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We As Humans And The Choices We Conceive

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As certain types of natural disasters continue to happen roughly in the same areas repeatedly, those being Tornados in Kansas, Hurricanes in the Bahamas, Earthquakes in California to just name a few. We as humans continue to populate and grown in these areas; to serve what purpose, to enjoy the natural resources that these areas are obliged to offer? We as humans are historically known to migrate out of areas once we have consumed all the resources. As the resources are bountiful and easily attainable, we tend to flourish in these areas, which also bring the risk of natural disasters. The choices we construct as a species to inhabit areas of high risk to natural disasters are compelling and disturbing at best. I have specifically chosen to live in Colorado, as this state has a low percentage and a low risk for all the major types of natural disasters, a wise choice for any. As documented, the top forty (40) disasters causing fatalities since 1970, due to natural disasters has been in excess of 2 million deaths. (Abbott 10) Could this high of a number of fatalities, been avoided; I’d like to think so.
Historically natural disasters of all types, including earthquakes, storms, cyclones, tornado’s, hurricanes, volcanic eruptions and tsunamis, have specifically impacted human kind in more than one way. For example the emotional impacts, loss of traditions (entire cultures lost), and financial burdens are to name a few. As we continue to urbanize and grow as a population, space is apparently becoming limited. In reality it is not a factor, but we choose to generate it as such. Living in large groups in concentrated areas, this applies to all facets of people, poor and rich. Unfortunately the highest death tolls of natural disasters continue to be in the undeveloped parts of the world that are classified as severe to moderate levels of poverty. This indubitably has to do with the concept of survival vs. risk. Why else would humans settle in the same place continuously for hundreds of years? The necessities are abundant or readily available, but the risk is high. The choice is ours to make and as always, we are compelled to live with the consequences, we produce. As I try to weigh the pros and cons along with the benefits, neither a single one, nor all the pros combined outweigh the con, additional risk of death.
All of the natural disasters, Earthquakes, Hurricanes, Volcano’s, Tsunamis and Tornados naming only a few have key role on the effects of their aftermaths on the economies around the world. For example, during the earthquake on March 11th, 2011 off the eastern coast of Japan, an underwater earthquake created a tsunami that has caused everlasting effects on a planetary scale, the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear disaster. I can remember hearing the news that over a few days the country had to evacuate over 500,000, that is half a million people from the surrounding area. The impact of this nuclear reactor meltdown meant the loss of nuclear power...

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