Saturday, June 30, 2012

Crazy Conditions in US Kills 15 and inconveniences many more

Waldo Canyon fire, Colorado Springs, CO
Waldo Canyon fire, Colorado Springs, CO (Photo credit: Beverly & Pack)
This summer has been odd in the US. Some states like Colorado, and New Mexico have been experiencing enormous wildfires that are causing damage to houses. The fire has led to evacuation of several thousand homes and many of these evacuees are wondering if they can return to their homes at all. Some of the neighborhoods have been flattened completely without trace thanks to the raging inferno that fire fighters have not been able to tame... yet.

Move south to Florida and the people there are facing the fury of nature in another form - floods and storms. Washington DC has been hit by a storm that has made thousands of homes go without power and in this triple digit summer heat it is almost impossible to stay alive. In Ohio over a million homes and businesses have no power today and there is no way it is going to be restored over the weekend. It is going to be a warm or rather a hot weekend for these people.

I wonder how these natural disasters will affect the economy of the states and the nation. There will be massive insurance payouts required and I am pretty sure corporations will not like to pay up. There will be NGOs asking for donations in the unaffected parts of the country to help in reconstruction efforts.
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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Fire Rages Across America

It is the same story every year this time. Wild fires across the dry parts of America i.e. mostly in California, New Mexico, Arizona, Texas and this year Colorado also. The southern states mentioned here are known for their dry, arid and rugged landscapes. During summer months when mercury hits 100+ the surroundings become so dry that a small spark is enough to start a major blaze.

This has been happening with clockwork precision every year.. at least since 2008 when I began following the news and events here. It is hard for the thousands of people who are evacuated from their homes, harder for those who actually lose their homes to the fire. Then there are millions of $$$s spent on fire fighting and reconstruction.

I wonder if there could be any preventive measures that could be put in place so that this tragedy doesn't repeat year after year. This way everyone will be happy and there is no collateral damage to the environment.

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Sunday, June 24, 2012

Bridges that link people!

The Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco, CA a...
The Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco, CA at sunset taken from the Marin Headlands (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Bridges are mostly man made features that link places. It may be across a river, lake or even across a city/ neighborhood so that traffic can be avoided. I have found many bridges that serve only pedestrians, yet others that serve only fast moving vehicles, and there others that are shared by pedestrians and vehicles alike.

One unique feature of bridges in the US is that they are built in such a way that most of the time one can't see what is below the bridge. I am guessing this is done purposely so that the drivers concentrate on the road and not on the scenery around and stray from their lanes.

The Walnet Street Bridge, packed with pedestri...
The Walnet Street Bridge, packed with pedestrians on Memorial Day weekend. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
A Bridge In the Tree Tops
A Bridge In the Tree Tops (Photo credit: Jon Person)

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