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World at Risk: Summer 2009

World at Risk: Summer 2009

October 2009

Which natural hazards brought disaster – and to who, where and why?

World at Risk

Summer 2009 brought a cluster of global natural hazard events – several of which materialised into major disasters.

Some were hydrometeorological, others geophysical in origin. A range of populated countries at different stages of economic development – and thus with a varying capacity to cope – were affected.

Here we summarise some of the main events and their impacts.

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

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  • Hydrometeorological hazards of summer 2009
  • Geophysical hazards of summer 2009
  • Practice essay question

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