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Old 03-31-2009, 04:25 PM
 
Location: Bel Air, California
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According to Sustain Lane Natural Disaster Risk - 2008 US Cities Sustainability Ranking by SustainLane.com, the worst 12 U.S. cities (of the 50 most populated) at risk of a natural disaster are:

39.Columbus, OH
39.Tulsa, OK
39.Oklahoma City, OK
42.Long Beach, CA
43.Los Angeles, CA
45.San Jose, CA
46.Honolulu, HI
47.San Francisco, CA
48.Oakland, CA
49.New Orleans, LA
50.Miami, FL
(not too many surprises there)


the 10 safest are:

1. Mesa, AZ
1. Milwaukee, WI
3. Cleveland, OH
3. Phoenix, AZ
3. Tucson, AZ
3. El Paso, TX
7. Colorado Springs, CO
8. Philadelphia, PA
8. Minneapolis, MN
8. Detroit, MI

The cities above were ranked by risk of natural disasters that could change the landscape of a city in a short period of time, affecting most city structures, water and energy supplies, in addition to the widespread loss of life. Drought and urban wildfires were not included.
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Old 03-31-2009, 05:35 PM
 
Location: In the heights
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it's too bad detroit is such a human disaster
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Old 03-31-2009, 05:38 PM
 
Location: suburb of Chicago
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New Orleans definatley. That place is itching for disasterous floods
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Old 03-31-2009, 05:50 PM
 
Location: Teaneck, NJ
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New Orleans definatley. That place is itching for disasterous floods
O YEA!
New Orleans should be the worst no matter what the population is.. that whole area is a dead zone.
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Old 03-31-2009, 06:05 PM
 
Location: Greater PDX
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Drought and urban wildfires were not included.
For accuracy, they probably should've been, considering damaging wildfires occur more frequently than damaging earthquakes (even if the damage isn't as widespread) and a really, really bad drought would not be a fun thing to live through in Phoenix or Tucson.
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Old 03-31-2009, 07:04 PM
 
Location: Cleveland
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Cleveland the 3rd safest?

I knew it would be on the safer side for Natural disasters, but didnt know it was that safe. This is great news.


Its funny how Columbus is only about 120 miles south of Cleveland, but is on the most dangerous side of the list.
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Old 03-31-2009, 08:40 PM
 
Location: Bel Air, California
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For accuracy, they probably should've been, considering damaging wildfires occur more frequently than damaging earthquakes (even if the damage isn't as widespread) and a really, really bad drought would not be a fun thing to live through in Phoenix or Tucson.
from SustainLane..."SustainLane did not analyze drought in this category, as this natural phenomenon may be mitigated by water importation and conservation. Urban wildfires were also excluded from this study, as wildfire damage in modern cities typically affects only limited areas -- the Oakland, California firestorm of 1991 being one tragic exception."

Wonder how often those wildfires turn out not to be that "natural" after all.
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Old 05-06-2009, 10:14 AM
 
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the instant kill radius of a yellowstone supervolcano eruption is 1000 miles.

Experts predict that the volcano of Cumbre Vieja on the island of La Palma could despatch a massive slab of rock twice the size of the Isle of Man crashing into the Atlantic Ocean.

The effect would be to generate a monster wave travelling faster than a jet aircraft and with the energy equivalent to the combined output of America's power stations working flat out for six months.

After travelling across 4,000 miles of the Atlantic for about nine hours the tsunami - a giant wave - would hit the Caribbean islands and the east coasts of Canada and the United States with devastating effect.

The wave would stretch for many miles and would sweep into the estuaries and harbours for up to 20 miles inland, destroying everything in its path. Boston, New York, Washington DC and Miami would be virtually wiped off the map and tens of millions of people killed, said Professor Bill McGuire director of the Benfield Grieg Hazard Research Centre at University College London.
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Old 05-06-2009, 10:28 AM
 
Location: Jersey City
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The wave would stretch for many miles and would sweep into the estuaries and harbours for up to 20 miles inland, destroying everything in its path. Boston, New York, Washington DC and Miami would be virtually wiped off the map and tens of millions of people killed, said Professor Bill McGuire director of the Benfield Grieg Hazard Research Centre at University College London.
Washington DC is nearly 200 nautical miles from the ocean. If a tsunami entered Chesapeake Bay, traveled up the bay and up the Potomac River for about 100 nautical miles, we might have an issue there. I think the Eastern Shore would provide a nice, protective breakwater for Washington.

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Old 05-06-2009, 12:15 PM
 
Location: The land of sugar... previously Houston and Austin
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Cleveland OH is on the safe list and Columbus OH is on the dangerous list? Please explain...
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