sp10_8b_106_Godzilla

sp10_8b_106_Godzilla - Godzilla, Thunderbird, and the Fall...

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Godzilla, Thunderbird, and the Fall of Atlantis How natural disasters are reflected in our stories Disclaimer: Any likenesses of monsters to persons living, dead or undead is purely coincidental and does not reflect any political statements from the speaker. No refunds. Anatomy of a Natural Hazard Disaster Event that causes great loss of life &/or property (&/or environment) Hazard • Potential danger that poses a threat to people or property
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Giant Monster Attacks a Hazard Since at least 1930’s Tokyo and New York City prime impact sites With increase in the “nuclear” ‘50’s Preventing Hazards from Becoming Disasters • Understanding underlying causes • Knowing the potential effects • Preparation and mitigation • Dealing with the aftermath
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Causes What are they? 1. Prehistoric beasts released from “deep freeze” 2. Aliens 3. Mutations from radioactivity Almost all released by “human carelessness” Monster Mitigation: Use caution when using new technology French Polynesia, 1970 Causes Where do they come from? 1. Remote locations 2. Space 3. Ocean floor 4. Volcanoes 5. Other monsters… All unexplored places Monster Mitigation: Further research on remote locations
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Effects Primary 1. Crushing 2. Rampaging 3. Biting/Eating 4. Breath Atomic Breath Lighting Fire Effects Secondary 1. Fire 2. Falling buildings 3. Disrupted transportation 4. Disrupted power source 5. General panic / Fleeing Destruction is often random Monster Mitigation: Have Warning System & Evacuation Plan
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Preparation and Mitigation Cities are rarely prepared Often think monster is dead Often watch in awe till it is too late Run in panic
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