by Kurt
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What natural disasters/dangers can potentially happen where you live?

I'm in the Colorado Rocky Mountains...Forrest fires are probably the biggest concern.

Also:
flash floods
blizzards
rock slides (my aunt had a rock hit her car while driving down the cannon, almost killed her)
lightning

While areas in the mountains don't get tornadoes, just about 35 miles to the East of here starts the beginning of "tornado alley".

And any place with mountains has the potential for earthquakes.
  • Profile picture of the author Kay King
    hurricanes
    tidal surge
    water spouts
    tornados
    earthquakes - no mountains here but there are fault lines in the Gulf

    I don't know of any area without the potential for some type of natural disaster. Natural occurrences are out of our control and the disasters that most concern me are the man-made ones...like oil spills.

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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Oksa
    Floods
    Blizzards
    Tornadoes

    (All of them have directly affected my household in the past few years)

    Fires
    Lightning
    We have even had very light earthquakes here. I never felt them, but some people have.

    And you said natural disasters so that would rule out other very real threats such as chemical spills, contaminated water, disruption of food supplies and power outages.
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    • Profile picture of the author ThomM
      We don't really do natural disaster's where I am in the northeast.
      It's been over 10 years since we had a tornado, and probably 40 since a hurricane caused more then a little rain and wind.
      We on occasion, get very small earthquakes though I have never felt one.
      Sounds good, but I think my area is the least prepared to handle a natural disaster then anywhere else in the US. Also we have multiple fault lines around here and we are a disaster waiting to happen.
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  • Profile picture of the author Thomas
    Originally Posted by Kurt View Post

    What natural disasters/dangers can potentially happen where you live?
    Nothing (so far), thankfully.

    Where I live is seismically stable (the last earth tremor I remember feeling was 25 or 30 years ago; it happened across the Irish Sea in Wales, and was only enough to rattle a few glasses on the table here); hurricanes peter out long before they reach here; it doesn't get particularly stormy at any time; it hardly ever snows (despite being about the same latitude as Hudson Bay in Canada); there are no dangerous creepy crawlies; it's never really gets too cold...nor too hot, for that matter. Mostly, it just rains (though rarely enough to cause even minor flooding).

    And there hasn't been a recorded tsunami here in 300 years, and even that wasn't particularly destructive. As far as I know, the only real cause for concern in that area nowadays is the potential for a future collapse of the Cumbre Vieja volcano in the Canaries, which some claim would create a mega-tsunami. It's widely considered a pretty unlikely event but, were it to happen, it appears the bulk of the wave would be directed towards North and Central America instead of Europe (which is good for us, though obviously not for all of you over there).
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    • Profile picture of the author glchandler
      N.E. California mountains was mostly forest fires. Have watched more than one from my front deck.
      Winter was always heavy snowfall. Frequent extended storms brought out the National Guard and
      prison work crews to aid state/county in snow removal.
      Minor flooding with heavy rainfall. Especially down the Feather River Canyon, although not that close to
      where I lived.

      Now: Southern Oregon also has forest fire danger. Flood is a bit more likely here with
      the Rogue River's history, as well as many feeder streams overbanking.
      Biggest "natural" disaster here is the ever evolving Population Growth!
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  • Profile picture of the author HeySal
    I think here in Central CA it would have to be flooding and monkeys (local government causes more problems than disasters here). Of course, if you go due west for around 70 miles earthquakes take over.
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  • Profile picture of the author Patrician
    Northern California - nothing ever happens here. I am on a very quiet bay - however the Japanese tsunami hit south and north of here and did some damage on the coast - the water here didn't even ripple.

    Earthquakes - we don't even feel them here but they are all around. The little ones are good as they release pressure and help keep us from 'the big one' everyone is anticipating.

    Have been within 50 miles of here all my life and been through 2 earthquakes - 1 that was pretty bad but that is about it.

    Biggest deal around here is usually when one of the refineries across the bay has a leak or fire - it's nice and windy though so can't smell it here.

    When I hear the horror stories about what is expected for California I think I should move but I don't know where I would go - so I guess I will go down with it if it ever goes ...

    Kurt: "rock slides (my aunt had a rock hit her car while driving down the cannon, almost killed her)"

    what was she doing driving down a cannon- lucky that is all she got hit with was a rock.

    (sorry couldn't resist)
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    • Profile picture of the author Kurt
      Originally Posted by Patrician View Post

      Kurt: "rock slides (my aunt had a rock hit her car while driving down the cannon, almost killed her)"

      what was she doing driving down a cannon- lucky that is all she got hit with was a rock.

      (sorry couldn't resist)
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      • Profile picture of the author scott william
        Flood
        Earthquake
        Tidal surge

        Because I live close to the ring of fire it must be ever vigilant against natural disasters
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    I'm waiting for a meteor to smash my house to pieces.
    Other than that, see ya at the beach homies.
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  • Profile picture of the author Aj Wilson
    Pretty 'lucky' in Australia ... the main natural 'disasters' are hurricanes, floods, bush fires,
    droughts... and morons.

    No earthquakes or bad tornados etc, but idiotic morons run
    rampage through this country
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    • Profile picture of the author Kurt
      Originally Posted by Aj Wilson View Post

      Pretty 'lucky' in Australia ... the main natural 'disasters' are hurricanes, floods, bush fires,
      droughts... and morons.

      No earthquakes or bad tornados etc, but idiotic morons run
      rampage through this country
      I wish I would have used natural "danger" instead of "disaster", because of all the things listed above, I'm more afraid of spiders and snakes than any of the others.
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  • Profile picture of the author mahal788
    Nothing too serious but good ol' winter storms in lovely Canada.
    I heard some cities close to mine get tornadoes, but thank God we've never had one in Calgary.
    I've never experienced an earthquake in the 12 years I've lived here so I'm not sure if that's a possibility.
    Oh yah and our province does get forest fires in the summer but only the mild smoke ever reaches our city. Thank God again for that.
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  • Profile picture of the author mahal788
    Oh yah and in regard to your natural danger quote, I'd say horrible drivers in Calgary. There's lots of them here.
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  • Profile picture of the author cmartin1
    If there's lots of horrible drivers then everyone have to drive carefully
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  • Profile picture of the author webwisemedia
    We are located in Southern California, so not only are we known for earthquakes but now we had a tsunami warning on the coast!!
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  • Profile picture of the author sarahberra
    I live in Oregon and apparently we are on the Cascadia fault line. Small earth quakes happen here, but we never feel them. However, if a 9.0 earthquake hits, we would be dealing with major devastation here. The Madrid fault line back is another concern along with all the huge fault lines in California. You can't predict the future though. Whatever happens...happens...
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  • Profile picture of the author Sheryl Polomka
    Pretty lucky here in South Australia - we had a small earthquake here last year - first one I've ever felt here.

    We have just come out of a drought that lasted for years. We have bushfires out in the hills. But right here where I am, we're pretty good here!
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