Natural Hazards and Natural Disasters. A natural hazard is a threat of a naturally occurring event will have a negative effect on humans. This negative effect is what we call a natural disaster. In other words when the hazardous threat actually happens and harms humans, we call the event a natural disaster.
Puerto Rico endured a day of punishing winds and life-threatening flooding on Wednesday from Hurricane Maria, which was the third hurricane to pummel the Caribbean in as many weeks. Maria, now a category 3 storm with winds of 115 mph, is currently about 55 miles north of the Dominican Republic.
People said the Peshtigo River was the only haven from the fire, and one 13 year-old German immigrant girl said she held onto the horn of a cow all night in the river to survive. The Peshtigo Fire Museum, located in a former church building, is located at the corner of Oconto Street and Ellis Avenue in Peshtigo.
And the world is to experience erratic disorders of great magnitude for awhile – wildfires, firestorms (i.e. wildfires energized by wind which causes the fire to become hotter and spread faster), hurricanes, earthquakes, tsunamis, storms, floods, volcanoes erupting, etc. – nature weapons.
Despite the abnormally cold winter over sections of North America and much of Russia, most of the globe saw either average or above-average temperatures during the first four months of 2014. In fact, during the cold wave, North America saw much colder temperatures than Sochi, Russia which during the time was hosting the 2014 Winter Olympics.
According to the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, a hurricane is a cyclonic storm that forms over tropical or subtropical waters and has sustained wind speeds of at least 74 mph, while a tsunami is a tidal wave created by an earthquake or underwater volcano.
The 2015 Gujarat cyclone, officially Deep Depression ARB 02, brought heavy rains to the Indian state of Gujarat in June 2015. Following heavy rains, Gujarat was affected by floods. The flood is also known as the June 2015 Gujarat flood or 2015 Amreli flood. The floods resulted in at least 80 deaths.