11:32 am - Monday May 28, 2012

Natural Hazards

A natural hazard is a threat of a naturally occurring event that will have a negative effect on people or the environment. Many natural hazards are interrelated, e.g. earthquakes can cause tsunamis and drought can lead directly to famine. It is possible that some natural hazards are intertermporally correlated, as well. A concrete example of the division between a natural hazard and a natural disaster is that the 1906 San Francisco earthquake was a disaster, whereas earthquakes are a hazard.

Types of Geological Disasters

1. Avalanche
2. Earthquake
3. Lahar
4. Sinkholes
5. Volcanic Eruption
6. Hurricanes

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