Asian Monsoons Are Becoming More Intense

Asia is the biggest continent on the planet and is home to numerous nations that are geographically, culturally, linguistically and physically diverse. This continent also witnesses plenty of catastrophes, both natural and manmade, year in and year out. Monsoons are especially common in the South of Asia where countries are made of island nations. Storms form all year round in the Pacific and they have been a part of the lives of most Asians while droughts can be seasonal challenges too.

Monsoons are actually seasonal wind reversals along with precipitation changes in various parts of the world. However, it commonly refers to seasonal changes in the atmosphere that are closely linked to the warming of the land and of the sea nowadays or even seasonal changing patterns during the rainy season. The Asian monsoon is divided into several subsystems depending on location. If the US has tornadoes, Asia has storms brought about by these monsoons.

South Asian Climate Outlook Forum (SASCOF) has forecast a normal monsoon for South Asia including India. It indicates neutral ENSO conditions are likely to continue through middle of the monsoon season, while weak El Niño conditions are likely to develop in the second half of this year.

“The outlook suggests that during the 2017 southwest

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Earthquakes Are Not New To Asia

Natural calamities strike just about every part of the globe. Since time immemorial, the world has seen its fair share of disasters from time to time. However, there are certain places in the world that are more prone to these disasters than other places, and experience financial difficulties because of it. While blizzards are only experienced in places with snow and hurricanes are more common in tropical areas, earthquakes are also common in certain parts of the globe. Known as the “ring of fire” or the circum-Pacific belt, this is a region in Asia that is hit by 90% of the earthquakes happening around the world.

An earthquake is a destructive earth movement whose magnitude is ranked on a scale of one to ten. When the epicenter is in the ocean, an earthquake can generate massive tsunamis that can kill hundreds to thousands of people over a short period of time. The reason that South East Asia experiences earthquakes more often than the rest of the world is because of tectonic plates making up the ring of fire. The two main plates are the Eurasian Plate and the Philippine Plate that often rubs each other resulting to powerful quakes. Meanwhile, the North America Plate and the Pacific Plate makes up …

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Asia’s Ring Of Fire: More Active Than Ever

We are not new to natural calamities. We learned to live with them and accept them as a part of our lives. While we certainly can’t stop them, we can take measures to protect ourselves from its wrath. It is easier done in calamities that give off signals in advance, giving us ample time to prepare and evacuate when necessary. Think of hurricanes, volcanic eruptions, even floods, and droughts. Meanwhile, an earthquake can strike without any warning at all. It can do serious damage, not only to buildings, but to computer assets resulting in data loss. We just know once it hits us and we can only duck for cover.

Just what is an earthquake? Many of you are probably wondering how the earth can shake with so much ferocity and power. An earthquake is the sudden and violent shaking of the ground because of volcanic action or movement of the earth’s crust or plates. It can cause severe destruction in high magnitudes and can even trigger tsunamis on low-lying and coastal areas, says Doug Richie of The Climate Change College. These shock waves radiate out from the rock’s first breaking point.

The “Ring of Fire” otherwise known as the circum-Pacific belt is found in Asia. It is a major …

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Natural Disasters Ravage Asia Each Year

Asia is the largest continent on the planet. It is divided into different regions and comprised of countless nations both big and small. You can just imagine how diverse this continent is in terms of geography, culture, language, religion, and ethnicity among others. It is also home to the most number of people who often have to endure various natural calamities and weather disturbances year in and year out. You name it, from hurricanes, floods, tsunamis, earthquakes, drought, volcanic eruptions etc., Asian people have experienced it all yet they remain resilient through the years and life goes on.

And mind you, some of these disasters were so magnanimous and have taken away with it thousands of lives. The 2004 Indian Tsunami was so unexpected and claimed hundred thousands of lives. And just quite recently, the super typhoon Haiyan known locally as typhoon “Yolanda” in the Philippines was the strongest tropical cyclone ever recorded. It is also the deadliest typhoon to hit the Philippines claiming over 6,000 lives after its landfall.

Unfortunately, the threat of global warming and climate change made these natural disasters even stronger and more intense, so Asian people are experiencing natural calamities that are worse than they have ever experienced so far. And it is far from just …

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