Nearly 60 percent of all U.S. structures threatened by natural disasters
More than half of the structures in the United States are threatened by natural disasters, including floods, tornadoes, and wildfires, according to a new study published by the American Geophysical Union.
While this dangerous trend is strongly influenced by clinate change and rising temperatures, the experts have found that risky development and land use changes are also to blame.
Study lead author Virginia Iglesias is a research scientist in the University of Colorado Boulder Earth Lab.
“We know that climate change is increasing the risk of damage from some natural hazards,” said Iglesias. “But are losses also increasing because of the way that we are developing our cities, our towns?”
To investigate, the researchers assembled maps of earthquake, flood, hurricane, tornado and wildfire hazards and compared them to a unique dataset of historical land-use derived from Zillow’s housing and property database.
By mapping where the probability or magnitude of a natural disaster event fell in the top 10 percent, the experts identified natural hazard hotspots…
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Ten years ago, Japan was ravaged by an earthquake that triggered a tsunami and a nuclear disaster that killed and displaced thousands, creating millions of dollars in damages and contaminating large swaths of Japan, primarily in Fukushima. The recovery has been slow and painful, yet a sliver of hope and good news can be found in the return of farming in Fukushima.
On March 11, 2011, three disasters hit the Japanese nation. It began around 2 p.m. when the Great Sendai Earthquake with a magnitude of 9.0 struck nearly 80 miles off Sendai Miyagi’s coast in the Pacific Ocean. The earthquake was one of the most powerful in history. A series of tsunamis, including a 33-foot wave that struck the city of Sendai, soon followed that devastated the east coast of Japan…