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Earthquake in the Valais, Heusser, 1856

Earthquake in the Valais, Heusser, 1856

Natural disasters have been happening in Switzerland since time immemorial, and the earliest records date back to the 13th century. With urban areas becoming increasingly densely populated and material assets becoming ever more valuable, the scale of damage caused by comparable natural disasters has risen dramatically over the past few decades.

 PLANAT, the national platform for natural hazards, has an overview of historical events, with the major natural disasters in Switzerland listed chronologically, and illustrated by a wealth of supplementary pictures and videos:  Chronology of the major natural disasters in Switzerland.

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