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View Poll Results: Most feared natural disaster
Avalanche 1 1.32%
Earthquake 15 19.74%
Volcanic Eruption 4 5.26%
Flood 5 6.58%
Tsunami 9 11.84%
Tornado 17 22.37%
Hurricane 3 3.95%
Wildfire 2 2.63%
Space Rock Impact 12 15.79%
Other (Note in comments) 8 10.53%
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Old Mar 28, 2013, 04:06 PM   #51
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Not fearing any natural disaster at all. But I must confess that getting killed by a meteor from outer space would be kind of cool. Not that it really matters, but the one thing I fear most in life is dying by some sort of stupid way. Like walking backwards and falling into a gully.

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Old Mar 28, 2013, 04:22 PM   #52
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I've experienced (been directly affected by):
Avalanche
Earthquake
Volcanic Eruption
Flood
Hurricane
Wildfire

I can't say that I fear any of them, not that I'd volunteer for any!
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Old Mar 28, 2013, 08:51 PM   #53
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I've experienced earthquakes, hurricanes, derechos, floods. I don't fear them (what's the point?), but I pay attention to tornado warnings and prepare for heavy rains or windstorms, snowstorms because we sometimes lose electrical power from trees coming down in the area.

The most unsettling, so far, was a relatively minor earthquake that occurred very early on a Saturday morning while I was on the 14th floor of a building in NYC, watching the coffee in a mug on my desk react to what I was feeling in my stomach and the seat of my pants, and hearing the rest of the building above me creaking. With no clue, of course, how long it would last. It was less than 10 seconds, but it seemed way longer just because I didn't know when it would end.

The scariest so far up here in the boondocks was straight line winds (forecast, thank God: I went downcellar) that went through about eight years ago and laid out a 60-foot cherry tree in my meadow, like it was a flimsy ol' strip of lath. Just BLAM and there was fifty feet of timber on the ground, the trunk snapped off like a toothpick at an apparently weak spot about 12 feet up. The same wind took pieces off the top parts of a black willow tree and drove them into the ground six, seven inches like so many javelins, twenty feet away from the tree itself. Ferocious thing. There were tornado warnings in the next county over, I guess we were the practice run that afternoon. I was down cellar listening to the wind throwing tree limbs and stuff at the cellar door and back of the house like, yeah, Godzilla.

Assuming one survives any of the events in the poll, I have to suggest that the nastiest thing to clean up after is a major flood where your place is not condemned and so needs massive scrubbing down with bleach and water and replacing (if even possible) everything soft that got wet. Anything else that is salvageable has to be bleached and rinsed clean. Very yucky.

I don't live where my place could flood like that, but I've helped people clean up after such floods and it's just horrible. People lose treasured things (books, papers, photos), so the cleanup is depressing, you keep finding stuff you can't save. It's usually too dangerous to hang onto any nice linens and clothes that got wet, plus everything starts to stink after a few hours, so imagine a few days... weeks... no matter the precautions you take, you have to be concerned about your health while you work through the cleanup too. So on floods: not fear, exactly. Just loathing!
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Old Mar 31, 2013, 07:50 AM   #54
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Probably the eruption of a supervolcano like Yellowstone. Consequences would be vast and very deadly.
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Old Mar 31, 2013, 08:21 AM   #55
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Well I live in London so the worst I can really expect is rain and light flooding.

A meteor would kind of suck though I guess.
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Old Mar 31, 2013, 04:56 PM   #56
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I've always wanted to experience an earthquake, but living in the mountainous spine of England I don't think there are any disasters that actually worry me.
Aliens maybe. God damn aliens.

The nearest thing we have to natural disasters are fires on the moors - but they're rare (the last one I remember was 2008) and small.
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Old Mar 31, 2013, 07:53 PM   #57
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Guaranteed space rock. Easily destroys most life if big enough.
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Old Mar 31, 2013, 09:59 PM   #58
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Old Apr 1, 2013, 02:25 PM   #59
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Old Apr 1, 2013, 02:27 PM   #60
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I think based on Japanese traffic law, a tsunami has the right-of-way at all times.
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Old Apr 1, 2013, 02:31 PM   #61
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Getting a splinter under one of my finger nails. Have you ever heard anything so bad? I live in fear, I have nightmares. Ummmmm... Ok, I have issues...
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Old Apr 1, 2013, 02:38 PM   #62
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Getting a splinter under one of my finger nails. Have you ever heard anything so bad? I live in fear, I have nightmares. Ummmmm... Ok, I have issues...
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I think based on Japanese traffic law, a tsunami has the right-of-way at all times.
And houses. Houses on the move go where they want.
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Old Apr 2, 2013, 05:12 PM   #64
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Do medical related disasters count?

Long term: Reading a lot about antibiotic resistance in the next 20 years.

More short term: Bird Flu
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Old Apr 5, 2013, 06:54 PM   #65
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Probably earthquakes... Although bushfires would be the scariest.
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Old Apr 8, 2013, 07:38 AM   #66
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Disaster

Every natural disaster is full of fear. If you are living near the sea you have fear of Tsunami, if you are near Volcano then its fear you have most.
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Old Apr 8, 2013, 07:52 AM   #67
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We fear mild drizzle in july the most over here in the UK. Also chilly winds and partial cloud cover.
LOL!

Same here in Holland. Occasionally we have been hit by floods, but that was a long time ago.
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Old Apr 8, 2013, 08:24 AM   #68
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Tornado, since they are unpredictable. We get a lot of severe weather here in the spring and summer months.
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Old Apr 9, 2013, 12:31 PM   #71
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