Country ranking for field: natural hazards 1994

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This entry lists potential natural disasters. For countries where volcanic activity is common, a volcanism subfield highlights historically active volcanoes.

The WorldWorldlarge areas subject to severe weather
1flag of AfghanistanAfghanistan0 
2flag of Palmyra AtollPalmyra AtollNA 
3flag of New CaledoniaNew Caledoniatyphoons most frequent from November to March 
4flag of New ZealandNew Zealandearthquakes are common though usually not severe 
5flag of NicaraguaNicaraguasubject to destructive earthquakes volcanoes landslides and occasionally severe hurricanes 
6flag of NigerNigerrecurrent droughts 
7flag of NigeriaNigeriaperiodic droughts 
8flag of NiueNiuesubject to typhoons 
9flag of Norfolk IslandNorfolk Islandsubject to typhoons 
10flag of North KoreaNorth Korealate spring droughts often followed by severe flooding; subject to occasional typhoons which occur during the early fall 
11flag of Northern Mariana IslandsNorthern Mariana Islandsactive volcanoes on Pagan and Agrihan; subject to typhoons 
12flag of NorwayNorwayNA 
13flag of OmanOmansummer winds often raise large sandstorms and dust storms in interior 
14flag of Pacific OceanPacific Oceansurrounded by a zone of violent volcanic and earthquake activity sometimes referred to as the Pacific Ring of Fire; subject to tropical cyclones 
15flag of PakistanPakistanfrequent earthquakes occasionally severe especially in north and west; flooding along the Indus after heavy rains 
16flag of PanamaPanamaNA 
17flag of NepalNepalvulnerable to severe thunderstorms flooding landslides drought and famine depending on the timing intensity and duration of the summer monsoons 
18flag of Papua New GuineaPapua New Guineasome active volcanoes; frequent earthquakes 
19flag of Paracel IslandsParacel Islandssubject to typhoons 
20flag of ParaguayParaguaylocal flooding in southeast 
21flag of PeruPerusubject to earthquakes tsunamis landslides mild volcanic activity 
22flag of PhilippinesPhilippinesastride typhoon belt usually affected by 15 and struck by five to six cyclonic storms per year; subject to landslides active volcanoes destructive earthquakes tsunamis 
23flag of Pitcairn IslandsPitcairn Islandssubject to typhoons 
24flag of PolandPolandNA 
25flag of PortugalPortugalAzores subject to severe earthquakes 
26flag of Puerto RicoPuerto RicoNA 
27flag of QatarQatarhaze dust storms sandstorms common 
28flag of RomaniaRomaniaearthquakes most severe in south and southwest; geologic structure and climate promote landslides 
29flag of RussiaRussiapermafrost over much of Siberia is a major impediment to development 
30flag of RwandaRwandaperiodic droughts 
31flag of RéunionRéunionperiodic devastating cyclones 
32flag of Netherlands AntillesNetherlands AntillesCuracao and Bonaire are south of Caribbean hurricane belt so rarely threatened; Sint Maarten Saba and Sint Eustatius are subject to hurricanes from July to October 
33flag of Navassa IslandNavassa IslandNA 
34flag of Saint Kitts and NevisSaint Kitts and Nevissubject to hurricanes 
35flag of MaltaMaltaNA 
36flag of LesothoLesothosubject to periods of drought 
37flag of LiberiaLiberiadust-laden harmattan winds blow from the Sahara 
38flag of LibyaLibyahot dry dust-laden ghibli is a southern wind lasting one to four days in spring and fall 
39flag of LiechtensteinLiechtensteinNA 
40flag of LithuaniaLithuaniaNA 
41flag of LuxembourgLuxembourgNA 
42flag of MacauMacauNA 
43flag of MacedoniaMacedoniahigh seismic risks 
44flag of MadagascarMadagascarsubject to periodic cyclones 
45flag of MalawiMalawiNA 
46flag of MalaysiaMalaysiasubject to flooding 
47flag of MaldivesMaldiveslow level of islands makes them very sensitive to sea level rise 
48flag of MaliMalihot dust-laden harmattan haze common during dry seasons; recurring droughts 
49flag of Marshall IslandsMarshall Islandsoccasionally subject to typhoons 
50flag of NauruNaururainfall is erratic 
