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View Poll Results: Worst Natural Disaster
Hurricanes 4 10.81%
Tornadoes 2 5.41%
Earthquakes 16 43.24%
Floods 7 18.92%
Blizzards 1 2.70%
Landslides/Avalanches 0 0%
Wildfires 6 16.22%
Sandstorms 1 2.70%
Voters: 37. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 12-14-2009, 12:37 PM
 
Location: Cary, North Carolina
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What do you think is the worst natural disaster?
Tornadoes have the highest winds.
Hurricanes last much longer and bring storm surge.
Blizzards cause large power outages and make travel impossible.
Earthquakes can shatter buildings.
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Old 12-14-2009, 09:29 PM
 
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I picked wildfires cause survival in one would be difficult and very painful.
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Old 12-15-2009, 01:52 AM
 
Location: Eastern Sydney, Australia
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I've really hated the prevailing westerly winds even more (El Nino) ever since it delayed our departure to America by 4 hours on the 23rd of September by way of an ugly dust-storm, not to mention gusts reaching 100 km/hr
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Old 08-18-2010, 03:43 PM
 
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Earthquakes and Wildfires by far! I was in the devastating fires of 2003 and 2007 here in San Diego and we had to evacuate. Both are scary and unpredictable!
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Old 08-18-2010, 04:10 PM
 
Location: Newcastle NSW Australia
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Tsunamis is not mentioned here, but that is my pick - they are usually due to earthquakes , but not always. (eg Krakatoa in Indonesia in 1883 - the volcano literally exploded off the face of the Earth).
The 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami in ASIA killed nearly 300,000 people.
Pictures and videos of that are truly frightening.
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Old 08-18-2010, 07:48 PM
 
Location: New Jersey
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Earthquakes. Very little you can do in that sort of situation.

At least with hurricanes, tornadoes, blizzards, and even wildfires, you have some warning.
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Old 08-18-2010, 10:43 PM
 
Location: Middle Tennessee
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Tsunamis can be the worst because of such a wide range of destruction and loss of life. Should have been in the list.
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Old 08-19-2010, 02:37 AM
 
Location: Invercargill, New Zealand
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Earthquakes,

You have absolutely no warning, been threw my fair share of large earthquakes, although the closet epicenter of them has not been within 50miles

2009 Fiordland earthquake - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
GeoNet – M 7.2, Fiordland, August 22 2003
GeoNet – M 6.7, George Sound, October 16 2007
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/worl.../25/2003216662

A couple of other I can't find links for, but yeah, don't really like them!
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Old 08-19-2010, 03:06 AM
 
Location: Vancouver, BC
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I agree... earthquakes are the worst. You can`t predict one. Things can be normal one minute and then the next without any warning whatsoever the ground is shaking violently and everything is falling apart.
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Old 08-19-2010, 08:09 AM
 
Location: Bellingham, WA
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Tsunamis is not mentioned here, but that is my pick - they are usually due to earthquakes , but not always. (eg Krakatoa in Indonesia in 1883 - the volcano literally exploded off the face of the Earth).
The 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami in ASIA killed nearly 300,000 people.
Pictures and videos of that are truly frightening.
That would have been my choice. It's amazing that we need water to live, and we're comprised partially of water, yet it can kill us so easily.
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