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Research article
19 Dec 2016
Research article |  | 19 Dec 2016

Natural hazard fatalities in Switzerland from 1946 to 2015

Alexandre Badoux, Norina Andres, Frank Techel, and Christoph Hegg

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A database of fatalities caused by natural hazards in Switzerland was compiled for the period from 1946 to 2015: in 70 years, 635 events occurred causing 1023 fatalities. The most common causes of death were snow avalanches (37 %), followed by lightning (16 %), floods (12 %), windstorms (10 %), rockfalls (8 %) and landslides (7 %). The annual number of victims showed a distinct decrease over time. In comparison to other countries, the natural hazard mortality rate in Switzerland is quite low.
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