Masaki Shibutani
Oct 3 · Last update 2 mo. ago.
How can we bring down the experience of disasters to future generations?
Nature sometimes causes disasters and great damage to society. Earthquake, tsunami, cyclone, typhoon, volcanic eruption, fire ... Many people were victims of natural disasters in human history. However, humans are still helpless against nature. What measures should be taken for the future of the world? And how should we bring down the experience to future generations?
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Better design of homes, before disasters occur
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Move people out of extremely disaster prone areas
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Fund research for a deeper understanding and preparedness
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Better design of homes, before disasters occur

The structural integrity of many buildings around the world is questionable, but this becomes a major source of fatalities when natural disasters strike. According to the Martin Centre for Architectural and Urban Studies, at the University of Cambridge, “structural collapses are responsible for 75% of deaths in earthquakes”, a danger that is equally applicable to tsunamis, hurricanes and landslides also. In earthquake prone countries such as Japan, many companies are currently building earthquake resistant buildings, with research going on around the world, these solutions will increasingly become more widespread. However solutions need to be made more affordable, or need to be subsided, if disaster reduction is to be taken seriously worldwide, as some of the worse affected areas are inevitably the poorest.

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Move people out of extremely disaster prone areas

The majority of natural disasters take place in disaster prone areas, be they around tectonic fault lines, on unstable soils or in seasonal storm routes. In 2010 a landslide occurred in Bududa in Uganda killing more than 300 people. Following a recent disastrous landslide in the same region of Uganda, where a whole village was effectively buried, calls for people to move out of affected regions has become louder. The issue becomes complicated when you factor in that the soils in this particular area are incredibly fertile, but it will inevitably lead to more deaths if people carry on living here.

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Fund research for a deeper understanding and preparedness

A massive increase in funding both publicly and privately is needed to better support sciences such as meteorology, that could directly increase our knowledge and readiness for dealing with this horrific facts of life. Research is the only thing that will give rise to any form of technological and methodical innovation, and the funding of it is the only way to give a change for these drastically needed developments to come to fruition.

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