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What natural disaster scares you the most?

I was woken up numerous times throughout the night/early this morning by the TV changing to the Emergency Alert System stating there were tornado warnings for the county I live in and all surrounding countys.  Thankfully nothing touched down near us, but the midwest and southeast weren't as lucky.  Deadly tornadoes have raked across Mississippi, Tennessee, Alabama and Georgia over the last couple of days, leaving at least 213 dead.  Tornadoes fasinate me and scare me at the same time.

So it made me wonder, what natural diseaster scares you the most?  Tornadoes?  Hurricanes?  Earthquakes?  Tsunamis?  Have you ever experienced one?  If so, was it what you thought it would be like?

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Re: What natural disaster scares you the most?

  • I guess for me, hurricanes are the most realistic threat, and they do scare me...a lot!  I'm the person that is constantly tracking storms on multiple websites.  We dodged two of them that turned right before our wedding, which I was incredibly worried about.  This year, I worry that I will have to deal with it with a newborn.  The last one that came through here left us with no power for 10 or 11 days.

    Tornadoes scare me, too.  I've never experienced one (knock on wood, and thank God!), but my dad was at work once and one touched down on his store and caused quite a bit of damage.  It also picked up his truck and moved it several parking spots over.

    Oh, and earthquakes?  I've been to California twice and was a nervous wreck the entire time.  My best friend used to live in Oakland, basically on top of one of biggest or most active (can't remember which) fault lines in the US or world (can't remember that either).  It didn't help that she gave me training on what to do if one happened while I was there.  Ugh.

    Basically, I'm afraid of anything other than 30-70 degree sunny weather - haha!

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  • Tornado's would be the most likely here and I've had a few experiences.

    #1. I remember when we were little we were out to eat at a chinese restaurant and it was storming pretty bad.  I hated storms as a kid and was freaking out.  We left and it was about a 15 minute drive home and the tornado sirens starting going off.  I don't think anything actually struck down that time, but to this day I refuse to eat at that restaurant anymore.

    #2.  Junior year of college, Labor Day wknd, DH hitched a ride from school (6 hrs from me) to Rockford, IL w/some girls from there.  I picked him up in Rockford and we went to Milwaukee (where I went to school) for the wknd.  That Monday I dropped him back in Rockford, they got on the road and I decided to hit up my fav. TJ Maxx and Marshalls (seriously, always had amazing finds there).  It was raining and I thought by shopping, I'd wait for it to die down.

    When I was getting ready to check out, it was raining so hard that water was flooding into the store.  Then the tornado sirens starting going off.  The store made an announcement that people could leave at their own risk but a tornado had been sited.  So at the front desk I just start bawling (I'm 20 at the time).  The sweet clerk took my hand, walked me to the back of the store, grabbed some pillows off the shelf, and sat my in the layaway booth.  I was so freaked out!  Finally after 1.5 hrs, we were "cleared" to leave.  A tornado had touched down 2 miles from where we were. So scary!  Luckily DH was driving the opposite direction and had left early enough that they were fine.

    Earthquakes - I experienced one in Guatemala in 2009.  I was there for Habitat for Humanity, our 2nd night, in the middle of the night woke up to the quake.  My roommate's first inclinaton was to open the room's door (it was a motel) to the outside.  Then we saw what was going on and realized what was happened so we ran to the bathroom door frame.  After a while it stopped and we went outside the hotel to congregate with the rest of our group (10 people I think).  Then some crazy Guate. guy walks by blubbering in Spanish.  I took in hs and can communicate on a basic level, but he was speaking so fast that all I could understand was tsunami.  And we're staying on a port of the ocean, maybe 200 ft away.  Great.  Luckily he was crazy and nothing happened, but I was scared trying to sleep the rest of the night.  The epicenter was off the coast of Honduras and it was a 6.2 quake. So scary!!

  • I'm scared to death of thunderstorms!

    Luckily, that's about the wildest weather we get here.  We did have a 5.5 earthquake last June and that was a bit scary, bu there was really no damage anywhere.

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  • I don't know that I'm particularly susceptible to any in South Jersey.  My fear, I guess, would be of an earthquake, which would lead to a tsunami.  I'm about 25 miles off the coast so I'm sure the wave would be able to roll to my door.

