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    It would need to be a country far from a fault line, not near an ocean (so not susceptible to tsunami/flooding), not prone to draught, less susceptible to hurricanes, no big volcanos, not susceptible to harsh winters, etc.

    I think Britain loses on the tsunami/flooding front.

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    Singapore surely
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    (Original post by UWS)
    Singapore surely
    Why do you think that?
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    (Original post by Lady Comstock)
    Why do you think that?
    No typhoons, earthquakes, droughts.. also quite protected from tsunamis by Malaysia, which hardly ever occurs.. No winters too so that rules out another one.. I guess the only issue is the smog caused by Indonesia burning every ****ing thing they can get their hands on but that story if for another day

    Also I just googled it, it ranks 15th on the disaster risk scale... I was gonna say Iceland but a volcano erupted a few years ago so I guess anywhere is unsafe....
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    (Original post by UWS)
    No typhoons, earthquakes, droughts.. also quite protected from tsunamis by Malaysia, which hardly ever occurs.. No winters too so that rules out another one.. I guess the only issue is the smog caused by Indonesia burning every ****ing thing they can get their hands on but that story if for another day

    Also I just googled it, it ranks 15th on the disaster risk scale... I was gonna say Iceland but a volcano erupted a few years ago so I guess anywhere is unsafe....
    Iceland is a volcanic Island but pretty much nobody in modern times is physically harmed by the many eruptions there.

    Personally I'd say Switzerland or Austria or countries round there. Only natural disaster I can think of in Switzerland is avalanche but that can be avoided.

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    Mongolia
    besides it is a beautiful peaceful country
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    (Original post by UWS)
    No typhoons, earthquakes, droughts.. also quite protected from tsunamis by Malaysia, which hardly ever occurs.. No winters too so that rules out another one.. I guess the only issue is the smog caused by Indonesia burning every ****ing thing they can get their hands on but that story if for another day

    Also I just googled it, it ranks 15th on the disaster risk scale... I was gonna say Iceland but a volcano erupted a few years ago so I guess anywhere is unsafe....
    Only thing I would say is that it's quite near a fault line and very close to the Lake Toba supervolcano!

    Do you have a link to the disaster risk scale please? Can't seem to find the table on Google.
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    (Original post by Lady Comstock)
    Only thing I would say is that it's quite near a fault line and very close to the Lake Toba supervolcano!

    Do you have a link to the disaster risk scale please? Can't seem to find the table on Google.
    It's wikipedia but it's all I could find

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_o..._disaster_risk
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    My boys Seychelles, coming up big, 17th on this disaster risk scale. Pretty good considering how fragile one would assume it would be.
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    (Original post by UWS)
    It's wikipedia but it's all I could find

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_o..._disaster_risk
    I'm sure this study is more knowledgeable than me, but weird that they put Qatar at number one when it sits almost right on a fault line.
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    (Original post by UWS)
    It's wikipedia but it's all I could find

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_o..._disaster_risk
    That list is ridiculous. The USA has a natural disaster almost every year. It is having one at the moment, with drought in California. Last year it had massive snowstorms that paralysed the country, and a year or two before that the entire Mississippi basin was flooded.
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    (Original post by Good bloke)
    That list is ridiculous. The USA has a natural disaster almost every year. It is having one at the moment, with drought in California. Last year it had massive snowstorms that paralysed the country, and a year or two before that the entire Mississippi basin was flooded.
    It is pretty low down.
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    (Original post by Dinasaurus)
    It is pretty low down.
    It has been given a 4% chance of disaster, marginally higher than that of the far safer UK..
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    (Original post by Lady Comstock)
    I'm sure this study is more knowledgeable than me, but weird that they put Qatar at number one when it sits almost right on a fault line.
    Proximity to a fault line is definitely not the only factor that influences vulnerability to earthquakes. The behaviour of the fault is a lot more important.

    (Original post by Good bloke)
    That list is ridiculous. The USA has a natural disaster almost every year. It is having one at the moment, with drought in California. Last year it had massive snowstorms that paralysed the country, and a year or two before that the entire Mississippi basin was flooded.
    This is a list ordering countries by vulnerability to natural disasters so the straightforward frequency and severity of natural disasters is not the only thing that is taken into account.
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    How is Britain at risk of tsunami?
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    (Original post by MountKimbie)
    How is Britain at risk of tsunami?
    Part of one of the Canary Islands is expected to fall into the sea one day and cause a tsunami.
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    (Original post by Good bloke)
    Part of one of the Canary Islands is expected to fall into the sea one day and cause a tsunami.
    That is a vastly overhyped story, see here. It is almost certainly not an imminent threat that we need to be worrying about.
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    (Original post by Plagioclase)
    That is a vastly overhyped story, see here. It is almost certainly not an imminent threat that we need to be worrying about.
    i certainly am not going to lose sleep over it, but I expect it will happen some time before the human race dies out.
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    (Original post by Dinasaurus)
    It is pretty low down.
    I bet the Americans are pleased their country isn't higher up then!
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    (Original post by Good bloke)
    i certainly am not going to lose sleep over it, but I expect it will happen some time before the human race dies out.
    The geological evidence suggests that these collapses occur in many little stages over longer periods of time, it is unlikely that it would result in some biblical catastrophic collapse. There are plenty of other catastrophic risks we can worry about instead
 
 
 
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