Natural Disaster: are naturally occurring events (e.g. flood, tornado, volcano eruption, earthquake, or landslide) that affects the environment and can cause severe threats to public health and/or well-being.
A concrete example of the division between a natural hazard and a natural disaster is that the 1946 Hilo tsunami was a disaster, whereas tsunamis are a hazard.
Hawaiian Translation: Kūlohelohe ho‘opō‘ino
Pu‘u O‘o vent on Kilauea volcano in Hawai‘i. Volcano eruptions are a natural disaster.
Click here to see photos of other disasters - http://environment.nationalgeographic.com/environment/natural-disasters/
People run from an approaching tsunami in Hilo, Hawai'i, on 1 April 1946; note the wave just left of the man's head in right center of image.
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