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The Messina Earthquake of 1908 - Earthquakes have been recorded throughout history for thousands of years. Even before seismographs in early times, there are records and accounts of mysterious ground shaking. Earthquakes occur when rocks break along an underground fault (UPSeis, 2007). This, in return, causes vibrations through the earth which causes ground shaking. The magnitude of the shaking varies depending on how great the movement along the fault is; the greater the movement, the bigger the earthquake. Some earthquakes are huge and cause significant damage, while others are small and cause little or no damage what-so-ever....   [tags: Earthquakes]
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The Kathmandu Valley and the Constant Terror of Earthquakes - The Kathmandu Valley and the Constant Terror of Earthquakes One important climatic feature that plagues the South Asian region of the Kathmandu Valley is earthquakes. A few severe earthquakes have taken place in the country's history and caused many deaths and nearly irreparable damage to impoverished Nepal. The residents of the Kathmandu Valley experience small tremors nearly every day, whether they can feel them or not. The world and the nation is waiting for the 'next big one' to terrorize the small country....   [tags: Essay on Nepal Earthquakes]
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Major Earthquakes are Inevitable in Indiana’s Future - Major Earthquakes are Inevitable in Indiana’s Future An earthquake felt throughout the Midwest on June 18 was a shaky reminder that earthquakes can occur anywhere. The earthquake, whose epicenter was located north of Evansville, was felt through most of Indiana and surrounding states, as reported by the Indianapolis Star. The quake was not the largest in Midwestern history, only registering a 5.0 on the Richter scale, nor did it do much damage. However, it was a wake-up call reminding those who haven’t paid attention to past warnings about the possibility of larger, more destructive earthquakes....   [tags: Earthquakes Geology Essays] 1293 words
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A Study on Earthquakes - ... Added together, all of the earthquakes add up to a 29.5 magnitude earthquake. All of the smaller earthquakes add up to an earthquake with a magnitude of 10. 5. Over the projected course of 200 years, would the daily little earthquakes add up to the size of a "big one" (strength 7.0 or higher) that is expected in southern California roughly every 200 years. The smaller earthquakes would result in a bigger earthquake in the future; the smaller earthquakes, although their magnitude is not very high, would exceed the size of a bigger earthquake once added together....   [tags: energy, magnitude, plates] 727 words
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On Earthquakes - On Earthquakes An earthquake is a shaking or trembling of the crust of the earth caused by underground volcanic action or by the breaking and shifting of rock beneath the surface. The volcanic action and shifting rocks create strain which continues to build to a sudden release of pressure resulting in a shock wave. The vibrations produced in the crust can vary from barely noticeable to enormously destructive. Shock waves can be classified into two broad categories. Waves that send particles oscillating back and forth in the same direction as the waves are traveling are called primary....   [tags: Papers] 1681 words
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Earthquakes and Architectures - There were several topics to choose for this essay, but architectural earthquake-resistant design was best fitted for my Gaming/Animation degree for a few reasons. The first reason is I have had the privilege to take several art history classes that focused on architecture throughout the world. Secondly, I am learning how to use 3d modeling programs such as, Maya and Cinema 4d. To become successful with those programs, I have to learn about the interior as well as the exterior to make the models look real....   [tags: Architecture]
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The Rise of Earthquakes in Oklahoma - The Rise of Earthquakes in Oklahoma With earthquakes on the rise, we must figure out the cause of them and determine a solution to help limit or even prevent them from occurring. Since early 2009, earthquakes have been sweeping across the state of Oklahoma, causing many people to worry about their own well-being. Many scientists speculate the source of the earthquakes might be a result of Hydraulic Fracturing deep down in Earths’ crust. Hydraulic fracturing is a process in which oil and natural gas companies pump up to millions of gallons of wastewater, sand, and chemicals down drilled holes in order to release pockets of shale within the earth....   [tags: potential damages, tornatoes]
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Taking a Look at Earthquakes - Earthquakes Geologists today define an earthquake as the shaking and the trembling of the earth’s surface, known as the ground. Earthquakes are caused by the sudden release of energy, usually as a result of faulting which involves displacements of rocks along fraction. All of this energy has been building up for a long period of time and then suddenly just blows. Most earthquakes result from energy being released along plate boundaries and as such “earthquakes are manifestation of earth’s dynamic nature to the fact that earth is an internally active planet” (Hough)....   [tags: catastrophy contingency and procedures] 1362 words
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Taking a Look at Earthquakes - Earthquakes What are earthquakes. Earthquakes are sudden and violent shakings/trembles of the ground. Sometimes earthquakes can be so small that they can be felt by no one. But other times, the earthquakes are so large that they can kill thousands of people and cause tons of destruction. “An earthquake happens when two blocks of earth slip past one another.” http://earthquake.usgs.gov/learn/kids/eqscience.php (The surface of which they slipped is called a fault or a fault plane.) There are many different results of earthquakes....   [tags: shaking of the earth surface, seismic waves] 566 words
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Earthquakes - We have to know what earthquakes are in order for us to be prepared against them. Earthquakes are tremors that move the earth. They can create a lot of damage. Earthquakes have happened around the world. What causes earthquakes to happen. How do we protect ourselves against the powerful earthquakes. Earthquakes can cause a lot of damage to homes and places so it is important to know where it has happened. Also what causes them and how do we protect ourselves against earthquakes. To begin with earthquakes can happen around the world....   [tags: Natural Disasters] 518 words
