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Natural disasters can also be known as "acts of God" because they can strike with little or no warning and without any human involvement. Natural disasters can kill many thousands of people each year. They roughly fall into three broad groupings:

  • geological events, triggered by the internal workings of our planet;
  • meteorological events, caused by variations in global weather patterns;
  • and biological disasters, resulting from the actions of living agents such as diseases or insect pests.

These disasters can occur separately or together, and are generally, although not always, unrelated.

Coenraads, R, edt, 2008, Natural disasters and how we cope, The Five Mile Press, Rowville, Vic.

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  • Earth: Bushfires, drought, earthquakes, landslides, plate tectonics or volcanoes
  • Air: Cyclones and hurricanes
  • Water: Tsunamis, floods and storms