Explain why the philippines and California are affected by disasters in different ways?

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Posted Mon 22nd October, 2012 @ 12:20 by Megan

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Both California and the Philippines have large disaster portfolios however the large differences between these countries is their vulnerability and capacity to cope which therefore leads to them being affected by disasters in different ways. 

California has a very high coping capacity as it is the 7th most affluent economy and the wealthiest state in the USA therefore there will be low death tolls due to advanced emergency services, new technology etc. but there will be massive economic costs to disasters e.g. the Loma Prieta Earthquake on the 17th October 1989 (7.1 richter scale) had a death toll of 63 and also the damage cost was $6 billion. 

On the other hand, the Philippines is a middle income developing country therefore there is little money to spend on disaster management and the 3 P's e.g. aseismic buildings. Therefore  there is likely to be high death tolls but low economic costs. 

Put simply, the economic costs and the death tolls are the best way of seeing how disasters in these two hotspots are affected in different ways. 

Hope this helped :)

Answered Mon 22nd October, 2012 @ 22:36 by Former Member
Edited by Former Member on Mon 22nd October, 2012 @ 22:39
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Answered Tue 23rd October, 2012 @ 12:38 by Eliza
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Answered Tue 23rd October, 2012 @ 12:41 by Eliza
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Thank you it was very helpful

Answered Tue 23rd October, 2012 @ 12:41 by Megan