Hazard vs. Disaster

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What is the difference?

  • A hazard is an event with the potential to cause damage to poeple and their property 
  • A disaster is a hazard but is only referred to this once 10 or more people have been killed and/or over 100 are affected and/or over £1 million of damage has been done (accroding to EM-DAT)
  • There are two types of hazard, geophysical an hydro-meterological 
  • Geophysical include tsunami's, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions as well as avalanches and landslides
  • Hydrometerlogical or those caused by weather or the movement of water. These include; wind storms or floods or drought 
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