5 Man-Made Natural Disasters

Floods to mud, there's lots we can take responsibility for besides global warming
By Lev Weinstein,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 3, 2008 9:29 AM CDT
Not too long from now, we may be able to divert the destruction caused by Hurricanes like Dolly, but to where?   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Humans can do a righteous job of messing up the planet in the long term. We're also more than capable of wreaking short-term havoc with these man-made natural disasters, reports the New Scientist:

  1. Mud volcanoes: While we can't create the real thing, shoddy mining practices in East Java have made the ground hemorrhage mud since 2006.

  1. Earthquakes: In 1967, a quake hit Koyna, India, after a dam was built in what was thought to be a seismically safe region.
  2. Vanishing water: Drill underwater, and you might empty the tub. It happened at Louisiana's Lake Peigneur.
  3. Floods: Cloud-seeding during a storm can trigger quite the flood, much like a 1972 event in South Dakota that dumped a year's worth of rain in 6 hours.
  4. Hurricanes: A trail of black carbon can divert one, but to where?