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Title: Disaster Management and Preparedness
Authors: Thomas D. Schneid and Larry Collins
Keywords: Disaster
Issue Date: 2001
Publisher: Lewis
Description: Disasters come in many forms. Natural disasters kill one million people around the world each decade, and leave millions more homeless. Natural disasters may include earthquakes, floods and flashfloods, landslides and mud flows, wild land fires, winter storms, and others. Technological disasters include house and building fires, hazardous materials, terrorism, and nuclear power plant emergencies. It is estimated that the economic damages from natural disasters have tripled in the past 30 years — rising from 40 billion dollars in the 1960s to 120 billion dollars in the 1980s. Some of the more recent natural disasters have by themselves caused billion dollar losses. For example, the World Health Organization has estimated that Hurricane Andrew in 1992 caused 30 billion dollars in damages. The Northridge, California earthquake in 1994 also caused approximately 30 billion dollars in damages. For other types of natural disasters such as flooding, it is estimated that the 1995 south central Alaska floods caused 10 million dollars in damages. The May 1995 Ft. Worth-Dallas storm left 16 dead and caused damages in excess of $900 million. Even worse were the 1995 southern California floods which left 11 dead and caused over 1.34 billion dollars in damages. The 1994 earthquake in southern California caused an estimated 13 to 20 billion dollars in damages.
ISBN: 1-56670-524-X
Appears in Collections:Environmental and Development Studies

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