Some of Hawaii’s Big Island residents are facing the threat of increased lava flow from its active southeastern volcano, Kilauea. Close by, Volcanoes National Park was designated a World Heritage Site in 1987 and attracts more than 2.6 million visitors annually.
Pahoa, a small village directly in the lava’s path, is considering ordering residents to evacuate, which to my mind begs the larger question:
“Why do people live in areas they know are susceptible to natural disasters?”
A few good reads:
- Lall, S. V., & Deichmann, U. (2012). Density and disasters: Economics of urban hazard risk. The World Bank Research Observer, 27(1), 74-105. doi:10.1093/wbro/lkr006
- Are natural disasters increasing? (Brantford GB5019 .A74)
- Risk and uncertainty assessment for natural hazards (GB5014 .R57)
- Surviving sudden environmental change : understanding hazards, mitigating impacts, avoiding disasters (CC81 .S87)
Inquiring Minds is an occasional series by liaison librarian Anne Kelly highlighting connections between current and past events and the resources in Laurier's Library.