To this day many people are still suffering the effects of the exposure and there is nothing anyone is doing about it. This is the real tragedy that lingers on for decades (“Seconds From Disaster: Bhopal Nightmare,” 2014).In When the Levees Broke, Spike Lee chronicles the events and the lives of the 2005 Hurricane Katrina victims in New Orleans and the gulf states of Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana and Florida. The most devastated, New Orleans, suffered due to its geographical location as a city six feet below sea level. But the real problems proliferated after the hurricane when looting became a major issue because of the absence of federal relief that should have been brought by Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). This is a good example of how social dynamics play an important role in disasters. When looting became rampant, the divide between whites and African-Americans became even more apparent. Many white people showed direct bias to African-Americans and some had been shot by mere suspicion. The local government was unable to address this problem as they continued to plea for relief from the federal government. The city remained under water as the faulty levees is exposed to be a technological hazard because of bad engineering. Disaster management is even more difficult in this situation as national guards are given shoot to kill orders to prevent looting (Pollard & Lee, 2006).The mega tsunami of 2004 was an unexpected event that ravaged parts of Sumatra, Thailand, Maldives and Sri Lanka in 2004. The death toll is so massive that its actual figure was never identified. This falls within the Black Swan Theory where the scientists and the authorities never contemplated the extent of an event such as this or that it may even happen. In this tragedy, it was only after the event that scientists were able to determine how the tsunami was able to be such enormous at such a quick speed. Though there is already data of a huge fault line in the Indian Ocean, the tsunami produced was unprecedented. There were virtually no safety regulations that could have led to the saving of more lives. As what have been said in the video, even with a tsunami warning, majority of the people would not have stood a chance. “The only escape is to go to a solid structure, and go up as high as possible” (“Seconds From Disaster: Asian Tsunami,” 2013).In the episode of Surviving Disaster: Towering
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Seconds from disaster S03E07 - Asian tsunami. (2013, June 29). Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WHvHKoakXuU
Towering Inferno - Episode 102. (2009, October 9). Retrieved from http://www.spike.com/episodes/qej4ed/surviving-disaster-towering-inferno-season-1-ep-102
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