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The Susceptibility of California to Earthquakes - People tremble when they hear the word: destruction, devastation, or losses while those are only the first words that come to mind when an Earthquake occurs. Earthquakes can be terrifying; the earth that had seemed so reassuringly solid and stable suddenly lurches, disrupting people’s both physical and emotional balance. Skyscrapers sway visibly, sound buildings and bridges collapse, power lines spark, gas lines rupture, and landslides scar hillsides and alter the course of the rivers. For years throughout recorded history, earthquakes have disrupted all expectations of normalcy and have imposed an adverse impact on various places around the world, killing over “3.5 million people” on averag...   [tags: impact, faults, motion, geographic] 1237 words
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Earthquakes: Shake, Rattle, & Roll - Natural disasters affect millions of people globally every day. Earthquakes are one of the most powerful natural disasters that inflict damage on our environment and in turn cost trillions of dollars every year. To respect the power of earthquakes we must first understand their cause, how they differ from biological energy, where they happen, the types of damage they cause, how we can predict them, and how we can safeguard ourselves against them. Living in known seismic zones is dangerous and can result in large financial and life losses....   [tags: Natural Disaster]
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Tracking and Finding Patterns to Earthquakes - ... The magnitude of the event is estimated using the observed predominant period τpmax of the P wave. Relation between magnitude and τpmax had the drawback of scatter which led to the introduction of another parameter, the peak amplitude Pd/v of the P wave for estimation of magnitude, which reduced the number of false alarms problem faced previously (Wurmanet al 2007). The two magnitudes are estimated separately then averaged to form a single event magnitude. The ground motion at each triggered station is predicted by applying the location and magnitude to the California Integrated Seismic Network (CISN) to define the ShakeMap GMPEs for the region....   [tags: sensor observations to record data] 966 words
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Forecasting Earthquakes and Volcano Eruptions - There are many pro’s for attempting to forecast an earthquake or volcano. Forecasting an earthquake or eruption saves lives and property, mainly by preparation, as there is no way to prevent these events with today technology. On February 4th 1975 in Haicheng China there was a magnitude 7.5 earthquake. Over a period of months there were changes in elevation in land, ground water and unusual animal behavior which are all precursors to an earthquake. Days before the 7.5 magnitude earthquake there were foreshocks that triggered an eviction warning that effectively saved over 150,000 lives or injuries....   [tags: preparation, prevent, technology, disaster]
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Earthquakes Recorde in Oklahoma - ... It has been noted that in January 2013, more than ten thousand underground injection wells were active in Oklahoma, with six thousand of them being the kind of wells that are used for enhanced oil recovery. The rest of the four thousand plus wells are used to store the waste that comes out of drilling. These wells are built quite deep under the ground and can be as far below as ten to twenty thousand feet under the ground. Scientists believe that these wells could be having some effect on the tectonic plates and causing earthquakes....   [tags: November 2011, prague] 771 words
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Earthquakes Hazards And Disaster - Earthquakes belong to the class of most disastrous natural hazards. They result in unexpected and tremendous earth movements. These movements results from dissemination of an enormous amount of intense energy in form of seismic waves which are detected by use of seismograms. The impact of earthquakes leaves behind several landmarks including: destruction of property, extensive disruption of services like sewer and water lines, loss of life, and causes instability in both economic and social components of the affected nation (Webcache 2)....   [tags: Natural Disaster]
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Earthquakes: Application of Mathematics - Earthquakes: An Application of Mathematics The October 13, 2010 earthquake triggered a large buzz across Oklahoma University’s Norman campus, startling students walking to class or sitting in the middle of calculus. This magnitude 4.3 earthquake was 10 miles southeast of Norman and was felt as far north as Stillwater. To many students, the few seconds of shaking was unrecognizable as an earthquake because Oklahoma’s seismicity is not well known. In reality, Oklahoma experiences multiple earthquakes, almost daily; they are usually just not strong enough to be felt....   [tags: Geology]
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The History of Major Earthquakes Around World - The term earthquake comes from the Greek term for “shaking.” An earthquake is a visible rip across the Earth’s surface due to a release of energy and stored stress in the Earth’s crust and causes seismic waves. Earthquakes have been around since the time of the earliest civilizations. Earthquakes used to be compared to the “unrest of spiritual beings.” Specifically, Aristotle and the Ancient Greeks stated that earthquakes were the result of the “underground winds”. The earliest earthquakes were recorded by seismometers which calculate the waves generated by each earthquake....   [tags: seismography, Richter scale, ]
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Earthquakes: Unique Characteristics of Transform Faults - Unique Characteristics of Transform Faults There are many characteristics that make earthquakes along transform fault different from subduction zones, rift zones, and mid-ocean ridge transform faults. For instance, transforms faults are when two plates move past each other, shearing, with no creation or destruction of lithosphere. At transform faults, earthquakes are shallow and run as deep as 25 km. the magnitude of the earthquakes are smaller than 8.5 in the scale of Richter. In extensional boundaries, earthquakes are also shallow, but they occur only along the alignment of spreading and are smaller than 8 in magnitude....   [tags: tectonic plates, move, rift zones] 1546 words
