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Separating Fiction in this Time of Natural Disasters

 

Separating Fiction in this Time of Natural Disasters

by Amy Lignor

 

There is always fact versus fiction when speaking about the news. Why else would the entertainment industry be so interesting if not for exaggeration, let alone outright lies being told. But there are those who have become fearful at “signs” that they believe are happening, telling them that the “end” is definitely on its way. Before getting scared, it is important to realize that there are natural reasons behind these hazards, dangers and oddities – reasons that are related to the very factual world of weather.

 

Weather is full of oddities, and everything from climate change to manmade issues are spawning disasters. From quakes to tsunamis to volcano’s erupting, there are absolute facts behind them all. And there always has been.

 

Just recently, the Tower of the Winds opened to the public for the first time in more than 200 years in Athens, Greece. This was literally the world’s first weather station, dating back to more than 2,000 years. Used by merchants to tell the incoming weather conditions as well as the time their goods would be delivered, in the light of day or dark of night, the Tower of the Winds still resides on a slope leading up to the ancient Acropolis.

Fear, climate change, weather, Tower of the Winds , catastrophes, natural disasters, science

Tower of the Winds, Athens

The astronomer Andronikos of Cyrrhus is given the credit for its construction, yet no one to this day knows how the instrument actually worked. The fully-preserved roof made of 24 marble slabs, could have held at one time a bronze wind vane. Beneath is a frieze depicting the wind gods of Greek mythology, and beneath that can be seen the lines of a sundial.

 

Mysteries surround it on every side. Back in the day, although this utilitarian structure helped people with time and weather, they still had their own ideas about the gods and how begging the gods for help could possibly ward off bad weather. Back then that theory did not work either. Why is that? Because Mother Nature, although far from being biblical, has no rhyme or reason and mankind has a difficult time predicting it.

 

Already, however, the predictions have been made. There have been warnings of what will occur between now and the year 2050. It’s important to remember that every single year brings about brand new hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, and other natural disasters. Although some areas see them more often than others, extreme weather conditions can crop up anywhere at any time.

 

Scientific evidence has stated a variety of “disasters” just waiting to occur. When it comes to fire, environmental scientists from the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) already predicted that U.S. wildfire seasons will end up being three weeks longer by 2050 and will burn larger portions of the West every year. The reason behind this is scientific fact, not biblical. A gradual climate change has raised the Earth’s temperature, creating conditions that spawn bigger and fiercer wildfires. The ironic part about this, they say, is that good, old “Smokey the Bear” and other campaigns have made this worse. By stopping all natural fires that clear the underbrush out of forests, there’s far more to burn when one begins. Fear is not needed here. This is not Hell on Earth; it is simply a fact that comes when there’s negligence.

 

When talk about future quakes across the globe comes up, it is the Chilean earthquake back in 2014 that leads scientists to predict that a magnitude 8.5 or larger earthquake will occur in Chile in the future. Is this a “sign?” No. This earthquake actually came from a place where one tectonic plate (the Nazca Plate) is actually falling underneath another (The South American Plate.) This place also lies in the “Ring of Fire,” which is an area in the Pacific Ocean that holds 75 percent of the world’s active volcanoes.

 

Closer to home, various agencies have predicted that an 8.0–9.0 magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami will occur off the coast of Oregon before 2050. A “sign” from above? Not at all. This quake was called for back in 2010 because of the movement of the tectonic plates.

 

Warnings of catastrophes are normal. From earth to wind to fire to water, they have been around since Nostradamus left behind his own predictions in the vaguest language he could have used to frighten everyone. But before letting the fear sink in, remember that weather – all throughout history – has been unpredictable. Yet when natural disasters do occur, there is factual science behind each one to prove what happened and why. And in some cases, mankind can fix it. A vigil is not needed here. By working harder to save the environment all around us, climate change could become a thing of the past.

 

Source:  Baret News

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