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Natural event

Is an environmental event in an uninhabited location

Natural hazard

Is when an event is linked with the social systems and environment. Ie. people are involved


It is bigger than a natural hazard. It is an event where the population is vulnerable, in which at least 20 people died, or have a US $16 million damage cost.


Hazards involving running water and it's processes

Meteorological hazards

Hazards caused or associated with weather patterns

Geomorphic hazards

Hazards involving mass movements externally (on earth)

Tectonic hazards

Hazards in which tectonic movements are at the origin.

Vulnerable population

A population susceptible to human and/or economic loss because of where they live.

Class quake

Highest vulnerability for poor people in a hazard


Human development index: a statistical tool used to measure a country's overall achievement in its social and economic dimensions

Richter scale

a scale, ranging from 1 to 10, for indicating the intensity of an earthquake.

Oil spill

An oil spill is the release of a liquid petroleum hydrocarbon into the environment, especially marine areas, due to human activity, and is a form of pollution. The term is usually applied to marine oil spills, where oil is released into the ocean or coastal waters, but spills may also occur on land

The gulf war oil spill

Industrial catastrophe

San Juan Ixhuatepec





Mud flow looking like wet concrete, moving at 100km/h, 100-150m deep. Mix of snow, rain, volcanic ashes

Pyro clastic flows

Rock fragments and gas moving at 700km/h at 1000C

Destructive plate

One plate is destroyed beneath the other creating a deep oceanic trench

1 tectonic hazard affecting differently 2 countries

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