You belong to an expert innovation group, specializing in Natural Hazards. The "Pacific Rim Countries" have asked you to prepare a presentation on the known causes, impacts and responses to a specific hazard. An important part of the assignment is to design something that will prepare communities better to deal with these disasters, bearing in mind all your knowledge and expertise.
Group 1: Philippines – Mt Pinatubo (May 1991)
Group 2: USA - Mt St Helens (1980)
Group 3: Japan-Sendai 2011
Group 4: Indonesia-Sumatra 2004
Group 5: Ecuador - 2016
Group 6: NZ – Christchurch 2011
Investigate the natural causes of a volcanic eruption or tsunami
Map where these tend to occur in the Asia region
Describe the positive and negative impacts of a volcanic eruption or tsunami
Explain why these impacts are influenced by social and economic factors, for example, where people choose to live, poverty, and lack of infrastructure and resources to prepare and respond
Research and evaluate current methods of prevention, mitigation and preparedness.
Design something that will prepare communities better to deal with these disasters
Design a solution to assist the local communities if this type of natural disaster strikes again.
Britannnica Online is great for short, concise and correct information. Search by your natural disaster e.g. volcano or tsunami.
Suggested articles include:
It is important to refine your search terms as your understanding more about your topic. Make sure you check your focus questions or task sheet guidelines. It is often best to use Google Advanced Search to narrow your search further and save yourself time.
Check out some suggested search terms:
A sample bibliography for 3 of the resources on this page would look like the following:
2013, Eruption, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Boston, U.S.A.
Volcano 2015. Britannica School. Retrieved 31 August 2015, from http://school.eb.com.au/levels/middle/article/277623#209938.toc
2014, 2004 Indian Ocean Earthquake/Tsunami Process and Impacts, online video, 22 September 2014, accessed 31 August 2015, <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wk6qD3xRd7s>.