Natural Disasters- Test 1- Unit 1

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1. Why are people who live on coastal beaches so poorly aware or concerned about hazards in those environments?
Most of them, including developers, real estate people, and governmental employees, have never experienced a hurricane or major flood.
What kind of natural hazards are not normally insurable?
landslides, ground settling, or swelling soils
Why do many coastal communities not educate visitors and new residents about natural hazards in their areas?
They view such information as bad for tourism and bad for business
What is the normal relationship between number of occurrences of a particular type of event and the size of such events?
numerous small events, a few larger events, and only rarely a giant event
When is a large event such as a major earthquake not a disaster?
when it happens in a remote area and does not affect anyone
When people incur a significant loss from a natural disaster, who is most commonly to blame, and why?
People themselves are to blame because they place themselves in the environment of such large natural events.
What can happen to make a moderate-size event into a large natural disaster?
overlapping events that amplify the effect
If you erect a barrier for protection against some natural event, what detrimental effect can follow?
It can affect people in other locations (such as downstream).