Encyclopedia of Disasters: Environmental Catastrophes and Human Tragedies, Volumes 1-2

Encyclopedia of Disasters: Environmental Catastrophes and Human Tragedies, Volumes 1-2

Angus M. Gunn


Disasters can strike at any time. From the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius to storm Katrina, floods, tornadoes, earthquakes, hurricanes and different common failures have triggered great dying, human ache, and environmental disaster. The complicated technological and social adjustments of the previous few centuries haven't in basic terms intensified the influence of such common failures, yet have extra new brought new purposes to be troubled - airplane crashes, bombings, commercial injuries, genocides. Calling a few mess ups usual and others man-made downplays the real interrelationship among the development and human activities. Human activities - or inactions - can catapult a traditional phenomenon right into a lethal disaster. Likewise, nature might be extraordinarily disrupted via occasions which are created via humans.

<i>Encyclopedia of DisasterS&Lt;/i> covers over one hundred eighty of crucial mess ups in background. prepared chronologically, the encyclopedia contains entries on these failures that experience had the best historic, environmental, and cultural impression: The eruption of Mt. Vesuvius, which destroyed the cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum; the London hearth of 1666, which flattened a lot of London and allowed the rebuilding of the town; the influenza epidemic of 1918, which killed hundreds of thousands; the 1964 Prince William Sound earthquake in Alaska, which brought on loss of life and destruction as distant as Hawaii; the worst nuclear energy plant twist of fate in Chernobyl, Ukraine, in 1964, that has rendered the encompassing panorama uninhabitable; and the 2004 earthquake that created a tsunami that killed millions in Sumatra. every one access features a checklist of readings for extra learn, and the encyclopedia is illustrated with quite a few pictures and line illustrations that express the destruction and melancholy attributable to those disasters.

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