Lourdes Beltran, Heather Luna

H. Luna: Following the Galveston Hurricane of 1900

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H. Luna: Following the Galveston Hurricane of 1900, many businesses choose to relocate, whereas, many residents decided to return home and rebuild. Even today, following a natural disaster such as this, we know that it is not uncommon for residence of an “ravaged” area to return. Why are people compelled to return to an area where they have lost so much, particularly the lives of loved one, not to mention everything they have materially?

M. Martinez: It is known that levees and seawalls help in the protection of land. It is also known the cost for this is high as well as maintaining such. On the other hand, it is known that these systems may be overwritten when it comes to nature taking its course on the changes of sea level. If it is decided to build and maintain such, how much are people prepared to understand if it does not give full effect? What will their decisions be afterwards? Will they continue with strong beliefs in rebuilding and maintaining these structures? Will there be a “rage” of disappointment  and all be thrown away? What if nothing ever comes to happen and money is being used whereas in other areas there is a need of it? Will it then be seen as a true investment? Or will it be stopped and in turn be the wrong decision?

C. Martinez: Life goes on after a tragic event and most people just pick themselves up and move forward. Why do people who have experienced such horrible weather be compelled to re-start after the storm has passed? Why not move to another part of the world where this is not likely?

L. Beltran:  Can the power of a Hurricane be harnessed to create environmentally friendly electricity?

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