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. Recently Kiplinger.com 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:
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.