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Vocabulary Terms

Catastrophic Events

VocabularyDefinition
catastrophic relating to an event that brings terrible loss or lasting distress
eruption the process of releasing something with violence
force a push or a pull exerted on an object
pressure the force that something exerts over a given area
equilibrium a state in which opposing forces in a system are equally balanced or stable
natural hazard an event that results from Earth processes and that can cause damage and endanger human life
hurricane a severe tropical cyclone usually with heavy rains and winds moving at 74 mph or faster
landslide rock and soil slide quickly down a slope
mudslide rapid downhill movement of a mixture of water, rock, and soil
tornado a rotating column of air spinning at destructively high speeds, usually accompanied by a funnel - shaped down ward extension of a cloud
tsunami a very large ocean wave caused by an underwater earthquake or volcanic eruption
drought a long period of abnormally low rainfall, especially one that adversely affects growing or living conditions
flood an overflowing of water onto land that is normally dry
earthquake a sudden movement of the earth's crust caused by the release of stress accumulated along geologic faults or by volcanic activity
wildfire a raging, rapidly spreading fire
storm surge water that is pushed shore by the force of the winds swirling around the storm
hurricane warning hurricane conditions are likely for a location within 24 hours
hurricane watch hurricane conditions are likely for a location within 36 hours
Created by: bekah0515