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02 Sep 2011 description
report AlertNet

By Megan Rowling

LONDON (AlertNet) - Three Pacific island nations rank among the five countries most at risk of disasters, together with the Philippines and Guatemala, in a new index that measures social vulnerability as well as exposure to natural hazards and climate change.

Vanuatu and Tonga come first and second, with the Solomon Islands in fourth position. These low-lying Pacific island states are in a highly active seismic zone, as well as being under threat from sea-level rise, and judged to be poorly equipped to cope with disasters.

11 Jan 2011 description

Released: 1/11/2011 12:44:35 PM

Contact Information:

U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S.
Geological Survey
Office of Communication
119 National Center
Reston, VA 20192

Heidi Koontz
Phone: 303-202-4763

Clarice Nassif Ransom