Acts of God and Acts of Man: Recent Trends in Natural Disasters and Major Industrial Accidents
Discusses a new database developed at Resources for the Future (RFF) designed to develop questions about natural disasters and industrial accidents: have these extreme events become more frequent or more severe? Which types of events are most common, which most devastating, and which regions of the world suffer most?
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1953 USA STORM AFGHANISTAN ALGERIA BANGLADESH FLOOD BANGLADESH STORM BANGLADESH TROPICAL CYCLONE Bhopal BRAZI BRAZL FLOOD CHILE CHINA EARTHQUAKE CHINA FLOOD CHINA TROPICAL CYCLONE COLD WAVE COLOMBIA FLOOD CYCLONE 27 database DISASTERS REPORTED DEATHS EARTHQUAKE 1000 fatalities Figure ﬁxed facility FIXED FACILITY CHEMICAL FLCDD FLOOD 25 FLOOD 50 ﬂoods FLwD HAITI HEAT WAVE INDIA FLOOD INDIA STORM INDIA TROPICAL CYCLONE Industrial Accidents Worldwide IRAN EARTHQUAKE IRAN FLOOD JAPAN EARTHQUAKE JAPAN FLOOD JAPAN STORM JAPAN TROPICAL CYCLONE LANDSL LANDSLIDE LIQUID EXPLOSION major industrial accidents NATURAL DISASTERS REPORTED Natural Disasters Worldwide NEPAL number of accidents number of deaths Number of Events PERU PERU EARTHQUAKE PERU FLOOD PHILIPPINES STORM PHILIPPINES TROPICAL CYCLONE reﬂect REGDN TYPE MAXIMUM REPORTED DEATHS MONTH SOUTH KOREA STORM 26 STORM 50 SUMMARY OF NATURAL TAIWAN TROPICAL CYCLONE TROPICAL CYCLONE 1m TURKEY EARTHQUAKE TYPE MAXIMUM MINIMUM USA FLOOD USA STORM USA TROPICAL CYCLONE VIETNAM TROPICAL CYCLONE VOLCANO
Page 30 - Special Statistical Summary, Deaths Injuries, and Property Loss by Type of Disaster, 1970-1980," Federal Emergency Management Agency, April 1982.
Page 5 - Most likely, however, the upward trend results from the substantial growth in world population and the increasing vulnerability of marginal groups.
Page 5 - The annual number of natural disasters worldwide that result in 25 or more deaths has fluctuated from year to year but generally followed an upward trend, until very recently (Figure 1).
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Page 31 - Industrial Disasters: Classification, Investigation, and Prevention" in Recent Advances in Occupational Health, 1982, pp.
Page 16 - Tornadoes 39 3.033 78 Hurricanes 15 3,075 205 Other Weather 24 3,745 156 Geological 6 551 92 All Other 3 164 55 Total 145 14,536 100...
Page 8 - Natural Disasters Worldwide by Region, 1945-1986 'Numbers in parentheses exclude the three worst disasters.
Page 31 - Historical Summary of Coal Mine Explosions in the United States, 1959-81, US Dept.