Whenever we hear of hurricanes, earthquakes, tornados and other natural disasters, my sister and I always comment about how lucky we are to live in Colorado. We don’t have much of that here.
As you can see from this image, maybe my confidence in this great state is misguided.
Susan Cutter and Kevin Borden, of the University of South Carolina, Columbia, analyzed nationwide mortality data from 1970 to 2004. They published a report on Spatial patterns of natural hazards mortality in the United States. According to their report the heat and drought of the the Plains States cause more deaths than the Gulf Coast hurricanes and the California Earthquakes. Who knew?