Not Everything is Within our Control
The afternoon knows what the morning never expected.
– Swedish (Swedish, "Nature Sayings and Nature Quotes | Wise Old Sayings")
It is an irrevocable fact that we are not in control of everything that happens. We would like to believe that we are and we do everything in our power to get as close to full control as possible, but the truth of the matter is that as the starting quote say’s “ The afternoon always knows what the morning never expected”. There are many things in our lives that are out of our control, like other people’s feelings and unforeseen unmanageable circumstance, for me this inability to always be in control is a difficult concept. ...view middle of the document...
When an unforeseen natural disaster happens thousands of lives are lost, homes are destroyed, countries are bankrupted and the world suffers. There are all types of natural phenomena’s and while we would like to understand them all it is most important to truly understand the difference among them. Natural phenomena are in essence simple events whose cause has no direct relation to humans, usually these events have no negative effect on the human population. Subsequent to a natural phenomena we have what is known a as a natural hazard, sometimes described as a “synonym for a natural phenomenon.” However these natural phenomenon’s are implied to bring some sort of potential damage to society, it doesn’t imply it is dangerous but rather the possibility of it causing harm there for fitting under its own subset of natural phenomenon’s. Finally, we have what is known as a natural disaster, these events are also considered under a natural phenomenon, as its cause isn’t directly related to humans yet it falls under its own subset as the result of its actions causing physical damage to humans and their infrastructures. (Miller, "Natural Phenomena, Hazards, and Disasters: Implications for Data and Measurement")
Lets go back for a second to matters that can’t be controlled and focus on natural disasters, there are 5 general classifications for natural disasters: (SuperAdminEMDAT, "Classification")
1. Geophysical: Natural disasters cause from solid earth such as: Earthquakes, volcano’s, or large mass movements (dry) such as landslides, avalanches
2. Meteorological: These events are created by short-lived and small or medium scaled atmospheric process concluding in storms such as: Tropical storms, Thunderstorms, Sandstorms, Tornados etc (last minutes or days)
3. Hydrological: Natural disasters created by drastic changes in the normal water cycle and/or overflow resulting from wind set-up such as: Floods, Mass movements (wet) like avalanches, landslides, Tsunamis
4. Climatological: Circumstance cause long by long-lived medium to large scale atmospheric process resulting in: Droughts, Extreme temperature, Fires.
5. Biological: Disasters that are created by the exposure of germs and toxic substances onto living organisms resulting in: Infectious Diseases, Insect Infestations, Stampedes.
All of these natural disasters have different effects on humanity and are all out of our full control, however, as time passes we evolve and technology improves allowing us to develop and prevent or at least foresee natural disasters. Wth this need we have evolved and created warning systems, forms of measurement, procedures of preparedness and monitoring systems. Driving that need for control let’s look at our progress eliminating unforeseen circumstances from a closer perspective. (SuperAdminEMDAT, "Classification")
To understand the progress made we are going to focus on three major natural disasters that impact humanity time after time,...