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10 States Most at Risk Of Disaster

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10 States Most at Risk Of Disaster

History is punctuated with disasters. Vesuvius, the China floods, the San Francisco earthquake, the Indian Ocean tsunami, and countless other catastrophes dot the timeline with damage, loss and destruction. The United States has yet to witness death tolls comparable to those caused by disasters in, for example, China and India, but that’s not to say we don’t see our share of destruction here. worked with ISO, a leading source of insurance risk information, to identify the states that have suffered the biggest property losses from disasters over the past decade, based on loss of insured property. Here are their results:

10. Ohio

Types of Disasters (2001-2010): Severe weather, 2 hurricanes

Estimated Insured Property Loss: $4.1 billion

Great Lakes-effect snowstorms blanket northern Ohio regularly in winter.

Spring tornadoes plague the central and southern parts of the Buckeye State.

Hurricane Ike blasted the Ohio Valley in 2008.

The state also had more than 30 earthquakes between 2002 and 2007.

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Melissa Breyer

Melissa Breyer is a writer and editor with a background in sustainable living, specializing in food, science and design. She is the co-author of True Food (National Geographic) and has edited and written for regional and international books and periodicals, including The New York Times Magazine. Melissa lives in Brooklyn, NY.


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3:58PM PST on Nov 4, 2014


3:39PM PDT on Sep 23, 2014

Terrifying weather these citizens of these states have endured. It would be so difficult to experiences of such force and damages and death.

9:52PM PDT on Aug 5, 2014


3:07AM PDT on Jun 27, 2014

Living in Texas... Tornados terrify me.

3:06AM PDT on Jun 27, 2014

Living in Texas... Tornados terrify me.

3:06AM PDT on Jun 27, 2014

Living in Texas... Tornados terrify me.

3:06AM PDT on Jun 27, 2014

Living in Texas... Tornados terrify me.

1:22AM PDT on Jun 15, 2014

I knew beautiful Arizona wasn't in this list, but the climate change we may just burn pretty soon. It is so hot here. :(

2:09PM PDT on Jun 9, 2014

Thanks for sharing.

12:26PM PDT on Jun 1, 2014


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