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Old 08-31-2015, 08:45 AM
 
Location: Denver, Colorado U.S.A.
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Avoiding earthquakes or natural disasters of any kind won't prolong the likelihood of you remaining injury and death-free.

Earthquakes are very rare here. Colorado gets several tornadoes a year, but the likelihood of you getting injured or killed by one is rare. I haven't seen a flood, but they can happen. It'd be very hard for a hurricane to get here.

We do have blizzards, ice, and snow. This will be the "disaster" that you'll experience fairly often in CO.

Most of Colorado is nice to live in. However, we have feeble attempts at ghettos, and we have crime. There are drugs and tweakers here, but less than I ever saw in CA (I'm originally from CA).

OP, if you are interested in moving out of CA, you need to travel some. That way you can form your own opinions on things and places, and then you can compare them to what you already know.
Yeah, what's with the tweakers in CA?? It's like you just can't get away from them. We had 2 in our condo complex and just TWO tweakers were able to make like miserable for so many people. The only tweakers I see in Denver are on Colfax, probably most of the lady workers But not in my neighborhood, bothering people all night.

I did some research on earthquakes in CO and apparently there's more risk than most people are aware of. There was something like a 7.0 quake somewhere between Denver and Estes Park in the 1800s. If that happened today, the damage along the Front Range could be pretty bad. But overall, Denver doesn't have a huge natural disaster risk.
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Old 08-31-2015, 12:25 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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...But overall, Denver doesn't have a huge natural disaster risk.
not the case in 1965, fortunately a few things have changed... I do recall 1965 very vividly, wasn't pretty.
1965 South Platte River Floods

(and in 1965 I was unaware of what I would get in 1976.)
The Big Thompson - The Coloradoan - www.coloradoan.com

Denver is ripe for a twister (and probably most likely natural disaster apart from a significant hail storm of 1979 proportions... softball sized / killed horses and kids.).
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Old 09-02-2015, 07:39 AM
 
Location: Edgewater, CO
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not the case in 1965, fortunately a few things have changed... I do recall 1965 very vividly, wasn't pretty.
1965 South Platte River Floods

(and in 1965 I was unaware of what I would get in 1976.)
The Big Thompson - The Coloradoan - www.coloradoan.com

Denver is ripe for a twister (and probably most likely natural disaster apart from a significant hail storm of 1979 proportions... softball sized / killed horses and kids.).
Don't forget the 2013 floods: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2013_Colorado_floods
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Old 09-02-2015, 10:12 AM
 
Location: Denver, Colorado U.S.A.
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not the case in 1965, fortunately a few things have changed... I do recall 1965 very vividly, wasn't pretty.
1965 South Platte River Floods

(and in 1965 I was unaware of what I would get in 1976.)
The Big Thompson - The Coloradoan - www.coloradoan.com

Denver is ripe for a twister (and probably most likely natural disaster apart from a significant hail storm of 1979 proportions... softball sized / killed horses and kids.).
Yeah, floods can be bad, but if you don't live in a flood zone (or fire zone), not too much to worry about. And I imagine it's highly unlikely that an F4 or F5 tornado could form over Denver. I watched a funnel cloud about 3 weeks ago over Centennial, and last month an F0 came near our house in Stapleton. It knocked down a few trees in Lowry and tore someone's porch down, but an F0 isn't much of a threat.
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Old 09-02-2015, 11:01 AM
 
Location: Aurora, CO
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I personally think anyone who believes Colorado doesn't have damaging earthquake potential is kidding themselves. If you're anywhere along the Front Range look to the west. Those mountains you see are almost exclusively the product of tectonic uplift. This state's earthquake potential is largely unstudied because they occur so infrequently here.

There are hundreds of potentially active faults in the state, but three are of the most concern. Seismologists believe the Sawatch and Sangre de Cristo faults are capable of producing quakes in the range of 6.25 to 7.5, and the Cheraw Fault east of Pueblo could cause a tremor as small as a 4.0 or as large as a 6.0.

Will any of this happen in our lifetimes? Statistically speaking probably not - but it could.

Some light mapping - if you're bored at work.

http://dnrwebcomapg.state.co.us/CGSOnline/
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Old 09-02-2015, 01:53 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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I personally think anyone who believes Colorado doesn't have damaging earthquake potential is kidding themselves. ...
Will any of this happen in our lifetimes? Statistically speaking probably not - but it could.
Would be NICE to get some new 'hot springs' on the front range!
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