Why are the effects of volcanic eruptions and earthquakes normally worse in LEDCs than MEDCs?

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The more economically developed a country is, the more financial resources it has to deal with unexpected emergency situations, the more prepared it is to put response plans into action, and the more likely it is to have a pre-planned action plan for dealing with natural disasters.  As a result, citizens are more knowledgeable about how to react when a natural disaster hits, rescue efforts start sooner and are more efficient, temporary shelters are safer and more readily available, clean water and food rations are more plentiful and readily available, clean-up efforts start sooner and are more efficient, and the process of rebuilding is less of a strain on the national economy.  Furthermore, the structures in place in the more economically developed countries are frequently better suited to survive natural disasters than those in less economically developed countries.