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· It sits across a major plate boundary, so it faces significant
risks from volcanoes and earthquakes
· Its northern and eastern coasts face the Pacific, the world'
s most tsunami-prone ocean
· It lies within South-East Asia's major typhoon belts
· Landslides are common in mountain districts
· Typhoons and tropical storms are the most common
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· Mount Pinatubo's volcanic eruption (June 1991)
Biggest eruption the world had seen for over 50 years
First eruption sent a cloud of ash 20km into the atmosphere
The second eruption caused a pyroclastic blast and huge lahars
Death and injury toll of 4300 people
80000 hectares of farmland were buried beneath ash, disrupting the
livelihoods of 500000 farmers and their family members
Economic losses were US$710 million, mainly agriculture and
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· The Guinsaugon Landslide (February 2006)
Guinsaugon was a village in the central Philipines
A mudslide completely engulfed the village an its land, covering 3km
1150 people were killed…read more

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· Tectonic Hazards
· Lies on the destructive plate boundary between the
Philippine and Eurasian plates…read more

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· The USA's most hazardous state
· There are two reasons for this:
Plate tectonics
Climatic patterns
· Lies on the conservative plate boundary between the
Pacific and North American Plates
· The boundary is also known as the San Andreas fault
· These faults move regularly, causing earthquakes…read more

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