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.
[Source: Coenraads, R, edt, 2008, Natural disasters and how we cope, The Five Mile Press, Rowville, Vic.]
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- Earth: Bushfires, earthquakes, volcanoes or plate tectonics
- Air: Cyclones and hurricanes
- Water: Tsunamis, floods and storms
Many books on disasters can be found between 363.34 - 363.37
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- Natural disasters
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- Bushfires 363.7
- Earthquakes 551.22
- Volcanoes, earthquakes and thermal waters and gases 551.2
- Volcanoes 551.21
- Tectonic plate movement
- Black Saturday bushfires - From the AVBC
- Country Fire Authority - Victoria
- Hazards - Bushfires From Geoscience Australia
- N.S.W. Rural Fire Service
- Christchurch and Canterbury, New Zealand Earthquakes. A subject guide from the Christchurch City Libraries
- Hazards - Earthquakes - From Geoscience Australia
- Earthquakes From ABC Splash
- On this day in history: Newcastle earthquake strikes, 1989. From Australian Geographic
- Hazards - Landslides - From Geoscience Australia
- Cyclones 551.551
- Hurricanes 551.552
- El Nino
- La Nina
- Tsunamis 551.4637