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It is thousands of years asbestos has been used as an insular against flam. This material warned about damaged lungs even in Greek and Roman times before the official claim about the relationship asbestos and mesthelioma in the mid-1950s. Nowadays, most new buildings exclude asbestos as its components. Nevertheless, a huge amount of these dangerous fibers from older buildings are released in our environment through natural disasters.

 

Asbestos is a silicate mineral that has many appealing properties for the construction industry. Not only does it resist flame, it it also insulates against heat, chemicals, and electricity. Additionally, this material is strong as well as flexible, which means that is easily added to things like concrete. Also, at one point, asbestos could be found in everything from vinyl flooring to ceiling tiles, wall insulation to pipe insulation. This means that older buildings can house large amounts of asbestos.

 

Thankfully, this mineral is not dangerous until it flakes off into smaller pieces. Once microscopic fibers are released into the air, you can inhale or ingest the fibers, where they can get lodged into your body. Your body is unable to break them down, so it forms lumps or nodules around the fibers. This can turn into cancerous tumors.

 

When asbestos is present in older buildings, natural disasters can cause the release of microscopic, damaging fibers. As older structures are torn apart by things like fires, earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, etc., the asbestos insulation in the building can get broken apart as well. Thus, people who help clean up this damage are susceptible to asbestos exposure. Additionally, even nearby communities can have asbestos fibers blown to them in the wind. Sadly, even a one-time exposure to asbestos can result in health problems such as mesothelioma, asbestosis, and pleural effusions.

 

If you suffered from asbestos exposure, resulting in health issues like mesothelioma, you may be entitled to financial compensation for your pain and suffering. To learn more, please visit the Mesothelioma Help Center today.

 

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Megathrust Quake
– http://www.dailymail.co.uk/video/news/video-1002450/Pacific-Northwest-long-overdue-megathrust-earthquake-tsunami.html
– http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/science/2015/07/kathryn_schulz_s_new_yorker_story_on_pacific_northwest_earthquake_geologists.html
– http://www.earthmagazine.org/article/pacific-northwest-earthquake-threat-heightened
– http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2015/07/20/the-really-big-one

Yellowstone Supervolcano
– https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yellowstone_Caldera
– http://www.yellowstonepark.com/supervolcano-eruptions/
– http://www.livescience.com/20714-yellowstone-supervolcano-eruption.html
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Hayward Fault Zone
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San Andreas Fault
– https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Andreas_Fault
– https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V2Ow0Yuv5co
– http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-san-andreas-fault-earthquake-20160504-story.html
– http://www.popsci.com/extreme-science-san-andreas

Solar Flares
– http://gizmodo.com/what-would-happen-if-a-massive-solar-storm-hit-the-eart-1724650105
– http://www.foxnews.com/science/2016/04/28/watch-this-breathtaking-video-solar-flare.html
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In recent times the world has witnessed climate change and natural disasters of gigantic proportions. This is just the beginning of a 10-15 year destructive phase which will increase in intensity. The root cause behind this weird weather patterns and destruction is primarily spiritual.

In a world that is increasingly connected, natural disasters have far reaching repercussions that are felt beyond the geographic boundaries of where the natural disasters hit.

Global warming is not the only major contributing factor to climate change. The Spiritual Science Research Foundation undertook spiritual research to ascertain the actual causes of climate change and the increasing intensity of natural disasters.

1. Cyclical changes

It is the law of nature that whatever has been created is sustained and eventually destroyed. This is the law of Creation, Sustenance and Dissolution and it contributes to 30% of the reason of natural disasters. For example, the Himalayan mountain ranges have been created, will be sustained and eventually will be destroyed. Thus, whenever something is created in this world, after a period of being sustained, it can be expected that at some point it will be destroyed. Only the Creator i.e. God remains steady and unchanging.

