Destructive Force Examples: From Hurricanes to Climate Change

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Wanna know what are some examples of destructive force in real life? If yes, then you are at the right place at the very right time. Because, in this exclusive article, I am gonna unearth some of the day-to-day life examples you definitely don’t wanna miss…!!! So, what is destructive force anyway?

By definition, destructive forces are natural as well as man-made phenomena or events that can cause damage or destruction to the environment, property, infrastructure, and even human life. To know more about the way how destructive forces affect our day-to-day life, let’s dive right in…!!!


Destructive Force Examples: From Hurricanes to Climate Change

  • Hurricanes
  • Tornadoes
  • Meteor Impacts
  • Tsunamis
  • Deforestation
  • Climate Change


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The very first one in my list of top 6 examples of destructive force in daily life is Hurricanes. Hurricane is a type of tropical storm with wind exceeding 74 mph.

In reality, hurricanes are not have been characterized by winds only but can also be characterized by heavy rains as well as storm surges that can cause massive flooding.

Hence, capable of causing destruction everywhere it goes. It can damage or destroy roads, bridges, and buildings resulting in significant economic damage and loss of life.


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Tornadoes are one of the most destructive weather phenomena that destroy whatever comes in their path. As per the available data, these types of destructive phenomena are most common in the United States of America.

By definition, a tornado is nothing but a rapidly rotating column of air that can harm or damage buildings and infrastructure in its path. In reality, tornadoes can also produce hail, lightning, high winds, as well as flying debris.

Meteor Impacts

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One can categorize meteor impacts as both constructive as well as destructive forces in nature. Because on the one hand, when they impact the surface of the earth, they can create new landforms such as impact basins as well as craters.

On the other hand, they can also cause massive explosions and catastrophic damage on a regional or global scale. In addition, it can also produce shockwaves, fireballs, and ejecta that can travel for miles.


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A tsunami is a series of enormous ocean waves triggered by underwater earthquakes, underwater landslides, volcanic eruptions, or asteroids. As per the available data, it can travel up to 20-30 miles per hour with waves reaching 10-100 feet high.

A tsunami, a natural destructive phenomenon, when triggered can kill or severely injure life forms as the waves come in and go out. These waves can also significantly damage or destroy coastal areas, including buildings, ports, and harbors when they hit coastlines.


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One of the biggest man-made destructive phenomena is deforestation. Deforestation is the widespread removal or clearing of trees from forests for human use such as mining, agriculture, timber, etc. In fact, deforestation also contributes to climate change

As the human population continues to grow, demand for resources such as space for urbanization, and land for agriculture has been growing exponentially causing significant damage or destruction to the ecosystem of the forest, including greenhouse gas emission, soil erosion, loss in biodiversity, etc.

Climate Change

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Last but not least one on my list is the way we humans are deteriorating our mother earth. Climate change is a gradual but destructive phenomenon that is severely affecting Earth’s ecosystem.

Climate change refers to long-term shifts in temperature patterns and weather conditions on Earth, primarily attributed to human activities, particularly the burning of fossil fuels.

The pollution we cause by burning fossil fuels contributes to rising sea levels, increased frequency and severity of weather events, and changes in agricultural productivity.

Some Other Destructive Force Examples in Daily Life

Apart from the above-mentioned ones, I am also mentioning a few here.

  • Earthquakes
  • Draughts
  • Landslides
  • Forest Fires
  • Avalanches
  • Sinkholes, etc.

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I am a mechanical engineer by profession. Just because of my love for fundamental physics, I switched my career, and therefore I did my postgraduate degree in physics. Right now I am a loner (as ever) and a Physics blogger too. My sole future goal is to do a Ph.D. in theoretical physics, especially in the field of cosmology. Because in my view, every aspect of physics comes within the range of cosmology. And I love traveling, especially the Sole one.

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