25 Ancient Civilizations Destroyed by Natural Disasters

25 Ancient Civilizations Destroyed by Natural Disasters

Every year, cities around the world are devastated by natural disasters such as floods, earthquakes, and hurricanes. Although modern technology has given us earthquake-proof buildings, urban flood planning, and radar that can predict the path of dangerous storms, severe damage still occurs as a result of these natural forces. And such extreme events are becoming more frequent and more intense due to climate change.

Pompeii, Italy

Pompeii began to experience seismic activity in 79 A.D., including massive earthquakes and poisonous gasses leaking from the ground. A few days later, nearby Mount Vesuvius erupted, killing a majority of the city’s inhabitants

Ancient civilizations, however advanced they were, often lacked much of the scientific knowledge we have these days about the forces of nature, and many paid the ultimate price for it. 24/7 Tempo has compiled a list of 25 of once-thriving centers of human settlement destroyed or emptied by natural disasters…READ ON

Enhancing Warnings to Stop Disasters

To learn from well-established knowledge on the psychology of disaster warning, we at the world’s only Warning Research Centre the-worlds-first-warning-research-center-has-opened have just published a report on “Enhancing Warnings.”

As our new report explains, warnings “frequently fail because people do not act or act ineffectively.” 

Commissioned by the UK’s National Preparedness Commission, it offers the country and the world advice and direction on doing better with warnings based on what we know already about people’s understandings for, perceptions of, and responses to disaster risks…READ ON

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