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A Year of Living Dangerously: A Review of Natural Disasters in 2010

A man, who lost relatives in the January 2010 earthquake in Haiti, visits the mass grave site in Titanyen on the outskirts of Port-au-Prince March 21, 2011.

A man, who lost relatives in the January 2010 earthquake in Haiti, visits the mass grave site in Titanyen on the outskirts of Port-au-Prince March 21, 2011.

The entire Brookings Report A Year of Living Dangerously: A Review of Natural Disasters in 2010 may be found here.

From the Web site

APRIL 2011 —

Almost 300 million people were affected by natural disasters in 2010. The large disasters provided constant headlines throughout the year, beginning with the devastating earthquake in Haiti followed one month later by the even more severe—but far less deadly—earthquake in Chile. In the spring, ash spewing from volcano Eyjafjallajökull in Iceland paralyzed flights for weeks in the northern hemisphere. Early summer witnessed the worst Russian wildfires in history while a few months later, the steadily rising floodwaters in Pakistan covered 20 percent of the country. In sum, it was a terrible year in terms of natural disasters causing havoc and destruction around the globe. However, many of the largest disasters barely made headlines in the Western press….

April 19, 2011 - Posted by | Public Health | , , , ,

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