Wednesday, September 29, 2004

Why I Prefer Earthquakes to Hurricanes

Hurricans you see coming at you, so you worry and panic and prepare for days on end, then it hits you or maybe not. Earthquakes just come with no warning (unless you have a pet that goes nuts before one) so while you keep in the back of your mind that one might come, you don't have to spend the days immediately before worrying about what's going to happen. You're just happily going about your life, then it happens. It lasts for a few seconds, maybe even a minute or two, then it's over. Hurricanes can take several hours to pass through.

Also, hurricanes move around, so the damage can cover a pretty large area. An earthquake is centered in one spot, and damage is inversely proportional to distance from that spot: Greater distance implies less damage. So the likelyhood of damage from a single event in a particular location is lower.

No comments: