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7 November 2010

Landslide fatality statistics for October 2010 (updated with map)

This post provides a summary of the fatal landslide data for October 2010.

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8 October 2010

September 2010 fatal landslide statistics

Most readers will be aware that I collate statistics for fatal landslides occurring worldwide. I have now processed the statistics for September, and the results are as follows: Number of landslide events that caused one or more fatalities worldwide: 36Number of people killed by landslides: 377 This compares with the following average number for 2002-2009: Number of landslide events that caused one or more fatalities worldwide: 37.4 Number of people …

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9 January 2010

The 2009 fatal landslide map and statistics

This post presents the data from the Durham University Fatal Landslide database for 2009. First, this is the map of fatal landslides. Each red dot represents a single landslide recorded on the database. Click on the map for a better view in a new window: The map shows the usual distribution. Note the high incidence of landslides in SW India, the Philippines and in java in Indonesia. The high occurrence …

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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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3 May 2009

Turkish landslide statistics

Image from: http://www.panoramio.com/photo/20677530 Just a short post to point out some interesting statistics on rockslides in Turkey. The source of the data is the General Directorate of Disaster Affairs in Turkey, reported here. The statistics are:Total area at risk from rockslides in Turkey: 194,000 square kilometresNumber of people at risk: 8 million (11% of the population)Number of fatalities from rockslides between 1980 and 2000: 177. Given the high seismic hazard …

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30 December 2008

Losses in catastrophes in 2008 – initial statistics from Swiss Re

Tropical Cyclone Nargis montage from the Brisbane Times Swiss Re Sigma has just released its initial statistics on losses in catastrophes in 2008. Of course it is important to understand that reinsurance look at catastrophes in a particular way, meaning that the statistics are weighted in particular to low frequency – high magnitude events, rather than iterative processes, and to losses causing a high level of financial loss. There is …

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15 November 2008

October 2008 fatal landslide map

Rather later than is ideal (for which I apologise), here are the maps for fatal landslides in October 2008. First, the statistics:Number of recorded fatal landslides: 22Number of recorded fatalities: 179The average for the period 2002-2007 inclusive was 398 fatalities, excluding the impact of the Kashmir earthquake in 2005, so 2008 is considerably below the long term average. This is the map of the fatal landslides that I recorded (click …

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