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What are the major differences between traditional hazards like wildfires and terrorist related hazards like the gas attack on the Toyko Subway?

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Traditional hazards are disasters that are beyond human control. The several hurricanes that have happened in the US in the past few weeks are traditional hazards that are generally related to climate changes. The residents of the areas that were affected by the hurricanes had been given several warnings about what could happen to them, their properties, and the surrounding environment. To a large extent, residents had time to prepare for the traditional hazard, which has left a lot of damage in the areas affected. Some residents had to be evacuated, others had to stock a lot of food and other essential commodities, and others had already left before the hurricanes hit their areas.

Terrorist hazards, on the other hand, are man-made and usually planned for a long time by the attackers before they happen. On August 7, 1998, the U.S....

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This is an important question considering the rise of terrorist activities across the world. There are several differences between traditional hazards like wildfires and terrorist hazards like the 9/11 attack. I will address two main differences between these types of hazards. 

First, people and governments can prepare for natural hazards such as hurricanes because they have warning signs. Through weather forecasts and other meteorological expert information, people can anticipate and adequately prepare for weather-related disasters. For example, the government can evacuate people and move them to higher grounds if flooding is predicted. Contrarily, terrorist-related hazards are difficult to prepare for because they occur unexpectedly. Terrorists often plan and execute their missions when no one expects. 

Second, terrorist activities like the 9/11 attacks in the U.S. and Manchester bombing in the U.K. are evil deeds that immoral humans plan and accomplish. They are based on hate and misguided ideologies. On the other hand, traditional hazards like earthquakes occur as a result of natural causes and are not evil in nature because they do not involve human intervention.