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Historic Hazards Events for Barbados

Compiled by Bryan J. Boruff as of 2006

Table  Type, Time Period, Number, and Return Period of Hazard Events Effecting Barbados.

Hazard Type

Time Period

Events

Return Period

Drought

1650-2000

6

58.33

Earthquake (& Felt Shocks)

1670-2000

9

36.67

Flooding

1886-2000

34

3.35

Fire

Yearly Grass, Sugar Cane, and Brush Fires

Landslide

1901-2000

8

12.38

Tropical Systems

1786-2000

17

12.59

Tsunami

1751-2000

7

35.57

Drought

Date: 1650s

Location: Barbados

Source:

Tucker, R.W.T. 1940. “The economic geography of Barbados.” The Journal of the Barbados Museum and Historical Society. Vol.VII. No. 2. Pp 85.

Cause:

Drought

Date: 1777

Location: Barbados

Source:

Staff. 1942. “Extracts from the ‘Barbadian’ newspaper.” The Journal of the Barbados Museum and Historical Society. Vol. 10. No. 1. pp 26.

Cause: rain deficit/war in America

Drought

Date: June, 1841

Location: Barbados

Source:

Staff. 1942. “Extracts from the ‘Barbadian’ newspaper.” The Journal of the Barbados Museum and Historical Society. Vol. 10. No. 1. pp 26.

Cause: rain deficit

Drought

Date: 1894-95

Location: Barbados

Cause: Lack of rain

Source:

Richardson, B.C. 1997. “Economy and the environment in theCaribbean: Barbados and the windwards in the late 1800s.” University Press of Florida: Gainesville. pp. 294.

Drought

Date: 1898

Location: Barbados

Cause: Lack of rain

Source:

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