Natural Disaster #2

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plates

thin layers of the Earth's crust

fault

the meeting and joining of the thin layers of the Earth's crust called plates

wildfire

an unplanned fire that starts outdoors

tsunami

an unusually large sea wave produced by a seaquake or undersea volcanic eruption

volcano

an opening in the earth's crust from which lava, ash, and hot gases flow or eject during an eruption

eruption

the ejection of molten rock or steam from a volcano

velocity

rapidity of motion or swiftness; speed

earthquake

a series of vibrations in the earth's crust caused by the rupture and rebound of rocks in which the strain on the crust has been slowly accumulating

category

a specifically defined division when talking about hurricanes

richter scale

a method to measure a seismogram for the magnitude (STRENGTH) of an earthquake

tornado

a localized, violently destructive windstorm occurring over land

flood

an overflowing of water into land that is normally dry

twister

an informal word for whirlwind or tornado

hurricane

a severe tropical wind storm usually with heavy rains and winds... they lose force when moving onto lands or colder waters

destruction

the condition of being destroyed

natural

existing in or formed by nature

disaster

an occurence causing widespread destruction and distress; catastrophe

non-natural disaster

a disaster caused by humans. Ex. terrorism, wildfires, biohazard

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