Humans and the Environment

By: Lennon Knight

Hurricane Katrina

Hurricane Katrina was a very devastating natural hazard. It left many people homeless. Hurricane Katrina was the costliest hurricane ever, with damage of $81 billion and costs over $160 billion. An estimated 1,833 people were killed. 80% of New Orleans and portions of near by places were flooded. They have rebuilt the levee system, and made it more protective and stronger. They have better ways on how to get people to evacuate, like sending out text messages and emails. 

Indonesia Tsunami 2004

Indonesia was the first country to be effected by the earthquake and tsunami in the Indian Ocean. It was a magnitude 9 earthquake. It killed approximately 230,000 people. There was no warning system there in that time so no one knew that it was going to happen. Even if they did they wouldn't of had the money for preparation. 1.7 million people were left homeless. After it happened they had shelters to live in and lots of medical care. They weren't to worried about rebuilding right after the tsunami.  

Panama Canal

The Panama Canal is important for income and jobs. A lot of shipping goes through the canal. It was for a international trade route and military transport. Lots of people died during it's construction. It's 40 miles long and cuts through the continental divide. The people died from either disease or accident. It has helped with a lot in the United States.

Chernobyl Disaster

800,000 people have helped in the clean up of the disaster. Many people have died from Thyroid Cancer due to exposure to radiation. When it happened everyone was told to evacuate immediately. They were told they could come back in a few days but they did return. Leukemia has effected children and adults and been killing people due to the Chernobyl Disaster. There is a lot of other cancers and diseases that have been killing people. Even many years later they are trying to rebuild and clean up.   

Shrinking of the Aral Sea

It is considered one of the most dramatic examples of natural area destroyed by human activity. For a long time the use of water and other things have effected the Aral Sea and have made it shrink. It was at one time the largest inland sea in the world and now it's barely anything anymore. Dramatic things have happened to the environment due to it and affecting 3.5 million people living around the area. 

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