Worst Natural Disasters in 21st Century

Posted on 07/13/2012
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Natural disasters are just a big reminder of why not to mess with Mother Nature. As much as mother Nature is a generous one and can provide us a lot of goods it is also a mother who can punish us. I am not sure if this is the sign of the dooms day coming near, but I am sure that this is a good sign of how we managed to destroy the perfect climate conditions we had. I know that living the way our ancestors once lived is impossible, but we can try with protecting what has left. I have heard about all that stuff how living once was much easier and how the technical progress brought us more bad things than good ones, but I am not sure. First, the communication which is essential is much easier now. With transport the things are the same. Think about how world would look just with ships and horses. Its would be impossible to trade, not on this level we do now. I am happy for how far we have gone by far, but for what price...was it wort it? I say yes, but from now on we must think more about mother nature and show that we care.

When nature says you have gone to far it is time to sit and think about it. How many people have died in natural disasters by now it is hard to tell, because the numbers are there only when really big disaster happens. Some really big things are happening every day and no one is bothering with the numbers. Do you know how many children die every day in some countries? For instance there are lot of people dieing around the world for the lack of food and drinking water and than there are arts of the world which are trowing food and water every day. I wonder will it ever be possible to bring some balance.

In 2001 Gujarat earthquake of a magnitude between 7.6 and 7.7 happened early in the morning on 26th January early in the morning (about 3:30AM on local time). Earthquake lasted more than 2 minutes. Almost around 19,727 people were killed and 167,000 were injured. The destruction to homes and property was huge with around 400,000 homes completely turned into rubble. Many historic sites and tourist spots were also destroyed. The total property damage was estimated to be around $5.5 billion. Around 600,000 people became homeless in 21 districts which were affected due to the shock waves that spread for about 700 km.

The great earthquake of Japan happened last year (2011) was really a bad one. The earthquake's magnitude was about 9.0 and struck the coast of Japan at around 14:46 local time on March 11, 2011. The epicenter is said to be about 72 km (41 miles) east of the Oshika Peninsula of Tohoku. The tsunami waves as high as 23.6 m (77 ft) were triggered which touched Japan within minutes of the earthquake. Tsunami warnings were issued for Japan and some 20 other countries along the Pacific coast of North and South America. In some countries, the smaller shock-waves reached several hours later. So far around 18,400 deaths have been confirmed with 2,778 injured and around 17,339 people missing as reported by the Japanese National Police Agency.

Europe had a great shock in 2003. 2003 was remembered as the hottest summer ever on the old continent. Many people were not prepared for this heat. There were a serious health crises and droughts in many European countries with a death toll reaching almost 40,000. Just in France almost 14,802 deaths happened because of this heat wave according to the French National Institute of Health. Extensive forest fires occurred in Portugal with almost five per cent of the countryside and ten per cent of the forests being destroyed due to temperatures reaching 48 degrees Celsius (118 degrees Fahrenheit). It is known that in Europe temperature during the hottest days of summer doesn't get higher than 36 and these 12 degrees more were lethal ones.

2003 was also a bad year for Iran. In an earthquake which hit this country it is said that proximately 40, 000 people died. The earthquake struck at early hours of 5:46 AM local time on December 26, 2003, Friday in Bam and surrounding Kerman province of southeastern Iran. The earthquake is estimated to be of 6.6 magnitude according to the United States Geological Survey, causing 26,271 deaths and some 30,000 injured. But some estimates also approximate the death toll to be around 43,000. The devastation was heightened by the use of mud brick as a standard medium of construction which did not comply with the earthquake regulations set in 1989 in Iran.

In 2010 Russia known as a cold country or the country of the eternal winter was surprised with heath which occurred. A lot of forest were burned and around 56,000 people died all across the mentioned places because of this calamity. The biggest ice shelf detachment in 48 years also took place in the Arctic Ocean which connects Greenland and Nares Strait to the ocean. According to the World Meteorological Organization, the heat waves, droughts and flooding fall within the predictions based on global warming for the 21st century, but some climatologists disagree saying that such weathers would not have occurred had the atmospheric carbon dioxide been kept at pre-industrial levels.

China didn't have luck to avoid these climatic changing. In 2008 a big earthquake hit the Sichuan district of China. It is also known as Great Sichuan Earthquake, measured at 8.0 magnitude and struck at 14:28 local time on May 12, 2008 in Sichuan province of China that killed around 69,197 people according to the official figures. It left some 374,176 people injured, 18,222 were listed as missing, and some 4.8 million people became homeless, where the numbers could even go as high as 11 million according to some reports. It is said to be the deadliest earthquake for China since the 1976 Tanghan earthquake, where around 240,000 people died, and is said to be the 21 deadliest in world recorded history.

One of the worst earthquakes which happened, was the Haiti earthquake. The 2010 Haiti earthquake struck on January 12, 2010 at 16:53 local time with a magnitude of 7.0 and had an epicenter near the town of Leogane, which is almost 25 km (16 miles) west of Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince. Till January 24, there were almost 52 recorded aftershocks which measured up to 4.5 magnitude and some were even greater. According to estimates, some 3 million people were affected by the disaster, with a death toll of around 316,000 people and 300,000 injured and 1,000,000 approximately became homeless. Around 30,000 commercial buildings are said to have been destroyed completely.

Still no one can't shake of the fear and feeling of helplessness which struck everyone the moment we heard about the big tsunami which happened in the Indian Ocean. The 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake, scientifically known as Sumatra-Adaman earthquake, occurred on December 26, 2004, Sunday at 00:58 UTC, which had an epicenter off the western cost of Sumatra, Indonesia. The energy which was released due to the earthquake and the following tsunami was estimated to be equal to over 1502 times that of Hiroshima atomic bombs, but less than that of Tsar Bomba, which is the largest nuclear weapon ever to be detonated. It is said to be one of the deadliest disasters in recorded history. It made waves as high as 30 meters (100 feet) and had a magnitude of between 9.1 and 9.3. It is the third largest earthquake that was ever recorded on a seismograph and had the longest duration of 8 to 10 minutes of faulting that was ever observed. It caused the earth to vibrate as much as 1 centimeter (0.4 inches) and triggered earthquakes as far reaching as Alaska. More than 230, 000 people died.

In 2008 there was a strong tropical cyclone that became the worst natural disaster for Myanmar on May 2, 2008 which led to around 146,000 deaths and some 55,000 were reported missing. It is said that the death toll must have been higher but it was not reported by the Burmese government in fear of a political fallout. Cyclone Nragis took more than 146, 000 lives.

The 2005 Kashmir Earthquake struck in the morning at 8:52 local time on October 8, 2005 in the Pakistan-administered Kashmir, commonly known as Azad Kashmir. The earthquake was a consequence of the rising of the Himalayas, with the measurements from satellites showing that mountain parts directly above the epicenter have risen by a few meters and caused around 978 aftershocks as of October 27 of that year. It is known that about 86, 000 people.

Author: Stela Todjeras Copyrighted © paranormalhaze.com
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