Natural Disaster Hotspots

Natural Disaster Hotspots

A Global Risk Analysis

eBook - 2005
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The culmination of an initiative begun in 2001, this report contains the results of a four-year analysis of locations at risk for extreme damage from drought, floods, cyclones, landslides, volcanos and earthquakes. The volume presents global maps highlighting the areas most at risk and summaries of the case studies used in the analysis. The complete case studies will be published separately. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

World Bank
Earthquakes, floods, drought, and other natural hazards cause tens of thousands of deaths, hundreds of thousands of injuries, and billions of dollars in economic losses each year around the world. Many billions of dollars in humanitarian assistance, emergency loans, and development aid are expended annually. Yet efforts to reduce the risks of natural hazards remain largely uncoordinated across different hazard types and do not necessarily focus on areas at highest risk of disaster.'Natural Disaster Hotspots' presents a global view of major natural disaster risk hotspots—areas at relatively high risk of loss from one or more natural hazards. It summarizes the results of an interdisciplinary analysis of the location and characteristics of hotspots for six natural hazards—earthquakes, volcanoes, landslides, floods, drought, and cyclones. Data on these hazards are combined with state-of-the-art data on the subnational distribution of population and economic output and past disaster losses to identify areas at relatively high risk from one or more hazards.

Publisher: Washington, D.C. : World Bank, 2005
ISBN: 9781417589555
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xii, 132 p.) : col. ill., col. maps


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