Epidemiology of Natural Disasters

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Epidemiology of Disasters Japan has been having a series of natural disasters of great magnitude from as early as 1920s with the most common disasters being the earthquakes resulting from seismic actions and storms. The worst of the quakes took place in 1923 with a casualty of 143,000 deaths. This has been ranked as the worst disaster that has ever befallen Japan followed by the March 2011 quake that occasioned a tsunami. The other significant chronologies of the natural disasters are the 1934 storm that claimed 3,006 lives, followed by another storm in 1945 that claimed 3,764 lives, then the 1948 earthquake that saw 5,131 people dead at its wake, 1959 storm was next to hit Japan and that killed 5,098 then the 1995 earthquake followed and killed 5,297 people in total, then the next was the 2011 that has been mentioned above which claimed 20,319 lives (The International database, 2012). The Asia-pacific region has been suffering from several disasters and is known for the violent earthquakes and the resulting tsunamis whenever the quakes are in the sea. The 2004 tsunami that hit the Asian region plus the other disasters of New-Zealand, Australia have all indicated towards violent disasters that have claimed lives of many and property destruction in billions of dollars. The magnitude of the 2011 earthquake that triggered the Tsunami was 8.9 magnitude, a scale that way higher than the other quakes that have been happening in this region and the surrounding. It is
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