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View Poll Results: Do natural disasters matter?
yes 46 58.23%
no 33 41.77%
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Old 06-24-2010, 04:11 PM
 
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I did a search on this, nothing came up.

If you wanted to move to the South, would you decide not to live there because of floods, and hurricanes?

Would you give up California because of earthquakes, wildfires, and mudslides?

Would you give up the midwest because of tornados?

Basically, do you take into account the type of disasters before moving?
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Old 06-24-2010, 04:18 PM
 
Location: DC/Brooklyn, NY/Miami, FL
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If you wanted to move to the South, would you decide not to live there because of floods, and hurricanes?
I wouldn't move to anything along the gulf coast

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Would you give up California because of earthquakes, wildfires, and mudslides?
Sure would, I think it was stupid to build cities on faults IMO. But if California legalizes weed then I'd be over there in a heartbeat.

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Would you give up the midwest because of tornados?
Yep

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Basically, do you take into account the type of disasters before moving?
You betcha
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Old 06-24-2010, 04:32 PM
 
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To be fair, most california cities were already built before the faults were discovered and if that's the case than maybe cities shouldn't have been built on Tornado alley or along the Gulf Coast or even the Northeast with their blizzard winters.
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Old 06-24-2010, 05:26 PM
 
Location: St. Joseph Area
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I don't want to live in a high risk hurricane area. I'd hate to risk having my home blown away/flooded/destroyed in a storm like that.
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Old 06-24-2010, 06:49 PM
 
Location: NYC/Orlando
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I wouldn't ever live in tornado alley. I don't have any reason/desire to move there anyway, and it seems everyone I've known from the midwest has a tornado story. No thanks! I probably wouldn't want to live on the Florida coast either, but hurricane season is usually mild, then there's crazy years like 2004. Never been afraid of them in Orlando, though.
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Old 06-25-2010, 10:32 AM
 
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We're all going to die of something. Statistically speaking, you have greater odds of growing a third eye than being killed by a natural disaster. (You do know that 72.3% of all statistics are made up on the spot, don't you?)

After a big quake in SoCal in the late '60s a guy moved to my hometown to get away from quakes. He died his first winter there with a heart attack shoveling snow.

Never have understood why anyone would build in a flood plain any where.

I live in the south now, used to live in earthquake country, and grew up where a volcano burped (big) on me. All my friends in each one of those areas think you'd be crazy to live in the other. I gotta say this about tornadoes and volcanoes...at least they are generally polite enough to give you a little warning. Earthquakes are just rude...
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Old 06-25-2010, 10:42 AM
 
Location: Colorado (PA at heart)
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I think I'd be okay with hurricanes because you usually get ample warning to evacuate. But stuff with little to no warning like major earthquakes or tornados, I don't think I could live there. England gets some earthquakes but they don't have high death counts.
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Old 06-25-2010, 10:57 AM
 
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Earthquakes are incredibly uncommon compared to other natural disasters, yet people constantly complain that they wouldn't move to California b/c the fear of them as if the "big ones" happen all the time. I lived in California for most of my life, and while small earthquakes are happening all the time, I can't honestly say that I have ever felt one.
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Old 06-25-2010, 10:58 AM
 
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The same can be said about tornadoes though. According to statistics the chances of your house being destroyed, or of you being killed/injured in a tornado in tornado alley, is around 0%.

It happens, but for the 20 people that die from them every year, 50,000,000 don't. I've lived here all my life and never ACTUALLY been afriad because of a tornado. They're really exciting when you have warnings out and big storms, but in your head you just kinda know that the chances of your house being destroyed are a needle in a haystack. I can't imagine not moving here just because of tornadoes. That would be like never going outdoors because a bird MIGHT crap on your head.

Statistically, if you stood in one spot in tornado alley, a damaging tornado would hit you once every 12,000 to 14,000 years.
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Old 06-25-2010, 11:02 AM
 
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According to statistics though, the chances of your house being destroyed, or of you being killed/injured in a tornado in tornado alley is around 0%.

It happens, but for the 20 people that die from them every year, 50,000,000 don't. I've lived here all my life and never ACTUALLY been afriad because of a tornado. It's kind of like that getting hit by lightning thing.

Statistically, if you stood in one spot in tornado alley, a damaging tornado would hit you once every 12,000 to 14,000 years.
I get what you are saying, but it is impossible for the % to be 0 as people (not many) do die every year and quite a few homes are destroyed each year in tornado alley. So there technically has to be a % chance, albeit VERY very small.
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