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Things went from bad to worse in Japan

On March 11, 2011, a magnitude 9.0 earthquake, known as the 2011 Tohoku earthquake, struck Japan, which was followed by a water and nuclear disaster. According to Becky Oskin, it was not the largest nor deadliest earthquake and tsunami to happen this century, but it was especially devastating for a country seismically active like Japan as few scientists expected such things to happen. The previous worst earthquake in Japan was an 8.3 magnitude earthquake that happened in Kanto in 1923, which killed 143,00o people. 7.2 magnitude Kobe earthquake killed 6,4000 people in 1995. However, in Tohoku earthquake less than 10 percent of the victims were due to the quake, as most of them (15,840 people) drowned, as UNESCO states. Read more of this post

Why was the earthquake in Haiti so destructive?

Many experts such as Jian Lin, Carrieann Bedwell or John Bellini agree that the magnitude 7.0 earthquake that so badly damaged Haiti in 2010 was the result of a combination of deadly factors. Haiti was devastated by an earthquake on January 12, 2010 at 16:53 local time. Despite the fact that it has not been the strongest earthquake in the past few years (the magnitude 8.8 earthquake in Chile, for instance), it was an enormous humanitarian and economic catastrophe that hit severely an extremely impoverished country, which according to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies affected up to 3 million people. Hispaniola, the island that comprises Haiti and the Dominican Republic, is close to the junction area of two tectonic plates (the North American and the Caribbean) and it is said to be one of the most complex places in the Earth from a geodynamic perspective. Read more of this post

The devastating natural phenomena

The severe damage of Hurricane Katrina in some places of the United States, which was considered by The National and Atmospheric Administration as one of the most devastating natural disasters in the country; the maximum alert situation in the Italian island of Sardinia due to the deadly floods in mid November, which were caused by an unusual cyclone named Cleopatra and killed at least 17 people in the first three days as well as provoking the evacuation of thousands of people; the devastating Typhoon Haiyan, which according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs have affected to 14.12 million people until mid December.  These are just some examples of how nature can show its unpredictable character and turn against humanity. Besides being a deadly phenomena, the hurricanes may cause serious damage in terms of economy, material goods, in nature and, of course, in people. Read more of this post