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A Contextual Model of Natural Hazard

James K. Mitchell, Neal Devine and Kathleen Jagger
Geographical Review
Vol. 79, No. 4 (Oct., 1989), pp. 391-409
DOI: 10.2307/215114
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/215114
Page Count: 19
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A Contextual Model of Natural Hazard
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Abstract

The severest storm to affect southern England during the past 250 years occurred in mid-October 1987. Despite heavy losses in politically strategic areas, improvements in hazard-management policies were not discussed or adopted after the storm because its impact was overshadowed by other events associated with more pressing problems. The experience of this event shows that a natural hazard is strongly modified by environmental, sociocultural, economic, and political contexts in which it occurs. A contextual model of natural hazard is proposed.

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