Archive for February, 2011

Hazards and Disasters Exam


15 Feb

You will be responsible for the characteristics for each hazard that we studied: drought, hurricane, earthquake and human induced.

You will also be responsible for vulnerability and risk.

The command terms on the exam are:

1. Examine

2. Compare and contrast

3. Describe

4. Discuss

5. Identify

6. Explain

There are few questions that fall outside the command terms, but those questions are asking for very basic information.

Remember there are six questions, so you must allocate your time wisely.

Good luck!

Risk and Risk Assessment


11 Feb

Using the study guide on Risk and pages 344-347 from the text, answer the following questions:

1. What is the relationship between the concept of vulnerability and risk?

2. What are the differences between indirect and direct effects of hazards?

3. Why do people underestimate the probability of a hazard event?  What effect does that have?

4. What helps and hinders a person’s perception of risk?

All of these will be discussed during the last half of the class on Tuesday, February 15th.

Volcanic Lightning


01 Feb

Lightning crackles over Japan on Friday as ash and lava erupt from Shinmoedake peak, one of the calderas of the Kirishima volcano complex.

Shinmoedake began erupting Wednesday, coating nearby villages and farms with ash and prompting authorities to ask for voluntary evacuations within a 1.2-mile (2-kilometer) radius.

Volcanic lightning is still a mystery, though it may be that electrically charged silica—part of magma—interacts with the atmosphere when it flies out of a volcano, Steve McNutt of the Alaska Volcano Observatory told National Geographic News in February 2010. – From National Geographic

Vulnerability


01 Feb

1. What are the causes of vulnerability?

2. Who is vulnerable? Why?

3. To what extent is vulnerability a demographic and socio-political phenomenon?  Give reasons and examples.

4. Examine your case study.  Who is vulnerable and why?

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