do you think?
http://www.popularmechanics.com/science/environment/natural-disasters/3852052
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_natural_disasters
http://www.history.com/topics/natural-disasters

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