ABSTRACT

Increasing the Resilience to Natural Hazards in Southern California   [open pdf - 994KB]

"Southern California is at great risk for extreme catastrophic losses owing to numerous natural hazards, such as earthquakes, wildfires, floods, tsunamis, landslides and coastal changes, that occur in this area (fig. 1). Expected losses from these hazards are estimated to exceed $3 billion per year in the eight counties of southern California. In southern California: A) Natural hazards have devastating consequences, including loss of life and injury, replacement costs of buildings and infrastructure, loss of function of critical facilities, service and infrastructure outages, business interruption, loss of jobs, and a decrease in the quality of life. B) Multiple natural hazards are commonplace and often overlap to create secondary hazards. For example, earthquakes can produce landslides and severe fires and heavy storms can produce debris flows."

Report Number:
FS-2007-3037
Publisher:
Date:
2007-05
Copyright:
Public domain
Retrieved From:
U.S. Geological Survey: http://www.usgs.gov/
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pdf
Media Type:
application/pdf
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