Paper 1 (Final Draft) 4-27-07

Paper 1 (Final Draft) 4-27-07 - Gordon Tong CAT 3 Ryan An...

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Gordon Tong 4/17/07 CAT 3 – Ryan An Emphasis on Prevention Research into scientific earthquake prediction Research into earthquake prediction based on anthropological collection and analysis of indigenous people’s knowledge Research into improved design of buildings and bridges 2 Research into improved design of communication networks Planning for evacuation 1 Retrofitting buildings and infrastructure for resistance to damage from 6.5 Richter earthquake Retrofitting buildings and infrastructure for resistance to damage from 8.0 Richter earthquake 2 Inspections and adherence to building codes and regulations 1 Disaster response planning and rehearsal Communication with public about hazards Communication with public about responding to disasters 1 Enforcement of zoning regulations to prevent building in highest-risk areas 1 Moving populations out of danger zones Immediate disaster recovery 2
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Natural disasters are events that are inevitable in almost every part of the world. In almost every country and state there is at least one form of destruction by nature. Thus, it is not possible to simply move away from an area that has the possibility of being hit by a natural disaster; instead, the more logical solution would be to find out how we can stay and still preserve our lives and property. Also, while disaster relief is an integral part of this process, I believe it is of less importance when compared to disaster prevention. The generally accepted idea is that prevention is almost always less expensive than the cure, or in the case of natural disasters, the relief and rebuilding effort. In regards to earthquakes, retrofitting buildings and enforcing safety codes is critical for structural stability during heavy shaking. It would be much more efficient to allocate funds to such measures as opposed to spending billions on the reconstruction of poorly designed buildings. Our main responsibility is to protect to lives and property of our people, meaning that foresight should be prioritized over the aftermath. In light of this, it is important to realize the destructive power of a direct seismic hit; hundreds of Japanese perished when the structures and roadways of Kobe collapsed (de Blij 1997). It is not enough to retrofit buildings; we must educate the public and safeguard their lives by evacuation, if possible. And while I do recognize the importance of reserving money for the aftermath of the event, it is also my belief that if buildings are properly built and
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