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Natural disasters: forecasting economic and life losses

January 1, 1997

Events such as hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions, and tornadoes are natural disasters because they negatively impact society, and so they must be measured and understood in human-related terms. At the U.S. Geological Survey, we have developed a new method to examine fatality and dollar-loss data, and to make probabilistic estimates of the frequency and magnitude of future events. This information is vital to large sectors of society including disaster relief agencies and insurance companies.

Citation Information

Publication Year 1997
Title Natural disasters: forecasting economic and life losses
DOI 10.3133/5485
Authors Stuart P. Nishenko, Christopher C. Barton
Publication Type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Unnumbered Series
Series Title Fact Sheet
Index ID 5485
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Coastal and Marine Geology Program