Physical Geography Lab
A natural hazard is a possibility of a natural event that causes harm to humans, or other things we care about. The hazard is categorized between an extreme event and a disaster. An extreme event is just an unusual event that doesn't necessarily cause harm. A disaster is an event that does cause harm in significant amounts (Tschakert, Zimmerer, King, Baum & Wang, 2012). I thought that Hurricane Andrew was a very good example of a natural hazard. Andrew was formed by a tropical wave near the Cape Verde Islands. It crossed Western Africa to the tropical Northern Atlantic Ocean. This area of low pressure then grew into a Tropical ...view middle of the document...
There were also some offshore oil services that were hit badly. Andrew caused damages worth $40.7 billion, which is second only to Katrina (Debopriya, 20 S).
Hurricane Andrew not only caused all these damages, but also caused intense ecological damages. In the wetlands of Florida, Andrew uprooted the Mangrove trees on about 70,000 acres of land in the Biscayne National Park and Everglades National Park. It killed about one third of the coral reefs in Biscayne National Park and 90% of native pinelands. Over 40 miles of sand was stripped off the barrier islands on the coast of Louisiana, which left the old coastal marsh exposed. Andrew also killed almost 182 million fish and threatened other marine life with the lowered oxygen content in the water. As a result to all the damages and heavy claims, more than 30 insurance companies were drained of a large amount of equity, causing them to close (Debopriya, 20 S).
The community really came together after this storm hit, you would have to think most communities would after all the damage it caused. The community thought they were...