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RivalOfTheRose
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What state has the least amount of natural disasters/extreme weather? No hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, wildfires, blizzards, typhoons, tsunamis, nor'easters, landslides, volcanoes, and such?

I used to think NJ was pretty high on that list.

Maybe Oregon or Wyoming?

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Anthonie
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AZ? Do droughts count?

I don't think it has many blizzards, tornadoes, or other extreme weather. Not sure about its plate tectonics.

It does have wildfires though I guess....

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We had a "blizzard" here in Chicago two winters ago, but aside from that we don't get much more than some snow in the winter and some rain in the fall.
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Vigor Miller
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This article lists the safest cities to live in, taking into account natural disasters, crime rates, etc.
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Samprimary
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we get wildfires and floods, just unfortunately not at the same time.
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rivka
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quote:
Originally posted by Vigor Miller:
This article lists the safest cities to live in, taking into account natural disasters, crime rates, etc.

The comments imply that several on the list have high risk of hurricanes, though.
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It's Florida. Definitely. We never have anything happen here. No sinkholes, no tornadoes, no lightning strikes, certainly no wildfires. And hurricanes? Psh. Never heard of them. I will say I'm on pins and needles waiting for the inevitable snow storm/blizzard we're due...
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According to this, the safest city is Corvallis, Oregon. All bets are off when the Cascadia subduction zone goes, though.
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Aros
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Utah. We get a bare dusting of snow in the winter, and it barely breaks 100 in the summer. No tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, floods. A bunch of other places in that article (above) get hurricanes (east coast) or floods (Arizona, Nevada).

I don't know what T:man is saying about Chicago. The amount of snow they get is a natural disaster all by itself.

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quote:
Originally posted by Vigor Miller:
This article lists the safest cities to live in, taking into account natural disasters, crime rates, etc.

Yay, Provo, UT is #8! It has the lowest amount of violent crimes per 100,000 people on the list. Actually, I'm surprised Orem isn't on the list above or with Provo. They're essentially the same city.
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Lyrhawn
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Doesn't Utah get wildfires?

I'd actually think that Michigan would be pretty low on the list. No earthquakes, few floods of real consequence, no hurricanes, an itty bitty tornadoes that never really do any damage. Nothing like living on the Gulf.

Why we continue to subsidize people moving to these danger zones is beyond me.

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Utah also gets Earthquakes, but with modern construction that's becoming less and less relevant (as compared to, say, murder or suicide rates).

The answer to this question would depend greatly on what you're looking for. Just natural disasters? In what context (i.e. if we're talking end of the world natural disasters, then the area's ability to feed itself is important, and if we're not, natural disasters aren't really that big a concern outside a few, isolated hot spots). And do you really mean "state", or just geographic point? States can vary pretty wildly within themselves when it comes to natural disasters.

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Samprimary
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which geographical region is best poised to survive the zombie outbreak
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rivka
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Well, that should be the area with the fewest brains per capita.

Probably SoCal. [Wink]

(Yes, I went there before anyone else could!)

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dude i think socal is the defacto zombie outbreak by now.

if not like, outer jersey

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quote:
which geographical region is best poised to survive the zombie outbreak
Well, according to Mr. King: you're living in it.

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quote:
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which geographical region is best poised to survive the zombie outbreak

According to World War Z, it would appear to be west of the Rockies to use the mountain range as a natural buffer, or anything above the snowline so zombies freeze in the winter, assuming you can survive the winter yourself.
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I think it's kind of signum temporis. No nuclear war threat, so we have zombies now. Pretty reassuring. Not so much with human intelligence, though [Wink]
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I saw a death by climate map and the northeast was high up there. I think heat stroke and freezing were the leading factors. My family won't believe me that living in Maryland is more dangerous than California.
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Here is that map
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quote:
Originally posted by Stephan:
I saw a death by climate map and the northeast was high up there. I think heat stroke and freezing were the leading factors. My family won't believe me that living in Maryland is more dangerous than California.

Living in Northern Virginia, I would definitely agree with you. It seems that we get some of the hottest summers and snowiest winters in the U.S. I would have to look it up, but I would wager that the D.C./Baltimore area has the highest temperature extremes in the county.
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