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R. J. Ferguson, Geoscience, U Calgary Natural Disasters and the Human Population Natural Disasters, 6 th edition, Chapter 1
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Natural Disasters in 2004 and 2005 • More than 280,000 people killed by natural disasters in 2004, almost 100,000 in 2005 • 2005 Pakistan earthquake : 88,000 people killed – 3.3 million left homeless – 2 nd wave of deaths from winter storm • 2005 Hurricane Katrina – 2004 Hurricane Ivan was dress rehearsal, close miss – 2005 Hurricane Katrina was direct hit on Mississippi, engulfed much of Gulf Coast – Failure of Mississippi River and Lake Pontchartrain levees ±ooded parts of New Orleans up to 20 feet
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Human Fatalities in Natural Disasters Sawtooth-shaped curve caused by largest natural disasters Biggest killers (in order): hurricanes, earthquakes, foods, severe weather, landslides, volcanic eruptions, tornadoes and tsunami Most mega-killer disasters occur in densely populated belt through Asia, along Indian Ocean
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