Alarming increases in natural disasters

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Alarming increases in natural disasters

Statistics showing the increase in natural disasters and events such as earthquakes and storms.

With growing population and infrastructures the worlds exposure to natural hazards is inevitably increasing.

This is particularly true as the strongest population growth is located in coastal areas (with greater exposure to floods, cyclones and tidal waves).

To make matters worse any land remaining available for urban growth is generally risk-prone, for instance flood plains or steep slopes subject to landslides. The statistics in the graph below reveal an exponential increase in disasters.

This raises several questions. Is the increase due to a significant improvement in access to information? What part does population growth and infrastructure development play? Finally, is climate change behind the increasing frequency of natural hazards?

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By netchicken: posted on 3-12-2006

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