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What is a natural hazard?

A natural, but extreme geological or meteorological event greatly exceeding human expectations in terms of magnitude or frequency and potentially causing significant material damage to humans and their property with possible loss of life.


Hazard mitigation

The effort to reduce loss of life and property by lessening the impact of disasters (can't control natural events)


Five common approaches to natural hazard mitigation and management?

Accept the loss
Zoning regulations
Engineering solutions
Install and use warning systems/evacuation
Develop public use and abandonment of hazardous areas


Generalized form of scientific method(s) is

Formulate question
Research the question
Form a hypothesis
Conduct an experiment to test hypothesis
Analyze data
Draw conclusions
Reiterate, if needed
Communicate results


Natural disaster

Major adverse event that affected humans resulting from geological or meteorological process.
-10 or more people killed
-100 or more people affected
-state of emergency declared or international assistance requested



Massive disaster the requires significant outlay of money and long time (years) to recover


Why is studying the science of natural hazards important?

To help predict natural hazards, monitor and map hazardous events and processes, consequences of hazards can be minimized


What can be done to decrease risk associated with a natural disaster?

Mitigation - achieved through risk analysis, which results in information that provides a foundation (reduce risk)
-FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency)
-Moving people away from hazardous areas
-Make people aware of possibilities


What types of energy drive natural disasters?

Sun (nuclear fusion)

Gravity (including rides)(related to relief)

Natural radioactive decay/Earth's internal heat (isotopes lose proton, so they decay ex: volcanic eruptions)



What is plate tectonic theory?

Concept that earth's surface is divided into a few large, thick plates slowly moving and changing in size. Intense geological activity at pates.


Types of plate boundaries

Transform (conservative)


How are plate boundaries recognized?

Mostly by locations of volcanoes and earthquakes


Driving mechanisms for plate tectonics?

Slab Pull (convergent) heavier plate moves under lighter one

Ridge Push - little mound being formed (little volcano or mountain)

Mantle convection (radiogenic heat) - heat released from radioactive elements.


Six common types/shapes of volcanoes

Ash-finder (cinder cone)


What materials make up volcanoes?

Lava, ash, or both


What are the differences in shapes of the different types?

Fissure-super gentle slope (not even circle opening)(ex:Columbia River Plateau

Shield: Wide and low, gentle slopes with basaltic lava flow (circular opening)(ex: Kilauea

Dome: Steep, convex slope from thick, fast cooling lava; hardened, thick layers of rock (like little lava cake)(ex: Mt. Lassen)

Ash-cinder: steep, conical hill; small crater; lava flow comes from base (Mt. Tabor)

Composite: little branches of lava; steep hill; rough landscape, higher viscosity, so violent eruptions (Mt. St. Helens)

Caldera: Hole in ground (ex: Yellowstone)


Which type has little or no volcanic edifice?

Fissure volcano.


How does explosiveness relate to magma viscosity?

Magma with high viscosity= more violent eruptions

Magma with low viscosity = less violent eruptions


How does explosiveness relate to temperature?

Higher temperature=lower viscosity, so less violent eruptions

Lower temp =higher viscosity, so less explosive

(Think of honey)


Important aspects of household preparedness?

Personal hazard preparedness kit
Two places to meet (near home and farther away)
Emergency contact person
Practice evacuating


Describe stratovolcano/composite volcano.

Moderate in violent, but dangerous, moderate viscosity magma; lava and pyroclastic flows, steep sides


Explain a pyroclastic flow

A dense, destructive mass of very hot ash, lava fragments, and gases ejected explosively from volcano with great speed


What is a caldera?
How does it form?
Where? Relative to other volcanoes?

Relatively viscous lava, very violent, lava and pyroclastic flows (tuff).

Formed by collapse of volcano into itself, making a volcanic crater. Usually, triggered by emptying of magma chamber beneath volcano, as result of large volcanic eruption.

Can be part of larger volcanoes or independent.


Explain a lava dome.

High viscosity magmas, high violence, but small. Steep.


How does volatile/gas content relate to explosivity?

More dissolved gas = more explosive, due largely to trapped gases.


How doesn't gas content relate to volcano type?

Stratovolcanoes and calderas have issues with trapped gases, so they're more explosively. Shield volcanoes release gases, so less violent.


What are the most common gases in magmas/emitted from volcanoes?

Water vapor (steam), carbon dioxide (CO2). Together, they make up 98%. CO2 heavier than air, so can cause Geohazard.
SOMETIMES hydrogen sulfide (rotten egg smell)


Why is CO2 that builds up in a crater lake a problem?

How can it be mitigated?

Because CO2 can leak into water that could be major source for town. Could lead to geohazard if earthquake occurs (gases could be released throughout nearby town)

Pump that lifts water from bottom of lake to the to, mixing the water.


Explain VEI

Volcanic Eruption Index.
(0-8). Used to relate eruptions, based on how much material is ejected, to what height, and how long eruption lasts.


What are some volcanic hazards?

Pyroclastic flows
Acid rain
Ash clouds
Lava flow