California Hazard Hotspot

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  • California
    • Location
      • Western State of USA on the coast of the pacific.
    • Key characteristics
      • Population: 38 million
      • Income per capita:  $52,000
    • Hydro-meteorological
      • Drought
        • La Nina
      • Landslides
  • Vulnerability
    • Building on unstable land leads to liquefaction
    • 70% of population live within 50km of fault line
    • Incurs huge economic losses
    • Some very poor areas
    • California
      • Location
        • Western State of USA on the coast of the pacific.
      • Key characteristics
        • Population: 38 million
        • Income per capita:  $52,000
      • Hydro-meteorological
        • Drought
          • La Nina
        • Landslides
  • 70% of population live within 50km of fault line
  • Long lasting periods of high air pressure with sinking, dry air
    • Anticyclones
    • Can be prompted by earthquakes
      • Prone to wildfires
        • The San Andreas fault runs the length of California (conservative boundary)
          • Earthquakes
            • Geophysical Hazards
              • California has 2 or 3 earthquakes per year
          • San Francisco earthquake of 1906 destroyed most of the city
            • Earthquakes
              • Geophysical Hazards
                • California has 2 or 3 earthquakes per year
            • Population density:242 per square mile

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