Natural Hazards

Natural hazards are defined as natural processes or phenomena that may cause loss of life, injury or other health impacts, property damage, loss of livelihoods and services, social and economic disruption, or environmental damage.  Natural hazards can be characterized by their magnitude or intensity, speed of onset, duration, and area of extent. This section offers a summary of the characteristics, impacts, damage types, emergency actions, mitigation, and further measures, associated with the different types of natural hazards (United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, 2020)


United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR). 2020. “Hazard Definition & Classification Review.”

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