Cyclone Larry Where: North Queensland When: Monday 20th of March 2006
Facts - Formed: 18 March 2006 - Dissipated: 21 March 2006 Deaths: 1 in total Cost in Damage: $1.1 billion (2006 USD) 6000 people suffered extreme losses of crops In total 10,000 homes were damaged
How It Occurred? Cyclone Larry developed from a low pressure system over the eastern Coral Sea. The low pressure became noticeable on Thursday, 16 March and was then closely monitored by the Bureau of Meteorology. It developed into a tropical cyclone during the early hours of Saturday, 18 March, and headed towards a westerly course to the Queensland coast.
Consequences of the Disaster The effects of the winds on buildings were disastrous. Townships affected by the northern and southern portions of the eye wall of the cyclone received the most damage. Electricity transmission to the areas in the region was severely disrupted. Road and rail access to the region was also disrupted for several days due to flooding. In the northwest of the state, heavy rainfall from Tropical Cyclone Larry caused several townships to be isolated for several days due to flooding. The cyclone destroyed 80–90% of Australia's banana crops. Bananas were in short supply throughout Australia for the remainder of 2006, which increased prices across the country by 400–500%.
Techniques to Reduce Incidence An evacuation strategy is a technique used to reduce the incidence of people. This strategy is developed through both technology and data collection. Strong infrastructures Remain in the lowest place in a house and take cover. Reinforce garage doors, replace old bolts, replace hinge screws, brace gable end roofs, and protect windows with permanent storm shutters
Techniques to Monitor a Cyclone Scientific Research Bureaus have technology that monitors the weather conditions and any irregularities that are occurring, or will occur (for example satellites) Bulletins are issued every six hours if a tropical cyclone exists within the Australian region. Outlook statements are issued daily by each Tropical Cyclone Warning Centre.
Appropriateness of Techniques Both techniques of reducing incidence and monitoring cyclones have shown to help. The techniques that are available to reduce incidence have a high impact o survival and the environment. The techniques that are used to monitor disasters such as cyclones are all based with the help of technology and science.