What I mean is that I was watching private home footage of the Japan quake itself, and I was thinking that it is probably very scary to people who have never experienced earthquakes. I’ve noticed very deep fear in people who have never been through them.
I live in LA and have my whole life, and I’ve been through many, including a few very powerful ones, and unless they wake me out of a sound sleep (and they have), they don’t really scare me all that much. I know they will be over soon, and I sort of enjoy them…it’s a trip to feel the whole world move.
But I also think that (USUALLY) earthquakes in California (vs. third world countries) aren’t really all that dangerous to human life, and the danger they do present is largely avoidable for most people. I do NOT want to be in a high rise building during an earthquake, or on or under a freeway overpass, but aside from that, I feel pretty comfortable that I can be somewhere safe.
But that’s the only natural disaster I have experienced. I have never been through a hurricane, tornado, tsunami or other flood, and they all scare the shit out of me. Especially tornados… what the fuck? Some crazy funnel cloud randomly zipping around at hundreds of miles per hour picking up everything and throwing it around!!! (That assinine movie about tornados had so many stupid things in it, but I think the stupidest was Helen Hunt and her costar doing two WTF things: one, saving themselves by “hanging on”- right- and OPENING THEIR EYES. Are you FUCKING kidding??? Seems pretty obvious to me that if nothing else, tornadoes full of debris at high speeds is going to BLIND your stupid ass IMMEDIATELY.)
And I’ve noticed in casual conversations I’ve had that people tend to fear their “local” disasters less than the unknown. I think that’s at work with me, but I also think that I’m kinda right, in the US, that a more unpredictably dangerous situation is a tornado or hurricane, rather than an earthquake. Plus earthquakes are so short, there’s hardly time to know they are happening, much less get hurt, vs. the long periods of time associated with the others. (Of course, that’s what scares some people: complete lack of ability to predict or prepare.)
So do you fear certain disasters more than others, and is there a correlation between your fear and your personal experience, in either direction?
POLL COMING! POll question will be: which natural disaster do you fear the LEAST.