DATABASE: The Price of Misfortune

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Science  07 May 2004:
Vol. 304, Issue 5672, pp. 803
DOI: 10.1126/science.304.5672.803b

Rivers turning to blood and mass die-offs of firstborn sons are pretty rare these days, but wildfires, droughts, floods, hailstorms, and other disasters continue to take a toll. SHELDUS, a database from hazards researcher Susan Cutter of the University of South Carolina, Columbia, and colleagues, tallies the costs of U.S. disasters from 1960 through 2000. Pick a state or county to find the number of injuries and fatalities and the economic losses caused by particular events.

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