Of course it can (happen here in the new world USA)
What does the present earthquake terrible situation in Nepal have to do with we in the USA?
Mostly it has to do with our present political leadership, which is already coming across in the usual reporting as a bit amateur and very inexperienced. I still think it (their authority) is often well intentioned in its applications, and most of them work long hours and love their Families, and will also get a lot of us killed in the end.
And then locally, if some kind of mother nature event even like when the Yellowstone Caldera lets go (it will happen sometime), and then these same present leaders (both elected and appointed and hired) will most likely react vice act in some kind of way to advance their own political objectives and home fires first. Usually tax payer money is involved, but even that is about to run out, it seems. And many of us will consequently die in both the immediate aftereffects, and the long term effects, like from the reduced food growing season from all the probably falling ash.
Is that what we want in our new world USA? Is this going to become some kind of “Hunger Games” movie scenario? Are we the people still in charge, or is some other group, like our presently elected leaders and appointed minions and even their hired workers still in charge? And will our police and military still respond and adhere to their orders?