Natural Disasters

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Volcanic Eruptions

The world’s five deadliest volcanoes … and why they’re so dangerous

Since 1600, 278,880 people have been killed by volcanic activity, with many of these deaths attributed to secondary hazards associated with the main eruption

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After 7.9 shock

The earthquake that shook Nepal and northern India underscores the urgency to understand the seismicity of the Himalayas and to improve the design of buildings in the region

Raining troubles

Little-understood western disturbances have been blamed for most of the freak weather events in India in the past decade. With 50 per cent of its foodgrain production at risk, can India afford to ignore the phenomenon?

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'Himalayan region will have earthquakes greater than magnitude 8 in the future'

Rebecca Bendick,Geologist and professor, department of geosciences, University of Montana