Where to Live to Avoid a Natural Disaster

Weather disasters and quakes: who’s most at risk? The analysis below, by Sperling’s Best Places, a publisher of city rankings, is an attempt to assess a combination of those risks in 379 American metro areas. Risks for twisters and hurricanes (including storms from hurricane remnants) are based on historical data showing where storms occurred. Earthquake risks are based on United States Geological Survey assessments and take into account the relative infrequency of quakes, compared with weather events and floods. Additional hazards included in this analysis: flooding, drought, hail and other extreme weather.

Where Are The Safest Places To Live in the World?

Are there places in the world free from natural disasters or is that just a dream? It would appear that the safest places in the world to live in terms of natural disasters (man-made not included) are Estonia, Qatar, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, and Andorra.

EM-DAT, which is run by Belgium’s Center for Research on the Epidemiology of Disaster, is the leading authority of such statistics. Their catalog listing, which includes more than more than 11,000 major natural disasters, has no record of fatal floods, droughts, earthquakes, or severe storms in any of these countries between the years of 1900 to 2009. (Since 2009, no natural disasters have been reported either.)

The records do not include man-made catastrophes such as famine, cholera, and wildfires. They are also incomplete for those years before 1988 when the EM-DAT database was first established. The omission of a 1978 flood in Singapore whether accidental or intentional, casts some doubts as to the absolute accuracy of the statistics.

Mortality figures do not tell the entire story of a country’s vulnerability to natural disaster, but they are a convenient way to compare results. They do slightly alter data as the lesser populated, more affluent countries are certain to sustain fewer fatalities.