chapter  2
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Societal Response to Hazards and Major Hazard Events: Comparing Natural and Technological Hazards

Danger is an inherent part of human existence. On some occasions we court it for the exhilaration of a particular experience. Sometimes this involves human confrontation of nature, as with mountain climbing or white watering; at other times it is human confrontation of technology, as with racing car driving or test piloting. Usually, however, it is interaction not confrontation, and the danger is unwanted. Involved are the threatening processes of nature over which we have limited control or the adverse prices of a technology that otherwise adds to our health, wealth and well-being.