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Natural Hazards

, Volume 42, Issue 3, pp 459–467 | Cite as

Preventive disaster management of extreme natural events

  • Alik Ismail-ZadehEmail author
  • Kuniyoshi Takeuchi
Original Paper

Abstract

Several recent extreme natural events resulted in great humanitarian tragedies because of weak preventive disaster management. Here we analyze several factors (natural, economical, political, awareness, and preparedness) that brought about the humanitarian tragedies of the early 21st century. We discuss then the role of science in the preventive disaster management of extreme natural events.

Keywords

Extreme event Geohazard Risk Society Disaster management Preparedness 

Notes

Acknowledgments

We are grateful to the IUGG GeoRisk Commissioners for intensive discussion on the topic of the paper. Special thanks go to T. Beer, K. Fuchs, V. Keilis-Borok, V. Kossobokov, B. Mueller, U. Shamir, and F. Wenzel. The paper is written during one of the authors’ (AI-Z) stay at the Earthquake Research Institute, University of Tokyo.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Geophysical InstituteKarlsruhe UniversityKarlsruheGermany
  2. 2.International Institute of Earthquake Prediction Theory and Mathematical GeophysicsRussian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia
  3. 3.Department of Civil and Environmental EngineeringUniversity of YamanashiKofuJapan
  4. 4.International Centre for Water Hazard and Risk ManagementTsukuba, IbarakiJapan

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