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Poverty and unpreparedness make monsters out of ordinary hazards

 Historical and contemporary data show that ordinary hazards turn into disasters in poor and less prepared nations. It is true of earthquakes, floods, volcanic eruptions etc. Examples include the more than 80,000 deaths resulting from the magnitude 7.6 earthquake in Muzaffarabad, Pakistan in 2005, and... click to read more

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Reading time 4 min
published on Jul 17, 2023
When One Disaster Follows Another

In September 2017 Hurricane Irma passed close to Puerto Rico, and its torrential rainfall and high winds led to widespread power outages, saturated ground, blocked roads, and damaged water systems. Just two weeks later, Hurricane Maria moved directly across the island with sustained winds of... click to read more

  • Gary Machlis | Professor at Clemson University, USA
  • Steward Pickett | Distinguished Senior Scientist at Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, USA
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Reading time 3.5 min
published on Sep 14, 2022