Which hazards are most threatening?

So which hazards are most threatening to a population?

  • It is either scale, surprise or extended period that creates the bigger threats to communities.

  • The size of flood or Earthquake or Tsunami

  • The lack of warning of the earthquake or landslide or tornado

  • The duration of flooding or a of storm or of a drought

  • Or the complex nature of the event

All of these can breach the threshold of prepared coping mechanisms

In the short term is has always been the Earthquake within a concentrated area that causes biggest devastation not only to infrastructure but to the population also. The less frequent Tsunami can equally cause high casualties but over a larger limited area of a coastline.

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