A natural disaster is a devastating event caused by rain, wind, fire, and even earth that endangers people’s lives and property. Although there is often little that can be done to prevent a natural disaster, people can take steps to reduce the effect that it has on themselves and their property.
All natural disasters cause loss in some way. Depending on the severity, lives can be lost in any number of disasters. Falling buildings or trees, freezing to death, being washed away, or heat stroke are just some of the deadly effects. Some disasters cause more loss of life than others, and population density affects the death count as well.
Some common examples of natural disasters are below:
Avalanche–Avalanches are masses of snow, ice, and rocks that fall rapidly down a mountainside.
Mudslide- Mudslides occur when a large amount of water causes the rapid erosion of soil on a steep slope.
Tornado– A tornado is a rapidly rotating column of air that is in contact with both the surface of the Earth.
Whirlpool– A whirlpool is a body of swirling water formed when two opposing currents meet.
Volcano– A volcano is a rupture in the crust of a planetary-mass object, such as Earth, that allows hot lava, volcanic ash, and gases to escape from a magma chamber below the surface.
Blizzard- A blizzard is an extreme snowstorm followed by a very strong and constant wind which last three hours or more.
Cyclone– Cyclones are caused by atmospheric disturbances around a low-pressure area distinguished by swift and often destructive air circulation.
Hurricane- A hurricane is a type of tropical cyclone or severe tropical storm.
Earthquake- An earthquake is a trembling or shaking movement of the ground caused by slippage or rupture of a fault within the Earth’s Crust.