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Natural Hazards and Natural Disasters
Natural hazards and natural disasters

In January 2010, an earthquake measuring 7.0 on the Richter scale shook the island of Haiti. Although estimates vary, some 250,000 people were killed with 2,000,000 more displaced as buildings were demolished by the shaking. About 6 weeks later, an 8.8 Richter magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Chile. Despite the much stronger magnitude, less than 1,000 people died and few buildings totally collapsed. How could an earthquake with a much larger magnitude have a much smaller impact? This question is the kind of interest to geographers specializing in natural hazards. Some geographers seek to understand the geophysical characteristics of those natural events; others focus on the human element; still others look at the intersection ...

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