Mass Hysteria After an Earthquake Devina Gallegos SECTA Mass Hysteria After an Earthquake In 2010 a major earthquake of a high magnitude hit the country of Haiti. The earthquake hit near the town of Leogane not too far from Haiti’s capital. The earthquake was one of the highest ever recorded. It was catastrophic and put the country in ruins by destroying millions of homes, buildings, and roads. After the quake the country was going through a case of mass hysteria.
There were many oil field accidents in Long Beach after oil was discovered on nearby Signal Hill in 1921, but the most tragic was the June 2, 1933, Richfield Oil Company disaster. An explosion at Twenty-Seventh Street and Lime Avenue killed nine, and injured thirty-five. It was a horrible catastrophe that began with a tremendous refinery blast that was felt in cities thirty miles away; even earthquake instruments in Pasadena registered the explosion. The fire that followed reached two homes, but the heroic efforts of 500 men, armed with shovels, prevented the oil that flowed from broken storage vats from igniting and spreading the fire further into residential areas. All in all fifty dwellings were damaged and a dozen other small buildings
In recent news, there has been discussion about a large earthquake that could happen in the Pacific Northwest in the near future. It is estimated that we are due for an earthquake due to tectonic plate movement that could destroy everything west of I-5 and affect over 7 million people (Schulz np: 2015). I live east of I-5 but the risk is still imminent for a damaging earthquake. There are some predictions as to when this could happen, but there is no real clue of just how devastating this type of disaster could be. The news articles that I have read make it seem like it will be a giant catastrophe that will destroy many cities.
The Newcastle Earthquake occurred on 28 December 1989 with a magnitude of 5.6M. Although the earthquake did not measure very high on the Richter scale, it was shallow and that is why it shook Newcastle more than a deeper earthquake. The tremor left 13 people dead and hundreds of people injured and needing hospital treatments. The devastation to property was huge and caused damages to 3000 buildings, 35,000 homes and 147 schools. This earthquake quickly became one of Australia’s most serious natural disasters.
(Earthquake.usgs.gov) This earthquake was caused by the South American and Nazca plates colliding. (People.uwec.edu) The Chilean earthquake was a huge disaster and everyone hopes nothing like this will happen again. Earthquakes are a huge threat to
Lastly, the constant earthquakes in California put the state at a high risk of tsunamis. Tsunamis are a series of enormous waves created by an underwater disturbance such as an earthquake, landslide, or volcanic eruption. From the area where the tsunami originates, waves travel outward in all directions. Once the wave approaches the shore, it builds in height. All tsunamis are potentially dangerous, even though they may not damage every coastline they strike.
5. The US Coast Guard failed to provide a proper vessel tracking system. The Impact of the incident on the environment Although the Exxon Valdez oil spill does not rank highly as the largest oil spill, the impact on the environment proved to be the most disastrous. The location of the spill inside a contained body of water rather than in the open ocean resulted in the oil being sequestered causing weathering by wave action, light and bacteria to be inhibited, the seasonal timing and geographical location also influenced the severity of the impact. Effects of the spill are still evident twenty-seven years after it occurred.
Confusion, fear, and panic creep in. Earthquake! “I live in Oklahoma!” Images of the countless fracking drills you’ve seen over the years come to mind. Unfortunately, tremors and earthquakes have spiked over the years as a result of fracking. Fracking has had such an impact on the environment causing earthquakes, water supply damage, and polluting the air.
The "pancake theory," an assertion that the rapid collapse of the towers was due to the weight of each floor creating a domino effect and pulverizing the floor below it as the collapse progressed. "The results established that this type of assembly was capable of sustaining a large gravity load, without collapsing for a substantial period of time relative to the duration of the fires in any given location on September 11th," concluded NIST in their Final Report of the National Construction Safety Team on the Collapses of the World Trade Center Towers. However, the fact that actual scientific lab tests of World Trade Center steel completely ruled out the pancake collapse theory didn 't stop the BBC from lending credence to a new study that claims "mathematics" has shown that the pancake collapse was plausible (BBC: Debunked "Pancake Theory" Caused Towers to
One of the Darkest Days in Oklahoma On April 19, 1995, one of the deadliest attacks on our nation happened in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The attack happened on the Alfred P. Murrah Building at approximately 9:00 A.M. A Ryder rental truck that was parked in the front of the nine-story building in downtown Oklahoma City caused the explosion. Americans all over were stunned when they heard of the attack and could not believe who or why anyone could do this horrific action. Just three days after the attack on the Alfred P. Murrah Building, an eyewitness description led the authorities to charge Timothy McVeigh, a former U.S. Army soldier, in the case. It turns out, McVeigh was already in jail after being stopped for a traffic violation and then