The time span of the Universe is divided into four eras. In the first era i.e. Satyayuga the subtle basic sattva http://www.spiritualresearchfoundation.org/spiritualresearch/spiritualscience/sattva_raja_tama/ component was predominant. When there is a higher predominance of sattva in the environment, cyclical changes are gentle. As the eras progressed there was a reduction in the sattva component; thus resulting in cyclical changes with higher amplitude. In the present era of Kaliyuga where the predominant subtle basic component is raja the cyclical changes in creation, sustenance and destruction are quite dramatic. Destruction is generally brought about by increased natural disasters, disease and war. We are in the midst of a destruction phase in one of the mini cycles in Kaliyuga. Each mini cycle generally lasts for a 1000 years.

2. The effect of Man on Nature

Man affects Nature to the extent of 90%. This happens in following three ways.

At a physical level (30%): Excessive cutting of trees, oil leakages, emissions from factories, etc.
At a psychological level (30%): Why do people indiscriminately add to the greenhouse effect and pollute the planet? The answer lies in the mind of Man. As Man gets more selfish and cares less about the planet and his fellow men, he indiscriminately abuses the resources of the Earth. Along with this, immoral behaviour and tensions in society, lead to a rise in the raja-tama subtle basic components. The collective psychological temperament of Man is closely related to the spiritual level at which Man affects Nature.
At a spiritual level (40%): If one digs deeper into the psychological nature of Man one will find that it is heavily influenced by his spiritual maturity. A reduction in the collective spiritual consciousness of Man results in selfishness and unrighteousness. When there is a lack of spiritual practice that conforms to the five basic principles of spiritual practice http://www.spiritualresearchfoundation.org/spiritualresearch/happiness/spirituality/basicpricinples_spirituality_d.php there is a rise in the raja-tama in the environment also known as spiritual pollution. 3. The response of Nature Nature responds to the need for cleansing and correcting the subtle intangible pollution of raja-tama in the form of earthquakes, floods, eruption of volcanoes, cyclones etc. which are grossly visible; hence mankind is aware of their existence. However, the increase in raja-tama has far-reaching adverse impact on the body, mind and intellect of Man. This impact being subtle and intangible is not easily recognised and mankind becomes aware of it only when this impact manifests as very gross climatic changes. Unfortunately, at this point most of the changes are irreversible. 4. Solution Hence it is imperative that we understand the basic root cause of these disasters and take appropriate steps (by undertaking spiritual practice) to eradicate this spiritual pollution of raja-tama attributes. This way we would be truly working for the everlasting and all encompassing benefit of mankind.

http://www.spiritualresearchfoundation.org/spiritualresearch/spiritualscience/naturaldisasters/

You’re all set to build your dream and nothing is going to stop you now! You found a home with the perfect amount of space, plenty of storage, the kitchen is divine, and the laundry room is massive. What more could a homeowner want? If you have ever experienced a natural disaster up close and a little too personal, then a safe room should be on top of that list.

Safe rooms are becoming more popular in homes these days. These rooms are a designated space designed specifically for family members to retreat for high protection from whatever nature decides to throw your way. When building new prairie house building plans, the safe room can play double duty, often serving as a master closet or spacious bath. For retrofitted homes or those desiring a more designated space, it is also a possibility to add on a safe room.

Either way, safe rooms of varying sizes all require the same basic components: smaller interior room that is located above grade (ground level), easily accessible from major living spaces, should be tested and able to withstand storm forces of the highest degree, must be able to withstand penetration by storm forced projectiles, anchored securely with special grade anchor bolts to resist overturning despite the force placed upon it, the door requires three or more latches, door locks must work so that no person is locked in or out, and must be operable by all family members (within reason).

If your home has a basement foundation, it is possible to locate your safe room in the basement. But, be mindful of family members that may experience accessibility issues. Tornadoes are known for appearing quite suddenly and the safe room is only functional if it can be reached hastily. Additionally, safe rooms in flood prone areas should never be installed in the basement. It is also important to note that safe rooms are not suitable in flood situations; evacuation is crucial in these natural disasters.

Safe rooms are not required in building codes, but your region may offer incentives if a safe room is included in your log home house plan. Even easier, prefabricated safe rooms are widely available and built according to FEMA standards. These safe rooms are highly recommended for those on a budget or those who may not possess the knowledge of safe room construction. Whichever means you choose, incorporating a safe room is a great way to ease the mind and increase the safety of your luxury Mediterranean house plan for your entire family.

