Setting the Scene

The islands of the tropical South Pacific are vulnerable to a variety of natural hazards. Some are associated with the vagaries of climate, such as tropical cyclones (elsewhere called hurricanes or typhoons), droughts and floods, whereas others are geological in origin, such as volcanic eruptions, earthquakes and tsunamis. The main difference between these two groups of hazards concerns the timescale on which they happen. If we decide arbitrarily to deal on the timescale of a human lifespan, then the effects of a major geological event will be experienced perhaps only once or twice in a lifetime, or possibly not at all. In contrast, tropical cyclones and associated hazards are felt more frequently, perhaps every few years.


Tropical Cyclone South Pacific Convergence Zone Tropical Cyclone Activity Cook Island South Pacific Ocean 
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