Are there any regions of the world that have nice climates- here defined as anything between “tropical” and “southern California”- that don’t have a lot of major natural disasters[sup]1[/sup]? Florida has hurricanes (not to mention the poor Carolinas), the Caribbean has hurricanes, California is always worried about the next scheduled earthquake[sup]2[/sup], etc[sup]3[/sup]. Whereas up here in New Jersey, we don’t seem to have to deal with that stuff a lot. The occasional hurricane[sup]4[/sup], maybe, but we’re mostly left to stew in our cold winters in peace. Is there some invariable correlation between “doesn’t really have much of a winter” and “Here comes the Big One!”?[sup]5[/sup]
[sup]1[/sup]Defined as the sort of thing that necessitates and evacuation and/or does severe structural damage.
[sup]2[/sup]As a lifelong East Coaster, I may have a slightly exaggerated impression of California earthquake problems. How dangerous is it actually? Is California the paradise on earth I’m looking for after all?
[sup]3[/sup]Hawaii was in the news a couple months back because their volcanoes were misbehaving. Was this typical, or are they usually not a big problem?
[sup]4[/sup]My view of how disruptive “the occasional hurricane” is may be influenced by the fact the I live in a a really flood-resistant neighborhood; the worse I’ve ever personally suffered from a hurricane was a long blackout during Sandy. If this is equivalent to how a Californian might view “the occasional earthquake”, well, I’ll feel silly but at least I’ll know.
[sup]5[/sup]I like footnotes.