With natural disasters increasing both in frequency and intensity, it is crucial to consider all these different types of natural disasters and their locations when you are putting your preparedness plan together and looking for a safe area. The graph below shows you the number of disasters drastically increasing over the last half century. In 2010, there were over 900 major disasters worldwide. And at the rate global disasters are still increasing this year, there will probably be over 1000 recorded for 2011.
2011 has been a record year for declared natural disasters throughout the U.S.
The following is a list of natural disasters that have happened here in the U.S. and will happen again.
Avalanches – Very common in the Rocky Mountain states, with winter weather getting worse, it is only a matter of time until a town is buried killing hundreds if not thousands of people.
Blizzards / Ice / Winter Storms – Every winter, there are storms that knock down power grids leaving thousands to millions of people in the dark for days to weeks to even months.
Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) / Solar Storms – Something I talked about earlier in this series of articles.
Cyclones / Hurricanes / Typhoons – There are good years and there are bad years for hurricanes. It is only a matter of time until we have another very deadly season along the east coast and in the gulf.
Droughts – The Texas region has been hit extremely hard this year. Results from this year’s drought has been numerous wild fires, causing millions of $$$ in property damage and numerous deaths.
Dust / Sand Storms – In the last few years, Phoenix Arizona has been hit by several sand storms due to increased weather changes. Also known as “Black Blizzards”, this sand is made up of crystalline silica dust and when breathed in can cause what is known as “Dust Pneumonia” (Silicosis). During the 1930’s Dust Bowl, thousands died from this dust and hundreds more were blinded. The photo is from the July 2007.
Earthquakes – December 2004 – 9.1 Indian Ocean – 283,100 dead / October 2005 – 7.6 Kashmir, Pakistan – 80,000 dead / May 2008 – 7.9 China – 69,179 dead / January 2010 – 7.0 Haiti – 222,570 dead / March 2011 – 9.0 Japan – 15,341 dead / Hundreds of thousands more injured and homeless. When the New Mandrid fault goes off, thousands could die, hundreds of thousands could be injured and millions will be homeless.
El Nino & La Nina – Are both natural cycles of Mother Earth that will cause strange and unusual weather patterns all across North America. Some years, more predictable, other years, less predictable with more or less droughts, heat waves, snow storms, tornadoes and wind storms.
Floods – Every year from melting snow to rain storms to hurricanes, there has been increasing worldwide flooding, especially in the eastern U.S.
Forest / Range Fires – Just this year, there have been numerous wild fires all across the U.S. causing millions of $$$ in property damage and numerous deaths. The state of Texas was especially hit hard this year.
Gale Force Wind Storms – Even though they are under reported in the media, wind storms of 100mph plus are increasing worldwide.
Global Cooling / Warming – Due to increased solar activity over the few last few years, the polar ice caps have been melting slowly raising ocean levels.
Heat Waves – With record high temps being reported worldwide killing off food crops which causes food prices to increase.
Meteorite Impacts – Thousands of meteorites fall through Earth’s atmosphere every year. The majority of them range in size from a grain of sand to the size of a BB. Some are larger that impact the earth causing damage. It is only a matter of time until a large one impacts the earth causing massive devastation. This also includes asteroids and comets.
Pole Shift – Magnetic & Physical – A Magnetic Pole Shift is where the earth’s magnetic field switches poles, north becomes south and south becomes north. This has happened numerous times over the geological history of the earth. This would throw off all worldwide magnetic and electronic navigation and can affect the power grid.
A Physical Pole Shift is much more destructive. The earth physically rotates in a short amount of time that could take a few days to a few months. This would cause massive worldwide destruction with hundreds of millions being killed from tidal waves in excess of 1000 feet and wind storms in excess of 300 mph.
Severe Rain & Thunder Storms – Every year there are chains of thunder storms that pass through the Midwest moving east that spawn tornadoes and floods and hundreds of people still die every year.
Tidal Waves / Tsunamis – The current biggest threat to the U.S. is from one of the Canary Islands where the volcanic ridge Cumbre Vieja on the island of La Palma will collapse into the Atlantic Ocean sending a “MEGA TIDAL WAVE” across the to the U.S. This wave could be anywhere from 130 to 160 feet in height and be moving 650 miles per hour. Once it reached the eastern shores of the U.S., it could easily flow at least twelve miles inland, destroying everything in its path just like Japan. While citizens would have less than eight hours to evacuate to higher ground, from southern Florida to Maine, millions could still die. From Miami to Washington D.C. to New York to Boston, all will receive very heavy damage with massive loss of life. This would not include the others that would die in other countries. The following link has more information on this subject.
Tornadoes – There have been more deadly tornadoes this year than ever recorded in U.S. history. Every spring and summer, the Midwest
Volcanic Eruptions – There are numerous volcanoes worldwide that are becoming active and ones that are active are becoming more active.
Question: Can one natural disaster cause other natural disaster?
Answer: Yes. For example, earthquakes can cause Fires, Landslides, Tsunamis and Volcanic eruptions. People who did not die from the initial earthquake, could die from exposure and the possible after affects. This will only cause much more damage and increase the death toll.
Being aware of these disasters and their common regions where they occur is crucial when considering where the best safe area locations will be to survive.
Next article: Safe Areas
- Dare to Prepare by Holly Deyo is one of the top three preparedness books on the market.
- One Second After by William R. Forstchen is an excellent novel on what will happen after an EMP attack.
- Patriots – A Novel of Survival in the Coming Collapse by James Wesley, Rawles is another excellent novel of what will happen after an economic collapse.
- How to Survive the End of the World As We Know It by James Wesley, Rawles is another excellent reference book on preparedness.
- After Armageddon is a History Channel 90 minute documentary about a worse case scenario disaster situation that can be watched on You Tube.