If world governments could turn to a central information source on natural disasters, many lives could be saved through better preparedness.
Devastating natural disasters have killed close to a million people and caused billions of pounds of damage in the past few years. Despite its sophisticated technology, humanity remains hugely vulnerable to earthquakes, hurricanes, volcanic eruptions and other calamities. The danger is only likely to increase, say geologists and weather experts. Earth’s swelling numbers are forcing more and more people to live in geological and meteorological danger zones. As a result, death tolls are destined to rise.