A lot happened in 2017, and every day a something was happening in all domains from politics to debates on gender equality to health care to climate control. Science was also not left behind, and many important events occurred and here are a few of the top things that happened.
Solar Eclipse: It was an event that had taken many years to come. The first solar eclipse to cross the U.S happened on August 21. Many people chose to get away from their routine and watch this phenomenon and also provided scientists to learn more about the sun and the role of earth in the solar system.
Seadragon: A ruby sea dragon was observed by scientists in January in the Southern Australian coast. This animal was never seen before by anyone and was swimming. The scientists used an underwater camera to capture this rare animal which looked like a seahorse. The same animal was found dead in 1919, but there was no trace of more like them, but only in 2015, it was declared as a new animal.
Evidence of life: In March this year, scientists said that they found rocks in Quebec which were made 3.8 billion years back. Again in September, a Japanese team revealed that Labrador had stones that were made of graphite and supposedly had come from organisms that were found 3.95 billion years earlier.
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Florida is going to face a hurricane called Irma and is amongst the many storms that the United States has had this year. The officials after finding out that is a category five have stated that the evacuation is necessary and will be started Tuesday. This hurricane is categorized as the most potent in the past decade to strike Florida.
This warning has come a week after the Texas Hurricane Harvey, which killed about 60 and the city is still limping back to normal. The Hurricane Irma is strengthening and has recorded gusty winds of more than 180 miles per hour.
The Florida Keys which is a popular destination for vacationers is the in the line of the storm as forecasted by the met department. The Florida Keys has a series of islands and currently has a population of 80000 people residing. With a large number of people staying in there, the place had been ordered to be evacuated starting Wednesday.
The course the storm will take is yet to be determined, but the Mayor of Miami Dade which has the highest population in the county with 2.7 million residing is not taking any chances. He has asked the people living there to be ready with food and other essential supplies stocked and also said that some of the areas might need to be moved to safer areas.
The Miami University announced on Tuesday that the classes would be canceled from Wednesday till the weekend at its two campuses. The officials of the city of Miami also warned the people who reside in the structures beside the cranes to move out of their houses before the storm hits as the cranes cannot hold up gusty winds of 145 miles per hour and hence the arms of the vehicle can be dangerous as they can fall. Those living on the top floors are in huge risks if the crane falls on those buildings.
2017 has been a year where natural calamities were seen in all the continents. From floods, hurricanes earthquakes, droughts to landslides every continent has had some deadly natural disasters.
Floods in South Asia:
South Asia suffered close to 1600 deaths in incidents related to flooding and landslides. The monsoon-related rain and floods struck millions of people in Nepal, Bangladesh, and India. India alone has reported the death of about 600 people while thousands of camps for relief and supplies have been set up.
Sri Lanka also suffered massive losses due to floods, and that affected more than 415600 and 220 killed. Since then as many as 250 people have died due to epidemics. The country is still in need of potable water and shelter.
Landslide in Columbia and Congo:
A massive landslide in Morocco’s southern city has taken the lives of more than 300 people and also caused injuries to 200 others in April. Two weeks later disaster struck again as another landslide triggered due to rains claimed 17 people and 12 people suffered injuries. The residents of these cities were unaware and hence the casualty count more, also heavy rains made matters worse.
In August this year, Congo also experienced a landslide where 174 people lost their lives. 280 children became orphans and what they need is safe shelter away from the area of landslides.
Earthquake in Mexico: Mexico city suffered a magnitude 7.1 earthquake on the 19th of September, and that claimed more than 225 people. This disaster stuck on the same day of the 25th anniversary of the deadly 1985 earthquake which took thousands of lives.
Avalanche in Afghanistan: Afghanistan and parts of Pakistan received heavy snowfall due to which there was an avalanche. As per reports, the death toll was reported to be 157. The most damage was to Afghanistan, as many as 300 homes got exterminated. Those who were killed in this disaster were majorly women and kids.