51flag of MartiniqueMartiniquesubject to hurricanes flooding and volcanic activity that result in an average of one major natural disaster every five years 
52flag of MauritaniaMauritaniahot dry dust/sand-laden sirocco wind blows primarily in March and April 
53flag of MauritiusMauritiussubject to cyclones 
54flag of MayotteMayottesubject to cyclones during rainy season 
55flag of MexicoMexicosubject to tsunamis along the Pacific coast destructive earthquakes in the center and south and hurricanes on the Gulf and Caribbean coasts 
56flag of Midway IslandsMidway IslandsNA 
57flag of MoldovaMoldovaNA 
58flag of MonacoMonacoNA 
59flag of MongoliaMongoliaNA 
60flag of MontserratMontserratsubject to severe hurricanes 
61flag of MoroccoMorocconorthern mountains geologically unstable and subject to earthquakes 
62flag of MozambiqueMozambiquesevere drought and floods occur in central and southern provinces 
63flag of MyanmarMyanmarsubject to destructive earthquakes and cyclones; flooding and landslides common during rainy season 
64flag of NamibiaNamibiaNA 
65flag of Saint HelenaSaint Helenaactive volcanism on Tristan da Cunha 
66flag of Saint LuciaSaint Luciasubject to hurricanes and volcanic activity 
67flag of LatviaLatviaNA 
68flag of United Arab EmiratesUnited Arab Emiratesfrequent dust and sand storms 
69flag of TogoTogohot dry harmattan wind can reduce visibility in north during winter 
70flag of TokelauTokelaulies in Pacific typhoon belt 
71flag of TongaTongasubject to cyclones 
72flag of Trinidad and TobagoTrinidad and Tobagooutside usual path of hurricanes and other tropical storms 
73flag of Tromelin IslandTromelin IslandNA 
74flag of TunisiaTunisiaNA 
75flag of TurkeyTurkeysubject to very severe earthquakes especially in northern Turkey along an arc extending from the Sea of Marmara to Lake Van 
76flag of TurkmenistanTurkmenistanNA 
77flag of Turks and Caicos IslandsTurks and Caicos Islandssubject to frequent hurricanes 
78flag of TuvaluTuvalusevere tropical storms are rare 
79flag of U.S. Virgin IslandsU.S. Virgin Islandsrarely affected by hurricanes; subject to frequent severe droughts floods earthquakes 
80flag of UgandaUgandaNA 
81flag of UkraineUkraineNA 
82flag of United KingdomUnited KingdomNA 
83flag of The GambiaThe Gambiarainfall has dropped by 30% in the last thirty years 
84flag of United StatesUnited Statestsunamis volcanoes and earthquake activity around Pacific Basin; hurricanes along the Atlantic coast; tornadoes in the midwest; mudslides in California; forest fires in the west; flooding; permafrost in northern Alaska is a major impediment to development 
85flag of UruguayUruguaysubject to seasonally high winds droughts floods 
86flag of UzbekistanUzbekistanNA 
87flag of VanuatuVanuatusubject to tropical cyclones or typhoons 
88flag of VenezuelaVenezuelasubject to floods rockslides mudslides; periodic droughts 
89flag of VietnamVietnamoccasional typhoons 
90flag of Wake IslandWake Islandsubject to occasional typhoons 
91flag of Wallis and FutunaWallis and FutunaNA 
92flag of West BankWest BankNA 
93flag of Western SaharaWestern Saharahot dry dust/sand-laden sirocco wind can occur during winter and spring; widespread harmattan haze exists 60% of time often severely restricting visibility 
94flag of Western SamoaWestern Samoasubject to occasional typhoons; active volcanism 
95flag of YemenYemensubject to sandstorms and dust storms in summer 
96flag of ZaireZaireperiodic droughts in south 
97flag of ZambiaZambiaNA 
98flag of The NetherlandsThe Netherlandsthe extensive system of dikes and dams protects nearly one-half of the total area from being flooded 
99flag of The BahamasThe Bahamassubject to hurricanes and other tropical storms that cause extensive flood and wind damage 
100flag of Saint Vincent and the GrenadinesSaint Vincent and the Grenadinessubject to hurricanes; Soufriere volcano is a constant threat 
101flag of South Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich Islandsthe South Sandwich Islands are subject to active volcanism 
