I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but Georgia may be in some trouble. OK, maybe not in the immediate future. I don’t want to start any rumors or incite any riots. But, have you ever thought about how Georgia would be wiped off the map if there was an apocalypse of some sort? Too dark? You know what I mean though. Think about how most people in California can see an earthquake knocking that state out of commission. What about Georgia? What might be the reason this state would cease to exist?
The most common type of natural disaster in Georgia are thunderstorms. As you may know, a direct result of a bad thunderstorm is a tornado. In the last half century, more than 1,450 tornadoes were reported in Georgia, including 25 in 2013 alone. Be warned, the months of March-May seem to be the most active for tornadoes.
2. Hurricanes and Tropical Storms
These types of storms are constantly forming off on the sidelines from the Atlantic Ocean as well as the Gulf of Mexico and can make landfall directly on the Georgia coast. There are countless hurricanes which bore down on the southeastern coastline and destroyed many homes and businesses in the process.
3. Winter Storm
This one is a bit funny, simply because of recent weather events. (Which only proves the point that Georgia is quite susceptible to winter storms, some of which can drop a few feet of snow and cause crazy conditions on the roads.) I'm not certain if Georgia will be wiped off the map completely by a snow storm, but it might be at least blanketed for a while.
Georgia isn't at risk, compared to say California, from falling off the map from a massive earthquake. But that doesn't mean a bunch of little ones couldn't chip away at us---such as the 4.1 magnitude earthquake two years ago, which startled residents and shook some homes.
Georgia and its neighbor Florida, seem to have more and more wildfires every year. The dry environments and excessive heat at times, lead to very arid and unpleasant conditions. Although it's rare for Georgia to have massively destructive wildfires, it's definitely not impossible.
Floods have been plaguing the state for years now, at times causing damage of upwards of $500 million dollars. Not to mention 10+ deaths. In some places, Georgia is such a low-level state that floods seem much more in abundance than most other states. Chances of being washed away though? Perhaps slim-to-none.
7. Terrorist Attacks
Unfortunately, the truth is that everyone in the world is at risk for a terrorist attack. Sad, but true. Although, Georgia hasn't experienced a large scale attack, there have been a few bouts of terrorism in the past---such as what happened in 2009, when a Georgia Tech student was convicted of terrorism conspiracy; or in 1996, when there was a bombing at Centennial Olympic Park, which killed four and injured 111.
8. Pandemic Flu
Pandemics have been known to spread rapidly and without much prevention or preparation. In 2009, H1N1 was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization. Unfortunately, nearly 50 people had already died, with another 800 hospitalized in Georgia due to the virus.
9. Transportation Wrecks Involving Hazardous Materials
OK, you may think this one is a bit far-fetched, but you'd be surprised to know just how many train accidents, auto accidents and bus accidents there have been in Georgia to date. All it takes is one accident with the wrong material---and boom, Georgia is Georgia no more.
I hope we didn’t scare you too much with the list. Just in case I did, I’ll leave you with this little tidbit of information. According to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Georgia is the least disaster-prone state in the South, and one of the least disaster-prone places nationwide. So rest easy, Georgians.