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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 10-12-2012, 09:40 PM
 
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Which of the following disaster-prone cities do you think is the most dangerous? Which one would you be most afraid to live, considering only natural disaster risk and nothing else?

Los Angeles (Earthquakes)
San Francisco (Earthquakes)
New Orleans (Hurricanes)
Miami (Hurricanes)
Tampa (Hurricanes)
Houston (Hurricanes)
Oklahoma City (Tornadoes)
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Old 10-12-2012, 09:42 PM
 
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It's definitely between Los Angeles and San Francisco. Apparently many seismologist proclaim that San Francisco in particular is long overdue for a catastrophic earthquake.
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Old 10-12-2012, 10:32 PM
 
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Any coastal city is at serious risk, even those that don't have a history of natural disaster, like all 5 of the Northeast cities.

I voted for Miami in this case, but it's really a toss up between Miami, LA and SF in my mind. All of them will inevitably be greatly affected by natural disaster. Maybe because I'm from the East Coast and see nasty storms every year, but I'm more afraid of hurricanes than earthquakes.
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Old 10-13-2012, 12:41 AM
 
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It's definitely between Los Angeles and San Francisco. Apparently many seismologist proclaim that San Francisco in particular is long overdue for a catastrophic earthquake.
More people have been killed in the last decade of hurricanes than the last century of earthquakes. Earthquakes are not that bad. The occasional big one my be bad, but look at Katrina. When was the last time LA or SF looked like that?
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Old 10-13-2012, 06:28 AM
 
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Any coastal city is at serious risk, even those that don't have a history of natural disaster, like all 5 of the Northeast cities.

I voted for Miami in this case, but it's really a toss up between Miami, LA and SF in my mind. All of them will inevitably be greatly affected by natural disaster. Maybe because I'm from the East Coast and see nasty storms every year, but I'm more afraid of hurricanes than earthquakes.
Miami??? Really???

The last hurricane to make landfall there was in 1992, 19 years ago. Prior to that it was like 1964. Meanwhile everyone talks about LA solely for earthquakes but has everyone forgotten the mudslides and wildfires?? Pretty much every year either or both happen. I'd be more afraid of earthquakes, fires and mudslides where there is little or no warning. Hurricanes are broadcast to the highest alert level and you have plenty of time to prepare.
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Old 10-13-2012, 06:32 AM
 
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Which of the following disaster-prone cities do you think is the most dangerous? Which one would you be most afraid to live, considering only natural disaster risk and nothing else?

Los Angeles (Earthquakes)
San Francisco (Earthquakes)
New Orleans (Hurricanes)
Miami (Hurricanes)
Tampa (Hurricanes)
Houston (Hurricanes)
Oklahoma City (Tornadoes)
FYI, Tampa has never had a hurricane make landfall there since it's not actually on the coast. St Petersburg, the twin city of the Tampa Bay area (the one actually on the coast) hasn't had one make landfall there either.
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Old 10-13-2012, 08:40 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh PA
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I would have to say New Orleans. When you live in a city that is shaped like a bowl surrounded by water, all it takes is a failure of the levys by another strong hurricane and you have Katrina all over again. I would put San Francisco close behind due to being located on a peninsula with bridges and freeways being the only way out. If a category 10 hits and fires run rampant, the 700,000+ residents will have to rely on the surface streets (probably broken) and limited ferry service to escape the city while fires run rampant. I would not want to live there when that happens. Another interesting one to think about would be NYC with hurricanes. I heard that although it is unlikely, if one hit Manhattan it would be extremely devastating
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Old 10-13-2012, 09:31 AM
 
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You can see and forecast hurricanes days away and thousands of miles out. There are zero warnings for earthquakes. Because of that, I voted San Francisco as most at risk, but LA isn't far behind.
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Old 10-13-2012, 09:46 AM
 
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I voted LA, seem to have more mudslides and wildfires, SF would be 2nd...

What about Portland and Seattle, many active volcanoes up there

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Old 10-13-2012, 11:04 AM
 
Location: SoCal
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Miami??? Really???

The last hurricane to make landfall there was in 1992, 19 years ago. Prior to that it was like 1964. Meanwhile everyone talks about LA solely for earthquakes but has everyone forgotten the mudslides and wildfires?? Pretty much every year either or both happen. I'd be more afraid of earthquakes, fires and mudslides where there is little or no warning. Hurricanes are broadcast to the highest alert level and you have plenty of time to prepare.
Mudslides are extremely localized, and wildfires more often than not happen in sparsely populated wilderness. The closest "LA" comes to burning is if Malibu or anywhere in the Santa Monica Mtns burns. But even that is only a drop in the bucket in terms of population affected.

Historically speaking, even the deadliest earthquake in LA's history doesn't even scratch the surface of the most deadly hurricanes. Even with all that warning, hurricanes kill more people.

Hurricane Katrina: A week or preparation and warning and 1,833 lives lost.

Northridge Earthquake: No warning whatsoever. 57 lives lost.

I don't know....57 < 1,833. Just saying, I'll take earthquakes, mudslides and wildfires every single day than ONE hurricane season. Warning and all.
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