Investigating the Extent to Which States of Economic Development Influence the Way People Respond to Natural Hazards

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Investigating the Extent to Which States of Economic Development Influence the Way People Respond to Natural Hazards For my essay I will look at many different case studies. I will be comparing different countries and looking at how economic resources resulted in the consequences of the natural hazards. I will look at different types of natural hazard such as earthquakes and tornados, as well as gathering my information from a mixture of MEDC and LEDC countries. The definition for economic according to answers.com is “Of or relating to the production, development, and management of material wealth, as of a country, household, or business enterprise.” The definition of Hazard: “A potentially damaging physical event, phenomenon or human activity that may cause the loss of life or injury, property damage, social and economic disruption or environmental degradation.” A definition of response: The provision of assistance or intervention during or immediately after a disaster to meet the life preservation and basic subsistence needs of those people affected. It can be of an immediate, short-term, or protracted duration. www.unisdr.org/eng/library/lib-terminology-eng%20home.htm I will begin by looking at earthquakes, and two in particular I feel can help me answer my question are, Bam in Iran and California, both occurring on the same day. A powerful earthquake struck southeastern Iran on December 26, 2003, killing over 43,000 people, injured 20,000, left 60,000 homeless and destroyed much of the city of Bam. The USGS National Earthquake information center is reported a magnitude of 6.6 for the quake, which was located... ... middle of paper ... ...f money and resource being thrown at prediction and natural disaster “action plans”. Because of the huge funds available, proper research is produced enhancing prediction, meaning that the gap between the technology between MEDC and LEDC is getting bigger. I feel that I now have evidence that nine out of 10 times economic variation can affect hazards a great deal. I feel that economic variation has meant that difference between life and death as we have seen in the case studies. However I feel that on occasion such as hurricane Katrina or Mount Saint Helens, no amount of research or economic resource can prepare you for such disasters. However damage can be minimized by financial backing ultimately meaning that the frequency of huge death tolls and huge amounts of damage in MEDC is dramatically decreased.

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