• Created by: niamh
  • Created on: 15-10-17 10:52

A natural hazard is a natural process which could cause death, injury or disruption to humans or destroy property and possessions. A natural disaster is a natural hazard that has actually happened. Extreme events which do not pose any threat to human activity are not counted as hazards. (e.g drought in an uninhabited desert). Most natural hazards can be divided up into two categories

  • Geological hazards: geological hazards are caused by land and tectonic processes. Examples of geological processes include volcanoes, earthquakes, landslides and avalanches
  • Meteorological Hazards: Meteorological hazards are caused by weather and climate. Examples of meteorological hazards include tropical storms and other extreme weather (cold spells, heat waves etc) 

Hazard Risk is the Probability that a natural Hazard will occur. There are several factors that


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