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Old 04-13-2011, 09:58 PM
 
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With all the terrible natural disasters in the news these days, I'm growing more and more concerned about being safe from floods, tsunamis, earthquakes and other natural perils. Where do you think we are safest from such disasters in America?
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Old 04-13-2011, 10:11 PM
 
Location: Jersey Boy living in Florida
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Probably in the middle of the country, which is also the most boring place in the entire nation IMO. Sometimes you just have to take chances and worrying about natural disasters is kind've like a paranoia problem.
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Old 04-13-2011, 10:49 PM
 
Location: Austin, Texas, USA
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Probably in the middle of the country, which is also the most boring place in the entire nation IMO. Sometimes you just have to take chances and worrying about natural disasters is kind've like a paranoia problem.
What a dumb generalization. I lived in a large Colorado city for 10 years, snuggled right up to the mountains, which was neither boring nor in danger of any natural disasters.

Hurricanes- obviously not. This one's self-explanatory.
Tornadoes- not where I lived...was close enough to the mountains to avoid them.
Earthquakes- nope, not near a faultline.
Floods- doesn't rain enough!
Tsunamis- again, self-explanatory
Blizzards/Freezing Rain- none this year.
Fire- only in a severe drought year, but it's rare to have major wildfires.

Think I covered it! There are areas in the "boring middle of the country", perhaps more in the midwest, that have major flooding problems.
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Old 04-13-2011, 10:52 PM
 
Location: Washington D.C. By way of Texas
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So you people in Colorado are not worried about Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming?
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Old 04-13-2011, 10:54 PM
 
Location: Jersey Boy living in Florida
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What a dumb generalization. I lived in a large Colorado city for 10 years, snuggled right up to the mountains, which was neither boring nor in danger of any natural disasters.

Hurricanes- obviously not. This one's self-explanatory.
Tornadoes- not where I lived...was close enough to the mountains to avoid them.
Earthquakes- nope, not near a faultline.
Floods- doesn't rain enough!
Tsunamis- again, self-explanatory
Blizzards/Freezing Rain- none this year.
Fire- only in a severe drought year, but it's rare to have major wildfires.

Think I covered it! There are areas in the "boring middle of the country", perhaps more in the midwest, that have major flooding problems.
You basically proved what I said though. Ok, where you lived might not have been boring in your opinion, but it's also one of the least prone areas.
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Old 04-13-2011, 11:22 PM
 
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Yellowstone can and will be a major hazard, but the odds are slim. We are talking intervals of 1-2 million year events.

The midwest is actually in a window of 200-400 years with the New Madrid fault. A serious quake there would effect much of the midsouth and midwest, certainly Memphis, St. Louis, and beyond.

My understanding is the inland areas of Southern Oregon may be the safest from natural disasters. Few quakes, outside the tsunami zone, no floods, no tornadoes, no hurricanes. Medford, OR anyone?
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Old 04-14-2011, 09:46 PM
 
Location: Austin, Texas, USA
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You basically proved what I said though. Ok, where you lived might not have been boring in your opinion, but it's also one of the least prone areas.
Ohh, so you're saying that having the lack of natural disasters makes a place boring Got it.

And Colorado isn't the midwest..although I didn't know that about the San Madrid fault in the area...I interpret the question more about annual disaster danger, like hurricanes, tornadoes, flooding etc.
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Old 04-14-2011, 10:07 PM
 
Location: Oregon
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Yellowstone can and will be a major hazard, but the odds are slim. We are talking intervals of 1-2 million year events.

The midwest is actually in a window of 200-400 years with the New Madrid fault. A serious quake there would effect much of the midsouth and midwest, certainly Memphis, St. Louis, and beyond.

My understanding is the inland areas of Southern Oregon may be the safest from natural disasters. Few quakes, outside the tsunami zone, no floods, no tornadoes, no hurricanes. Medford, OR anyone?
I was thinking of same thing! Southern Oregon and Northern California (Redding) seemed to be the safest area to be in. Nothing, earthquake is a MAYBE, it is surrounded by solid mountains (no lava underneath it unlike volcano mountains), it is well protected areas. Eastern Oregon gets my vote too. Nevada too.
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Old 04-14-2011, 10:09 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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I would say the far north of Minnesota. Though they get a lot of snow. Maybe the Appalachians? Or Vermont..
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Old 04-14-2011, 10:19 PM
 
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AZ...NM pretty safe also.
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