Avalanches can feature in any place where there are high mountains, snow and glaciers. An avalanche is the sudden fall of a large mass of snow, ice, rocks, mud or a mixture of these down the side of a mountain, overwhelming everything in its path.
After so many recent natural disasters the world is wondering if natural disasters are becoming more frequent and more intense. So far there have been 792 earthquakes in 2014 between magnitudes 5-8.2.
A tsunami is an enormous wave caused by earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, nuclear detonations, meteorite impacts, underwater explosions, landslides, avalanches and tectonic plate movements.
Bad things happened during and after Hurricane Katrina. Desperate people did desperate things. However, the thing I want to remember is that people did heroic things. People put others first and did without so that others might have. There were angels everywhere in New Orleans after that...
The improvement of fire prevention technology means that most fires occur in rural settings. In North America the term 'wildfire' is used while in Australia and New Zealand they are 'bushfires'.
Read about the terrifying ordeal of waking up to an active volcano erupting just outside your front door and how a town was sacrificed.A synopsis of a chapter in John McPhee's "Controlling Nature."
The Johnstown Flood of 1889 killed over 2,200 men, women, and children - 777 of whom were never identified. It was the first major disaster handled by the American Red Cross.
Disaster Management The term 'DISASTER' has been taken from a French word 'Desastre' (French 'des' means bad and 'astre' means star) meaning bad evil star. A disaster whether natural or human induced, is an event which results in widespread human...
Wellington has survived 3 major eathquakes since 1848 - the only question about the next one is when not if..
Volcanic ash from erupting volcanoes such as Mount Redoubt, Mt. St. Helens or the Icelandic glacier volcano is an environmental danger as well as a safety and health hazard. Learn measures to take to protect yourself.