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sp10_1a_106_Intro - Natural Hazards and Disasters(Geology...

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Natural Hazards and Disasters (Geology 106 / Geography 106) “Civilization exists by geological consent, subject to change without notice.” --Will Durant What is a Hazard? •Natural hazards are natural processes •They become “hazardous” when people live or work in areas where they occur , or when people make land-use decisions that create hazards building on floodplains; deforestation & landslides; etc •Hazard = Potential for dangerous phenomenon
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Humans and Natural Hazards… Shanidar 1 Neanderthal Remains 45,000 years old Kourion, Cypress (365 AD) What are some local hazards? What are some examples of hazards?
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Types of Hazards • Geologic: Quakes, Tsunami, Volcanoes, Landslides, Impacts, Subsidence, etc. • Atmospheric: Cyclones/Hurricanes, Tornadoes, Storms, Lightning, Floods, Drought, Wildfires, etc. • Biological: Pandemics, Insect Infestations, etc. • Anthropogenic/Technological: Warfare, Pollution/Toxic Chemicals, Ozone Depletion, Global Climate Change, Zombies and Killer Robot Armies (e.g.,Cylons), etc. Disaster Disaster = Event that causes great loss of life &/or property (&/or environment)
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Natural Disasters of 2009 Guatemalan landslide (January 4, 2009) http://www.prensalibre.com/pl/2009/enero/06/multimedia.html Natural Disasters of 2009 Typhoon Kujira (Philippines), May 1-7 and Cyclone Aila (Bangedesh), May 23-26 Typhoon Mokarat
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Natural Disasters of 2009 Italian (L’Aquila) Earthquake, April 6 (Mag 6.3) 308 deaths (65,000+ homeless), $16+ billion damages Natural Disasters of 2009 April 9-11 Tornado Outbreak, Southeastern US 9 deaths, $464 million in damages
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