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Natural disasters in Australia and New Zealand – Expect the unexpected

Scientific facts and economic impacts

The magnitude and frequency of hazards in Australia and New Zealand increase, while metropolitan areas and their value concentration are on the rise. Will your business withstand ever increasing natural disasters?

Rely on the financial strength of Munich Re and our expertise to safely endure large natural catastrophe events in Australia and New Zealand – even the unexpected ones.

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Floods – Never underestimate troubled water

In Australia major floods frequently isolate towns, disrupt infrastructure and can cause death. Widespread damage to houses and business premises as well as losses in agriculture are common.

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Cyclones – Turbulences of the Gold Coast

Should severe cyclones reach the east coast of Queensland in Australia, the consequences could be devastating.

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Hailstorms – Icy cricket balls from above

Losses from severe convective storms, in particular from hail, represent the most frequent and the highest losses for the insurance industry in the entire Australian natcat business.

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Bushfires – Australia on fire

Bushfire risks can only be reduced through mitigation and close collaboration between the authorities, home and business owners, industrial enterprises and the insurance industry.

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Earthquakes – Expect a Big One

Earthquakes in Australia could cause insured losses in the same order of magnitude range as in the highest-exposed regions in New Zealand and worldwide.

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Volcanoes in New Zealand – Sleeping giants underneath

No other natural events can devastate such large areas in New Zealand with the intensity and suddenness of volcanic eruptions.


Natural hazards in Australia and New Zealand

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Floods, cyclones, hailstorms, bushfires, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions – get a detailed overview of the science of natural hazards and their financial impacts.

Risk factors

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Climate change, natural climate variability, natcat and resilience – find out about the relevant risk factors.

Understanding risk

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Risk is the product of (the probability of) a hazard and its adverse consequences. See how it affects your business.


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