Natural disasters

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How nature points out the folly of man. —Blue Öyster Cult

A natural disaster is a major adverse event resulting from natural processes of the Earth; examples are floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, tsunamis, and other geologic processes. A natural disaster can cause loss of life or property damage, and typically leaves some economic damage in its wake, the severity of which depends on the affected population's resilience, or ability to recover and also on the infrastructure available.


  • Only a fool tests the depth of the water with both feet.
    • Chinese proverb
    • Quoted in To Destroy You Is No Loss: The Odyssey of a Cambodian Family. By Joan D. Criddle and Teeda Butt Mam
  • First the earthquake, then the disaster.
    • Saying among victims. Quoted in "Learn from the Past, Be Involved in the Future" Paul L Doughty. Human Organization. Washington: Winter 2005. Vol. 64, Iss. 4; pg. 303, 13 pgs

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