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Exposure of the population to natural hazards

Original title: Exposure of the population to the natural hazards earthquakes, storms, floods, droughts and sea level rise

The world map of exposure comparatively shows the potential annual exposure of individual countries to natural hazards such as earthquakes, storms, floods and droughts, as well as the exposure of populations to sea level rise by one meter for each country. Some hotspot regions can clearly be seen, such as Southeast Asia and Central America, which suffer from a very high exposure. However, some individual countries such as Chile, Japan and the Netherlands are extremely exposed when measured by the proportion of population living in exposed areas.

It should be noted that the Solomon Islands and Brunei Darussalam are included in the 15 most exposed countries due to their strong exposure to sea level rise and to droughts.

The authors wish to re-emphasize the uncertainties in the calculation of exposure.

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  • Themes:Climate Change
  • Hazards:Cyclone, Drought, Earthquake, Flood
  • Countries/Regions:Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe, Oceania

  • Short URL:http://preventionweb.net/go/23528

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