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Old 05-16-2019, 02:00 PM
 
Location: Chicago, IL
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more rural areas, like Ottawa, IL
Also, Plainfield is pretty far out

nothing compares to CA wildfires; also CO or Denver area hail storm is ridiculous
No, it can happen to literally any of the suburbs, even the city. As history has proven. Remember that Illinois is literally a flat swampy prairie naturally.

Plainfield is an outer suburb, but it is still a part of the Chicago metro... as is Joliet, Aurora, Oswego, Naperville, Bolingbrook, etc.

I would definitely say blizzards and frigid winter temps are a more *common* natural disaster to Chicago, and even flooding in some parts of the metro. But tornadoes don't not exist there. It's entirely possible. Even in Wicker Park and Pilsen.

CA wildfires are very bad, but so are bad tornadoes. They both can cause millions of $$'s in property damage and can kill/injure people. I don't know much about Denver hail storms, but unless they have potential to kill people, I definitely would not say that is "worse" than a tornado. Or even a "natural disaster" at all.

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Old 05-16-2019, 11:30 PM
 
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Yeah I don't get that.

Colorado Springs had 2 wildfires that destroyed almost 800 homes combined and cost millions. That's a natural disaster in my book. Also you could throw hail damage in there and that would bump Denver and CO Springs way up on the list.

Western cities with no earthquake, wildfire, or flooding risks would be the safest, like Vegas as stated above. I think Arizona is pretty bad with flash flooding.

To me, flooding and hurricanes are the 2 I wouldn't take risks with. Earthquakes I'm not sure on either. The other natural disasters I would be ok gambling on.
The issue with earthquakes is the unpredictable nature of them. They could happen at any time. At least with the others you generally have some kind of warning.
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Old 05-18-2019, 02:28 PM
 
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I know, right? Chicago should have been in the top 10, and I was very surprised that it wasn't. Although a tornado risk does exist in the suburbs, the city itself hasn't had a tornado since 1969, and the urban density and high concentration of tall skyscrapers probably help impede tornado formation.
I think it's more to do with the city's proximity to the lake stabilizing the temperature a bit compared to areas further inland. I used to live in LaSalle county and it seemed like there were tornado warnings every other day. A few actually touched down and killed people.

I really don't understand Columbus being in the top ten.
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Old 05-18-2019, 02:54 PM
 
Location: Taos NM
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The issue with earthquakes is the unpredictable nature of them. They could happen at any time. At least with the others you generally have some kind of warning.
There's no prior eminent warning or accurate long term estimates. For instance, some people say the New Madrid fault might not shake again with a high intensity. But if there was another quake like the previous one, most of Memphis would be severely damaged.
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Old 05-18-2019, 03:44 PM
 
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Another related list: https://www.cbsnews.com/media/top-10...ral-disasters/
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