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Saturday, March 26, 2011

Why Do People Still Elect to Live Along Coastal Waters?

Just one month ago, the devastation of Cyclone Yasi which developed into a level 5 storm, was a sign of things to come with new problems appearing across Asia and Australia. The Yasi storm was spotted on January 26th, 2011 as a low-pressure system, but then it rapidly turned for the worse. Many Aussie's were ready to compare the storm to what they experienced in 1974. Sending waves in excess of 30 feet near Queensland, Australia, with gusty winds that reached 180 MPH. So far to date, there has been at least 3-billion dollars in property damages.
Still with all the property damage, and the storms that threaten the coast, it is still hard to imagine why people still elect to live along the coast line. WIth now almost 30,000 people in Japan either killed or missing because of the earthquake and the destruction caused by the tsunami that followed, the question still exists why people live near the coast. So now what. As always, people seem to stand by sometimes in fear, but refuse to take action for themselves. The age-old belief still exists and most likely will always exist  "that can't happen to me" theory. Just ask the survivors in Japan. People there face constant danger of earthquakes. It was just a matter of time before a Tsunami such as the one that followed the 9.0 earthquake would take its toll. But the undenying fact is that the people who lived there knew that such a tragedy could happen, but they lived in denial.
In the United States, it is the calm before the storm. The people of the Southern coast of the United States dodged a bullet in 2010, as NO major tropical storms actually affected the coastline, especially in the wake of the oil spill which had so many people worried. The oil spill alone caused so much damage and destruction to the Gulf inhabitants, and the people who live off of the Gulf for their livelyhood. But what is happening today. The fact is that people just seem to 'forget'. It is easy to forget, mainly because people 'want' to forget. They still believe that 'lightning doesn't strike in the same place - twice'. But I can assure you that it does, and that it will happen again in the future. Maybe not this year or next year or the next ten or fifty years, but it will happen again. But the age-old question surfaces again... 'How well will you be prepared for another bad storm?' The undeniable answer is " Not well enough!"

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