Popular Science (May 2005) by Various

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Popular Science
May 2005
Earth Attacks!
Technology takes on natures worst from hurricanes to volcanoes to tsunamis

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5 million people have died in Chinese earthquakes, making the country the world’s deadliest earthquake zone. The 1556 quake was China’s worst ever. 3-magnitude earthquake struck just 25 miles from Tokyo and Yokohama—and their combined population of two million. Thousands of gas ranges fired up for lunch preparations contributed to the incineration of Tokyo’s business and industrial districts. DEATH TOLL: 143,000 Eighty percent of tsunamis strike in the Pacific, and Japan has been a frequent victim.

Sprawling shantytowns that had developed in vulnerable areas contributed to the high casualty rate. 8magnitude earthquake near Mt. Huascaran in the Andes. The milewide slab of ice traveled 11 miles at speeds of more than 100 mph, and swept away dozens of towns. 0magnitude earthquake, residents ran to their ships, hoping for safety at sea. But the tsunami that soon followed proved equally deadly, devastating ports in Spain and Morocco as well. DEATH TOLL: 70,000 TEAM LinG - Live, Informative, Non-cost and Genuine !

Crichton writes in his endnotes that even if global warming is real, we shouldn’t do anything about it, because our response will probably only create more problems. In fact, he—or, excuse me, one of the tough, beautiful characters in his novel— theorizes that global warming might bring a net economic benefit. Maybe he’s right. What I don’t understand is why he has to impugn so many scientists, suggesting that they’re driven by politics or greed, to make his point. If, as he claims, he truly has no agenda, then he would have presented a more reasonable debate.

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