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15 August 2017

Regent landslide, Sierra Leone: an uncertain picture

The Regent landslide disaster near Freetown in Sierra Leone has killed at least 400 people. At present there is uncertainty as to the events of that day

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25 February 2016

The Vajont Slide: A new event chronology and the importance of geomorphology

In a new paper, Wolter et al (2015) have re-examined the 1963 Vajont slide, proposing a new chronology for the evolution of the landslide that caused the disaster.

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7 April 2013

Future trends in natural hazard losses – the Powerpoint file from my Geographical Association 2013 conference talk

A talk from the Geographical Association annual conference on future losses from natural hazards, focusing on storms, floods, earthquakes and volcanoes

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13 July 2011

Losses from Natural Hazards in Q1&2 2011

Dave provides a brief review of some data released by Munich Re yesterday on losses from natural disasters in 2011 to date. Already the year is the most expensive on record for natural catastrophes!

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16 June 2011

Responding effectively to disasters

Dave reviews the UK Government plans, announced yesterday, for a refocussing of the humanitarian assistence budget, which emphasises effective disaster risk reduction and response.

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13 January 2010

Haiti – some thoughts on disaster reporting by the media

Watching the reports of the earthquake disaster in Haiti coming in, I thought it might be useful to share some observations on the reporting of the immediate aftermath of disasters in less developed countries:1. Everything stops at night. At the time of writing it is still night time on Haiti. In the aftermath of an earthquake electricity and power supplies are wiped out, so for the night time period it …

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7 January 2010

The ten most important “natural” disasters of the last ten years

As we are now at the end of the “noughties” I thought that it would be interesting to compile a list of the ten most important “natural” (i.e. geophysical and hydro-meteorological) disasters of the decade. This is not intended to be a list of the ten most damaging or with the highest number of fatalities, but more to reflect events that changed the way that we think or act about …

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The ten most important "natural" disasters of the last ten years

As we are now at the end of the “noughties” I thought that it would be interesting to compile a list of the ten most important “natural” (i.e. geophysical and hydro-meteorological) disasters of the decade. This is not intended to be a list of the ten most damaging or with the highest number of fatalities, but more to reflect events that changed the way that we think or act about …

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30 December 2009

Munich Re’s list of the largest disasters of 2009

The reinsurance giant Munich Re releases annual statistics on the losses from natural catastrophes each year. They released the data for 2009 yesterday, presumably banking on the balance of probabilities that there would be no more major events in the three days left of the year. The release is available here: http://www.munichre.com/en/press/press_releases/2009/2009_12_29_press_release.aspxOverall resultsThe news for 2009 is good, with no disasters causing mass (i.e. >10,000) fatalities. There list of the …

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Munich Re's list of the largest disasters of 2009

The reinsurance giant Munich Re releases annual statistics on the losses from natural catastrophes each year. They released the data for 2009 yesterday, presumably banking on the balance of probabilities that there would be no more major events in the three days left of the year. The release is available here: http://www.munichre.com/en/press/press_releases/2009/2009_12_29_press_release.aspxOverall resultsThe news for 2009 is good, with no disasters causing mass (i.e. >10,000) fatalities. There list of the …

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