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The 10 Cities Most At Risk Of Being Hit By Natural Disasters
Business Insider ^ | 03/30/2014 | Harrison Jacobs

Posted on 03/30/2014 6:43:19 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

Swiss Re, a global reinsurance company, has analyzed the disaster potential for 616 of the world’s largest cities (PDF).

Each city is ranked according to its potential for earthquakes, storms, storm surges, tsunamis, and river floods. For each type of disaster, Swiss Re devised an extreme weather scenario in which defenses fail and the human and economic toll can be enormous. 

Further, each city was ranked based on the effect each scenario would have on its residents by combining population-distribution data and vulnerability estimates for each disaster. The scenarios consider fatalities, injuries, evacuations, those whose homes would be damaged or destroyed, and those who would be unable to access their workplace.

10. Tehran, Iran

15.6 million people potentially affected.

Tehran sits on one of the most dangerous fault lines in the world — the North Anatolian fault. The entire population of the city is heavily exposed to earthquakes.

9. Los Angeles, U.S.

A man assesses the damage to a store on a downtown Los Angeles street after a 5.4-magnitude earthquake struck on July 29, 2008.

16.4 million people potentially affected.

Los Angeles, like much of California, sits along the San Andreas Fault, making it one of the most earthquake-prone places in the world; 14.7 million people are at risk directly of earthquakes at any given time in the city. 

8. Shanghai, China

16.7 million people potentially affected.

Shanghai, China's most populated city, is located on the Yangtze River Delta, making it vulnerable to serious flooding from storms and typhoons.


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TOPICS: Society; Weather
KEYWORDS: cities; disasters; earthquakes; typhoon
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1 posted on 03/30/2014 6:43:19 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

How about a list of ten cities already hit by man made disasters?


2 posted on 03/30/2014 6:44:34 PM PDT by bigheadfred
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To: SeekAndFind

Tehran might stand a pretty good chance of getting hit by the man-made kind too, if they keep pushing Israel.

It kinda sucks to be Japan.


3 posted on 03/30/2014 6:48:53 PM PDT by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: SeekAndFind
They forgot Gulfport Illinois (Pop. 207) just down the road from me. Every couple of years the Mississippi floods and wipes out the strip joints and liquor stores. http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gulfport,_Illinois. Most of the residents wake up with a bad hangover and wonder why they have silt all over them.
4 posted on 03/30/2014 7:00:11 PM PDT by CrazyIvan (Obama phones= Bread and circuits.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Iran builds a nuke, hides it in a ship, drops it underwater on the western side of the Canary Islands where a massive underwater ledge sits, resulting tidal wave hits NYC at over 300 feet high, all eastern seaboard affected.


5 posted on 03/30/2014 7:03:05 PM PDT by Spartan302
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To: SeekAndFind

1. Boise, Idaho - A meteor lands in a potato patch. The meteor has an alien life form on it that takes over a potato. It grows huge and becomes Spudzilla. Spudzilla attacks Boise. The Idaho Air National Guard attack Spudzilla with napalm and cluster bombs while he’s touring the Birds Of Prey Refuge. Everyone from Oregon comes over for a Sunday meal of roast Eagle and mashed potatoes. Yum yum.


6 posted on 03/30/2014 7:25:25 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 (R"A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: SeekAndFind

Mexico City should be high on a list.


7 posted on 03/30/2014 7:25:45 PM PDT by twister881
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To: blueunicorn6

The worst thing that could happen in Boise is that Lucky Peak dam breaks when the reservoir is full. That’s not really a natural disaster, though.


8 posted on 03/30/2014 7:33:02 PM PDT by Disambiguator
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To: blueunicorn6

Good heavens, what a nightmare! What would we do with all those...Oregonians?


9 posted on 03/30/2014 7:37:08 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Kartographer

Ping to 10 Cities for Natural Disaster.


10 posted on 03/30/2014 7:38:40 PM PDT by carriage_hill (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history, when everybody stands around reloading.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I subscribe to Fotki to store my images. Within the last year, they [Fotki] moved all their servers to Estonia.

FWIW, they said they did this b/c Estonia is a country least likely in the world to have a natural disaster.

http://www.zdnet.com/is-estonia-the-best-place-to-start-your-start-up-7000007608/


11 posted on 03/30/2014 7:52:32 PM PDT by Daffynition ("If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right." ~ Henry Ford)
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To: SeekAndFind

For some time it seemed ever few years they would have a flood which drowned millions in Bangladesh. Haven’t heard of any recently.


12 posted on 03/30/2014 7:59:57 PM PDT by yarddog (Romans 8: verses 38 and 39. "For I am persuaded".)
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To: SeekAndFind

I’ll take Detroit for $1000 and the Daily Double Alex.


13 posted on 03/30/2014 8:02:35 PM PDT by DaxtonBrown (http://www.futurnamics.com/reid.php)
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To: bigbob

“It kinda sucks to be Japan”

They failed to mention that Mount Fuji is an active volcano. It’s kind of like looking up to Mount Reiner from Seattle or Tacoma, which they failed to mention also.


14 posted on 03/30/2014 8:04:16 PM PDT by JimSEA
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To: SeekAndFind
The Tokyo-Yokohama region is at severe risk of nearly every potential calamity: earthquakes, monsoons, river floods, and tsunamis.

And...


15 posted on 03/30/2014 8:08:03 PM PDT by FreeReign
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To: Billthedrill

Origamionions are very affectionate towards their towns and they want visitors to show affection to their towns. I’ve had a lot of Origamionions tell me I could “kiss their Astoria”.


16 posted on 03/30/2014 8:11:23 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 (R"A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: FreeReign

And....

A busted picture link?

;-)


17 posted on 03/30/2014 8:14:27 PM PDT by RandallFlagg ("I said I never had much use for one. Never said I didn't know how to use it." --Quigley)
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To: bigheadfred

1.Washington D.C,
2.San Francisco, California tied with Sacramento


18 posted on 03/30/2014 8:17:32 PM PDT by rolling_stone
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To: FreeReign

I am guessing that is supposed to be Mothra, Gidra, or that giant lizard I can’t recall the name of right now.


19 posted on 03/30/2014 8:20:17 PM PDT by yarddog (Romans 8: verses 38 and 39. "For I am persuaded".)
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To: yarddog

Godzilla! I just remembered.


20 posted on 03/30/2014 8:23:34 PM PDT by yarddog (Romans 8: verses 38 and 39. "For I am persuaded".)
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