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Natural Disasters: Earthquakes Part 1 - California is known for earthquakes that often occur at great magnitudes. Earthquakes have changed not only the environment but have also resulted in the loss of many lives. For example, the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake with a magnitude of 6.9 was known for destroying most of San Francisco and its buildings. This earthquake caused the death of sixty people, injured around four thousand, and property damage costing up to around six million dollars. Many recognize this to be a comparable earthquake to the one that occurred in 1906 which was also a very large and devastating earthquake that occurred along the San Andreas fault line....   [tags: preparedness, aftermath]
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Natural Disasters: Earthquakes Part 2 - If a house collapses, not only does the place where a family live in is destroyed, but also the belongings and treasures that have been damaged through the collapse. It is important to also take family treasures into consideration when deciding to retrofit a house. Why would California care about raising earthquake awareness. First off, by putting more emphasis in retrofitting, more buildings will be able to stand up to earthquakes with a high magnitude such as the Loma Prieta earthquake. Secondly, having a warning system that might be able to tell us when an earthquake will occur happens before destruction, will give many families the opportunity to get out of their cars, put themselves un...   [tags: preparedness, aftermath]
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Earthquakes: One of the Most Potent Natural Powers on Earth - Earthquakes in General By: Jonathan Levron “Earthquakes are one of the most potent natural powers on earth and regularly affect people around the world. Unlike often equally destructive severe weather events such as hurricanes and tornadoes, earthquakes can hit at any time. Earthquakes can also have a array of magnitudes with the strongest having disturbing consequences for the zones where they are concentrated, nearby areas, and even some far away in the instance of earthquake-generated tsunamis” (Briney 1)....   [tags: teluric movement, tectonic plates]
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Sudden and Violent Shifting of Tectonic Plates Cause Earthquakes - ... The less dense, greater buoyancy layer buckles dues to the force exerted forming mountain ranges (Scholz, and Shedlock 2). Earthquakes can cause severe impacts to the world to the ground and man-made structures. A large number of earthquakes occur on land, but a many of the major earthquakes occur beneath the ocean floor. The sudden and violent strikes along faults can produce both vertical and horizontal movements in the ground. These movements can create landslides or modify the flow of groundwater....   [tags: energy, ocean floor, tsunami] 936 words
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Earthquakes the Destructive Natural Phenomena - Earthquakes the Destructive Natural Phenomena An earthquake, one of the most destructive natural phenomena, consists of rapid vibrations of rock near the surface of the earth. It is the most terrifying of all natural phenomena and has brought fear since ancient times because of its sudden unpredictable occurrence and enormous capacity of destruction. A single shock usually last no more than a few seconds, although several quakes may last for as much as a couple of minutes. The quake as felt on the surface is always the result never the cause of some geologic process although the damage done may be immense....   [tags: Papers] 663 words
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EarthQuakes - Earthquakes Earthquakes, one of the most destructive natural phenomena, consist of rapid vibrations of rock near the earth's surface. Because of their unpredictable occurrence and enormous capacity of destruction, they have brought fear to mankind since ancient times. A single shock usually lasts no more than a few seconds, but a series of smaller quakes may last for as long as five minutes. The quake felt on the surface is always the result, not the cause of some underground geologic process, and in many cases the damage done is immense....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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Earthquakes - I chose to research earthquakes and the prediction of earthquakes because I was curious as to how they work. In this paper, I will discus the history of earthquakes, the kinds and locations of earthquakes, earthquake effects, intensity scales, prediction, and my own predictions. An earthquake can be defined as vibrations produced in the earth's crust. Tectonic plates have friction between them which builds up as it tries to push away and suddenly ruptures and then rebounds. The vibrations can range from barely noticeable to a disastrous, and destructive act of nature....   [tags: essays research papers] 2186 words
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Indonesia an Island Nation, No Stranger to Disastrous Earthquakes - The country of Indonesia has been the heart of many natural disasters, primarily due to the geographic proximity to large bodies of water. Tsunamis and typhoons are frequent, as well as, small-scale to large-scale mega thrust earthquakes which results from several extremely active subduction zones. Several active subduction zones are found there, the Indian-Australian plate moving beneath the Eurasian plate, moving at a rate of about 50-70 mm per year as well as, the Pacific plate moving beneath the Eurasian plate, moving at a rate of about 100- 110 mm per year....   [tags: Tsunamis and typhoons, java]
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Earthquakes - Earthquakes Earthquakes occur almost everyday all over the world. Most of the time earthquakes are not strong enough to be felt by people, but the shaking caused by an earthquake can be recorded by a seismometer. These machines are located all over the world to ensure detection of earthquakes of all strengths. Only occasionally will a larger magnitude earthquake strike and cause damage to the region. There are many faults around the world and depending on where these faults are plays a major factor in determining where an earthquake will occur....   [tags: essays research papers] 1338 words
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Earthquakes - Earthquakes Throughout history, man has made many advancements. These advancements have been made to make life easier. The one thing man can't do is to control Mother Nature. Mother Nature can cause many things such as earthquakes. The causes of earthquakes have been theorized in many ways. According to the book Predicting Earthquakes by Gregory Vogt, the Greeks, "blamed the earthquakes on Poseidon, god of the sea"(25). The Hindu believed that "the earth was a platform that rested on the back of eight great elephants....   [tags: Natural Science]