    I have zero fear of thunderstorms, in fact, I love to go out and drive in them because they blow my mind.

    Twisters.  Hm.  Before two days ago I'd say no big deal, but lately with all the press I've been having a re-occuring nightmare that I'm on the side of the road by my parents house and I can see the twister coming and I try to hold on to the stop sign but just before I get sucked up I wake up.  Thank you, ABC news lol

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    I have zero fear of thunderstorms, in fact, I love to go out and drive in them because they blow my mind.

    Twisters.  Hm.  Before two days ago I'd say no big deal, but lately with all the press I've been having a re-occuring nightmare that I'm on the side of the road by my parents house and I can see the twister coming and I try to hold on to the stop sign but just before I get sucked up I wake up.  Thank you, ABC news lol

    I'm right there with ya.  I love love love thunderstorms and up until a couple days ago thought tornadoes were really neat and always wished I could see one (not super close of course) but after watching the news the last couple of days, I think I'll pass. 

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    Oh, and earthquakes?  I've been to California twice and was a nervous wreck the entire time.  My best friend used to live in Oakland, basically on top of one of biggest or most active (can't remember which) fault lines in the US or world (can't remember that either).  It didn't help that she gave me training on what to do if one happened while I was there.  Ugh.



    I gotta say, living in Oakland is much scarier than any earthquake!!


    I've lived in CA all my life, and gone through one major earthquake. I was quite young, so I don't remember it, but I was playing outside with my brother.

    Anywho, I've gone through a lot of smaller ones and honestly it's not that bad. Now obviously if it's like above 6 I would have something to worry about.

    I'm mostly afraid of tornados and hurricanes.
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  • I've lived in SoCal since 1991, so have been through a fair number of earthquakes. They're not all that scary anymore, but one of my company's veterinarians was visiting one of our facilities when one hit a few years ago and you should have heard him scream!! It was pretty funny, as my boss and I sat at the table and started looking up the epicenter info while it was still going on.

    Hurricanes are scarier to me - they cover such a wide area and can cause such catastrophic damage.

    Tsunamis aren't a huge risk in San Diego, so I have less fear of them for a living space, but I've seen the damage they've done in Thailand when we were on our honeymoon. Yikes. 

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    I gotta say, living in Oakland is much scarier than any earthquake!!

    Ha!  Yeah, our calls were constantly being dropped because of helicopters flying over her apartment.  Although when I went to visit (in 2005), I remember Oakland being really nice...at least where she lived (close to Lake Merritt - isn't that what it's called?). 

    One thing I will say is that at least with hurricanes, we have several days' warning before they hit.  With earthquakes, you have no clue it's coming.  I think that's what freaks me out about them.  And this is what freaks me out about hurricanes:

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    It's just unfathomable to me that one storm can take up basically the entire Gulf of Mexico and part of the Caribbean. 

    Not to mention how creepy it is that it can be totally sunny outside, but you know there's this huge storm brewing right off the cost, heading straight toward you.  Ugh!

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  • I grew up in Birmingham and we had quite a few hurricanes and tornadoes. I'm not really afraid of them, in fact, my favorite movie when I was little was Twister. I would literally watch it and rewind it and watch it again.

    I would probably be the most scared during a Tsunami or earthquake, because I have absolutely no experience with them. 

    Living where I do now we never get any ridiculously bad weather at our house (at least not for any length of time like in B'ham when you would have to stay in the basement for hours) and I find I kind of miss it. The storms were exciting (although obviously I would prefer they cam without a death toll).

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  • Tornadoes are the only one of the natural disasters that are a threat where I live, unless you want to include floods. I remember going through a really bad storm when I was pretty young but no actual tornadoes. I am definitely scared though, I hate when it gets really windy, I am afraid that our windows are going to blow out. 

    I don't like ice storms or big snow storms either, basically anything that could hinder me from leaving my house scares me.

    I think that if I lived someplace that hurricanes were a threat then that would be the one that I would fear most, especially after seeing the damage from Katrina.  

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  • I fear all natural disasters....I am a wimp when it comes to mother nature and all things that have disaster in its description.  I am scared to death of tornadoes.  We would most likely get hurricanes but by the time they get to us, it isn't much.  My biggest fear though would be earthquakes, especially now after hearing what my mom is going through.  The idea of the Earth opening up scares the poop out of me
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