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End of the world as we know it?

Posted by on Mar 12th, 2011 and filed under All Posts, Environment, Featured, Newz. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

It seems that there has either been an increase in the frequency of natural disasters around the world – or technology is making me hear about them more often..  I am going to have to assume, from the way it’s reported on the news that it’s something relatively new..

I can’t say it’s global warming because in all honesty, despite supposedly scientific ‘evidence’, I am not convinced that global warming is anything that we could help..  We can maybe accelerate it with emissions from all types of fuel burning, but I think it would have happened naturally anyway.  We have to learn to deal with it.

The earthquake that recently struck Japan has shown us just how powerful nature is, but also how prepared we can be if we invest in the right technology.  If an earthquake of 8.9 on the Richter scale were to strike anywhere else in the world I can imagine there would be total devastation, yet look at Japan, a few broken wine bottles and some cracked roads.  Haiti’s quake of 2010 was 7.0 on the Richter scale and the capital city Port-au-Prince was reduced to the ground.  Clearly the money was not there for investment in technology like Japan’s.

Earthquakes are one thing – tsunami waves are another!  Look at this video taken shortly after the earthquake in Japan.  It’s incredible how despite the actual earthquake not causing significant damage, the tsunami came and destroyed almost everything in it’s path.

“Japan has very advanced tsunami warning systems, but the warning time was short, 10-15 minutes, since the earthquake was close to the coast, reducing evacuation times,” says Dr Tom Baldock, a coastal engineer at the University of Queensland.

Look at how well the buildings handled the quake!  That’s great engineering right there.

But then look at the devastation the tsunami caused shortly after..

I always think of so called ‘advanced’ countries like the UK and think how little we can really appreciate the forces our planet is capable of throwing at us.  I accept that we in the UK do not experience a great deal of extreme weather and natural disasters, but we sure do exaggerate when we get a glimpse of it.  In 2008 there was an earthquake in Nottingham where I live and the day after it was all over the news how people had seen chimneys falling and had their homes completely trashed etc.  I felt it.  It was a tremor.  We just like to go overboard with it a little here I think.

There has always been the talk of 2012 and how the world is supposed to end which of course is complete rubbish..  Right?

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Well, I am starting to feel a little unsettled with all the news lately.  There has been disaster after disaster.  Australia flooding, Brazil flooding, earthquakes, tsunamis, forest fires, droughts, snow and who knows what else I’ve missed off the list.  Anyone else feel like the end of the world is nigh?

My thoughts are with the people and families out there who are experiencing real disasters.

4 Responses for “End of the world as we know it?”

  1. Holly says:

    I think we are extremely lucky to live where we do on this planet… We dont get major earthquakes or volcano's because we are not near or on the edge of any tectonic plates. We dont have extreme weather like huricanes and tornados etc because we dont have the climate that they need to develop.

    • Locksley says:

      You're right about that. We are very lucky that we don't have to deal with all those extreme forces of nature.. I think that might change within our lifetime though, whether it's because of global warming or another unknown phenomenon.

      • Bonster says:

        Look up any reports that deal with the de-salination of the Atlantic and the Gulf stream… interesting read. It suggests that northern Europe may be plunged into a mini ice-age of uncertain duration. It's certainly not an end-of-the-world scenario but it may lead to a re-think of your summer wardrobe.

        What's more is that there is good evidence that this has happened before in the geological record of climate in the UK and happens on a cyclic basis.

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