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Earthquakes - EARTHQUAKES Objective: To define and discuss earthquakes and its effects. Earthquakes are a major catastrophe and can be a big threat to human lives. To understand earthquakes you must have a clear definition, know its mechanisms, be able to recognize the size and dynamics and understand its effects: I. Definition of Earthquake a. Earthquake b. Tsunamis c. Landslides d. Volcanoes II. Mechanism a. Faults b. Seismic Waves c. Aftershocks III. Size a. Strength b. Classification of Seismic Waves 1....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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The Bay Area and Earthquakes - The Bay Area and Earthquakes What have they learned since the quake quite allot. The fault moved in a fashion that geologists of the time did not expect: it moved horizontally, the southwestern side slipping to the northwest, relative to the southeastern side. "The 1906 earthquake marked the dawn of modern scientific study of the San Andreas fault system." (USGS) When the 1906 earthquake struck scientist set forth to make observations on effects of the quake. The final report published in 1908 (commonly known as the Lawson Report) was a compilation on detailed reports....   [tags: Papers] 340 words
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Earthquakes - What is an Earthquake. An Earthquake is the shaking of the earth's surface caused by rapid movement of the earth's rocky outer layer. The sudden shaking of the ground that occurs when masses of rock change position below the Earth's surface is called an earthquake. The shifting masses send out shock waves that may be powerful enough to alter the surface of the Earth, thrusting up cliffs and opening great cracks in the ground. Earthquakes, called temblors by scientists, occur almost continuously....   [tags: essays research papers] 648 words
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Earthquakes - Earthquakes are one of the most damaging natural disasters known to man. They have been known to destroy entire cities in their total time of 2 to 3 minutes. Most people do not know that earthquakes are common through out the entire world; they are just more powerful in places such as California and small countries in South America. The definition of earthquake is “ a series of vibrations induced in the earth's crust by the abrupt rupture and rebound of rocks in which elastic strain has been slowly accumulating” according to Infoseek.com.....   [tags: essays research papers] 377 words
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Geographic Hazards of Earthquakes - Geographic Hazards of Earthquakes Many geographic and environmental hazards constantly affect and alter the world in which we live. One of the most unpredictable natural disasters to occur is an earthquake. According to Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary, an earthquake is "a shaking or trembling of the earth that is volcanic or tectonic in origin." However, the physical causes, economic and social effects, and costs go far beyond just that dictionary definition. A phenomenon known as tectonic forces is generally what causes an earthquake....   [tags: Papers] 399 words
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Damian Wyatt's Dream: The San Jose Earthquakes - Damian Wyatt would always remember this day. The day when the San Jose Earthquakes chose him, a rookie, over all star Robbie Keane. As a first round pick, he had an immense amount of pressure on his shoulders. As he walked into the press room after getting drafted, the alternating blue and green tiles popped out at him. The blue tiles had the SJ logo inscribed on it while the green tiles had the MLS logo on it. All of those tiled were on the wall behind him though. As he turned around, his heart plummeted....   [tags: professional soccer teams and drafting] 910 words
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Comparing Two Earthquakes - Comparing Two Earthquakes In 1989 an earthquake hit San Francisco, on the west coast of USA, killing around 200 people. Twelve years later an earthquake hit Gujarat, in India. This time it killed approximately 30,000 people. In this report I will be comparing the two earthquakes, giving reasons why the Gujarat earthquake was so much more deadly than the one in San Francisco. An earthquake is a movement or tremor in the earths crust. Earthquakes happen all the time, but some are so weak that they cannot be felt....   [tags: Papers] 653 words
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Nuclear Power Plants and Earthquakes: Fukushima - Nuclear Chemistry Project - Fukushima There are too few precautions that are taken when considering Nuclear Power plants and the dangers involved. People trust the regulations too easily. Some systems fail; there needs to be more safety features and backup systems/plans that are checked more regularly. Nuclear power is made by a nucleus absorbing a neutron. It then splits into nuclei that are lighter than the original nucleus. This process emits large amounts of energy in the form of heat. Fuel rods are long slender rods of zirconium that provides the reactor with fuel....   [tags: nuclear power, Tsunami, Japan]
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Earthquake Engineering - Earthquake Engineering Earthquakes are vibrations felt at the surface of the earth which are caused by disturbances of the energy in the earth's interior. These vibrations are known as seismic waves. (Skinner Robinson McVerry 1) There are different type sof seisimc waves such as Primary (P) waves, whcih travel the fastest, Secondary (S) waves which cause the earth to vibrate vertically, Surface (L) waves. P and S waves are "affected by changes in the density and the rigidity of the materials through which they pass." (Columbia Encyclopedia) Earthquakes vary in their intensity and duration....   [tags: Earthquakes Earth Geology Essays]
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A Long History of Disasters Have Constantly Hurt Filipinos - Earthquakes, typhoons, floods – all are parts of nature’s arsenal. Hundreds, even thousands of lives have ended because of what nature has done. Part of the damage is nature’s fault, but at the same time, people aren’t always prepared, and they don’t know how to react after. Specifically, people in the Philippines are no strangers to natural disasters. Not all of this devastation has to happen, but the Philippines lacks preparation for disasters, and in addition, it has a difficult time mitigating the madness....   [tags: earthquakes, typhoons, floods]
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Health Care System Response to Large Disasters - ... However, with no disaster plan set in place within organizations, it was difficult and frustrating for many to connect with a system or agency that could promptly take advantage of their skills they had to offer (Merchant, Leigh & Lurie, 2010). "Spontaneous volunteerism can overwhelm a response system and, unless coordinated, can make things worse instead of better" (Merchant, Leigh & Lurie, 2010). Another article which discussed the devastating flood of September 2008 in India also takes the same stance in regards to this issue....   [tags: earthquakes, volunteers, nursing] 1223 words
