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Man-Made Disasters

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Drilling for natural gas causes a mud volcano in Java. Urban sprawl bolsters microclimates in Atlanta that help strengthen an approaching tornado. Miners in Newcastle, Australia remove so much coal and water from the earth it causes the most severe earthquake in Australian history. Can these direct links be drawn between human activity and ‘natural disasters'? The jury is still out. Some geophysicists believe these are examples of man's capacity for drastically and suddenly awakening the planet's destructive force, others believe these conjectures are without merit. Does our quest for power and our impulse to build mega-structures come with an unexpected price tag?

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