Casey, thank you so much. However, I’m afraid I have to disagree with you that earthquakes are the world’s most dangerous natural hazards in regards to your post. I think they can kill a large number of people and cause unimaginable damage to property and physical infrastructures, such as bridges and power grids. However, their impact is limited to a small land area, making emergency plans such as evacuations manageable. Geological experts have also identified earthquake hotspots all over the world. As a result, governments and other emergency response players will take steps to ensure the safety of people and property. Such actions include enforcement of strict building codes to ensure that constructions can withstand the stress from tremors. The government can also declare such areas uninhabitable minimizing the number of casualties in situations where earthquakes hit. It is also worth noting that they do rarely occur. The last major form of earthquake devastated the state of Haiti, and since then we have not witnessed in the major one. Before the occurrence of the Haiti earthquake, the last major one had happened in Chile in 1960 (Bilham 878).
Hello Alexander, thank you for such a wonderful post. However, I do not agree with the fact that earthquakes and tsunamis are the most dangerous natural hazards. While I agree that they can have devastating effects on people and on property their scope is quite limited to certain regions of the world. In fact, most regions of the world have never witnessed earthquakes. They also vary in magnitude and most areas witness only minor tremor that does not have any major negative impacts. They are also quite predictable as scientists have zoned earthquake prone regions on earth. Another form of disasters, for instance, tornadoes, offer little or no warning at all compared to earthquakes. They hit anywhere at any time and people cannot tell when they will strike. They also have a devastating effect on property and life. Tornadoes are so common in the United States; the areas that are most prone to them include Florida, Oklahoma, Texas, and Kansas. These hazards are dangerous because of the frequency of their occurrence. Over 1000 tornadoes hit the United States alone every year. They mostly occur in the summer though they can strike at any time of the year. Damage to property as a result of tornadoes is often high as compared to the loss of life.
Bilham, Roger. “Lessons from the Haiti earthquake.” Nature 463.7283 (2010): 878-879.