Studies show that the number of people displaced by natural disasters has nearly doubled since the 1970s and scientists believe that, ultimately, urbanization is to blame for such displacements. Driven by climate change and economic reasons, urbanization creates a dangerous situation when a natural disaster strikes. Because of this, is vitally important to reduce the number of people impacted by natural disaster using improved planning and warning systems, particularly within the developing world where buildings and infrastructure are not likely to withstand the force of a natural hazard.

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