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Definitions for natural disaster
nat·u·ral dis·as·ter

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  1. natural disasternoun

    Any natural phenomenon that causes great damage and loss of life.

  2. natural disasternoun

    The emergency situation that is the consequence of such an event.

Wikipedia

  1. Natural disaster

    A natural disaster is "the negative impact following an actual occurrence of natural hazard in the event that it significantly harms a community". A natural disaster can cause loss of life or damage property, and typically leaves some economic damage in its wake. The severity of the damage depends on the affected population's resilience and on the infrastructure available. Examples of natural hazards include: avalanche, coastal flooding, cold wave, drought, earthquake, hail, heat wave, hurricane (tropical cyclone), ice storm, landslide, lightning, riverine flooding, strong wind, tornado, typhoon, tsunami, volcanic activity, wildfire, winter weather.In modern times, the divide between natural, man-made and man-accelerated disasters is quite difficult to draw. Human choices and activities like architecture, fire, resource management or even climate change potentially play a role in causing "natural disasters". In fact, the term "natural disaster" has been called a misnomer already in 1976. A disaster is a result of a natural or man-made hazard impacting a vulnerable community. It is the combination of the hazard along with exposure of a vulnerable society that results in a disaster. Natural disasters can be aggravated by inadequate building norms, marginalization of people, inequities, overexploitation of resources, extreme urban sprawl and climate change. The rapid growth of the world's population and its increased concentration often in hazardous environments has escalated both the frequency and severity of disasters. With the tropical climate and unstable landforms, coupled with deforestation, unplanned growth proliferation, non-engineered constructions make the disaster-prone areas more vulnerable. Developing countries suffer more or less chronically from natural disasters due to ineffective communication combined with insufficient budgetary allocation for disaster prevention and management.An adverse event will not rise to the level of a disaster if it occurs in an area without vulnerable population. In a vulnerable area, however, such as Nepal during the 2015 earthquake, an adverse event can have disastrous consequences and leave lasting damage, which can take years to repair. The disastrous consequences also affect the mental health of affected communities, often leading to post-traumatic symptoms. These increased emotional experiences can be supported through collective processing, leading to resilience and increased community engagement.

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  1. Natural disaster

    A natural disaster is a major adverse event resulting from natural processes of the Earth; examples include floods, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, tsunamis, and other geologic processes. A natural disaster can cause loss of life or property damage, and typically leaves some economic damage in its wake, the severity of which depends on the affected population's resilience, or ability to recover. An adverse event will not rise to the level of a disaster if it occurs in an area without vulnerable population. In a vulnerable area, however, such as San Francisco, an earthquake can have disastrous consequences and leave lasting damage, requiring years to repair.

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. natural disaster

    An emergency situation posing significant danger to life and property that results from a natural cause. See also domestic emergencies.

Editors Contribution

  1. natural disaster

    natural hazards are nothing but the events of natural phenomenon based on climate and geophysical process which leads to create threat or uncomfort situation in the Affected area which is resulting into Loss of life and property

    Volcanic eruption, tsunami, drought, cyclone etc


    Submitted by anonymous on May 20, 2019  

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of natural disaster in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of natural disaster in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of natural disaster in a Sentence

  1. Puerto Rico:

    No relationship between a colony and the federal government can ever be called ‘successful’ because Puerto Ricans lack certain inalienable rights enjoyed by our fellow Americans in the states. The historical relationship between Puerto Rico and Washington is unfair and unAmerican. It is certainly not a successful relationship, this was the worst natural disaster in our modern history. Our basic infrastructure was devastated, thousands of our people lost their lives and many others still struggle.

  2. Cynthia Moreno Tuohy:

    Whenever there's a natural disaster, we know that relapse goes up, because of anxiety, the fear of the unknown, now we have an ongoing, natural disaster, if you will.

  3. Haidar Fauzie:

    It is a natural disaster. Nobody is to be blamed, airAsia is still the best.

  4. Yitz Dekel:

    In a way, without fire and brimstone, this is a natural disaster, a technological failure and natural disaster.

  5. Kyriakos Mitsotakis:

    These last few days have been among the hardest for our country in decades, we are dealing with a natural disaster of unprecedented dimensions.


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