Technological Catastrophes Presentation by: Katrine Leung Nadeen Sara Carolyn Torbay Technological catastrophes What is the difference between a technological disaster and a natural disaster? Has anyone lived through a technological disaster? Anyone you know?
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Two Types of disasters:
Effects of natural disasters:
Effects of technological catastrophes:
In addition, they differ in 3 important respects:
Selye’s three stage adaptation syndrome known as GAS:
Lazarus, and the importance of appraisals
R.W. Kates 1976
- 4000 samples of blood within a few weeks
- surveying - 3 questionnaires were distributed
“If we think of Love Canal as the whistle warning the rest of society about what lies ahead, in one important sense it is already too late, for the physical hazards already exist. However, if we use the warning of Love Canal to prevent or alleviate some of the social consequences that created unnecessary suffering at Love Canal, than perhaps we will have learned something from history and sociology when we face the emergence of new Love Canals all over this land”(219-220)
Adeline Gordon Levine Love Canal:Science, Politics, and People
On Saturday, February 26, 1972, a dam that was built by a mining company collapsed and emptied gallons of water and sludge into the valley killing 125 people and leaving thousands of others homeless
381 adult plaintiffs and their 207 children filed a lawsuit against the coal company claiming that the dam was constructed in an unsafe manner and that they had suffered “psychic impairment” as a result.
PROBLEM - MEANING IS LOST
2 characteristics of emotional disturbances (Fritz and Marks, 1954)
Human made disasters:
Thursday August 14, 2003