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Definition

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


Example

puu oo vent

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/

1946 Hilo tsunami

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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