5 World Cities that Live at the Brink of Disaster
Hurricanes, tornadoes, and earthquakes are just some of the hazards that residents of the cities below have to face. These cities are under threat, or have already experienced disasters. Read on to know what the five cities that live on the brink of disaster are.
Dallas is at risk for a number of catastrophic disasters. Positional disasters include hail, wind, drought, floods, tornadoes, sometimes hurricanes (uh whatever, NYT), but no earthquakes. In April 2012, between 10 to12 tornadoes hit this part of Texas, destroying more than 200 homes and injuring 17 people.
Yogyakarta City – Indonesia:
Yogyakarta City, Indonesia is prone to earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. Much preparation is taken to ensure the safety of the citizens. On May 27, 2006, Yogyakarta experienced an earthquake. The disaster claimed more than 5,500 lives and much destruction. The Merapi strato volcano in Central Java is situated 30 km north of the city. Yogyakarta, incidentally, attracts a lot of tourists. The Merapi Volcano has erupted several times, making this a city on the brink of disaster.
This city is prone to natural disasters. On February 6, 2012, a 6.7 magnitude earthquake struck the region. At least 51 were people killed, 62 were reported missing, 112 injured, 23,000 displaced, about 15,000 buildings were destroyed or damaged.
Hawaii is a hot spot for regular volcanic activity and is prone to tsunamis which originate from the Pacific Rim. The city displays the most spectacular flow of lava, but is a safe place to live. A lot of lava is flowing from volcano Kilauea in Hawaii, which has been erupting off and on for the past 25 years. Kilauea, which implies “spewing” or “spreading,” is one of the most active volcanoes among the five in Hawaii.
Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo:
Goma is also under constant threat of volcanic eruption of Mount Nyiragongo. In 2002, a volcanic eruption killed several people and destroyed houses and forced many to leave Goma. This volcano is one of the eight located on the borders of Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda. Only two of these volcanoes are active: Nyamuragira and Nyiragongo.
Notwithstanding these cities, there are several other regions, which pose a risk to their citizens. Yet, the people residing in these dangerous areas continue to lead normal lives and take a risk, which can prove very costly.