Columbus Ohio real estate

Earthquake? Hurricane? Tornado?

Disaster areas

Which natural disaster do you prefer?  An earthquake? A hurricane? A tornado?

I have a theory that people in California fear tornadoes.  People in the midwest either fear hurricanes or earthquakes. We fear the natural disasters that other parts of the country face.  

Patsy Ittner's post about fearing Alligators VS. Tornadoes caught my attention...

There are lots of other natural disasters I never even considered in August 2006 (this is a rerun, the 2007 new and improved version), floods, fires (wildfires the kind they have in California), snow storms, hail, ice.... 

In Ohio we have tornadoes, floods, snow storms, hail, ice, severe storms.  We have had earthquakes in Ohio, in my lifetime they've been itty bitty earthquakes.  I am afraid of tornadoes but they are so random.

  I have worked with clients who seem unnaturally fearful of tornadoes. From watching the Wizard of Oz as a kid? Fear of flying monkeys is my unnatural fear from that movie.

The poll is what are you scared of? Vote once.


I asked this question on ActiveRain over a year ago in a "Members Only" post.   What can I say, I was shy when I first joined ActiveRain.... I did lots of "Members Only" posts.  There is nothing secret in the post and I am recycling, the idea.  The 2007 version is new and improved, better graphics, a poll!

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Comment balloon 15 commentsMaureen McCabe • September 23 2007 05:34AM


Very interesting data.  I think you are on to something, I fear most the disaster I have not experienced.
Posted by Jennifer Fivelsdal, Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection ( JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571) over 10 years ago
I think I would prefer a tornado....hurricanes have to much flooding and earthquakes cause a lot of destruction. I think with a tornado if you have a basement you can probably be ok. Cristy
Posted by Cristy Smith (mmm) over 10 years ago

Not sure Jennifer about fearing what you have not experienced.  I can say, living in FL since 1984, I have seen quite a few Hurricanes come through the area, including Andrew.  Because of that I thought I knew.  Then came Hurricane Charlie, in the busy '04 hurricane season.  Although Charlie was one of the most powerful, it did not have the normal storm surge flooding and was fast moving & small, the Southwest Florida area did not see the massive destruction of Katrina or Andrew.  But where the damage was, it was severe, and I can say this, I now can say I REALLY know what it is like to live through a hurricane.  If another one ever comes, I do now fear them actually more than when I thought I knew what they were like.  I will have much more respect for it, as I do not want to live through another such event. 


Posted by Ronald Gillis, CNSA Southwest Florida. Notaries, Port Charlotte, 941-7-NOTARY (Southwest Florida Notaries (Mortgage Notary Signing Agent)) over 10 years ago

Thanks for the comments.  

Anyone who has lived through a tornado, or a bad hurricane has a right to fear them. Or any disaster... I have never been through any major natural disaster.   

There is an article in this months National Geographic about Naples Italy... 9 miles from Vesuvius.... Pompei was destroyed by Vesuvias in 79 AD. I did not read the article but someone told me all about it, piece by piece, showed me the photos.   Volcanos are really scary!  

Posted by Maureen McCabe, Columbus Ohio Real Estate (HER Realtors) over 10 years ago

I don't like severe thunderstorms that contain high winds and lightening. Lightening hit my home a few years ago and it scared the crap out of me. No damage to the house other than blackened shingles but several appliances were destroyed.

Regarding tornadoes, when the big tornado hit Zenia back in the 70's, we lived in Marysville. We had mail and other debris in OUR yard from that storm. When my ex was a boy living in the flat land of NW Ohio, a tornado hit their home. They were saved only flipping over their sofa and crawling under it. The house ended up a bunch of sticks. But an old corn crib with many slats missing was untouched.

I remember the two mini earthquakes we had here.

Posted by Elaine Reese, REALTOR® in central Ohio (Real Living HER, Powell Ohio) over 10 years ago

How in the HELL did you put this together SO QUICKLY?  You must be a genius, if only a computer genius, a genius none-the-less.  I'm incredible impressed.  Are you one of those PhD'ers?  It's only been a few minutes, maybe an hour.

You go girl!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Oh, and I voted.  Tsunamis are my nightmare of choice.  I think I spelled it wrong in the poll.

I am so impressed.

Posted by Patsy Ittner, Your Premier Broker Selling St. Augustine Real Estate (Little Fox Realty) over 10 years ago
And by the way, it takes a lot to impress me.
Posted by Patsy Ittner, Your Premier Broker Selling St. Augustine Real Estate (Little Fox Realty) over 10 years ago

Elaine I remember two mini earthquakes, not feeling them but hearing about them. When I moved to Dayton where there are no basements I was nervous about tornadoes.

Patsy I wrote this at the crack of dawn, after commenting on your blog the first time. 

You are right tsunamis are truly frightening. I did not even think of tsunamis. The big tsunami was December 26, 2004? Thanks for being impressed.

Posted by Maureen McCabe, Columbus Ohio Real Estate (HER Realtors) over 10 years ago

Maureen, Great info. Your map reassures me that Summit County, Colorado truly is a relatively safe place. Thanks.


Posted by Rolo Cuadrado (Colorado Mountain College) over 10 years ago

Maureen, this is interesting content for a post. like it. it's fire up here. before we got enough sense to get out of LA, it was earthquakes. It we were in Florida, it would have been hurricane. If New Orleans, it would have been the Bush administration, and anyone in Louisiana government from the senate down.

Guess our take on disasters is pretty self oriented. Where are we at greatest risk... I just had to scroll up to that map again, it's really superb.



Posted by Gary Bolen, CRS - Lake Tahoe Real Estate Information (McCall Realty) over 10 years ago
Thanks for the comments guys. I took a meteorology class in college and loved it. The 4 votes for other are: -Nothing, God is in Control -Tsunamis (after that horrific one when 300,000 people died. ) -Severe thunderstorms & lightening -any natural disaster
Posted by Maureen McCabe, Columbus Ohio Real Estate (HER Realtors) over 10 years ago
How fun is that? A cool poll...I love it! As a Floridian having weathered Hurricane Elena and then the summer of FOUR, one would think I would fear hurricanes more, but I'll tell you I was much more spooked in California by the Joshua Tree trembles I felt years ago.
Posted by Loretta Buckner, Your GREEN Real Estate Consultant For Life! (Real World Properties, Inc.| Your Real Estate Consultant for Life) over 10 years ago
Hi, I think this was a marvelous post and so well illustrated. I voted and of course being from California, I voted Earthquake. My nephew lost everything in the Northridge Quake. Family survived, thankfully.
Posted by William Johnson, San Diego Real Estate Voice, GRI CRS e-Pro CDPE (RE/MAX Associates) over 10 years ago
Maureen - love the poll daddy!  They all scare the heck out of me, but it will only let me vote for one at a time! :-) Thanks for putting this together, very well always!
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Director of Education & Industry Outreach at eXp Realty & RE Tech Campus) over 10 years ago
William and Brad: my supposition was that people in CA are not afraid of earthquakes. I want to say when we chatted about natural disastsers in 2006 in my members only post Gena R. said she is more afraid of tornadoes (or maybe I need to reread it again.) I don't know if Gena shared it in a commnet in that entry or whether it was in a meme post but if I remember correctly she was hurt in an earthquake. Fell down in the shower. Scary to me. Thanks for the comments and poll votes all.
Posted by Maureen McCabe, Columbus Ohio Real Estate (HER Realtors) over 10 years ago