Map displays quakes’ cost

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A STUDENT from Sheffield has developed a map illustrating the devastating threat posed to humanity by earthquakes.

Benjamin Henning, a postgraduate researcher at The University of Sheffield, has developed the World Earthquake Intensity Map.

It shows in red swathes, superimposed on the map’s surface, where the toll of earthquakes is likely to be the highest on human populations around the globe.

The map draws on geographical data about earthquake occurrences stretching back 4,000 years.

Benjamin, who is completing his PhD research and working on a book on world population, said: “The recent earthquakes in Japan and in Christchurch are a tragic reminder of the fragile relationship between human livelihoods and natural hazards.”

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