Case studies - Natural Hazards

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Earthquakes

Haiti Earthquake (2010), Carabbeans - developing country 

  • 7.0 Magnitude
  • 3,500,000 people were affected by the earthquake
  • 220,000 people estimated to have died
  • 300,000+ people were injured
  •  1.5m people became homeless

Kobe Earthquake (1995), Japan - developed country

  • 7.4 magnitude
  • 300,000 people were affetced by the earthquake
  • 6,434 people estimated to have diesd
  • 25000 people injured.
  • 316000 people left homeless
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Volcaneos

Mt St Helens (1980), USA - developed country

  • Area covered: 230 square miles
  • Damaged 27 bridges, nearly 200 homes
  • 57 people died

Mt Pinatubo (1991), Philippines - developing country

  • 1.2 million people lost their homes
  • 800 people died
  • 75,000 people evacuated
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Wildfires

Victoria Wildfires (2009) Australia

  • 173 people died
  • 414 people were injured
  • Causes: Power lines, Arson, Lightning, Machinery
  • Burned Area - 450,000 hectares

California wildfires (2007) USA

  • Only 14 people died
  • 160 other people were injured
  • Causes: Power lines, Lightning
  • Burned Area - 970,977 acres
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Hurricanes and Cyclones

Hurricane Katrina (2005), USA - developed country

  • Formed: August 23, 2005 Dissipated: August 31, 2005
  • Hieghst winds - 175mph
  • Damage $108 billion

Cyclone Sidr (2007) Bangladesh - developing country

  • Formed: November 11, 2007 Dissipated: August 31, 2005
  • Highest winds - 130mph
  • Damage $1.7 billion
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