The G7 meeting will bring together world leaders that represent 2.2 billion people and half the global economy. Many of these are exposed to the threats of natural hazards such as earthquakes, volcanoes, floods and landslides on a daily basis. However, for the last year, these hazards have probably become secondary in their minds, replaced by the more immediate and tangible threat of COVID-19.
Between 1900 and 2019, the total number of deaths due to natural hazards was 23 million, whilst 2.5 million people have died due to earthquakes in the same period. Notably, the annual global death rate due to most natural hazards (floods, landslides, drought, volcanic activity, wildfire) has reduced drastically over the last century (Figure 1). But the death rate due to earthquakes has not reduced in a similar manner, reflecting that earthquake disaster risk reduction lags behind other hazards.