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Photo: ruins of one building and another relatively unharmed amid water and piles of rubble. A mosque is left standing amid the rubble in Banda Aceh, Sumatra. The tsunami waves reached the middle of the second floor. From the USGS Web site.


Abbott, Patrick L. Natural disasters. 7th ed. Dubuque, IA, McGraw-Hill, c2009. 526 p.
   GB5014.A24 2009 <SciRR>

Bolt, Bruce A. Earthquakes. 5th ed. New York, W. H. Freeman, c2006. 390 p.
   Includes bibliographical references: p. 371-373.
   QE534.2.B64 2006 <SciRR>

Brumbaugh, David S. Earthquakes: science and society. 2nd ed. New York, Prentice Hall, c2010. 264 p.
   QE534.3.B78 2010 <SciRR>

Bryant, Edward. Tsunami: the underrated hazard. Berlin, New York, Springer; Chichester, England, Published in association with Praxis, c2008. 330 p
   Includes bibliographical references p. 309-324.
   GC221.2.B78 2008 <SciRR>

Davis, Lee. Natural disasters. New ed. New York, Facts on File, Inc., c2008. 464 p.
   Bibliography: p. 393-398.
   GB5014.D38 2008 <SciRR>

Erickson, Jon. Quakes, eruptions, and other geologic cataclysms: revealing the earth’s hazards. Rev. ed. New York, Facts on File, c2001. 310 p.
   Bibliography: p. 288-294.
   GB5014.E75 2001

Global warming, natural hazards, and emergency management.Editors, George Haddow, Jane A. Bullock, and Kim Haddow. Boca Raton, FL, CRC Press, c2009. 282 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   QC981.8.G56G581943 2009

Hough, Susan Elizabeth. Earthshaking science: what we know (and don't know) about earthquakes. Princeton, N.J., Princeton University Press, c2002. 238 p.
   Includes bibliographical references: p. 227-230.
   QE534.3.H68 2002 <SciRR>

Kovach, Robert L. Firefly guide to global hazards. Buffalo, NY, Firefly Books, 2004. 256 p.
   Includes bibliographical references.
   GB5014.K69 2004 <SciRR>

Notable Natural disasters. Edited by Marlene Bradford and Robert S. Carmichael. Rev. ed. Pasadena, CA, Salem Press, c2007. 3 v
   Includes bibliographical references.
   GB5014.N373 2007 <SciRR>

Robinson, A.G. Earthshock: hurricanes, volcanoes, earthquakes, tornadoes, and other forces of nature. Rev. ed. New York, Thames & Hudson, 2002. 304 p.
   Bibliography: p. 298-299.
   GB5014.R63 2002

Smith, Keith. Environmental hazards: assessing risk and reducing disaster. 5th ed. Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, c2009. 383 p.
   Includies biblographical references
   GB5014.S6 2009 <SciRR>



Bailey, Nicholas J., and others.  Global vulnerability to near-Earth object impact.  Risk Management, an International Journal,  v. 12, Feb, 2010: 31.

Gierlach E., Belsher B.E., and Beutler L.E. Cross-Cultural Differences in Risk Perceptions of Disasters.  Risk Analysis, v. 30, no. 10, July 12, 2010: 1539-1549.  

C. Giri, and others.  Categorizing natural disaster damage assessment using satellite-based geospatial techniques.  Natural Hazards & Earth System Sciences v. 8, no. 4, July 2008: 707-719.

Kerr, Richard A. Rivers in the sky are flooding the world with tropical waters: when mid-latitude storms tap into the great stores of moisture in the tropical atmosphere, the rain pours and pours, rivers rise, the land slides, and locusts can swarm.  Science, July 28, 2006: 435.

Marshall, Tristan.  There she blows: When a volcano starts to rumble, how do you know if it's time to run? Tristan Marshall puts his ear to the ground. New Scientist,  v. 173, Jan. 12, 2002: 29.

McGuire, Bill.  Earth fire and fury: never mind the weather, climate change could tear apart the very fabric of the Earth.  New Scientist, v. 190, May 27, 2006: 32.

F. Mouton, and others.  Assessing global exposure and vulnerability towards natural hazards: the Disaster Risk Index.  Natural Hazards & Earth System Sciences,v.  9, July, 2009: 1149-1159.

Patwardhan, Anand , and Upasna Sharma.  Improving the methodology for assessing natural hazard impacts.  Global and Planetary Change, v. 47, July 2005: 253-265.

Ravilious, Kate.  Exodus on the exploding Earth. (Cover story).  New Scientist, v. 206, April 17, 2010: 28-33.

Zandonella, Catherine.  Shifting sands: how can desert communities resist the relentless advance of sand dunes that threaten their very existence? With wind, instinct and a little physics.  New Scientist v. 178, June 28, 2003: 40.



Benfield Hazard Research Centre (UK)

Disaster Research Center
University of Delaware

Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI)

Earthquake Hazards Program (USGS)

Interactive Guides -- Natural Disasters (BBC)
   Animated, interactive guides to the world's most devastating phenomena.

Natural Hazards Center
University of Colorado at Boulder
   Publishes Natural Hazards Observer (full-text available online). See also the Natural Hazards Library with the HAZLIT database and search engine.

United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR)
   See especially the Library on DIsaster Reduction and their Selected Bibliographies, and also the new web site on Platform for the Promotion of Early Warning.

U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) - Natural Disasters
   Includes such resources as the Index of Printable Hurricane Materials, with reports in up to 6 languages: English, Spanish, French, Vietnamese, Hmong, and Creole.

U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)



El Nino Theme Page (NOAA)

Flood Events 2010 Index

Forces of Nature (National Geographic)

Mt. St. Helens VolcanoCam

NOAAWatch: NOAA's All Hazard Monitor

Hokusai. The Great Wave off Kanagawa. ca. 1831.

Tsunami Research Program
National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration

USGS Earthquake Hazards Program

Hokusai. The Great Wave off Kanagawa. ca. 1831.

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