Meaning and Definition of Devastation

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From latin devastatĭo, the devastation is action and the effect of devastate. This verb means destroy or reduce into pieces. The most common use of the term is associated with the destruction of a country, sweeping their lands and their buildings.

Examples: "after the tsunami, the devastation of the coastal area was total", "the Governor urged people to work together to rebuild the village after the devastation", "I will never be able to support a Government which ordered the devastation a neighbouring country for ethnic reasons.

The devastation can occur for different reasons. Several natural phenomena, such as an earthquake, a tsunami, a volcanic eruption or a flood can devastate a territory and causing massive material losses and the death of a large number of people.

Cities in areas quite affected by natural disasters have often special protections and emergency mechanisms to act in the event of a phenomenon. All that man can do, however, may be insufficient to prevent the devastation, as was the case of the earthquake and of the tsunami that struck Japan in 2011.

Above all, the devastation can also be caused by man. The nuclear bombs dropped by the United States on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945 are proof of this.
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