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In the recent days, changeable weather is the cause for changes in daily lives of people all over the world

 

In Korea, China and American, snowstorm made traffic obstructed. Meanwhile, in Brazil, Australia and Italia, heavy rains resulted in floods and landslide and evacuation. More terribly, natural disaster killed and wounded many people.

 

The Great Wall (China) overwhelmed in snow

 

Snow covered Forbidden City (China)

 

A street in Seoul, Korea

 

 

In Australia, local authorities announced that the Southwest area of this country is the natural disaster zone when citizens of a town were so worried about the increasing water level. Though meteorologists forecasted the most terrible level has reached, water level in lakes and reservoirs continued to increase.

 

 

Flood surrounded town Coonamble, 570km from Sydney to the Northwest

 

 

In North India, icy weather has not declined. In many parts of the country, heavy rains and snow-covered-hills led to drastic decline in temperature. It was estimated that at least 100 people died of the icy weather in Uttar Pradesh.

 

 

Citizens cycled in dense fog in Amritsar, capital of Punjab state, India

 

 

Yesterday, 85 people died and 5 others were lost due to landslide in Brazil. Casualties were mainly reported from Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Minas Gerais. Particularly In Rio de Janeiro, landslide stole the lives of 72 people.

 

 

A small church collapsed in flood in Sao Luis de Paraitinga, 140km from Sao Paulo, Brazil

 

 

Europe was also flooded in icy weather. Snowstorms made traffic reversed in the New Year. Many people were stuck or had to delay their plans during the vacation.

 

 

Moscow sunk in snow

 

 

The unusual increase of tide has made most areas in Venice submerged deeply under the water and forced travelers and citizens to wade in water or to walk on wood pavements which are made in Square St Mark and other noticeable locations.

 

 

Square St Mark in flood

 

Water is everywhere from bars to cafes

Kelly McNeil is a Chinese who is currently living in the United States. He writes this article to express his sympathy towards his people in particular and people in the world in general.

Disasters are not an everyday occurrence but they can strike anywhere. You may never have to evacuate your home, but if you live in a floodplain, on a coastal area, or near an earthquake fault, you may be mistaken. The preparation you do in advance is critically important to your family’s safety, but don’t neglect to plan for your pets, as well. It will reward you with peace of mind knowing you planned as thoroughly as possible, you are well equipped, and your family and pets have an excellent chance of surviving the disaster – hurricane, flood, wildfire, hazardous material spills as well as man-made disaster.

If you have to evacuate, the most important thing you can do to protect them is – take them with you! If you’re evacuating because it’s not safe for you, it is not safe for your pets. They can easily be injured, lost, or killed. Animals left inside a home may be able to escape if the home sustains damage from the storm or looters. Then the animals must fend for themselves and must overcome exposure, starvation, predators, contaminated food or water, and accidents. Leaving a dog chained or tied up during a disaster is a death sentence. If you are going to leave, even if it’s only for a few hours, take your pets with you. You may not be able to return. Once you’ve left them they are on their own. If you are evacuating, leave early. If you wait and are ordered to evacuate, you may be told to leave your pets behind.

When you evacuate, bear in mind that most shelters accept only service animals. Contact hotels and motels outside your area to check on their policies about accepting pets. Would “no pet” policies be waived in the event of an emergency?

Contact your friends and relatives outside your area to see if they could shelter your animals. If not, get a list of veterinary offices or boarding shelters and include their 24 hour telephone numbers. Your last resort is to ask your local shelter if it can provide foster care or shelter for pets in an emergency.

If you don’t evacuate and your family and pets must wait out the storm or disaster at home, pick out a safest area in your home where you will all stay together. Keep the dogs on leashes and cats in carriers, and be sure they are wearing proper identification. Have a supply of pet food and water stored in water-proof containers, along with your other emergency supplies.

As the disaster nears, don’t wait until the last minute to get ready. Confirm your emergency shelter arrangements for you and your pets. Bring your pets inside and confine them in order to leave with then quickly if necessary. Be sure your disaster relief kits and supplies are ready to go, including your pet’s disaster kit.

