By: Savannah Asmann Period 3

What is a Natural Hazard?

A natural hazard is a event that may possibly cause harm to humans. There are many types of natural hazards such as tornadoes, earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, tsunamis, etc. A disaster is similar to a natural hazard, but causes property damage rather than causing harm to humans. An extreme event is an unusual natural hazard that is very unexpected. An example of a natural hazard is living on a fault line, whereas and earthquake is the natural disaster, so technically natural hazards cannot be formed.

Where are tornadoes most common?

Tornadoes are most common in Tornado Alley. Tornado Alley expands across most of the Midwest region and includes the states of North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Louisiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Illinois, Missouri, Arkansas, and part of Colorado. They mainly occur in the Midwest because the low pressure air from the mountains pulls in the warmer air from southern areas such as the Gulf of Mexico.

Examples of Recent Tornadoes

Technology Used to Track Tornadoes

Radar towers are mainly used in tracking tornadoes. Scientists can track the storms to prevent damage. Another piece of technology used is weather balloons. Weather balloons can predict the weather for a lot of different types of storms, but since tornadoes are a type of thunderstorm, weather balloons are a source of technology that can be used to track tornadoes. Improving this technology is easy. Making a commercial air crafts to launch the balloons would be way more effective in tracking tornadoes.

Local, Global, and Economical Impacts

Tornadoes can have an extremely costly effect on the governments. The destruction this hazard can cause rises each and every year because of the rise in population, which requires more structures to be built. This is very costly to all governments, but the citizens tax money is what mainly goes into restoring towns and cities after the storm. Economical impacts of tornadoes include very costly recoveries. The damage is extremely costly, unless in a less populated area.

Recovery Groups

  • The First Response Team
  • The American Red Cross Association
  • Firemen
  • Police
  • Volunteers

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