Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Predicting Earth's Natural Disasters

The Earth, rain, snow, ice, water, and heat are taking control of our planet, so will there be a day when we can predict the future earthquakes, tsunamis and other disacters? Technological advances are in our favor. There are networks that produce the earthquakes locations, satellites that quantify the Earth’s movements, and an enormous history of past earthquakes that are due to slips in the fault lines. Much is done to help the devastation they cause, but not enough is done to help save it from happening in the first place, but there is hope that one day we will be able to. You would think that there would be some clue as to when the Earth will suddenly release a burst of energy in its crust.

The hurricane in New Orleans, Tsunami in Indonesia, global warming nationwide, and more recently the earthquakes in Haiti and Chile are all undoubtedly horrific events that created great amounts of wonder and disaster. Why can’t we predict their arrival? We can predict the weather to a certain extent, so why do we not know when a massive wave is going to strike or an earthquake will erupt in one the poorest country in the world? The two recent events are constant reminders that we are still not capable of predicting earthquakes. Many have tried, but were unsuccessful. They are attempting to predict the unpredictable. Some of these disasters such as earthquakes do occur spontaneously and are not similar to hurricanes that can be precisely predicted.

I hope that one day we will be able to predict tragedy but only time will tell? How about animals? An enormous amount of information is around to suggest that animals can feel an earthquake or tsunami coming a few days before these disasters actually happen. However, until more research is done on these disasters and animals abilities this will remain unknown. We are getting better at predicting the weather and severity of certain storms but there is so much more we cannot do.

Posted by Amanda Makowski (8)


  1. It will be very beneficial if we will eventually be able to accurately predict these disasters and have enough time to evacuate, this will save alot of lives from being perished.

    Posted by Anna Moreno.

  2. I think the technology that are now in use are not as well develop. It's understandable that measuring earthquakes and the movements of land are pretty unpredictable. I'm not sure if there is a device that measures when the plates will move. Also, for weather forecasts I know it's possible to know whether a tornado or hurricane will be forming, but being sure about it has its risks. If the weather man informs that there will be a definitely strong disaster heading wherever and it doesn't occur, then that would be like "crying wolf". Either way I'm not sure but if it's possible to predict these disasters I would be interested to know how.

    Posted by Vinh Tran

  3. I think the tracking technology is getting better at seeing hurricanes form before they're at their worst but I believe that the earth's tectonic plates are a little too variable for us to predict that next major earthquake. I agree with the statement that animals have keener senses than humans and can detect disturbances that humans are oblivious to and perhaps some monitoring project can be formed in the upcoming years. For now it seems that for some things we are left to nature's fury.

    Posted by Charly Almonte

  4. Finding a way to predict hurricanes and tsunamis would be an incredible achievement. So many lives are taken from natural disasters like these. If we had a way to detect it, many lives would be spared. The article mentioned that animals can detect can feel some natural disasters before they actually happen. I also read this somewhere else, animal behavior is something we could possibly depend on before another catastrophe happens.

    Posted by Ryan Brooks

  5. Although many natural disasters cannot be predicted well before they strike, technology has come a long way to forewarn those in danger. Although the tragedies in Chile, Haiti, and countless other locations around the world are heartbreaking, they often lead to a greater understanding of natural disasters. While listening to the radio I heard of how geophysicists from around the world flocked to Chile immediately after the quake to monitor the aftershocks and gather data. Due to the magnitude of the earthquake, more data was collected. Scientists will then analyze the data and search for patterns in the numbers. This may lead to greater awareness of where and when the next disaster will strike.

    Posted by Matt Grazewski

  6. As the years proceed more natural disasters keep occurring. This does worry me that more things keep happening and so unexpected. It would be great if there was even signs of an upcoming disaster. If we are better prepared of the warning signs then people will be prepared to act if such a disaster was to occur.It's time that research was developed in observing behavior in weather patterns as well as animals to predict when a natural disaster could occur.
    -Valerie Silva-

  7. I like what everyone has said thus far. I think the recently disasters really made me think a lot about what has happened and how the Earth is changing. I hope one day we will be able to limit the devastations that happen due to natural disasters. It would be a great thing if one day we can predict their arrival but even so there probably would not be much that we could do. It is probably better just to be proactive and ready for when they come, it is just hard when it strikes one of the poorest countries in the world.

    Posted by Amanda Makowski