102flag of Saint-Pierre and MiquelonSaint-Pierre and MiquelonNA 
103flag of San MarinoSan Marinosigned but not ratified - Air Pollution Biodiversity Climate Change 
104flag of Saudi ArabiaSaudi Arabiafrequent sand and dust storms 
105flag of SenegalSenegallowlands seasonally flooded; periodic droughts 
106flag of Serbia and MontenegroSerbia and Montenegrosubject to destructive earthquakes 
107flag of SeychellesSeychelleslies outside the cyclone belt so severe storms are rare; short droughts possible 
108flag of Sierra LeoneSierra Leonedry sand-laden harmattan winds blow from the Sahara 
109flag of SingaporeSingaporeNA 
110flag of SlovakiaSlovakiaNA 
111flag of SloveniaSloveniasubject to flooding and earthquakes 
112flag of Solomon IslandsSolomon Islandssubject to typhoons but they are rarely destructive; geologically active region with frequent earth tremors 
113flag of SomaliaSomaliarecurring droughts; frequent dust storms over eastern plains in summer 
114flag of South AfricaSouth Africasubject to prolonged droughts 
115flag of South KoreaSouth Koreaoccasional typhoons bring high winds and floods; earthquakes in southwest 
116flag of ThailandThailandland subsidence in Bangkok area resulting from the depletion of the water table 
117flag of SpainSpainNA 
118flag of Spratly IslandsSpratly Islandssubject to typhoons 
119flag of Sri LankaSri Lankaoccasional cyclones and tornadoes 
120flag of SudanSudandust storms 
121flag of SurinameSurinameNA 
122flag of SvalbardSvalbardice floes often block up the entrance to Bellsund 
123flag of SwazilandSwazilandNA 
124flag of SwedenSwedenice floes in the surrounding waters especially in the Gulf of Bothnia can interfere with navigation 
125flag of SwitzerlandSwitzerlandsubject to avalanches landslides flash floods 
126flag of SyriaSyriaNA 
127flag of São Tomé and PríncipeSão Tomé and PríncipeNA 
128flag of TaiwanTaiwansubject to earthquakes and typhoons 
129flag of TajikistanTajikistanNA 
130flag of TanzaniaTanzaniathe tsetse fly and lack of water limit agriculture; flooding on the central plateau during the rainy season 
131flag of LebanonLebanonNA 
132flag of LaosLaossubject to floods drought and blight 
133flag of AlbaniaAlbaniasubject to destructive earthquakes; tsunami occur along southwestern coast 
134flag of ChinaChinafrequent typhoons 
135flag of British Virgin IslandsBritish Virgin Islandssubject to hurricanes and tropical storms 
136flag of BruneiBruneityphoons earthquakes and severe flooding are rare 
137flag of BulgariaBulgariasubject to earthquakes landslides 
138flag of Burkina FasoBurkina Fasorecurring droughts 
139flag of BurundiBurundiNA 
140flag of Cabo VerdeCabo Verdesubject to prolonged droughts; harmattan wind can obscure visibility; volcanically and seismically active 
141flag of CambodiaCambodiamonsoonal rains 
142flag of CameroonCameroonrecent volcanic activity with release of poisonous gases 
143flag of CanadaCanadacontinuous permafrost in north is a serious obstacle to development 
144flag of Cayman IslandsCayman Islandssubject to hurricanes 
145flag of Central African RepublicCentral African Republichot dry dusty harmattan winds affect northern areas 
146flag of ChadChadhot dry dusty harmattan winds occur in north; periodic droughts; subject to locust plagues 
147flag of ChileChilesubject to severe earthquakes; active volcanism; tsunamis 
148flag of Christmas IslandChristmas Islandalmost completely surrounded by a reef 
149flag of BrazilBrazilrecurring droughts in northeast; floods and occasional frost in south 
150flag of Clipperton IslandClipperton IslandNA 
151flag of Cocos IslandsCocos IslandsNA 
152flag of ColombiaColombiahighlands subject to volcanic eruptions; periodic droughts 
153flag of ComorosComoroscyclones possible during rainy season 
154flag of CongoCongoNA 
155flag of Cook IslandsCook Islandssubject to typhoons 
156flag of Coral Sea IslandsCoral Sea Islandssubject to occasional tropical cyclones 
