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To what extent is the Human response to hazards affected by variations in the economic resources available?

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AS and A Level Hazardous Environments

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June 2000 Generalisation 2

To what extent is the Human response to hazards affected by variations in the economic resources available?

Introduction

A Natural hazard can be defined as a natural event that can cause a potential threat and loss of life to humans and the surrounding natural environment. As well as being a threat to humans in a social way, through loss of life and injuries the economy can also be damaged by a natural event. This was shown by the 1992 Hurricane that struck the East Coast of America. As well as causing social impacts, the major impact was economic with over $26 billion damage being done by the hurricane. Hazards are a very real threat to population around the world, with over 1500 active volcanoes around the world and between 50 and 60 eruptions every year.

This report, as the title suggests will focus on responses to a hazard and examine how this varies with economic resources available. A human response to a hazard involves how the government and other organisations try to restore the area to how it was before the event. (see below diagram)

In the short term

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