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An Overview of Fatalities from Some Natural Hazards in Australia

Conference on Natural Disaster Reduction 1996: Conference Proceedings

Abstract: Preliminary results from research into natural hazard fatalities in Australia, currently being carried out at the Natural Hazards Research Centre, Macquarie University, are given. Databases on tropical cyclones, bush fires, lightning strikes, heat waves, landslides and floods have been or are in the process of being created from various government agencies and the literature, and from a comprehensive review of the Sydney Morning Herald. To date, it appears that heat waves are the most important natural hazard in terms of lives lost. During a period of time covering the early 1800s up to the 1990s, heat waves have been responsible for at least 4,287 fatalities. Tropical cyclones have accounted for something in the order of 2,000 fatalities, while floods have killed at least 2,125 people. Bush fires have killed 678, lightning strikes 650 and landslides 32. Spatial, temporal, gender/age and death rate trends are given for some of the above hazards. From these trends, it would seem that attention needs to be focussed on the efficiency of warnings broadcast to the public, and hazards education in general.

To cite this article: Coates, Lucinda. An Overview of Fatalities from Some Natural Hazards in Australia [online]. In: Heathcote, Ronald Leslie (Editor); Cuttler, C (Editor); Koetz, J (Editor). Conference on Natural Disaster Reduction 1996: Conference Proceedings. Barton, A.C.T.: Institution of Engineers, Australia, 1996: 49-54. National conference publication (Institution of Engineers, Australia); no. 96/10. Availability: <http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=547566533577889;res=IELENG> ISBN: 0858256622. [cited 28 May 16].

Personal Author: Coates, Lucinda; Source: In: Heathcote, Ronald Leslie (Editor); Cuttler, C (Editor); Koetz, J (Editor). Conference on Natural Disaster Reduction 1996: Conference Proceedings. Barton, A.C.T.: Institution of Engineers, Australia, 1996: 49-54. Document Type: Conference Paper, Research ISBN: 0858256622 Subject: Natural disasters; Sydney morning herald; Emergency management--Information services; Natural disasters--Prevention; Emergency management--Data processing; Series: National conference publication (Institution of Engineers, Australia); no. 96/10 Affiliation: (1) Natural Hazards Research Centre, Macquarie University, NSW 2109, Australia

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