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The Magnicent Earth's Surface - ... In the mantle, temperatures are incredibly hot – about 1000-7000 degrees Fahrenheit (Wile 136). There is much rock in the mantle, which is under extremely high pressure (Wile 136). The upper part of the mantle and the crust is called the lithosphere, which is composed of solid rock (Wile 136). Below the lithosphere, there is a region called the asthenosphere (Wile 136). The rock here is like a very thick liquid (Wile 136). However, when subjected to sudden force, the rock turns solid (Wile 136)....   [tags: plate tectonics. crust, earthquakes]
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Horrifying Weather and Natural Disasters - ... There are millions of victims in disasters each year. Haiti, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Thailand, Turkey is just to name a few developing countries which have been hit by natural disaster. The effects of disasters in many countries are significant and can make the country have to struggle with many problems. “Haiti had a comprehensive quantity debt of $1.8 billion at it’s peak.” [2]. Numerous countries have also had the same problem as Haiti. We have noticed that most developing countries are further expected to get destroyed by the debt....   [tags: earthquakes, tsunami, landslides, floods] 593 words
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Natural Disaster and Horrifying Weather - ... If any type of natural disaster strikes a developing country the side effects can be severe or minor depending on the type of disaster or how big it was. Some countries such as Haiti, Pakistan, India, and many more are hit by natural disasters. It can get them ravished by debt severally just from fixing the damage it has caused. If a developing country is in the stage of slowly fixing the economy and all of a sudden natural disasters hit all of the funding they did would have gone down the drain....   [tags: warning, haiti, tsunami, earthquakes] 618 words
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Natural Disasters in the World - All over this earth there are numerous types of Natural Disasters. They are the most powerful forces of nature, which cannot be prevented. They cause all sorts of devastating destruction. Our only hope is that we can avoid them and keep ourselves out of their pathway. They occur in all different parts of the world. There is not a part of the world that does not experience at least some type of natural disaster. Hurricanes, Tornadoes, Earthquakes, Tsunamis, Avalanches, Wildfires, Volcanoes, Floods, and Thunderstorms are the N.D.’s that will be focused on in this research paper....   [tags: Prevention, Destruction, Earthquakes]
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The Earth's Natural Disasters - Eli Roth once stated, “Natural disasters are terrifying – that loss of control, this feeling that something is just going to randomly end your life for absolutely no reason is terrifying. But, what scares me is the human reaction to it and how people behave when the rules of civility and society are obliterated.” I couldn’t agree more with this statement of his. Our world is full of dangerous conditions that can cause serious damage upon humanity. However, if one can learn to respond, rather than react, it could be the factor that saves lives....   [tags: tornatoes, tsunamis, earthquakes]
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The Coliseum of Rome - The Coliseum The Coliseum is one of Rome's most famous buildings. It reminds people of ancient Romans culture and the deadly games that took place back then. The Coliseum was built in Rome, Italy around 80 AD. The Emperor at the time was Vaspacian. He decided to build the coliseum to attract people from around the world but he never finished it. However, his son Titus was the one who completed the Coliseum. The Coliseum was originally built with four floors. The first three floors had arched entrances, while the fourth floor had rectangular doorways....   [tags: roman culture, damages, earthquakes]
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Haiti Earthquake of 2010 - The Haiti Earthquake of 2010 was one of the most powerful earthquakes of recent history. It had a magnitude of 7.0. This massive and destructive earthquake occurred on January 12, 2010 at approximately 4:53 p.m. The earthquake was predominately felt in Haiti, specifically the Port-au-Prince area, but was also felt in surrounding areas such as the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Bahamas, and Cuba (see figure 1). Haiti is found in the Caribbean Islands. Specifically, it is found on the island of Hispaniola along with the Dominican Republic....   [tags: destructive earthquake, tectonic plate]
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Causes of Natural Hazards - Hazards are possible sources of danger. Types of hazards are those such as hurricanes, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. A cause is what makes something happen and is a reason for it happening. The two types of hazards I will be outlining the causes for are hurricanes and earthquakes. A hurricane and tropical storms are cyclones. When the winds reach a constant speed of 74 miles per hour or more, it is called a hurricane. A hurricane is caused when a large mass of air is warmed up and the warm humid air begins to rise....   [tags: hurricanes and earthquakes] 1071 words
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2004 Indian Ocean Earthquake - The 9.0 magnitude Indian Ocean earthquake was caused by subduction under the Indian Ocean. Earthquakes are usually caused by convection currents leading to subduction/convergent currents. Convection currents is caused by magma rising from the deepest part of the earth, then slowly cooling, sinking again then re-heating, then rising upwards basically repeating the rising and cooling then re-heating cycle over and over again. The plates are separated from each other and they move apart, the plates then obviously hit another plate right next to it causing subduction....   [tags: earthquake, indian ocean, convection current]
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Illinois Geological Hazards - The state of Illinois is at risk from two major seismic zones, the New Madrid Seismic Zone, and the Wabash Valley Seismic Zone. The New Marid Seismic Zone is located in the Central Mississippi Valley and includes portions of Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, Mississippi, and Tennessee. The Wabash Valley Zone is located between southeastern Illinois and southwestern Indiana. The earliest report of an earthquake in Illinois is in the year of 1795 at Kaskaskia. This particular phenomenon only lasted for a minute and a half....   [tags: earthquakes, magnitude, zone, seismic]
