Effects of Natural Disaster

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Conor Unruh
Geography 108
The Effects of Natural Disasters
Natural disasters have been shaping and reshaping our planet since the beginning of time. These natural disasters have had a devastating effect on communities all around the world. No matter how far societies have come throughout history, natural disasters humble mankind with their disrupting nature. Natural disasters come in all shapes and sizes. Earthquakes can rip apart the earth and destroy infrastructure along the way. Hurricanes come and rip through cities and uproot everything in their path. These are just a few of the many types of natural disasters that can devastate a society. There are many natural disasters that have reshaped regions within the world.

One of these disasters that reshaped a region was the 1902 eruption of Mt. Pelee. On May 8th, 1902 the island of Martinique, located in the Caribbean Sea, was in for a natural disaster of epic proportions. Mt. Pelee is a stratovolcano located on the subduction zone between the Atlantic and Caribbean plates. Early in the morning, locals spotted many rare animals such as snakes were moving down from Mt. Pelee to the lower lying cities. This was unusual for this to happen. Minutes later, the volcano spewed hot ash miles in the air. Pyroclastic flows proceeded the first blown, ripping down the hillside stifling anything and everything in its way. This ended up taking upwards of 28 thousand lives in one day. This was one of the most tragic volcanic eruptions in history.

Another volcanic eruption that altered a society was the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius. In the year 79 A.D., The surrounding towns of Pompeii and Hurculaneum were not prepared for what was to come. One morning, a giant column of smoke, ash and pumice exploded from the top of Mt. Vesuvius, startling many of the local townspeople of Pompeii and Herculaneum. From there, pyroclastic flows worked their way down the mountainside and blanketed both towns. Townspeople...
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