"Unmitigated Disaster" - Practical Example Of The Phrase

Discussion in 'General Science' started by Glenn Holland, Mar 14, 2015.

  1. Glenn Holland

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    What happens when your community and your home gets overrun with millions of tons of lava?

    Probably nothing. The Kalapana Gardens subdivision is downhill from Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano is a prime example of an unmitigated disaster:



    If you can get insurance for such a catastrophe, companies are charging $1000/year just for volcano coverage. I suppose it's more like a life insurance policy so when your loved one (more like your loved home) is gone, you have only a check to show for it.
     
  2. BR-549

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    $1000.00 a year for volcano insurance? In a known volcano area? That's amazing!

    What a deal. Capitalism.....a true miracle.
     
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  4. Glenn Holland

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    In San Francisco, earthquake insurance on a large 4 story apartment building is $14K/year.

    I guess $1K/year for a single family home in a volcano zone like Southern Hawaii isn't out of line.
     
  5. Glenn Holland

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    The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory is on the top of the crater of the Kilauea Volcano which erupts most of the time.

    It is classified as a "low pressure" volcano with low viscosity lava that releases energy at a steady rate and it's less prone to explosions.

    It's fairly safe to get close to the crater even with a 1000 foot lava fountain and scientists tell visitors they're in more danger walking across a busy intersection.
     
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