What are natural hazards?
An extreme event caused by nature that has the potential to cause damage to humans, properties and the environment.
A natural hazard is a natural event (for example flood, volcanic eruption, earthquake, tropical storm) that threatens people or has the potential to cause damage, destruction and death.
Natural events, such as volcanic eruptions or earthquakes that occur away from humans and properties are not considered natural hazards. When they happen close to human populations and property they are considered natural hazards.
Different factors affect the hazard risk from natural hazards. These are:
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