What exactly is a Natural Hazard?

Published on September 29, 2022 by

Earth is beautiful, but also deadly. In this video, students will learn what makes our planet deadly – natural hazards. A natural hazard is an event that can cause social and economical impacts. For an event to be called a natural disaster, there two condition. First of all, it should have economic and social impacts; otherwise it is a natural event such as volcanic eruption in an uninhabited area.  Secondly, it should occur naturally. Natural hazards can be grouped into climatic or atmospheric hazards and geological hazards. Flooding, storms, wildfires, tornadoes, droughts, and heat waves are climatic hazards, while earthquakes and volcanic eruptions are geological hazards.  

This video satisfies the 4-ESS3-2 requirement of fourth-grade science proficiency.

Students who demonstrate understanding can: 4-ESS3-2. Generate and compare multiple solutions to reduce the impacts of natural Earth processes on humans.

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