The Cause of Disasters

I used to think that earthquakes were causes by the movements of the plates that make up the earth’s crust.

Like this:

I also had the archaic notion that hurricanes were the result of  thunderstorms that form over warm water areas of the Atlantic Ocean particularly in the late summer and fall.

Air pressure drops at the surface of these storms. This low pressure attracts warm moist air from the ocean’s surface. The Coriolis force causes the resulting low-level winds to spiral in a counterclockwise direction around the center of the low in the Northern Hemisphere. (Winds swirl clockwise in the Southern Hemisphere.)

Typically, an “eye” forms when the tropical cyclone reaches hurricane strength, but an eye is not necessary for a tropical cyclone to become a hurricane.

Another way to think of a hurricane is as a large heat engine. The fuel is moisture from warm ocean water. The moisture is converted to heat in the thunderstorms that form. Spiral rain bands that surround the tropical cyclone’s core help feed the circulation more heat energy.

As air nears the center, it rises rapidly and condenses into clouds and rain. The condensation releases tremendous amounts of heat into the atmosphere. The result is lower surface pressure and strengthening winds.

In this way, the tropical cyclone’s engine refuels itself, concentrating its power in a donut-shaped area, called the eye wall, surrounding the center. The eye wall typically contains the strongest surface winds.

Sinking air at the center clears the tropical cyclone of clouds and forms the “eye.”

Falling surface pressure can occur only if air mass is removed from the circulation center. This is accomplished by wind flowing away from the circulation in the upper atmosphere.

Apparently, I’ve been wrong all these years. It turns out that the earthquake and hurricane that hit the Eastern US this summer were caused by Martin Luther King Jr.

The American civil rights movement was to come full circle today as its soldiers were to gather on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., to celebrate a fallen captain.

But there was no celebration.

Not yet. It was too soon.

First, there was an earthquake. Then there was a hurricane. What in the world could be going on?

Nothing in the world. That was just Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., above the world, shutting down the celebration, getting our attention and telling us to take a good look at ourselves.

Rochelle Riley, is of course speaking metaphorically, but there are many others out there who are serious about supernatural causes for natural disasters.

Rabbi Yehuda Levin, a New York City-​based rabbi, has blamed “homosexual marriage” as the cause of yesterday’s east coast earthquake.

Although she later said she was joking, Michele Bachmann said

“I don’t know how much God has to do to get the attention of the politicians. We’ve had an earthquake; we’ve had a hurricane. He said, ‘Are you going to start listening to me here?’” Bachmann said Sunday.

And the ever caring Glenn Beck claims these events to be a blessing.

People have made fun of me,” he concluded on Friday. “If you’ve waited, this hurricane is a blessing. It is God reminding you — as was the earthquake last week — it’s God reminding you, you’re not in control. Things can happen. Be prepared!”

I’m sure that the 31 people who died, along with their families are counting their blessings as I write.

In every natural disaster, hurricane: earthquake, volcanic eruption, tsunami, or whatever, there are those who are quick to claim God’s wrath is what is responsible for the disaster. Of course, they, and they6 and they alone are privy to the particular reason their deity has chosen that particular time and place to destroy lives. Somehow too, if it has to do with a lifestyle, there are many non-gays who suffer and die. The same  for atheists, idolaters, abortionists, and fornicators.

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One Response to The Cause of Disasters

  1. Nan says:

    Oh how naive you are! To think that hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes, tsunamis, volcanoes, and other such events are natural disasters. Jeez. You’re really are unenlightened.

    But don’t feel alone. There are thousands of us who join with you in refusing to believe in fairy tales.

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