Natural and Human-Induced Extreme Events. GEOHAZARDS. Volcanoes Earthquakes and Tsunamis Landslides/Mudslides. CLIMATIC HAZARDS. Floods Drought Hurricanes/Cyclones. INDUSTRIAL/OTHER HAZARDS. Oil Spills Nuclear Accidents Meteor Impacts.
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Phuket, Thailand: Before and after the 2004 tsunami
UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (2006). 2005 Disasters in Numbers
Abramovitz, JN (2001). Unnatural Disasters. Worldwatch Institute.
Sapir et al., (2004). Thirty Years of Natural Disasters 1974-2003: The Numbers. Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters.
Hazards & Vulnerabilty Research Institute (2006). 2005 U.S. Hazard Losses. University of South Carolina.
Sources: CRED 2006: UN/ISDR 2006
Sources: Camp 2000; Francis 1993; NGDC 2004
In this example, high population densities are also associated with areas with active volcanic activity
Sources: NEIC 2003; USGS 2004; UNEP 2005 (GEO 2004/2005)
In this example, high population densities are also associated with areas with active seismic activity
Sources: NEIC 2003; UNEP 2005 (GEO 2004/2005)
1970: Earthquake wipes out Yungay, claims 18,000 lives
Sources: UN-ISDR 2004; DFO 2004; Wikipedia 2006
2000: Due to severe flooding, half a million people were made homeless and 700 lost their lives
22 August 1999: Mozambique under normal conditions
1 March 2000: Mozambique under water
Sources: Henderson-Sellers et al. 1998
Sources: Wikipedia 2006; UNEP 2005
Drought in the Western United States
Hoover Dam and Lake Mead
New Golf Courses since 2001
(U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 2004)
(ProVention Consortium, “Measuring Mitigation,” 2004)
“Future prospects are sobering.