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#216106 - 01/31/11 11:36 PM Re: terms: What's bigger than a very large event? [Re: TeacherRO]
dweste Offline
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In addition to amplitude, perhaps an event's cause[s], effect[s], duration, and frequency might be useful descriptors.

Causes, such as: manmade, weather-caused, seasonal-hazard, known geological, as-yet-unknown, etc.

Effects, such as: inconvenience, permanently altering, as-yet-unknown, public health hazard,

Duration, such as: matter of seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, as-yet-unknown,etc.

Frequency, such as: annually, once in a decade, 100-year event, etcetera.

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#218855 - 03/12/11 08:03 PM Re: terms: What's bigger than a very large event? [Re: TeacherRO]
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I guess the earthquake/ Tsumani in Japan would qualify

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#218864 - 03/12/11 08:46 PM Re: terms: What's bigger than a very large event? [Re: TeacherRO]
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Registered: 11/25/08
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The Japan situation merits an f-bomb preface.

It's not just a single catastrophe, it's a triple crown catastrophe: Mega-quake, Tsunami, Nuclear emergency

Is there precedent for that?

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#218870 - 03/12/11 09:27 PM Re: terms: What's bigger than a very large event? [Re: Dagny]
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Originally Posted By: Dagny

The Japan situation merits an f-bomb preface.

It's not just a single catastrophe, it's a triple crown catastrophe: Mega-quake, Tsunami, Nuclear emergency

Is there precedent for that?


Godzilla.
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#219028 - 03/13/11 11:33 PM Re: terms: What's bigger than a very large event? [Re: TeacherRO]
Tirec Offline
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Registered: 08/24/07
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Loc: Rocky Mountain West
The FEMA guide has the following terms:

Calamity: A massive or extreme catastrophic disaster that extends over time and space. Notes the Black Death of the 14th century as an example.

Catastrophe: (from the 11 pages giving various definitions)
An event in which a society incurs, or is threatened to incur, such losses to persons and/or property that the entire society is affected and extraordinary resources and skills are required, some of which must come from other nations.
and
A catastrophic disaster is one that so overwhelms response agencies that local, state, and federal resources combined are insufficient to meet the needs of the affected public.
and
A catastrophic disaster is one that so overwhelms response agencies that local, state, and federal resources combined are insufficient to meet the needs of the affected public.

There are also 6+ pages defining "disaster".

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#219046 - 03/14/11 02:01 AM Re: terms: What's bigger than a very large event? [Re: wildman800]
ireckon Offline
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Originally Posted By: wildman800
Really large events are termed by the actusl event. Ex: the Challenger Disaster, the Kennedy Assasination, etc.

Fictitious events: Since The Day, Warday, ww III, etc.


I like the idea of naming it if it's really freakin' huge.

One thing is for sure, if you're discussing the proper terminology to call a really freakin' huge disaster, then you're definitely not in one.
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