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View Poll Results: What State has the average 80 degree weather lots of sun, little rain, and is safe from natural disa
Florida 1 1.96%
California 9 17.65%
Hawaii 12 23.53%
North Carolina 6 11.76%
South Carolina 3 5.88%
Texas 6 11.76%
Arkansas 3 5.88%
Tennessee 6 11.76%
Georgia 10 19.61%
Nevada 29 56.86%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 51. You may not vote on this poll

 
 
Old 03-11-2009, 09:31 PM
 
Location: Augusta GA
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Savannah has not had any real Hurricane problems for years and years. North and Central Georgia actually get quite a bit of severe weather. In the 18 years I've been here, I've been through a microburst, 2 tornado's in my county at the time (Fayette), 5 or 6 fairly significant hail storms, a couple of bad ice storms, exceptional drought status a couple of years ago including a pretty good heat wave, and in the summer and spring a severe thunderstorm just about every other day!
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Old 05-27-2009, 08:59 AM
 
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Research crime statistics too. You should be just as concerned (if not more) about robbery, murder and assault compared to earthquakes or hurricanes. My research has shown Boise Idaho, eastern Washington state and parts ofeastern Oregon are low risk in natural disasters and severe weather. New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine are lowest in crime.
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Old 05-27-2009, 09:15 AM
 
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Although not frequent, Hawaii is prone to receiving hurricanes (tropical cyclones) or tropical storms, and earthquakes (the last major one being in late 2006 - a 6.6 magnitude just north of Kona, followed by a 5.8, then a 4.8). I had just left Kona a few days prior to this. Earthquakes in Hawaii (especially near the Big Island), like along the West Coast (Nevada included) are a weekly, if not daily event (most are just not felt).

I say AZ is the safest from natural disaster. Even then, once in a great while, we may receive the remnants of a tropical storm or hurricane off the western coast of Mexico or Baja California Peninsula, but again, that doesn't happen too often.
I was wondering why Hawaii was getting so many votes. You pointed out most, but you forgot tsunamis and volcanoes aswell. They probably have the biggest variety of Natural disasters , although unfrequent. There is always a price for paradise.
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Old 05-27-2009, 10:08 AM
 
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Are you seriously trying to compare China to the USA when it comes to BUILDING SAFETY? Do you realize how few people are killed by earthquakes in the US every DECADE? The last major quake to hit CA was 15 years ago. Big quakes are very rare in CA and do strike often at all nor do they kill that many people. Some people are way too scared of quakes than they should be, they are far less deadly than hurricanes, tornadoes, and floods.
Completely agree. Also, you can mitigate the earthquake fears somewhat by where you live. San Diego rarely gets earthquakes compared to Orange County or LA. Not saying they don't happen, just not nearly as frequently or intensely. Frankly I'd be more concerned about wildfires in CA than earthquakes. San Diego had very major wildfires in 03 and 07 that devastated massive areas of the county, and other areas of CA haven't fared too well either.
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Old 05-27-2009, 10:17 AM
 
Location: Richmond
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There is one not listed there. I am from Richmond, VA and it is very mild here. There is no place that is completely safe, but I have lived here 20 years and I have never experienced a hurricane, tornado, natural fire, ect. It may get a little warm in the summer, but we have AC and a pool, so there you go!
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Old 05-27-2009, 10:09 PM
 
Location: Baton Rouge
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If you don't like rain, then Florida is NOT for you. It has more thunderstorms than any state, closely followed by Louisiana...plus the Hurricane Factor.

