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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 26, 2013, 10:30 AM   #1
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Which natural disaster do you fear the most?

Your answer needn't be based on your locale. Pretend you live in an area where any natural disaster is possible (you really should move if that's the case ).

Also, got any stories about being in one?
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Old Mar 26, 2013, 10:35 AM   #2
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Location: 7 Km South of an active upside down (boat) volcano.
I have an active vulcano in my backyard so that concerns me a bit, it didn't before and the vulcano was never active (As far as they know) but the last 6 months it became active, spewing ashes although not a lot and sulphur gases.
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Old Mar 26, 2013, 10:38 AM   #3
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I'd probably say an earthquake but most of the other disasters you listed have some sort notice of approach. That notice may be short but all in all there's enough warning for most of those disaster to try to get to safety.

An earthquake on the other hand just hits and there's really no place safe to go, other then trying to get outside away from everything shaking and falling.
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Old Mar 26, 2013, 10:47 AM   #4
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I'd probably say an earthquake but most of the other disasters you listed have some sort notice of approach. That notice may be short but all in all there's enough warning for most of those disaster to try to get to safety.

An earthquake on the other hand just hits and there's really no place safe to go, other then trying to get outside away from everything shaking and falling.
I saw a program last week about the Japanese earthquake 2 years ago, they seem to have found a way to detect them before they hit, the atmosphere above the area where the Epi centre was changed days or weeks before, normally there was some kind of activity in the atmosphere which was higher during day time than nighttime, but the days/weeks before the big one hit saw much higher values during nighttime above that area.
Can't recall the gas or phenomena involved though.
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Old Mar 26, 2013, 10:50 AM   #5
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Tornado because in the list they are fairly common and destructive. A space rock might wipe us out, but the odds are much less than a vortex...
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Old Mar 26, 2013, 10:55 AM   #6
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I'd probably say an earthquake but most of the other disasters you listed have some sort notice of approach. That notice may be short but all in all there's enough warning for most of those disaster to try to get to safety.

An earthquake on the other hand just hits and there's really no place safe to go, other then trying to get outside away from everything shaking and falling.
I feel the same way. You get warnings for all of the other natural disaster, but not earthquakes.

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Old Mar 26, 2013, 10:57 AM   #7
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Where I live. Nothing really.

If anything was possible? Godzilla attack. Or aliens. They always seemed to cause the biggest mess in Sim City.
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Old Mar 26, 2013, 11:07 AM   #8
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I don't fear any natural disaster, but I do prepare for hurricanes.
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Old Mar 26, 2013, 11:08 AM   #9
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I can't say I actively fear any of them. But I'd least want to subject myself to living in an area prone to tsunamis. The other natural disasters either carry some degree of warning (volcano, hurricane, wildfire, flood) or can be prevented (bombing an avalanche prone slope) or the danger reduced through building standards (earthquake resistant buildings, tornado shelters) or you can't do anything about no matter what (meteor strike.) But with a tsunami, when a bad one hits if you're in its path no prior preparation would let you ride it out, you might only have a few minutes to get to higher ground for safety, and they're incredibly destructive and deadly.

What about sinkholes? In certain areas, they can happen without any warning and can be deadly.

And drought? Very deadly in some areas, highly destructive to property and economics in other areas. I wouldn't be surprised if drought is the most damaging of all natural disasters.

Landslide. Disease outbreak. Excessive heat. Ice storm. Derecho. Dragon swallowing the Sun.
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Old Mar 26, 2013, 11:10 AM   #10
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Space rock is the most deadly, I'd say. So no matter where I'm at I would fear that the most.
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Old Mar 26, 2013, 11:19 AM   #11
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Old Mar 26, 2013, 11:35 AM   #12
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We fear mild drizzle in july the most over here in the UK. Also chilly winds and partial cloud cover.
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Old Mar 26, 2013, 11:49 AM   #13
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We're subject to earthquakes, wildfires, and volcanoes. I guess space rocks too, technically. And tsunamis in a locally peripheral way.

