Natural Disasters

By: Jenna B.

Flood

A flood is a mound of water covering a dry area. Floods are very deadly, and they're damaging . They kill alot of people, and also alot of houses and crops. they cause extensive destruction. there are two types of floods....... Natural Floods and Catastrophic Floods. Natural floods can be caused by a huge volume of water, from rivers, lakes, oceans, or by heavy rains or downpours, hurricanes, cyclones, or tsunamis, etc. or caused by a combination of sea tidal surges and storm-force winds; or Coastal floods.Catastrophic floods are the floods that are caused by some significant and unexpected events, for instance dam breakages. Heavy rainfalls are one of the major causes of floods. The level of water in rivers or lakes rises due to heavy rainfalls. and this was a flood in china.

Blizzard

A blizzard is a violent snowstorm at a minimum speed of 35 miles per hour and visibility of less than one-quarter mile every three hours.

- a storm with dry, driving snow, strong winds, and intense cold.

- a heavy and prolonged snowstorm covering a wide area.

There has been a blizzard in Minnesota. The worst blizzards in the United States occur in the upper Plains, from 1959 through 2000, North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota led the nation in the most blizzards. Blizzards affect about 26 million people and cost an average of $572 million in damages.

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Wild Fire

A wildfire is an uncontrollable and rapidly spreading fire, occurring on wildland, rangeland or brushland. Also referred to as wildland fires or vegetation fires, these fires travel at an average speed of 15 miles per hour destroying everything on their track. On an average, about 1.2 million acres of woodlands in the United States, burn every year due to wildfires. Following are the major factors that lead to a wildfire.

Wildfires are often regarded as a hazard, due to the fact that they not only pose a threat to life and property, but also cause environmental pollution. If uncontrolled, a wildfire can engulf anything that comes in its path within minutes. Read on to find what induces such fierce conflagrations. Extreme hot temperatures lead to drying up of the vegetation of that particular area and can aggravate a wildfire by fueling it all the more. Moreover, an already ignited fire can spread over large distances with wind as its medium. Extreme hot temperatures lead to drying up of the vegetation of that particular area and can aggravate a wildfire by fueling it all the more. Moreover, an already ignited fire can spread over large distances with wind as its medium.
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