Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Dec. 17, 2008 -- Hurricanes and earthquakes win more headlines, but heat waves claim most lives, according to a survey of mortality from natural threats in the United States, published on Wednesday.

The "death map" says hazard mortality is highest in the South, where a variety of threats are to blame, followed by the northern Great Plains, where heat and drought are the greatest natural risks, then the Rocky Mountains, where the killers are chiefly winter weather and flooding.

The safest place, in terms of protection against the forces of nature, are parts of the Midwest or cities in the Northeast.

The study is published by an open-access British review, the International Journal of Health Geographics.

How is nature going to kill you in your part of the country? Click to find out. Will it be flooding, heat, winter weather or the dreaded “severe weather”? Death Map

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