With us and the Greensburg tornados and all the awful fire devestation in CA, my family was discussing natural disasters. We can deal pretty well with tornados but don't think we would deal well with the fire.
Well, the question is twofold - Which natural disaster can you deal with the best and which scares you the most (i.e. have the most trouble coping with)?
(edited by DrDirt on 24.10.07 1253) Perception is reality
Although I do have a fear of fires and earthquakes, I know I can deal with them. You're forced to learn how when living in California. I'd expect the same kind of answer from people for natural disasters that are more common in their geographical locations. While you don't want to be impacted, you (hopefully) have a game plan based on past experiences.
I don't think I'd deal well with a tsunami. At least with a wild fire I have an opportunity to leave. Where do you go during a tsunami? You don't, you grab something, hold and pray that you don't let go! What if you are in the middle of the ocean, then what? It's those thoughts that have kept me away from cruises (along with the Titanic, illness quarantines and falling overboard )
Originally posted by dwatersI thought this was a wrestling question- Earthquake or Typhoon (just realized Hurricane Helms and the Texas Tornado could have formed a stable with them)
Don't forget EL NINO!!!!
Dealt with blizzards...they're fun. My friend and I were at a party 3 hours away when we were threatened with a blizzard. We said "oh, sure, we can make it back before the bad stuff hits...". Well, we made it, but it took us 7 hours and were going 15 mph down the interstate towards the end.
My worst nightmare would be a tornado. Those things scare the hell out of me.
I would love to experience an earthquake. However, I'm with Keith: tornados (tornadii?) are scary.
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I'd have to say a tsunami and a mountain blowing it's top al a St. Helens in '80. I was only 3 and living in Spokane (on the WA/ID border for those who may not know) at the time. The resulting lahar would be really crappy to deal with too.
I have considered this - you can always (usually) hide from tornadoes and hurricanes (you kind of see them coming and basements in the case of tornadoes and cars in the case of hurricanes are available.
A flood/Tsunami is what would concern me the most. I hate the idea of being out of control and a huge surge of water that was unexpected (I have been in floods where it had rained for like 10 days before: no biggie except the hassle) would be very scary. I swim well enough, but I suspect that it wouldn't be well enough.
The thing about tornados for those of us on the Plains is that except at night,you can pretty much see them coming. The night ones, like Greensburg are different but we have avery extensive warning system. Alot of times the big ass hail is scarier than the twister. ANd yes, a basement is really nice.
Originally posted by Rush4LifeI'd have to say a tsunami and a mountain blowing it's top al a St. Helens in '80. I was only 3 and living in Spokane (on the WA/ID border for those who may not know) at the time. The resulting lahar would be really crappy to deal with too.
I live 30 miles from the peak of Mt. Rainier, but I'm not particularly scared of the consequences of an eruption. I wouldn't want to live down in the valley in Orting or Sumner, though.
Count me among those with zero interest in being in a fire.
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