Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Everybody's Gotta Die Someday

Which natural hazard in the United States are you most likely to die from? Earthquakes? Hurricanes? Blizzards? Wildfires? Tornadoes? Thunderstorms and lightning?

Well, if you guessed heat and drought then you were right.

What? Heat & drought? Yes, a team of researchers at U of South Carolina announced their findings yesterday. 19.6 percent of all deaths caused by natural hazards are due to heat and drought.

"I think what most people would think, if you say what is the major cause of death and destruction, they would say hurricanes and earthquakes and flooding," [Susan] Cutter said in a telephone interview. "They wouldn't say heat."

"What is noteworthy here is that over time, highly destructive, highly publicized, often-catastrophic singular events such as hurricanes and earthquakes are responsible for relatively few deaths when compared to the more frequent, less catastrophic such as heat waves and severe weather," they wrote.

And where are the safest and most dangerous places in the United States? Safe - California. Unsafe - Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, Montana, the Dakotas.

Yikes. Where's my water bottle?


Anonymous Pansy Palmetto said...

Your water bottle is in that Martian's ass. You know, the one sucking water out of the air. If we all had one of those air/water gizmos that would not only slake our thirst it would also deflate Big Wind Bags*. Wow! Two problems solved with one stone!

*Q: Why are Colorado/Wyoming so windy?
A: Too many arketicks registered there.

But it is fascinating that California is safe...ish.

True Thing: Dozens(!) of people die each year in Sacramento from heat waves.

4:20 PM, December 17, 2008  

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