Tag Archives: Natural Disasters and Hazards

word: exacerbate


exacerbate 

Definition:

(verb) Make worse.
Synonyms: aggravate, worsen, exasperate
Usage: The heavy rainfall merely exacerbated the region’s flood problems. Discuss.

THIS DAY IN THE YESTERYEAR: THE NORTH SEA FLOOD (1953)


The North Sea Flood (1953)

When heavy winds struck the North Sea during the high spring tide in 1953, it created a severe flood that affected parts of the Netherlands, Belgium, and the UK. Belgium suffered significant property damage but little loss of life. The Netherlands, on the other hand, had 1,836 reported deaths, and the UK had more than 500, with nearly half of the victims perishing at sea. The flood remains one of the UK’s worst natural disasters. What has been done to prevent future disasters of this sort? More… Discuss

 

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THIS AY N THE YESTERYEAR: THE MESSINA EARTHQUAKE (1908)


The Messina Earthquake (1908)

Messina is a busy seaport and commercial center in northeastern Sicily, Italy, opposite the Italian mainland. On the morning of December 28, 1908, a magnitude 7.1 earthquake hit Messina, followed by a 40-foot (12-meter) tsunami. About 80,000 people were killed, and at least 90 percent of Messina’s buildings, including its churches and palaces, were destroyed. Afterward, the city was completely rebuilt under standards for quake-resistant construction. What happened to the survivors? More…Discuss