Chapter1_blackboard

Chapter1_blackboard - Living in Harms Way People live near...

Info iconThis preview shows pages 1–12. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Living in Harm’s Way People live near volcanoes, in floodplains, on faults, even rebuild in areas previously destroyed. Why is this?
Background image of page 1

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full DocumentRight Arrow Icon
Living in Harm’s Way Past disasters are easily forgotten Future disasters are inevitable
Background image of page 2
Example Everyday geologic processes produce large cumulative effects.
Background image of page 3

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full DocumentRight Arrow Icon
Hazards vs. Disasters Natural hazard : natural process which poses threat to human life or property. Natural disaster : natural event that causes significant damage to life or property.
Background image of page 4
Impact of Natural Disasters Catastrophes (1970-2005) resulting in >10,000 victims http://www.swissre.com/resources/32309200455c768ea6ecbe80a45d76a0-E_2005n.pdf
Background image of page 5

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full DocumentRight Arrow Icon
Megacity: Population >10 million 8 46 Voss (2006)
Background image of page 6
A NATURAL HAZARD: The 2001 Kunlun earthquake occurred in a remote mountainous region (Kekexili) in China. With a magnitude of 7.8 it was the most powerful earthquake in China for 5 decades. No casualties were reported, presumably due to the very low population density and the lack of high- rise buildings. This earthquake was associated with the longest surface rupture ever recorded, ~450 km. ( Kling er et al ., BSSA, 2005)
Background image of page 7

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full DocumentRight Arrow Icon
A NATURAL DISASTER : The Wenchuan earthquake occurred on May 12, 2008 in Sichuan province, China. With a magnitude of 7.9, it killed ~70,000 people and left millions homeless.
Background image of page 8
Dramatic increase in cost of natural hazards – More people in path of catastrophic events – Greater economic losses in developed countries – Increasing numbers of deaths in developing countries Economic Impact of Natural Disasters Catastrophes (1970-2005) resulting in >$3b insured loss http://www.swissre.com/resources/af113b00455c7691a6f8be80a45d76a0-F_2005.pdf
Background image of page 9

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full DocumentRight Arrow Icon
Magnitudes of Disasters There is an inverse relationship between magnitude and frequency
Background image of page 10
Frequency and Magnitude Frequency of event is inversely related to magnitude
Background image of page 11

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full DocumentRight Arrow Icon
Image of page 12
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

This note was uploaded on 02/02/2010 for the course GEO 107 taught by Professor Stidham during the Fall '08 term at SUNY Stony Brook.

Page1 / 25

Chapter1_blackboard - Living in Harms Way People live near...

This preview shows document pages 1 - 12. Sign up to view the full document.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Ask a homework question - tutors are online