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Guatemala Earthquake of 1976 - Table of Contents Executive Summary 2 1.0 Disaster Location 3 2.0 Disaster Drivers 4 3.0 Disaster Context 4 4.0 Hazard Magnitude and Frequency 6 5.0 Lesson of Precedent 7 6.0 Impact of Human Activity 8 7.0 Magnitude of Losses 9 8.0 Mitigation and Future Recommendations 10 Works Cited 11 Executive Summary Guatemala is a country that is very prone to natural disasters. It is a developing nation with many areas that must be addressed in order to take proactive measures, for disasters that may occur in the future....   [tags: Guatemala Earthquake Report]
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Wildfires- Uncontrolled Fires - Ever heard of the "Finagle's corollary to Murphy's Law" that states that, "Anything that can go wrong, willa -- at the worst possible moment?" In our world of more than 7 billion people who reside on the planet Earth, natural disasters are a big part of our lives, some more than others. Of the seven main natural phenomena that result in disaster (Hurricanes, Earthquakes, Floods, Tsunamis, Volcanic Eruptions, Landslides) wildfires can be one of deadliest. A wildfires are uncontrolled fires, which is why they are so dangerous....   [tags: Natural Disasters, Earthquakes, Tornados]
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Exploring Why LEDC's Suffer Greater Damage From Earthquakes Than MEDC's - Exploring Why LEDC's Suffer Greater Damage From Earthquakes Than MEDC's A MEDC is a more economically developed country; therefore it can afford to spend money on improving the countries stability and helping to decrease the damage from an earthquake. An example of a MEDC is Kobe, in Tokyo, where in January 1995; an earthquake that measured 7.5 on the Richter scale hit the city. A LEDC is a less economically developed country and therefore cannot afford to spend money to protect the country from earthquakes....   [tags: Papers] 1143 words
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The Need to Stop Fracking - ... A lot of animals lose their homes because they have to cut down the forest trees where animals live.fracking can cause a lot of traffic and noise from all the drilling and construction problems. Fracking also pollutes the air which can be very dangerous. The pros of fracking: Fracking creates a lot of jobs for people unemployed. Fracking creates a big money boom for the people who are getting the drilling done on their land. Fracking gives us our own oil instead of us getting it from another place....   [tags: drilling, habitats, destroy, earthquakes, water]
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Poseidon: God of Sea - Poseidon:God of the Sea. Poseidon, the great Greek ruler of the sea , horses and the earthquakes. His ancestry comes from the family of the Olympians that roamed the world in 2200 B.C . With the father of Cronus and mother of Rhea and having the famous brother of Zeus. Who fortunately saved him from being ate by his notable father ,Cronus. He was saved when Rhea,” the mother of all gods”, had deceived Cronus into eating a rock instead of eating another one of his offspring (“Rhea”) .Similar to what Cronus he did to Hestia , Pluto , Hera and Demeter....   [tags: Greek Ruler, Sea, Horses, Earthquakes]
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Natural Disaster - Debris is scattered for miles, houses are destroyed, trees are bent, and vehicles have been thrown. This would be an aftermath of a natural disaster. Natural disasters come in many forms such as earthquakes, tornados, floods, blizzards, fires, and volcanic eruptions, just to name a few. Every type of disaster is not subjected to one specific area. This means that people in certain areas only have to prepare for those disasters that are likely to occur in their region. Throughout the world, natural hazards are a frequent occurrence....   [tags: Earthquakes, Tornados, Flood] 818 words
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Odontologist Forensic as an Aid for Main Disaster - Disasters are likely to happen at any time or place, they are unexpected events. They can be natural devastation (as earthquake, floods and tsunami), man-made (as terrorist attack and wars) or accident tragedies (as aircraft crashes, fires and groundwater contamination) that result in large destruction or victims (Oxford English Dictionary 2010; Alexander 2006). It can be presented in several ways and length (Parliamentarians 2011). What defines a mass disaster and its proportion it is not the how many death result from it, but the way it happen and the final situation of the dead body (Gonzales et al....   [tags: earthquakes, floods, accidents, dna]
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The Epicenter of an Earthquake - ... The epicentre is directly above where the movements began. Where the movements begin is called the focus. The devastation of a city depends on the size of the quake and the location of the epicentre. On April the 18th in 1906 one of the most devastating earthquakes in history struck San Francisco in California, America. Along with subsequent firs the earthquake destroyed the city and making it the worst disaster to hit a North American city. San Francisco is on the west coast of the United States of America....   [tags: tectonic plate, movement] 972 words
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Japanese Earthquake Aftermath - Introduction Words simply cannot appropriately depict the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan on March 11, 2011. Japan is a developed country with the third largest economy in the world, behind the United States and China. The northeast border of Japan encountered an overwhelming natural disaster in the form of an earthquake that also created a massive tsunami and many strong aftershocks, which has affected Japan domestically and internationally. The aftershocks continually delayed recovery and have increased difficulty for search and rescue teams combing the disaster area for the deceased and wounded....   [tags: Japanese Earthquake]
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Earthquake in Japan - The death toll climbs to over 10,000 and is still rising (Branigan 2). The disaster in Japan began without warning on Friday March 11, 2011 at 2:46pm with a 9.0 magnitude earthquake, the strongest ever recorded in the country (Fackler 3). A massive thirty-three foot high tsunami, generated by the earthquake, swept over lands in northern Japan, taking objects and debris with it. To make matters worse, the tsunami caused the cooling systems at several nuclear power plants to fail. The disaster in Japan was a tragic event, and it had a plethora of causes and effects....   [tags: Natural Disasters, Tsunami] 726 words