I once tried to figure out what major city was least likely to be heavily affected by natural disaster, and I came up with San Antonio, Tx. The one thing I came up with that could affect it was tornadoes, but there was a thread on the Texas forum a while back where locals who had lived there for 20+ years had never heard of a touchdown within the city, and only minor ones in the surrounding area. It is far enough inland that a hurricane strike on the Texas coast should not cause anything catastrophic.
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Old 05-28-2009, 04:15 PM
 
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Central California, SJ Valley
Natural Disasters: None

Earthquakes, Nope.. Name one felt in the SJ Valley?
Snow: doesnt snow
Lightning: Rare
Floods: Lol I wish
Hurricanes: yea right
San Storms: To green
Tornadoes: Nope
Mudslides: 800mi x 60mi wide... all FLAT surrounded by 4,000-12,000ft mountains


California gets earthquakes like every 5yrs, big ones every 15-20yrs
Besides mudslides and wildfires (SoCal)... California is in goodshape.



Typical San Juaquin Valley Cities:
Sacramento
Fresno
Bakerfield
Modesto
Stockton
Tracy
Merced
Vasalia

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Old 05-28-2009, 05:26 PM
 
Location: Rural Northern California
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Central California, SJ Valley
Natural Disasters: None

Earthquakes, Nope.. Name one felt in the SJ Valley?
Snow: doesnt snow
Lightning: Rare
Floods: Lol I wish
Hurricanes: yea right
San Storms: To green
Tornadoes: Nope
Mudslides: 800mi x 60mi wide... all FLAT surrounded by 4,000-12,000ft mountains


California gets earthquakes like every 5yrs, big ones every 15-20yrs
Besides mudslides and wildfires (SoCal)... California is in goodshape.



Typical San Juaquin Valley Cities:
Sacramento
Fresno
Bakerfield
Modesto
Stockton
Tracy
Merced
Vasalia
Sacramento is one of, if not the most, flood-prone cities in the United States.

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Originally Posted by Popular Mechanics
SACRAMENTO, CALIF. Pop: 458,000
Built on a flood plain more than 70 miles inland, Sacramento, a maritime port served by two rivers, is considered one of the most flood-prone U.S. cities. Rain and meltwater from nearby mountains could surge down the valley, overtaking dams and levees. Heavy rainfall from a storm in 1986 came 20 minutes short of causing a major flood.
DEFENSES: A series of 28 dams upstream.
FORECAST: Advance warning is limited to a day or two, and a dam failure (like the Folsom's broken gate in 1995) would be devastating during a storm.
4 Catastrophic Flood-Prone Cities - Popular Mechanics (http://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/industry/1829867.html - broken link)

Also, as far as Earthquakes go, they can and are felt in the Valley. The 1857 Fort Tejon Earthquake, a 7.9 magnitude earthquake on the San Andreas Fault, was felt as far north as Marysville, and as far east as Las Vegas. The San Andreas Fault passes very near the western edge of the Valley, and indeed offshoots of it do pass underneath the Valley in several places.

Here is an earthquake risk map, courtesy of the USGS, showing the entire United States. As you can see, the Central Valley varies between "moderate" and "very high." The southern portion of the valley, the San Joaquin, is actually more at risk than norther portion (the Sacramento Valley).
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Old 05-28-2009, 06:56 PM
 
Location: where my heart is
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I would go with Az. or NV.
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Old 05-28-2009, 07:03 PM
 
Location: Concrete jungle where dreams are made of.
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Sacramento is one of, if not the most, flood-prone cities in the United States.



4 Catastrophic Flood-Prone Cities - Popular Mechanics (http://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/industry/1829867.html - broken link)

Also, as far as Earthquakes go, they can and are felt in the Valley. The 1857 Fort Tejon Earthquake, a 7.9 magnitude earthquake on the San Andreas Fault, was felt as far north as Marysville, and as far east as Las Vegas. The San Andreas Fault passes very near the western edge of the Valley, and indeed offshoots of it do pass underneath the Valley in several places.

Here is an earthquake risk map, courtesy of the USGS, showing the entire United States. As you can see, the Central Valley varies between "moderate" and "very high." The southern portion of the valley, the San Joaquin, is actually more at risk than norther portion (the Sacramento Valley).

Why is Long Island blue, and half of upstate has more of a chance? We're extremely vulnerable to a flood. Sometimes maps completely forget to include us, lol.
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