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					Volcanoes and Earthquakes occur everywhere around the world and they
cannot be stopped. Caused by convection currents in the mantle, both
phenomena's cause seismic activity. This essay is about these two
disasters and their effect on the global environment. Also, this paper
will dictate whether or not British Columbia is ready for -œthe big one-•
(Earthquake), and how big it will really be.       The past 25 years
have held varieties of earthquakes and volcanoes that have changed global
environments considerably. Out of the two beasts, I would have to say
volcanoes have a greater and more widespread effect on the global
environments. All Earthquakes do is form new landscapes and seabed.
Volcanoes, such as the biggest one on Hawaii, have affected the weather
of the southern part of the island and have caused a decreased amount of
rainfall. Volcanoes can cause acid rain near the tops of craters, which
in turn can severely affect ecosystems. Volcanic eruptions can cause
global weather changes. This is due to the ash that is spewed out of the
volcanoes mouth during an eruption to eventually block sunlight and cause
a mini ice age. Although this is greatly feared, it takes a massive
volcanic eruption to affect the world this way. One minor weather change
is the downpour of rain near the volcano, due to the ashes' ability to
attract water vapor. A couple of other changes are the feared effects of
lightning and perhaps thunder. One positive effect of an eruption is the
fertile soils that land to be grown on. Even though these two malignant
actions damage wildlife and the environment, their effects and only
temporary.       Are we ready for -œthe big one-• here in BC, one might
ask, I for one think there could be some improvement. First of all, I
want to emphasize how people will never be fully prepared for
earthquakes. Seeing that, preventative measures can be taken but only the
quake will tell if those measures will hold. Some simple things everyone
can do to be prepared is to have a protected food stash somewhere where
you spend most of your time. One measure is giving people knowledge as to
how one should act when the love waves hit (LoL). Some tips are to know
the crash position and where you go to do the crash position i.e.
doorway, under desk, etc. Big changes such as making bridges -œearthquake
proof-•, making buildings stronger, and sewage lines far underground or
away from civilization would be smart to take. So far, BC has built
almost every building to withstand a 7.2-7.4 magnitude EQ so buildings
shouldn't be a problem. A couple of problems I see are basic room
details. For example, using glass instead of plexi-glass, or having loose
cabinetry (that one was for you Ms. Collins). One thing I fear most is
the predicted thoughts of Richmond sinking. The only action that could be
taken to lessen the chance of Richmond sinking is to build stronger and
perhaps bigger dikes. Another problem we can rule out when the EQ
occurs, are tsunamis. Since most of the tsunami will hit Vancouver
Island, the lower mainland will remain calm of waters.   Glancing over
what I have wrote about EQs and volcanoes, I could definitely see a
global change happening in the future. Whether it is an ice age or acid
rain, life's existence on earth is prone to extinction some time or
another. Also I feel BC could put a little more effort into preparing for
an EQ. Lastly, do you think we are ready to shake, shake, shake!?
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