Lecture_2_01-14-10_INTRO_Chap_1

Lecture_2_01-14-10_INTRO_Chap_1 - Why study Natural Hazards...

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Why study Natural Hazards? The Earth Affects US! Earthquakes Volcanic Eruptions
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Costs of Disasters are Rising
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Does Population Play a Role? Why or why not?
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The largest Recent Natural Disaster!  December 26 th  2004 Tsunami  The ground shook for ~10 minutes with the third largest earthquake in the last century INDIAN   OCEAN A wave moved across the ocean at the speed of a jet, and grew toward shores from Sumatra to Sri Lanka. This Tsunami killed ~230,000 people!
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The wave completely wiped out low-lying coastal areas.
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Banda Aceh, Sumatra, January, 2005
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Banda Aceh, Sumatra, June 23, 2004 (pre-tsunami) riprap
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Banda Aceh, Sumatra, December 26, 2004 (right after the tsunami) same riprap
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Another Recent Natural Disaster!  October 8, 2005, early morning  Kashmir earthquake, magnitude 7.6 In Himalayas, along collision zone between India and Asia People were crushed in their collapsing houses, under landslides, and under falling rocks This earthquake killed more than ~80,000 people!
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INDIA TIBET 2005 Major earthquakes: Former earthquakes in blue dots Kashmir 2005 EQ in red
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Homes built from heavy stone and concrete collapsed on people Roger Bilham, U.Colo
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Rebecca Bendick, U. Mont.
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Magnitude 7.0 HAITI Magnitude 7.0 HAITI Tuesday, January 12, 2010 at 21:53:09 UTC Tuesday, January 12, 2010 at 21:53:09 UTC A powerful earthquake hit the impoverished country of Haiti on Tuesday, collapsing the presidential palace and numerous other critical government buildings and raising fears of substantial casualties in what a witness called “a major, major disaster.” NBC News Before and After Earthquake Presidential Palace in Port-au-Prince, Haiti
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Magnitude 7.0 HAITI Magnitude 7.0 HAITI Tuesday, January 12, 2010 at 21:53:09 UTC Tuesday, January 12, 2010 at 21:53:09 UTC The earthquake occurred about 10 miles west of the capital of Haiti, Port-au-Prince, and caused extreme shaking. Modified Mercalli Intensity
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