It is possible that you may be at work or out of the house when the disaster strikes. Arrangements should be made well in advance so that a trusted neighbor can take your pets and meet you in a prearranged location. The person should have a key to your home, know where your disaster supplies are kept, and be comfortable with your pets.

Planning and preparation are going to help you weather the disaster, but your home could be totally different when you return. Your pets are going to have to familiarize themselves to a new environment where familiar landmarks and smells are no longer there. Be patient with your pets after a disaster and try to get them into a normal routine as quickly as possible. Be patient with them. Remember, they’re family.

Hal Johns is the founder of http://EmergencyReliefKits.com which offers emergency supplies, survival gear, and first aid kits. Our goal is to bring safety and peace of mind to families by helping them prepare for emergencies – natural and man-made.

Disasters abroad have been much in the news. It’s hard to imagine the scale of these tragic events, tens of thousands of people dead in what amounts to a very brief time. Such events do have the power to sober us up and perhaps take the opportunity to assess our own place in existence. The fragility of our lives is many times something that we pay little or no attention to. Understandable of course. We don’t want to go around with long faces, filled with anticipatory dread about what might possibly happen.

Still, when the headlines scream out to us about the enormous power of nature to interrupt our lives, we may want to take stock for a bit. The idea is not to get ourselves in a funk, as I noted above, but rather to see the degree to which we can reorient our thinking toward a deeper appreciation of each day, each minute, each breath. Nothing can be taken for granted. While we are surrounded by deep beauty out here, we also know that we are quite vulnerable. It has been many years perhaps since a real natural challenge has come our way. Hopefully that will remain the case.

But, we have to acknowledge that we are not bullet proof. Serious challenges could come our way from both natural and alas human causes. The latest headlines are about natural causes: destructive wind and water in one scenario and an earthquake in the other. We still live in peril from the mysterious ways in which the Earth is altering itself. Because there are so many more people, each event can bring with it much higher tolls in lives and suffering.

So, again, what’s the purpose of focusing on these events which still are far away from us. I guess we could say that it would make sense that we would offer what aid we could to the people who have suffered from the disaster. Beyond that, we can sit with ourselves first and review where we are with our lives. What really matters? How have we perhaps become caught up in petty matters; matters, that were there to be a disaster in our area, would disappear from our concerns in an instant. When we realize how so much of the problems on our agenda of issues don’t really carry any weight and would indeed disappear in the face of such a huge challenge, then we might be moved to take the important step of reordering our priorities.

So now is a time with the images and information fresh in our minds to trim the tree of our concerns. Cut off all those branches that are just dead wood. Clear away everything that wouldn’t survive a real challenge to what is meaningful in your life. Now this wouldn’t save you in a disaster, but it would give you a sense that you had gotten in touch with the real deal about your life. Then sit and share it with the important people in your life. Maybe you can’t make your life disaster proof, but you can make it so much more the life you really want to live. So get up and do that now! And let me know what you think.

Frank Mosca Ph.D. is a licensed counselor/life coach. His views might be just what you need to help you reach goals and make decisions to change your life. Call 631 834 4115.

Natural disasters have become quite common in the recent times. The impact of these natural disasters on the earth is ever increasing. The effect of the recent disasters is making the impact of the past ones very tiny. Environmental imbalance is the main reason behind ever increasing ill effects on the environment.

Michigan is the eighth most populous state of US and is surrounded by four great lakes namely Lakes Superior, Michigan, Huron, Erie, and Ontario, plus Lake Saint Clair. Any resident of the state is not more than 140.3 km from the great lakes. Natural disasters in Michigan usually occur in the form of floods because the state is surrounded by four great lakes. The state that is hit by natural disaster will end up in financial, environmental and human loss.

We usually sit on the misconception thinking that we have nothing to do with the calamity that is hitting state rather than being a silent spectator of the ill effects of the calamity. Though it sounds odd, the prevention of these natural calamities is in our hands. Let me tell you how?