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The Lisbon Earthquake - ... A number of these Manueline style buildings were ruined and lost by the earthquake. Before the earthquake, there were several Baroque churches and theatres in the town. Many important structures in Lisbon vanished because of the events (outlined below). Plan of Lisbon in the 16th century (Braunio) Eighty-five percent of Lisbon's buildings were destroyed, including libraries and famous palaces, in addition to several examples of Portugal's distinctive 16th-century Manueline architecture. Some buildings which survived the earthquake were destroyed by subsequent fire....   [tags: damage, caos, catastrophe] 1043 words
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Are Earthquake Disasters Caused by Humans? - ... Analysis and Discussion Types of Construction Problems A main construction problem that people make is building on top of unsteady and weak foundations; such as building in areas that are prone to liquefaction and amplification. According to Huang (2013), liquefaction is the loss of stiffness in sediment. According to Utah Geological Survey, liquefaction occurs when sandy soils are saturated in liquid. The soil loses stiffness and behaves like quicksand. It causes instability in building and structures....   [tags: construction methods, natural disasters] 1127 words
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Earthquake Waves and Epicenter Location - Earthquakes happen all round the world daily and they are extremely dangerous. An earthquake is caused by the movement of plates called fault. Plates are segments of the outermost rigid shell of the Earth, composed of the crust and attached upper mantle, which float on the plastic like asthenosphere. Faults are in deep underground, they are always moving slowly that we can’t even feel it. Seismologists are studying how to predict an earthquake to be safer in the earthquake by learning and studying the seismic waves....   [tags: reverse fault,tectonic plates,seismic waves]
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How Solar Flares Affect Life and Resources on Earth - Solar flares, huge explosions of gasses, gamma rays and ultra-violet rays. These massive flares that come from the solar atmosphere are what I will be analyzing and teaching you about in this essay. Solar flares have had a profound effect on life and resources on earth throughout the history of our planet. Nowadays we are aware of the causes of solar flares and the damage that solar flares are capable of. Throughout this essay we will look into what solar flares are and how solar flares affect life and recourses on Earth....   [tags: Gas Explosions, Natural Disasters, Earthquakes]
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Understanding and Preparation of Earthquake - Understanding and Preparation of Earthquake An earthquake is a sudden movement of the Earth's lithosphere (its crust and upper mantle) by the release of build-up energy “in the form of low – frequency sound waves (seismic waves)” along geological faults or by volcanic activity. There are three types of the seismic wave: “primary (P) waves have a push – pull type of vibration, secondary (S) waves have a slide – to – slide types of vibration, and combination of primary (P) and secondary (S) of vibrations (HarperCollins Publishers, 2003)....   [tags: Natural Disaster ] 990 words
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The Iran Earthquake of 2003 - Bam Earthquake 2003 Living within a dynamic system requires humans to use scientific knowledge to predict and prepare for large scale events, since not a day goes by without a change in the Earth: The continents drifting away, land rising, and faults. This essay will focus on one main thing: earthquakes. An earthquake measured magnitude 6.6, according to United States Geological Survey, which happened in Bam, Iran in the year 2003. This earthquake was caused by a “buried” fault in the Earth, said to rupture every 2,000 years....   [tags: natural catastrophies]
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Preparedness Plan in Case of an Earthquake - ... The earthquake preparedness plan has been updated in 2010. They update the website as they find new information on how to protect us during a earthquake. (McSpaden, 2014) We have a lot of nuclear power plants in Illinois 6 to be exact. There is no risk if a earthquake were to happen because the nuclear power plants are away from the fault zone. (Mcspaden, 2014) Also since Illinois is now for having tornados the nuclear power plant is build to withstand a tornado so it would not knock done if a earthquake were to happen....   [tags: illinois, nuclear power plants, buildings] 729 words
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Report on the Canterbury Earthquake of 2011 - ... Many heritage buildings were heavily damaged, including the, Lyttelton Station, and the Christchurch Cathedral. Amongst the modern buildings and commercial buildings 840 out of 4067 were red stickered and eventually demolished such as Christchurch’s tallest building the Hotel Grand Chancellor. Over half of the buildings in the central business district were demolished because the buildings were not prone to earthquakes due to the lack of strength of the material (stone) used for the infrastructure of the old buildings such as the Hotel grand chancellor, Christchurch cathedral etc....   [tags: structure critical damage] 1043 words
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Haiti Surviving after the Earthquake - ... However, everything changes after the 2010 earthquake. The losses caused by the quake were approximately in $8 billons and $14 billons. Joblessness and the lack of food, and clean water further affect the economy because people chose to immigrate to other places for work such as Dominican Republic (Haiti earthquake). Furthermore, “Haiti was a Republic of non-governmental organization to become a Republic of unemployment,” and in order to accomplish an economical growth Haiti needs the investment of companies that can invest in the country to help many of the people to have a job....   [tags: natural disasters, underdeveloped nations]
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Earthquake's Impact on the People of Haiti - On January 12th, 2010, the small Caribbean nation of Haiti was struck by a 7.0 magnitude earthquake. This was the worst earthquake to hit the region in over two centuries (BBC News). More than fifty aftershocks measuring over 4.5 followed within the next two weeks. The earthquakes left Haiti in shambles and exacerbated their conditions. There were 3.5 million people affected and over 220 thousand killed (Disasters Emergency Committee). Major damage was caused at the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince....   [tags: natural disaster, caribbean, cholera, haitians]
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The Lisbon Earthquake of 1755 - The Lisbon earthquake of 1755 was not only damaging in its physical damage that was done to the lands; but also damaging in the sense that it caused a plethora philosophical and religious debates that shook, although eventually shaped European Enlightenment. In spite of this disaster; however, there were several new philosophical and scientific developments that are rooted in this earthquake. Nicholas Shrady gives an account of this disaster along with great detail of the aftermath and the process of rebuilding the city, and Western civilization as a whole....   [tags: Rebuilding, Controversy, Religion] 1540 words
