A global threat due to environmental factors such as climate change.
A perceived natural event which has the potential to threaten both life and property.
A high risk combined with an inability of individuals and communities to cope.
e.g. accidents and system failures - factory explosions, loose cables, nuclear hazards, environmental hazards.
Na-tech or Quasi Hazards
e.g. a natural hazard that has been initiated by humans - environmental hazards (flood, landslide, dust storm), arson.
Geophysical (geophys) Hazards
A hazard formed by techtonic/geological processes - earthquakes, volcanoes, tsunamis.
Hydrometeorological (hydromet) Hazards
A hazard formed by hydrological (floods) and atmospheric (storms, droughts) processes.
e.g. climate change, global warming, pollution, environmental degradation.
e.g. nuclear disasters, catastrophic earth changes - super volcanoes, tsunamis, asteroid strikes.
e.g. caused by geophysical and hydrometeorological processes - hurricanes, tsunamis, floods, storms, landslides, droughts, earthquakes, tornadoes, blizzards, avalanches.