From Canes to Quakes: Deciphering Disasters

May 16, 2011 at 12:13 AM (Uncategorized)

I read an interesting article earlier, which posted information about what are being considered as the top areas across The United States that are at risk for disasters.  A full layout of all fifty states was posted, and it displayed which areas of the nation have various levesl of risk probability.  Some of the results could be viewed as suprising.

These results listed the areas across the nation which are at risk of dealing with the effects of natural disasters.  This includes occurrences brought about by weather and geological events.  The areas with the highest potentials for facing natural disasters are not necessarily within the nation’s greatest population regions, yet are within areas where weather and it’s effects are consistent causes for catastrophe.

Sperling’s Best Places conducted a study to view which areas of  The United States are subject to certain levels of natually occurring disasters.  It seems that the major metropolitan areas along the west coast are at the least levels of risk for any types of natural hazards.  That situation of settled survival spreads eastward, with levels increasing slightly as the study moves east – northeast, and increasing intensely as the study moves east – southeast.

The safest areas to live in the nation that are practically free of disaster include the greater area of The United States’ west coast.  Minus The Greater Los Angeles Area, the western states are practically void of any levels of extreme danger.  L.A. has ratings of medium level hazard, with a portion extending into Greater San Diego.  

The lower levels of danger risk seem to spread eastward – northeastward.  It does stay low until major population regions are reached.  Northern areas that include Salt Lake City, Denver, Minneapolis, Green Bay, and Pittsburgh are rated as locations with low levels of hazard risk.  It increases mildly among northern U.S. areas that include Kansas City, St. Louis, Chicago, Indianapolis, and Cleveland.  Even New York City, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. are shown as places that have minor risks for natural disasters.

The increased levels spread throughout the southern section of The United States.  East from Oklahoma to The Carolinas, and southeast from Texas to Florida are the areas that have been ranked as the areas of highest risk.  Nashville, New Orleans, and Miami are among some of the locations with mid-level risk ratings.  However, areas that include Orlando, Atlanta, Birmingham, Jackson, the southern Baton Rouge area, and all of the major metropolitan regions of Texas are rated at the highest levels of risk for natural disaster.

It seems that weather is the obviously primary force behind the risks for disaster throughout the southern United States area.  Cities that include Miami, Orlando, Atlanta, Jackson, Baton Rouge, Houston, Dallas-Fort Worth, Austin, and San Antonio are among the locations that have the highest risk levels.  Hurricanes are a constant threat to the Atlantic and Gulf Coast regions of The United States.  Yet, inner locations such as  Dallas – Fort Worth, and that surrounding area, have the highest levels for natural risk, being subject to suffer through practically everything besides earthquakes!

Earthquakes naturally occur along the active tectonic region of The U.S. west coast.  However, these areas are within the low to moderate level ratings for natural hazards.  Only the Los Angeles area has the highest level, yet it is only at a mid-level rating of danger.  The locations along The New Madrid Fault Line also have higher levels of risk because of this active tectonic region that extends through Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, and Tennessee.

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