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24 Sep 13 18:43

I currently live in the East Village of New York - an area badly hit by Hurricane Sandy.

In the aftermath of the storm I witnessed first hand the impact that flooding can have as we were left without power, mass transit and something we take for granted - mobile phone service - for days after the storm. My apartment is located outside the mandatory evacuation zone so I had wrongly assumed that like previous hurricanes I wouldn't be particularly affected. I was wrong, yet even then I certainly got off lightly compared to many people in Breezy Point, the Jersey Shore and Staten Island.

Experiences like mine with Hurricane Sandy are repeated hundreds of thousands of times over throughout the world when natural disasters strike urban areas. People wrongly assume they are "safe" when in fact, they are not.

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Category: Climate/natural disasters: Climate change, Disaster risk, Earthquakes, Floods/storms, Resilience

Location: New York, NY

1 Comment

Megan Linkin - 25 Sep 2013, 6:49 p.m.

Those of us who work and live in the NYC metro area will remember Hurricane Sandy for a very long time, and with so many weather/climate related nat. cats. globally, it's sometimes easy for forget about the seismic risk. As the study finds and USA Today points out, the nine of the top ten most at risk metro areas are heavily exposed to earthquake. Two earthquake exposed cities, Los Angeles and San Francisco, top the US list.

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