Hurricane, Earthquake, or Tornado

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Registered: 01-03-2001
Hurricane, Earthquake, or Tornado
Mon, 08-27-2012 - 9:36am

Wowie Kabowie-I just checked my favorite blog this morning and saw that not only is a Hurricane looming in the Gulf of Mexico, but there were multiple earthquakes on the west coast and tornadoes in the middle of the country. If I had to choose, I'm not sure which would be worse-what do you think?


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Registered: 11-14-2008
Mon, 08-27-2012 - 9:46am

Living in the south, and preparing for Isaac as we speak, I'll admit I'm not fond of hurricanes -- BUT, I'll take them over earthquakes or tornados any day. At least with a hurricane, you get some warning and prep time. And we can watch the storm's progress in the Gulf and decide whether it's best to stay and weather the storm or grab our things and head north.

Here's hoping everyone in the path of Mother Nature's unleashing will be safe and sound!

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Registered: 01-03-2001
Mon, 08-27-2012 - 11:21am

Having lived in all three kinds of hazard-country, I have to say tornados are scarier to me.

If you build your home properly, all but the most serious earthquakes are "survivable" with minimum loss of life and property. If you live in hurricane country, you usually get enough warning to batten down the hatches, move to high ground, etc. Of course, both areas have insurance issues: in California, you can only get earthquake insurance if there hasn't been one in your area for two years and even then, you have to buy it from the state because the insurance companies no longer sell it on their own --- and it's pricey (I speak from experience). In Florida, getting hurricane insurance (or insurance of any kind in a hurricane zone) is nigh on to impossible, I hear. 

But tornados pop up out of nowhere and give you roughly 30 minutes (at best) warning and the really big ones are the proverbial irresistible force which most buildings cannot resist... 

You didn't mention floods --- also a scary proposition and how many people realize they bought (or built) a house in a flood plain? And that also requires special, government-backed, insurance too...

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Registered: 06-03-2009
Mon, 08-27-2012 - 1:37pm
I have lived in California and we have earthquakes all the time, which is probably why it isn't something I get all worked up over. Most of them are so small you barely notice them. There have been several really big ones in my life time though and that can be a bit scary, but even then they're over pretty quick and then the state goes into clean up mode.

I have never experienced a hurricane, but have experienced tornadoes here in California (yes it was seriously freak weather lol) and in Chicago and those creeped me out. I'll stick with the earthquakes :smileywink:
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Registered: 12-21-2001
Fri, 08-31-2012 - 9:14pm

I've lived through all three and the worst for me is an earthquake.  Unlike Carol King, I'm not ready to write or sing a song when 'I feel the earth move under my feet.'