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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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Earthquakes can be a terrifying experience for anyone who has experienced them, especially children who may not understand what is going on. The following is an explanation of earthquakes and the safety steps that should be taken in the event of this type of natural disaster.

Earthquakes are caused by plates underneath the surface of the earth shifting their position. In certain areas, two of these plates are shifting at the same time, creating friction and leading to an eventual break. An earthquake is the vibration that is felt as a result of this break.

One area in the United States that experiences earthquakes is the San Andreas Fault in California. It runs from Northern California to the Gulf of California and minor movement is detected here thousands of times annually, although many of these are not felt by the residents in the nearby areas. The largest earthquake in United States history occurred in 1906 because of movement at this fault line, affecting San Francisco and killing approximately 3,000 people. This earthquake caused around $ 400 million in damage.

Since earthquakes happen quite suddenly, you should make sure that your children know what to do in case they are ever caught in one. You can teach them the “drop, cover, and hold on” safety method. If they are inside during an earthquake, they should keep calm and climb under a heavy object such as a desk or table. They should hold onto the object until the shaking has passed. The children should avoid windows and any objects that could fall on them, such as a cabinet or locker. If the children are outdoors, they should move away from street lights and utility poles as well as buildings.

If they are caught in a public place, the children should again climb under something heavy. You should explain to them not to try to exit the building as many people will be attempting to leave at the same time. They should also not enter an elevator during an earthquake or right after, as the aftershocks can cause damage as well.

If you and your family are driving when a tremor strikes, you should try to pull over into an area that does not have wires or poles above your vehicle. Remain calm and wait the tremor out before proceeding on your way. If you are in a mountainous area, you may also need to avoid falling rocks and other debris that has been loosened by the quake.

Immediately after an earthquake, there are aftershocks, as was mentioned earlier. These are minor earthquakes follow a major one in the same general location. Your children should remain undercover until they are sure that the aftershocks are finished as well.

After the earthquake, there are still a variety of safety measures that your children need to be aware of. If they are at home and hear a hissing noise or smell fumes, they should leave the house immediately and call for help. This noise and smell could be a broken gas line that could explode or lead to a serious fire. If they are going outside, they should be sure to wear shoes as there is probably broken glass and other foreign debris lying in the streets.

Earthquakes are one of the most deadly natural occurrences due to the fact that there is almost no advanced warning when they occur. By teaching your children the “drop, cover, and hold on” safety method, they will be able to take care of themselves in case they are caught in an earthquake.