Hydraulic repairs in South Africa need to be carried out effectively and efficiently – and even though we are not as susceptible to natural disaster in this country that can cause serious damage to hydraulic dams and other industries driven by hydraulics, it is important to have efficient hydraulic repair centres in place to carry out emergency repairs through any and all eventualities. Mobile hydraulic repair units make a massive difference when an emergency situation occurs.
When nature strikes with all its might people are usually completely powerless against it. Not too long ago a tornado in the Free State claimed five lives and wreaked untold havoc – other natural phenomena include earthquakes, floods and active volcanoes which often make headline news.
Of particular note are the recent tsunamis that caused untold damage to places such as Thailand and Japan. Here are some natural phenomena that can and will cause damage to buildings, dams and other man-made structures.
- A tornado can cause enormous destruction and consists of rotating columns of air which comes into contact with the ground and also with cumulonimbus clouds or thunder clouds.
- Tornadoes vary in shape and size and also in intensity but are usually in the shape of a funnel and most have wind speeds of 180km/h but in exceptional instances they can reach speeds in excess of 480km/h.
- Tornadoes suck up objects in its path and deposit them elsewhere.
- Experts do believe that tornadoes in South Africa occur more regularly than we realise – they are more than likely not reported because rural areas are not densely populated.
- In October 2011 two tornadoes struck Duduza near Johannesburg and Ficksburg some 250 kms south – two people died and 200 were injured and almost 2000 people were left without a roof over their heads.
- In 1948 in Roodepoort a tornado destroyed 500 houses, killing four people.
Industry is reliant on hydraulics across the board where these are used in a plethora of applications – if you do fall victim to Mother Nature, it is good to know that mobile hydraulic repairs in South Africa are equipped to deal with these and numerous other disasters.
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