This two-volume encyclopedia provides the science behind heart-pumping geophysical hazards such as volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, cyclones, and floods, as well as authoritative entries on notable natural disasters around the world and the agencies that help victims of them. Natural Hazards and Disasters explores the sometimes harsh effects of nature on human life.
Covering both human and physical factors of disasters, the book discusses the physical science behind specific types of hazards and disasters-such as blizzards and tsunamis-how they affect human life, how damage is mitigated or prevented, recovery and reconstruction, as well as any research and technology currently being used for managing or even eliminate the hazards. Written by experts in the field, the book also explores a variety of extreme events from around the world, including the 2011 Christchurch Earthquake (New Zealand), the 2017-2018 Thomas Fire (U.S.), and the 2018 Kerala Flood (India).
Spotlights throughout the book highlight the world's major international and nonprofit aid agencies, like the Salvation Army and Oxfam, that assist disaster victims. Provides thorough coverage of the human and physical factors of 25 natural hazards and disasters, from the causes and physical structure of a disaster to the damage they cause to societies, to the technology used to mitigate destruction and eliminate loss of lifeExamines 75 historic disasters from around the world, their causes, preparedness efforts, warning and evacuation, impact, response and relief efforts, and recovery and reconstructionProvides authoritative content clear to the casual reader and students alike, reflecting the knowledge of a hazards expert