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View Poll Results: Which of these disaster-prone cities is the most dangerous?
Los Angeles (Earthquakes) 6 8.70%
San Francisco (Earthquakes) 15 21.74%
New Orleans (Hurricanes) 23 33.33%
Miami (Hurricanes) 11 15.94%
Tampa (Hurricanes) 1 1.45%
Houston (Hurricanes) 1 1.45%
Oklahoma City (Tornadoes) 9 13.04%
Other 3 4.35%
Voters: 69. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 10-16-2012, 08:28 AM
 
Location: Pasadena, CA
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There's even a ranking for this.
I wonder if NYC is up there just because it is so big and dense? Not really a city I associate with natural disasters.
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Old 10-16-2012, 08:39 AM
 
Location: northern Vermont - previously NM, WA, & MA
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In reading through this thread I notice people seem to justify the vulnerability or lack there of by the frequency of disaster striking certain cities which means absolutely nothing. Disaster can strike anywhere at anytime. Some cities that are unlisted on the poll that are prone to very large earthquakes..

Memphis
St. Louis
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Madrid_Seismic_Zone

Seattle
Portland
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seattle_Fault

Anchorage
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1964_Alaska_earthquake


Even New York City and Boston are vulnerable to major disaster......


Americas East Coast Mega Tsunami Canary Islands explained - YouTube
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Old 10-16-2012, 09:28 AM
 
Location: Pasadena, CA
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This gives me a little peace of mind: NOAA declares Los Angeles StormReady and TsunamiReady

But really, if the tsunami was as devastating as Japan's, I'm not sure all the preparation in the world is going to help much. Still, it's better to be prepared.
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Old 10-16-2012, 11:31 AM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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What about the risk of a tsunami off the coast of LA or SF??? We have all recently seen the recent devastation that happened in Tokyo and the Indian Ocean.
The type of fault that causes tsunami's aren't really found off the coast by SF and LA. The tsunami risk in Ca is from faults much farther away like Chile, Japan, and Alaska which would allow for plenty of warning compared to what happened in Japan and the Indian Ocean. The major faults in CA are the strike-slip type versus thrust faults which cause tsunami's.
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Old 10-16-2012, 11:49 AM
 
Location: Washington, DC area
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You guys are all crazy. It's OKC by a long shot.

Baseball size hail, F5 tornadoes, extreme heat/drought, all stuff that happens quite frequently and is not so easy to prepare for or evacuate to safe areas. Twice as many people died in the small city of Joplin when they got hit by a tornado than in the 1989 earthquake that hit the heavily populated bay area 23 years ago.

So my guess is a city that is not even listed.

Dallas/Fort Worth.

If an F5 Tornado were to stay on the ground for 20 or even 50-60 miles in the DFW area, 1000’s would die and billions of dollars worth of destruction would occur. It's only a matter of time when one of these tornadoes hits a very large sprawling metro area and does incomprehensible damage.
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Old 10-16-2012, 12:18 PM
 
Location: South St Louis
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Memphis - Tornadoes, Flooding (Mississippi River), and Earthquakes (New Madrid Fault).
I agree! The combined real threat of tornadoes, flooding and earthquakes poses a much greater danger than any one type of disaster alone.
St. Louis is in the same situation as Memphis. The area has been hit by major tornadoes many times; it was a victim of the Great Flood of 1993; and it lies at the northern end of the New Madrid Fault, which poses a huge threat to a city composed of many brick buildings. On top of all that, (and I've mentioned this before): Except by one major road, St. Louis city and county cannot be reached without crossing a river. If a major earthquake destroyed or damaged those bridges, over 1.3 million people would be isolated from assistance and rescue.
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Old 10-16-2012, 12:20 PM
 
Location: roaming gnome
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Why is London and Paris on that natural disaster risk list, another invasion by Germany?
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Old 10-16-2012, 12:26 PM
 
Location: Nob Hill, San Francisco, CA
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I wonder if NYC is up there just because it is so big and dense? Not really a city I associate with natural disasters.
Flood levels. Manhattan is literally at sea level, anything more will begin flooding the city. It was one of their concerns during Hurricane Irene 2 years back, if the hurricane was just a lil bit stronger it would have flooded the entire city and the subways.

Metereologists say it only takes a cat 3 for NYC to experience the damage of a cat 5.
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Old 10-16-2012, 12:50 PM
 
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Why is London and Paris on that natural disaster risk list, another invasion by Germany?
London is less than 100 feet above sea level and is served by a tidal river. Same reason DC is at risk for tsunami.

Thames Barrier - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 10-16-2012, 01:14 PM
 
Location: Austin
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You guys are all crazy. It's OKC by a long shot.

Baseball size hail, F5 tornadoes, extreme heat/drought, all stuff that happens quite frequently and is not so easy to prepare for or evacuate to safe areas. Twice as many people died in the small city of Joplin when they got hit by a tornado than in the 1989 earthquake that hit the heavily populated bay area 23 years ago.

So my guess is a city that is not even listed.

Dallas/Fort Worth.

If an F5 Tornado were to stay on the ground for 20 or even 50-60 miles in the DFW area, 1000’s would die and billions of dollars worth of destruction would occur. It's only a matter of time when one of these tornadoes hits a very large sprawling metro area and does incomprehensible damage.
That would be very devastating considering just how large the DFW metropolitan is, I can't imagine being stuck in traffic with an F5 tornado in my rear view mirror.
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