Topics: Hurricane Katrina, Earthquake, Earth Pages: 2 (415 words) Published: December 10, 2012
Derron Brown Period 3 Hurricanes and Earthquakes

Have you ever noticed how many deaths have occurred due to natural disasters? Well if you don’t know what a natural disaster is, it is a natural hazard to the environment (floods, tornados, hurricanes, volcanoes, earthquakes, tsunamis). All of these natural disasters can cause severe damage to the environment and many deaths. In this essay I am only going to talk about earthquakes and hurricanes.

An earthquake occurs when stored energy underneath the crust of the earth is released rapidly, the rocky outer layer of the earth shakes in a rapid movement. Very large earthquakes can cause many damage to the environment and to the people. Throughout history there have been many deaths, many buildings have been destroyed, and many people have been left homeless due to earthquakes. One recent large earthquake that occurred was the Haiti Earthquake with a 7.0 magnitude. It happened on January 12, 2010 and an estimate of 3 million people were affected. The Haitian Government estimated that 230,000 people died, 300,000 had been injured, 1,000,000 made homeless, and 250,000 residences and 30,000 commercial buildings collapsed or were severely damaged.

Hurricanes are formed when warm water on top of the ocean evaporates. When there is a lot of warm moisture, winds start circling around the spot forming a hurricane. Hurricanes cause a lot of damage to the environment near the coastline where that hurricane occurs. One very large hurricane in U.S. history is Hurricane Katrina. This happened on August 23, 2005 in the Gulf of Mexico. It mostly affected New Orleans, Louisiana and at least 1,836 people lost their lives in the actual hurricane. There was an estimated $81 billion in damage. The whole city was covered with water and many people were left homeless.

These Facts Make People think twice about moving to a certain state or Counties were these disasters may happen. If I had to choose between to states that both...
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