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A bad month for hazards

June 2008

May 2008 has brought a cluster of major hazard events: a volcano in Chile, the cyclone in Burma and earthquakes in China

A bad month for hazards

The cyclone and earthquakes have become disasters, responsible for significant loss of life.

Many distressing news stories have covered the plight of Burmese and Chinese families.

As events unfolded, each hazard revealed that political decisions made in these different countries – notably, Burma’s continuing attempts to isolate itself from the rest of the world, along with China’s one-child policy – have greatly affected long-term impacts for people living in these regions.

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This case study has been prepared for students sitting AS or A2 examinations that contain a natural hazards component.

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