This earthquake damaged 296 miles of the 800 mile long San Andreas Fault. The fire was started by the broken gas lines all throughout the 490 damaged blocks.The seventh great fire was reported to go on for about 4 days in total, before being put
Abstract The Deepwater Horizon Rig explosion that occurred on 20th April, 2010 resulted in approximately 4.9 million barrels of oil been released into the Gulf of Mexico for months and will go down in history as the biggest and most catastrophic oil spill to ever to occur. This research discusses the underlying issues that caused the explosion. The effect on the stakeholders, BP’s response to the crisis and the different approaches they could have taken before and after the accident. Introduction The tragic events that occurred on the 20th of April, 2010, the explosion onboard The Deepwater Horizon oil rig left 11 dead and many injured. Resulting in 4.9 million barrels of oil been released into the Gulf of Mexico.
Gulf Deep-water Oil Spill The Gulf oil spill is considered the worst oil spill and one of the worst environmental disasters in the U.S. history. It was April 20th, 2010, that the Deepwater BP oil rig exploded and penetrated in the Gulf of Mexico sea. The Gulf oil explosion killed 11 workers but most of the impact was on marine species such as turtles, herons, gulls, birds, fishes, and sea mammals. Moreover, 16,000 total miles of coastline have been affected, including the coasts of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida due to the release of about 4.9 million barrels of oil into the sea. The BP oil spill continued for 87 days, and even now, oil is still washing up on the shores, which has caused and might cause long-term damage
The BP CSR and Crisis History: Before to the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig explosion, BP encountered numerous disasters and scandals and have a track record of ignoring saftey. The first accident which happened in December 1965, where the BP oil rig Sea Gem while it was being moved and it cost the death of thirteen human lives. Next, on March 23, 2005, BP’s refinery exploded, caught fire in Texas City and 15 workers has died. Later BP was under the lawsuits from the victim’s families and charged with criminal violations of federal environmental laws. One year later, an oil spill in Alaska caused pipeline to corrode badly.
Hurricane Andrew was the fifth most destructive hurricane in the US. Hurricane Andrew is the most powerful hurricanes that occurred in Florida. Power lines were pulled from the ground. People were evacuated from their homes. In all, 65 people died from Hurricane Andrew.
Oil gets into the water and kills the marine life. As I did my research, I asked myself some questions to expand my knowledge on the topic and find more information on water pollution. "Should the government put laws on oil companies?" Five information-seeking questions that I asked are, "How
Then it extended to Mexico and Costa Rica with several weeks of rainfall. It then started to form floods. 32 bridges were damaged and roads in 174 locations, while 1,396 homes were damaged, killing seven people. In total 50,000 people to leave their homes and there were 60 deaths. Another natural disaster was the 1991 Limon earthquake.
A few tsunamis were created because of the main explosion (Krakatoa) and the ones that followed after from other volcanos surrounding the site. In all, four main consecutive eruptions, and the fourth and final one was incredibly powerful: the ash column was propelled to about 80 kilometers of height, with a speed of more than 1000 kilometers per hour. The shockwave that preceded the explosion reverberated seven times around the Earth globe and the sound that followed the eruption wrecked the eardrums of all the sailors of the ships around the island. The official number of killed people is about 36 thousands, but some source say that it could be 120 000 or even more. So that eruption was one of the worst the modern humanity had ever
Nearly 100 years later, the refugees fled to Philadelphia. In 1793, another outbreak occurred in Philadelphia. In the end, 5,000 had lost their life. Eventually, a cold front hit and knocked out Philadelphia’s mosquito population and the death toll fell to 20 a day. The last major U.S. Yellow Fever outbreak was in New Orleans in 1905.
During the early morning of the 27th of February 2010, Chile experienced the second largest earthquake in its history, and according to the US Geological Survey the fifth largest in recent history. A magnitude 8.8 on the Richter struck Chile. The earthquake lasted about two minutes and affected 75% of the total population, which are approximately 12 million people out of the total 17 million. The epicentre was about 325 southwest of the capital the Santiago, 33 kilometres below the Pacific Ocean. The earthquake triggered a tsunami that affected about 307 miles of coastline.
In Edmond Oklahoma, there was a big earthquake, which provoked residents to sue the company for $28 million in damages. Fracking has changed daily Oklahoman’s lives, from their property to their income. Fracking History In 1907, when the first oil well was drilled, which was before statehood, the abundance of oil seemed to draw everyone to Oklahoma, to make a small fortune in oil. Tulsa, Oklahoma, which was once dubbed the oil capital of the world, has a small structure still dedicated to its oil days, the Golden Driller, pictured below. Before 2009 Oklahoma went from 2 earthquakes a year, To 2 a day.
What was Hurricane Katrina? Hurricane Katrina was the largest and 3rd strongest hurricane ever recorded to make landfall in the United States. Katrina first made landfall on August 29, 2005 and struck the Gulf Coast of the United States. Hurricane Katrina was first announced as a Category 3 hurricane and with time it soon grew into a Category 5 hurricane. The beginning Category 3 hurricane sustained winds of 100-140 mph and stretched about 400 miles across.
Valeria De Leon Mr. Mays English III 11 November 2015 Thesis Statement On April 20, 2010, the oil-drilling rig Deepwater Horizon exploded due to equipment failure and sank, spilling over 200 million gallons of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico in the course of three months. The BP oil spill was the worst environmental crisis America has ever faced, damaging coastal habitats, the environment and the economy.
Hurricane Katrina and previous Hurricane Rita, destroyed 113 offshore oil and gas platforms, damaged 457 oil and gas pipelines, and spilled nearly as much oil as the Exxon Valdez oil disaster” (useconomy.about.com). Katrina was said to have knocked out 95% of oil production in the Gulf, which is a key supplier for the U.S. economy. Oil prices at one point jumped to $70 dollars a barrel and gas prices in some areas reached nearly $5 dollars a gallon. In an attempt to alleviate the shortage the U.S. government released 30 million gallons of oil from the county’s Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR), trying to keep up with the high
Tornadoes can reach up to 300 miles per hour and the damage paths can be an excess of 1 mile wide. Also, they can reach an amazing length of 50 miles long (Ready.gov, 2012)! The second deadliest tornado recorded in the United States is called the Natchez Tornado. It hit Natchez, Mississippi and traveled along the Mississippi River; creating destruction to the river and Vidalia, Louisiana. This devastation occurred on May 7, 1840 (Hall, 2014).