We don't 'fear' them... but we respect 'em and prepare for them.

Our region is also annually impacted by floods and avalanches (several dead people this year). And while we technically don't get 'hurricanes' here, we do regularly get hit by winter storms that pack hurricane force winds. Sometimes a few times a year. All we need now are rocks from space, eh?
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We had 2 very unusual earthquakes in Maryland within the past 3 years, the first one was like train rolling through the house, the second was much stronger and not as linear, just awful. So earthquake is number 2 for me.

Hurricanes, --seen plenty here, including a category 3 (but 2 when it went straight across the island we were on) in the Bahamas which created a great deal of damage.

But number 1 would easily be "Other" - a Derecho. Last summer we had a huge one roll through with straight-line hurricane force winds and it was the scariest natural thing I've lived through so far. There were outriders first, winds which drove debris ahead of the main event and it was like hordes of wolves running up the side of the house and over the roof, all the thumping and clicking of twigs, acorns, sand, branches, was like claws. Then we could hear the really strong wind approaching several minutes before it hit --it bowed the new (locked) double-paned windows inward letting wind gusts into the room, it blew the curtains out 90. The house just felt hammered. The dogs were rather nervous before the derecho arrived. Augh, horrible. I can still taste adrenalin thinking about it.
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Old Mar 26, 2013, 11:57 AM   #15
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No fear here. Would be very uncommon occurrence where I live. We get the very odd tornado warning every several years, but if prepared, it takes away the fear for me.

P.S. No hero here, just know that when the time comes, nothing will stop it.
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Old Mar 26, 2013, 12:10 PM   #16
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Tsunami's. They're so powerful, so devastating, bloody scary and nothing would stop one. Yeesh.
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Old Mar 26, 2013, 12:14 PM   #17
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No fear here. Would be very uncommon occurrence where I live. We get the very odd tornado warning every several years, but if prepared, it takes away the fear for me.

P.S. No hero here, just know that when the time comes, nothing will stop it.
I know from experience that tornado warnings are only issued the moment the weatherman spots the weird shapes on the doppler radar, which can sometimes be a few minutes after it's touched down and already knocking houses over. And even when they're issued, people don't take them nearly as seriously as they should, because they always seem to be somewhere else.

...until they're not.

That's what's so scary about tornadoes. You can tell when conditions are favorable for one, but they're impossible to predict otherwise. In fact, when my town got hit by one almost two years ago to the day, we didn't even get a take shelter warning come over the news or weather radio. It wasn't even mentioned until after it was gone.
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Old Mar 26, 2013, 12:17 PM   #18
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Tsunami's. They're so powerful, so devastating, bloody scary and nothing would stop one. Yeesh.
One thing about tsunamis is that you at least have a warning. Either you are close enough to feel the earthquake and to then head of high ground. Or if the earthquake was too far to feel then there will be warnings issued. You still come back to devastation... but with some preparation you will have time to save yourself.
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We fear mild drizzle in july the most over here in the UK. Also chilly winds and partial cloud cover.
Would Apple maps be considered a natural disaster in the UK ?
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Old Mar 26, 2013, 12:40 PM   #21
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Around here, a major hurricane like Sandy we had several months ago. I luckily had no damage. Can't say that for some of my unlucky neighbors.

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Old Mar 26, 2013, 12:41 PM   #22
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Location: Canada, eh?
In my area, not too worried about hurricanes or earthquakes or volcanoes...

So I guess, flu epidemic or other such disease outbreak. Especially with our current global economy, anything that starts could easily spread worldwide very quickly, so many movies have illustrated.
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Old Mar 26, 2013, 12:55 PM   #25
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Hurricanes? I sat on my front porch watching the birds fly backwards during the last hurricane. Tornadoes? Worst thing that happened to me during a tornado was a house dropping on my mother-in-law. Earthquake... felt a few of those on a sky trip to California; made it easier to stir the hot cocoa. Fire? Puh-lease. Nah... the only thing that can scare me anymore is...



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