None will deny that not a day or week seems to go by without some major news story about a natural disaster somewhere in the world.
These news and social media accounts are more than a passing interest to most, particularly to USA residents due to recent disasters in North America from coast-to-coast. Whatever the calamity, humanity is disrupted and displaced. These topics, while not very uplifting to contemplate, have actually resulted in new definitions for these times, like:
DISASTROPHE is a recently coined term to blend "disaster" with "catastrophe" in the lexicon of disaster recovery. What follows are a series of posts on the topic during the timeframe of two serious wildfires in California. So serious are these fires that they have well-distracted Californians from the usual calamity on their minds, earthquakes.
According to the link below, "Hurricane Harvey was an extremely destructive Atlantic hurricane which became the first major hurricane] to make landfall in the United States since Wilma in 2005, ending a record 12-year span in which no hurricanes made landfall at such an intensity in the country. In a four-day period, many areas received more than 40 inches (100 cm) of rain as the system slowly meandered over eastern Texas and adjacent waters, causing catastrophic flooding. With peak accumulations of 64.58 in (164.0 cm), Harvey is the wettest tropical cyclone on record in the United States. The resulting floods inundated hundreds of thousands of homes, displaced more than 30,000 people, and prompted more than 17,000 rescues." ▶ https://goo.gl/a8YCEi ▶ SEARCH MORE ▶ https://goo.gl/3fxSw9 ▶ SLIDE VIEW ▶ https://goo.gl/q4ULxJ
"Hurricane Irma was an extremely powerful and catastrophic Cape Verde-type hurricane, the strongest observed in the Atlantic since Wilma in 2005 in terms of maximum sustained winds. It was the first Category 5 hurricane to strike the Leeward Islands on record, followed by Hurricane Maria only two weeks later. It was also the most intense Atlantic hurricane to strike the United States since Katrina in 2005, and the first major hurricane to make landfall in Florida since Wilma in 2005. The ninth named storm, fourth hurricane, second major hurricane and first Category 5 hurricane of the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season, Irma caused widespread and catastrophic damage throughout its long lifetime, particularly in parts of the northeastern Caribbean and the Florida Keys." As archived in ▶ https://goo.gl/eC3pha ▶ SEARCH MORE ▶ https://goo.gl/U1nJCZ ▶ SLIDE VIEW ▶ https://goo.gl/HJnWUq
And this source adds ▶ https://goo.gl/1hVjYX ▶ "Disasters, natural or man-made, occur with alarming regularity. Disasters can occur without warning at any time of the day or night. There are many ways a disaster can detrimentally affect condominiums, planned unit developments, townhouses, single-family homes, or any other type of community development. Just like the above scenario, many residents could be displaced, buildings and facilities might need repairs or complete demolition, and reserve funds could be entirely depleted." SEARCH MORE ▶ https://goo.gl/sije1z ▶ SLIDE VIEW ▶ https://goo.gl/BSzjKD
Of the total at-risk homes in Napa and Santa Rosa, 11,058, or 6%, with an estimated RCV of more than $5 billion are at significant risk of damage, falling in the High and Extreme risk categories, according to CoreLogic data. (see source in the graphc)
Although the majority of homes, 161,059, or 94%, are at Low or Moderate risk of damage, CoreLogic explained: "wildfire can easily expand to adjacent properties and cause significant damage even if a property is not considered high risk in its own right." ▶ SEARCH MORE ▶ https://goo.gl/EfMes5 ▶ SLIDE VIEW ▶ https://goo.gl/G31U8u
As of October 14, the disaster recovery focus for California is not upon the frequent earthquakes, but upon two wildfires. One is in the Northern California Wine Country (Sonoma and the Napa Valleys). The other is known as Canyon Fire 2, located in the Anaheim and Orange Hills areas of Southern California. ▶ SEARCH MORE ▶ https://goo.gl/4qFyBp ▶ SLIDE VIEW ▶ https://goo.gl/2Mc9Jw
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