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The Japanese Earthquake and Consequent Tsunami - Japan – Fukushima Introduction On March 11, 2011 at 2:46 PM, Japanese time, an 8.9 magnitude earthquake hits, but was later upgraded to a 9.0 magnitude earthquake, happens 231 miles northeast of Tokyo, Japan, at a depth of 15.2 miles. The pacific tsunami-warning centre sends out a warning to Japan all the way to The United States of America. Around an hour later after the earthquake the waves hits. The waves got up to 30ft high when they hit the Japanese coast. The waves caused widespread devastation washing away cars like they were sticks, collapsing buildings and destroying roads and highways....   [tags: Fukushima, natural disasters]
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Taking a Look at Earthquake Safety - ... Large plastic garbage cans can make good storage bins. An inexpensive backpack is a good place to store smaller, loose items -- backpacks are easy to carry and can be used for other purposes once you have opened the kit. The most important thing for human survival is water. You should have at least five gallons of water stored in your hallway or back yard, because after an earthquake hits, if you don't have a shut-off valve, the (tap) water will be contaminated within 12 hours. Although it is likely water would be restored within 72 hours of a major quake, some areas might be dry for much longer....   [tags: employee health and safety] 1306 words
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Haiti: Earthquake, Aftermath and Condition - RESULTS Statistics: • 222,570 people died and 300,572 were injured • 1.5 million children under 18 were directly or indirectly affected by the quake • The total value of damage and losses caused by earthquake is estimated at US$7.8 billion — US$4.3 billion represents physical damage and US$3.5 billion are economic losses — some 120 percent of the 2009 gross domestic product (GDP) of Haiti • 60 percent of government, administrative and economic infrastructure has been destroyed, as well as parliament and the judicial sector Source: The United Nations’ Special Envoy to Haiti reported October 1, 2010 Haiti: A government with very little power and resources The Haitian government’s lack of p...   [tags: NGO, Slums, Housing]
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The Northridge California Earthquake - Introduction Hazards pose risk to everyone. Our acceptance of the risks associated with hazards dictates where and how we live. As humans, we accept a certain amount of risk when choosing to live our daily lives. From time to time, a hazard becomes an emergent situation. Tornadoes in the Midwest, hurricanes along the Gulf Coast or earthquakes in California are all hazards that residents in those regions accept and live with. This paper will examine one hazard that caused a disaster requiring a response from emergency management personnel....   [tags: hazards, risks, fault lines]
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Effects of the Great Kanto Earthquake in Japanese History - The Great Kanto Earthquake also known as the Tokyo-Yokohama Earthquake of 1923 hit the metropolitan area of Kanto on September 1st, 1923 around 11:58 pm. It was a 7.9 on the Richter magnitude scale, killing over one-hundred and forty thousand people due to its high magnitude and the time it happened. The earthquake struck around lunch time, when many Japanese people were at home cooking at their charcoal or gas fueled stoves. At the moment the earthquake hit, it knocked down buildings that caught flames from the stoves that fell over, enflaming the city....   [tags: Tokyo-Yokohama Earthquake, Kanto]
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The Physics Of An Earthquake - Earthquakes are vibrations produced in the earth's outer layer, or crust, when forces pushing on a mass of rock overcome the friction holding the rock in place and blocks of rock slip against each other. The vibrations can range from barely noticeable to verry destructive. There are six types of shock waves. Two are classified as body waves which means they travel through the earth's interior and the other four are surface waves. The waves are changed by the rock types or formations they hit. Primary or compressional waves (P waves) send particles moveing back and forth in the same direction as the waves are traveling, secondary or transverse shear waves (S waves) send vibrations perpendicu...   [tags: essays research papers] 850 words
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San Francisco Earthquake of 1906 - On the night of April 18, 1906, the whole town was woken by erratic shaking. Although the earthquake lasted under a measly minute, it caused significant damage. Many fires started all throughout the city; San Francisco burned in turmoil. In the early 1900’s, Theodore Roosevelt took office after McKinley was assassinated. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the only turmoil at the time. A ship with rats infected with bubonic plague started the first plague epidemic in the continental U.S. Survivors of the plague believed that the corpses were still contaminated, so all burials were banned within San Francisco....   [tags: American History]
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Haiti After the Earthquake - The effects caused by earthquakes are devastating. They cause loss of human life and have effects on infrastructure and economy. Earthquakes can happen at any time anywhere. In January 12, 2010 an earthquake of a magnitude of 7.0 hit the nation of Haiti. An estimation of 316,000 people were killed, and more than 1.3 million Haitians were left homeless (Earthquake Information for 2010). Haiti was in a terrified chaos. After the earthquake, families were separated because many of the members were killed....   [tags: Haiti Essays]
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Comparing Television and Internet News Coverage of the Haiti Earthquake - Screaming, praying, and crying for help, the people of Haiti were in a state of panic on Tuesday afternoon, January 12, 2010 at 4:53 P.M. An earthquake, with a magnitude of 7.0, left the Haitians homeless, desolate, and in prayer. The story was everywhere; from news channels to local newspapers, but it wasn’t enough to satisfy my hunger for knowledge. This impulsive interest made me want to know more about this catastrophe; thus, I went on the internet to the New York Times website. The internet informed me with more than what I wanted to know....   [tags: media, haiti earthquake, news] 673 words
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