157flag of Costa RicaCosta Ricasubject to occasional earthquakes hurricanes along Atlantic coast; frequent flooding of lowlands at onset of rainy season; active volcanoes 
158flag of CroatiaCroatiasubject to frequent and destructive earthquakes 
159flag of CubaCubaaverages one hurricane every other year 
160flag of CyprusCyprusmoderate earthquake activity 
161flag of Czech RepublicCzech RepublicNA 
162flag of Côte d'IvoireCôte d'Ivoirecoast has heavy surf and no natural harbors 
163flag of DenmarkDenmarkNA 
164flag of British Indian Ocean TerritoryBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryNA 
165flag of Bouvet IslandBouvet IslandNA 
166flag of DominicaDominicaflash floods are a constant threat; occasional hurricanes 
167flag of AustraliaAustraliacyclones along the coast; subject to severe droughts 
168flag of AlgeriaAlgeriamountainous areas subject to severe earthquakes 
169flag of American SamoaAmerican Samoatyphoons common from December to March 
170flag of AndorraAndorraNA 
171flag of AngolaAngolalocally heavy rainfall causes periodic flooding on the plateau 
172flag of AnguillaAnguillafrequent hurricanes and other tropical storms 
173flag of AntarcticaAntarcticakatabatic 
174flag of Antigua and BarbudaAntigua and Barbudasubject to hurricanes and tropical storms 
175flag of Arctic OceanArctic Oceanice islands occasionally break away from northern Ellesmere Island; icebergs calved from glaciers in western Greenland and extreme northeastern Canada; permafrost in islands; virtually icelocked from October to June 
176flag of ArgentinaArgentinaTucuman and Mendoza areas in the Andes subject to earthquakes; pamperos are violent windstorms that can strike the Pampas and northeast; heavy flooding 
177flag of ArmeniaArmeniaoccasionally severe earthquakes 
178flag of ArubaArubalies outside the Caribbean hurricane belt 
179flag of Ashmore and Cartier IslandsAshmore and Cartier Islandssurrounded by shoals and reefs 
180flag of Atlantic OceanAtlantic Oceanicebergs common in Davis Strait Denmark Strait and the northwestern Atlantic Ocean from February to August and have been spotted as far south as Bermuda and the Madeira Islands; icebergs from Antarctica occur in the extreme southern Atlantic Ocean 
181flag of AustriaAustriaNA 
182flag of BotswanaBotswanaNA 
183flag of AzerbaijanAzerbaijansubject to drought; some coastal areas threatened by rising levels of the Caspian Sea 
184flag of BahrainBahrainperiods of drought dust storms 
185flag of Baker IslandBaker IslandNA 
186flag of BangladeshBangladeshvulnerable to droughts cyclones; much of the country routinely flooded during the summer monsoon season 
187flag of BarbadosBarbadossubject to hurricanes 
188flag of Bassas da IndiaBassas da Indiasurrounded by reefs; subject to periodic cyclones 
189flag of BelarusBelarusNA 
190flag of BelgiumBelgiumNA 
191flag of BelizeBelizefrequent devastating hurricanes 
192flag of BeninBeninhot dry dusty harmattan wind may affect north in winter 
193flag of BermudaBermudasubject to hurricanes 
194flag of BhutanBhutanviolent storms coming down from the Himalayas are the source of the country's name which translates as Land of the Thunder Dragon 
195flag of BoliviaBoliviaflooding in the northeast 
196flag of Bosnia and HerzegovinaBosnia and Herzegovinasubject to frequent and destructive earthquakes 
197flag of DjiboutiDjiboutiprone to earthquakes droughts 
198flag of Dominican RepublicDominican Republicsubject to occasional hurricanes 
199flag of KyrgyzstanKyrgyzstanNA 
200flag of Isle of ManIsle of ManNA 
201flag of Heard Island and McDonald IslandsHeard Island and McDonald IslandsNA 
202flag of Holy SeeHoly SeeNA 
203flag of HondurasHondurassubject to frequent but generally mild earthquakes; damaging hurricanes and floods along Caribbean coast 
204flag of Hong KongHong Kongoccasional typhoons 
205flag of Howland IslandHowland IslandNA 
206flag of HungaryHungarylevees are common along many streams but flooding occurs almost every year 
207flag of IcelandIcelandsubject to earthquakes and volcanic activity 
