Today we start a new unit called “What if…” and we’ll discuss about natural disasters affecting our planet.
First of all, do you know what a natural disaster is? A “natural disaster” is a sudden calamitous event, not caused by mankind that brings great damage, loss, or destruction.
In order to get started, let’s answer the following questions based on your knowledge and opinions:
- What are the characteristics of the natural hazard?
- How real or likely a threat is the hazard locally?
- What has been the history and impact of the natural hazard locally? (Was property damaged? Were people injured or killed? Was there financial impact?)
- Which aspects of the local physical geography (e.g., topography, geology, watershed characteristics, soil, or precipitation) might contribute to the likelihood or severity of the natural hazard? What aspects of physical geography might reduce the impact of the hazard?
- Which aspects of local human geography (e.g., population distribution and density, settlement patterns, or type of land use) might increase or reduce the natural hazard’s impact?
- Can the hazard be predicted?
Let’s take a look at some of the most brutal natural disasters recorded: