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From Lake Tahoe in California to the sandy beaches of Florida, every region in the US faces its own dangers.
The US tackles a number of natural disasters each year, and some of them rank high on the risk index, causing serious losses of life and property. Read on to find out if your city is prone to calamities of such severity.
Most residents continue living in disaster-prone areas because they cannot afford to leave or have family ties to the place. Luckily, we now have access to technology that allows us to predict the occurrence of certain disasters and issue timely warnings in case of others. Although nature doesn’t follow a calendar, we know from research that some places are more susceptible to certain natural disasters than others.
Owing to their unique topography, the eight cities on this list are the most disaster-prone in the USA. Find out if your city is among them.
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Oklahoma City is in a dangerous section of the Tornado Alley. If you map all the nation's tornadoes in May, they’re spread a 100 miles across central Oklahoma. The state itself ranks number one in tornado disasters and number three for flooding.
With a record of five tornadoes in one day, Oklahoma City has earned itself the epithet of ‘Tornado Magnet’.
San Diego, California
The main problem in San Diego is wildfires, but it’s also vulnerable to landslides and earthquakes. A major fault called the Rose Canyon runs beneath downtown San Diego, and the Elsinore and San Jacinto faults run through East County making it highly susceptible to a devastating quake.
San Jose, California
Because of the San Andreas and Calaveras Faults that border it, the chance of significant earthquake damage is much higher in San Jose than the California average and the national average. It’s also susceptible to frequent grass fires and flooding.
Houston has a Natural Disaster Hazard Score of 41 and is likely to be hit by flooding, wildfires, tornados, hurricanes, hail storms, sinkholes, and drought. In August 2017, more than half of Hurricane Harvey’s victims were from the Houston metro area.
The city of Madera is prone to an array of natural disasters that include flooding, wildfires, earthquakes, landslides, and droughts.
Riverside-San Bernardino, California
San Bernardino residents are at high risk from both wildfires and earthquakes. The 810-mile-long San Andreas Fault cuts a large strip through San Bernardino County and causes California’s most devastating quakes.
Santa Cruz, California
Santa Cruz’s major problems are wildfires and flooding. It is predicted that the entire Bay Area and Central Coast will be hit by climate-change caused storms in the future.
Huntsville has been rated the worst city in America when it comes to tornado damage. In 2018 alone, Alabama experienced 46 tornadoes. The area also experiences severe flooding.
This year’s hurricane season will officially begin on June 1, 2019, and end on November 30, 2019.
This year’s hurricane season will officially begin on June 1, 2019, and end on November 30, 2019. Florida faces a high risk of hurricane storm surge and if you live in San Francisco, the risk of a major earthquake damaging your home is probably just as high. Maybe your city is situated in a floodplain, a high-risk wildfire area or tsunami inundation zone. If so, we recommend you to stay alert and well prepared for any natural disaster headed your way.
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