208flag of IndiaIndiadroughts flash floods severe thunderstorms common; subject to earthquakes 
209flag of Indian OceanIndian OceanNA 
210flag of IndonesiaIndonesiaoccasional floods severe droughts and tsunamis 
211flag of IranIranperiodic droughts 
212flag of IraqIraqNA 
213flag of IrelandIrelandNA 
214flag of IsraelIsraelsandstorms may occur during spring and summer 
215flag of GuyanaGuyanaflash floods a constant threat during rainy seasons 
216flag of ItalyItalyregional risks include landslides mudflows avalanches earthquakes volcanic eruptions flooding; land subsidence in Venice 
217flag of JamaicaJamaicasubject to hurricanes 
218flag of Jan MayenJan Mayenvolcanic activity resumed in 1970 
219flag of JapanJapanmany dormant and some active volcanoes; about 1500 seismic occurrences 
220flag of Jarvis IslandJarvis IslandNA 
221flag of JerseyJerseyNA 
222flag of Johnston AtollJohnston AtollNA 
223flag of JordanJordanNA 
224flag of Juan de Nova IslandJuan de Nova Islandsubject to periodic cyclones 
225flag of KazakhstanKazakhstanNA 
226flag of KenyaKenyaNA 
227flag of Kingman ReefKingman Reefwet or awash most of the time maximum elevation of about 1 meter makes this a maritime hazard 
228flag of KiribatiKiribatityphoons can occur any time but usually November to March; subject to occasional tornadoes 
229flag of KuwaitKuwaitNA 
230flag of HaitiHaitilies in the middle of the hurricane belt and subject to severe storms from June to October; occasional flooding and earthquakes 
231flag of GuineaGuineahot dry dusty harmattan haze may reduce visibility during dry season 
232flag of EcuadorEcuadorsubject to frequent earthquakes landslides volcanic activity; periodic droughts 
233flag of French PolynesiaFrench Polynesiaoccasional cyclonic storms in January 
234flag of EgyptEgyptperiods of drought; subject to frequent earthquakes landslides volcanic activity; hot driving windstorm called khamsin occurs in spring 
235flag of El SalvadorEl Salvadorknown as the Land of Volcanoes subject to frequent and sometimes very destructive earthquakes and volcanic activity 
236flag of Equatorial GuineaEquatorial Guineasubject to violent windstorms 
237flag of EritreaEritreafrequent droughts 
238flag of EstoniaEstoniaNA 
239flag of EthiopiaEthiopiageologically active Great Rift Valley susceptible to earthquakes volcanic eruptions; frequent droughts 
240flag of Europa IslandEuropa IslandNA 
241flag of Falkland IslandsFalkland IslandsNA 
242flag of Faroe IslandsFaroe IslandsNA 
243flag of Federated States of MicronesiaFederated States of Micronesiasubject to typhoons 
244flag of FijiFijicyclonic storms can occur from November to January 
245flag of FinlandFinlandNA 
246flag of FranceFranceNA 
247flag of French GuianaFrench GuianaNA 
248flag of French Southern and Antarctic LandsFrench Southern and Antarctic LandsIle Amsterdam and Ile Saint-Paul are extinct volcanoes 
249flag of Guinea-BissauGuinea-Bissauhot dry dusty harmattan haze may reduce visibility during dry season; brush fires 
250flag of GabonGabonNA 
251flag of Gaza StripGaza StripNA 
252flag of GeorgiaGeorgiaNA 
253flag of GermanyGermanyNA 
254flag of GhanaGhanadry dusty harmattan winds occur from January to March 
255flag of GibraltarGibraltarNA 
256flag of Glorioso IslandsGlorioso Islandssubject to periodic cyclones 
257flag of GreeceGreecesubject to severe earthquakes 
258flag of GreenlandGreenlandNA 
259flag of GrenadaGrenadalies on edge of hurricane belt; hurricane season lasts from June to November 
260flag of GuadeloupeGuadeloupesubject to hurricanes 
261flag of GuamGuamfrequent squalls during rainy season; subject to relatively rare but potentially very destructive typhoons 
262flag of GuatemalaGuatemalanumerous volcanoes in mountains with frequent violent earthquakes; Caribbean coast subject to hurricanes and other tropical storms 
263flag of GuernseyGuernseyNA 
264flag of ZimbabweZimbabwerecurring droughts; floods and severe storms are rare 

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