Washington April 03, 2016
by Jessica Wick Here Are The 7 Biggest Risks Living In The State of Washington
We avoid some pretty serious natural disasters in the state of Washington. We don’t get hurricanes, and the small tornadoes we see here aren’t life-threatening. That being said, living in this beautiful state is not without its risks.
1. A giant earthquake.
By now, the entire country knows that Washington State is overdue for a massive earthquake. While it will hit Seattle and the coast first, the entire state will be affected. There has been much speculation, but we won’t know how bad it will be until it happens.
What’s worse than being overdue for a massive earthquake? Being overdue for an earthquake that can lead to a tsunami. Everyone on the Washington coast is at risk, but it would certainly impact the entire state. Luckily, it’s not likely to happen.
3. Outdoors accidents
We’ve got some gorgeous mountains for hiking, lakes for boating and fishing, hunting spots, ski slopes and swimming holes. Unfortunately that exposes us to risk of insect bites, broken limbs and other disasters.
4. Potential volcano eruptions.
Mount Saint Helens erupted in 1980, and Mount Rainier could erupt at any time. Hopefully we’d have some warning and could prepare.
5. A car accident.
Statistically, our state has some pretty bad drivers. Whether you deal with Seattle traffic every day or you cruise down the backgrounds of our rural areas, you should always be cautious.
Washington is one of the most landslide-prone states in the country, with hundreds of events happening each year. Luckily they aren’t usually as devastating as the Oso mudslide in 2014, which we’re still recovering from.
7. Being so spoiled that living anywhere else on Earth will never compare.
The thing is, Washingtonians know the risks, and we choose to live here anyway. We know that the odds are in our favor and the benefits of being surrounded by so many good things outweigh the potential troubles. We still think living here beats being just about anywhere else, and we won’t lose (much) sleep over things that may never happen.
Do you ever worry about these risks?
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