Do you think natural disasters have started to happen more frequently than they have been in the past?Lynden95 - 10 Answers
In reality,natural disasters are on the decline.The Earth,s Seismic activity is currently at its lowest in history.We are not having as many earthquakes or volcanoes blowing up as in the past.However,due to population pressure,human beings have settled themselves in disaster prone areas.An example,the present day site of Mexico City,Chile,San Francisco have heard WORSE Earthquakes in the past .In fact the worst earthquake on the Ritcher scale in Carlifornia only killed 2 People in the 1870s.A similar Earthquake today would kill millions.The same with Chile.Chile has ever experienced a 9.0 magnitude on the Richter scale but it was in the early days when the population was less then a million.A similar earthquake today would level the city of Santiago.
Hurricanes have recently gained strength and Global warming may be a cause since the warm waters where the Hurricanes form are warmer today.
In the case of tornadoes,While tornadoes have started appearing in strange places,Like New York City,Most damages and disasters are due to human settlements on tornado paths.Sooner or later,A disaster will strike Dallas which is on the path of a major tornado.
In the case of tsunamis,Again,the population factor comes in,J apanes orl traditions often mention much larger tsunamis than those experienced today bt since the Japanese population was low then,the consequences were small.60 metre tsunamis striking any country today would wipe out millions!
Besides it would not matter what people think. Public opinion is not a reliable indicator of natural disasters or any other phenomina. This one even less so since humans live such relativly short lengths of time compared with natural disasters.
-A case in point- as I was watching a horrific video of the sunami utterly demolish a town in Japan, they said that the same town was completely destroyed by a sunami only 80 years ago. Certainly 80 years ago the population was less, there were fewer buildings, and they did not have such a tall and impressive sea wall. Then again they probobly did not have the sunami alarm system and the buildings designed to withstand the earth quake.
-The notion that a trend can be deduced from such little data is Prepit59 then there is the broad spectrum of what is concidered a "natural disaster". Since a swarm of locusts is a natural disaster just as likely as an earthquake or hurricane. Or an earthquake on a deserted island is not really a disaster at all and may even make the island larger.
1. The world was far less populated in the distant past. This means fewer eyewitnesses to natural disasters in the past. If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?
2. We do not have complete records (e.g severity) of all past natural disasters that have occurred everywhere throughout our entire human history.
3. Even if there seems to be some kind of upward trend in frequency of natural disasters, say from 1900 till now, we do not know if this is some kind of pattern that simply keeps recurring (e.g. increase in frequencies every 100 years and then sudden decrease).
I think it's fairly inconclusive. Personally, I do not think natural disasters have started to happen more frequently than in the past. Our reporting and records of them have certainly increased thanks to globalization and technology.
Natural Disasters are on the increase, throughout the world. Even though they aren't huge disasters that claim thousands of lives with billions of dollars in damage, there are a lot more of them. The whole world doesn't always see the disasters that happen in other places in the world. The Media only really shows disasters that are big like hurricanes or Typhoons. There are parts of the world that are being flooded out, because of torrential rains and causing mudslides. Earthquakes are starting to claim more lives in other countries like China, Philippines and Indonesia.
I believe the magnetic pull the Sun is having on the earth is creating some really strange weather patterns and it is having a huge effect on the earth's core, creating more earthquakes.
If a tree falls in the woods and no one is there is it a disaster?
More people means more people are effected by nature. More people with beach houses means more people are effected by hurricanes. More people in tornadoe ally means more people are effected by tornadoes.
over the long run storms floods earth quakes and such have been spread fairly randomly. What may seem like a clump of disasters is actually just statistical anomallies.
but there are more people and better reporting. Making those volcanoes in Iceland front page news.
Natural disasters are happening more frequently.
The Bible tells us in Mark 13:8 that "There shall be earthquakes in divers places." That means that there will be earthquakes in "diverse" or many and unusual places, and we know for a fact that this is happening.
All we have to do is listen to what God's Word has to tell us, and we will realize really quickly, that time on this earth is short for all of us.
Yes I do. The reason being, this age of man is coming to an end. The world is in the transition period, but I believe things will get much worse before this transition is over. Many things will come to pass before Jesus returns to set things right. Just remember, the Antichrist comes first and most will follow him, thinking he is a savior, or maybe The Savior. I believe we are to watch, wait, and be prepared....
There have always been plenty of natural disasters. The news just promotes them more because there are people that think the world is either going to end in 2011 or 2012. So, because they know people love bad news, they keep talking about all the disasters. Also, it helps keep people from thinking about how bad the economy is still doing. No one wants to admit the economy is not recovering....
Natural disasters have always happened on our planet; they are not more prevalent now than in ages past. However, the amazing way electronic media has allowed us access to more and more remote places on earth has made it possible for us to "witness" more of them than ever before, which gives us the impression that they have increased....
I think there have always been this many natural disasters, and it's easier to know about now b/c of the media....