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Old 01-17-2012, 04:24 PM
 
Location: The Other California
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10 Safest Cities in America From Natural Disasters

1. Chesapeake, VA
2. Erie, PA
3. Fort Wayne, IN
4. Grand Rapids, MI
5. Green Bay, WI
6. Henderson, NV
7. Phoenix, AZ
8. Provo, UT
9. St. Paul, MN
10. Stamford, CT

Interesting. Personally, I think it's a mistake to put any coastal city on the list, so that takes care of Chesapeake. Phoenix also strikes me as risky given its precarious water situation. Same goes for Henderson, NV.
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Old 01-17-2012, 04:26 PM
 
Location: New Mexico
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Phoenix, summer 2011


Dust Storm (http://www.flickr.com/photos/55358384@N04/5920313502/ - broken link) by d2-photos (http://www.flickr.com/people/55358384@N04/ - broken link), on Flickr
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Old 01-17-2012, 04:33 PM
 
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Wonder how the top city is in the Mid-Atlantic but no other Mid-Atlantic city made the list, seems odd considering general climates don't change that much over Southern PA/MD/VA.
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Old 01-17-2012, 04:37 PM
 
Location: The Other California
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Wonder how the top city is in the Mid-Atlantic but no other Mid-Atlantic city made the list, seems odd considering general climates don't change that much over Southern PA/MD/VA.
I think Chesapeake's low crime rate was a factor. Perhaps a well-behaved population is important during natural disasters.
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Old 01-17-2012, 04:52 PM
 
Location: The Other California
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Off the top of my head, I would think Colorado Springs should be on the list. Also, cities in the Appalachia and Ozark regions.
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Old 01-17-2012, 05:56 PM
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Phoenix? I remember that easter earthquake that happened in California back in 2010 and people in Phoenix felt it. So I don't think it should be on the list. If California experience a major earthquake, Phoenix would definitely feel it.
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Old 01-17-2012, 06:28 PM
 
Location: Northridge/Porter Ranch, Calif.
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Phoenix? I remember that easter earthquake that happened in California back in 2010 and people in Phoenix felt it. So I don't think it should be on the list. If California experience a major earthquake, Phoenix would definitely feel it.
The 1992 Landers (magnitude 7.3) and 1999 Hector Mine (7.0) quakes were in the California desert and did not affect Phoenix much. No damage that I know of.

With California earthquakes, the intensity drops off quite a bit once you get over 30 or 40 miles from the epicenter.
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Old 01-17-2012, 09:07 PM
 
Location: The city you love to hate
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Phoenix, summer 2011


Dust Storm (http://www.flickr.com/photos/55358384@N04/5920313502/ - broken link) by d2-photos (http://www.flickr.com/people/55358384@N04/ - broken link), on Flickr
WOAH. It looks like Phoenix is getting wiped off the map in that pic. How is it like being caught outside in that mess? is it anything like the new Mission Impossible movie???
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Old 01-17-2012, 09:14 PM
 
Location: Phoenix
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Phoenix? I remember that easter earthquake that happened in California back in 2010 and people in Phoenix felt it. So I don't think it should be on the list. If California experience a major earthquake, Phoenix would definitely feel it.
What earthquake???
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Old 01-17-2012, 09:17 PM
 
Location: Somewhere below Mason/Dixon
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Four of the ten cities on that list are in the midwest, and three of those four are in the upper midwest. Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan are safe from earthquakes, hurricanes etc. Flooding does happen in these three states but not on the scale found further south and east. These three states are however wet enough to prevent the large scale fire disasters that have been common in the western states. Tornados can be a problem, but again they are worse further south. Short of an asteroid falling from the sky I would say the upper midwest is the very safest part of North America from natural disaster. I am suprised to see any city on this list on the coast. Virgina and Conneticut both felt the wrath of a hurricane just this past summer. Those two cities should not be on the list.
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