Category Archives: Earthquakes

F763 short answer question – earthquakes

Outline a geographical issue, and suggest appropriate strategies for its management (10 marks)

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30 marker: ‘Human factors have a greater influence on the causes of earth hazards than physical factors do.’ Discuss.

Please write your essay plan for this. Focus on earthquakes for the moment, with particular reference to Haiti. Plan must include detail, as when you write this essay, I will be expecting to see you back up your arguments with strong examples

Mark scheme should be up later….!

Chile hopes earthquake technology can help save lives

Chile hopes earthquake technology can help save lives

How the Chilean government is embracing technology to mitigate against the effects of earthquakes

This is a good example to show how a country whose population is extremely vulnerable to powerful earthquakes are trying to reduce the severity of primary impacts, which ultimately have a large knock on effect socially, and economically. After a hazard has struck, impacts are often exacerbated by the failure of communication networks. This prevents further warning messages and advice being passed on (it is often the aftershocks which cause the buildings to finally collapse!), and help being sent to where it is needed.