Land, water and air have their existence on the earth since centuries. They have been source of survival for the inhabitants on the earth since long time. The earth being surrounded by the same resources was very less affected by the natural calamities. Why is the situation experiencing a drastic change in the recent times? It is only due to the environmental imbalance which has brought drastic changes in the climatic conditions.

Environmental balance is very important in the states like Michigan because it is surrounded by great lakes and any imbalance in the climatic conditions of the state will result in floods carrying away your property along with the human life. As a responsible citizen of the state, you have to dig the factors that cause environmental imbalance in the state and take preventive action to cap the effects by obstructing the sources that generate them. Major sources that spew pollution into the environment of the state are toxic gases emitted from the fossil fuels and trash generated either due to commercial projects and residential projects in the state.

We can reduce the disposal of fossil fuels into the atmosphere by reducing the usage of vehicles and preferring bicycle or walk for the short distance. Effective measures should be taken in all kinds of project to reduce the trash generation right from the inception. Some inevitable trash generated on completion of the major projects should be recycled in environmental friendly manner to mitigate the effects of pollution on the environment for which a professional help is must. Dumpster rental company Michigan will help you in this regard. They get all your trash disposed in environmental friendly manner before it gains your attention. When we take due care to reduce the impact of pollution by disposing the generated trash through dumpster rental Michigan, the impact of the pollution on the environment of the state is greatly reduced so, you are playing a key role in maintaining environmental balance and reducing the number of natural disasters that hit the state by renting trash bin for your garbage disposal needs.

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Top 10 horrible natural disasters that affected the world. These terrible acts of nature that were caught on camera claimed a vast amount of lives and cost millions in damage.
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Nature can be described in a number of different ways – awesome, breath-taking, spectacular and incredible, among them. Sometimes, though, simple adjectives don’t quite do they trick. We’ve all seen footage of natural disasters that go well beyond those descriptors and seem better suited to bold, superlative exclamations like “HOLY CRAP!” and “WHAT THE HELL WAS THAT??”. That’s because few sights can carry the scope, presence and pure aura of nature’s wrath in action. No wonder, then, that the internet has become a hotbed for disaster porn – terrifying videos of storms as they happen and the damage that they cause.

It is a fascinating and potentially dangerous time in the history of our planet. A confluence of factors has resulted on humans reaching a point where they’ve never been more vulnerable to natural disasters. The threat of global warming has all but been confirmed as true, ushering in a steady, gradual increase in climate-related weather unrest. Additionally, disasters like earthquakes and hurricanes are taking more of a toll today as global population numbers continue to rise and people are required to spread out and take up residence in regions that push them nearer to volatile, dangerous areas.

On top of that, digital technologies have afforded us unprecedented access to all that life has to offer, including these rare, spectacular and potentially devastating disasters. Once, this was simply the work of storm chasers and other thrill-seeking risk-takers who summon the courage to run towards the storm. Now, however, just about every disaster is met with the clicking and flashing of an army of camera phones, which can both chronicle the devastation that it leaves in its wake and can be immediately uploaded online for limitless viewing.

Indeed, the internet is awash in amateur video of spectacular destruction across the globe, from torrential flooding to explosive volcanic eruptions to blazing wildfires to dramatic, terrifying earthquakes. These videos generate major views and a large audience drawn in by the shock value of some of these scenes. There’s something undeniably compelling in the inherently unsettling nature of watching unfold a sudden, brutal happening that extends well beyond the control of any individual person. The first-person perspective of the often shaky camera puts you firmly in the shoes of the video’s director, making you feel as if you are experiencing the natural disaster personally.

For all of the death and ruin that they are capable of leaving in their wake, natural disasters possess a strange beauty about them. Beyond being dangerous and damaging towards humans, these events shape our planet and affect where and how we live. Volcanoes are thought to have once played a key role in the emergence of life on Earth. They enrich soils and help develop fertile land for growing crops. Meanwhile, earthquakes signal the movement of Earth’s tectonic plates, which contribute to the building of mountains. All told, these events showcase the impressive, extensive powers of Mother Nature and the planet Earth.

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