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Population potentially exposed to natural disasters, 2015

Source: European commission, Joint Research Centre, Atlas of the Human Planet 2017: Global Exposure to Natural Hazards,


This graph was constructed from several sources: one size shows the size of populations exposed to the risk of natural disasters (6 billion, irrespective of type, in 2015) and the other, its increase over a 40-year period. The distribution by country shows how, for some, a significant proportion of the population faces multiple risks (Philippines, Japan, Mexico: cyclones, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions).


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