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  • Earthquake California (PDF, 817kb)

    03 October 2016

    Insurance today relies on models to predict earthquaketriggered
    losses on the US west coast. But there is a lurking danger. Many do not consider the variability of model outcomes. As research by Swiss Re reveals, this can lead to an underestimation of ensuing losses.

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  • The link between hydrofracking, wastewater injection and earthquakes (PDF, 3.22mb)

    31 August 2016

    The scale of increased earthquake activity in Oklahoma over recent years is unparalleled. Since 2008 the number of magnitude 3.0 earthquakes per year has grown from roughly 2 per year to an average of nearly 3 per day. This now makes Oklahoma the most seismically active of the lower forty-eight states. It’s highly likely that this dramatic rise in earthquake occurrence is largely a consequence of human actions.

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  • The road to flood resilience in Canada (PDF, 1.31mb)

    18 May 2016

    Flood poses a risk to individuals, business and the public sector. Severe events in Canada can cause losses exceeding CAD 13 billion, with less than half of these covered by insurance. This leaves many families without the necessary funds to rebuild their lives
    if disaster strikes. In addition it delays economic recovery in the affected areas ― an effect that hits even those whose homes are still standing. Concerted action across the risk management chain that involves all key stakeholders ― government, the insurance industry and homeowners ― can strengthen flood resilience in Canada.

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  • Four earthquakes in 54 days (PDF, 5.20mb)

    13 July 2015

    This paper examines the consequences of a large earthquake sequence in the US by re-imagining the New Madrid events of 1811/1812 in the context of today’s exposure.

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  • Property and casualty -- the new "it" couple? (PDF, 406kb)

    13 February 2015

    Are property losses prompting more casualty claims? Consider the possible correlation as we examine some of the largest, more recent casualty losses.

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  • US tornadoes: an examination of the past to prepare for the future (PDF, 7.40mb)

    30 June 2014

    Swiss Re catastrophe experts use a simple and logic-based methodology to construct scenarios showing the potential social and financial impact of a tornado in the heart of a major US city.

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