South Most Dangerious Place to Live, See ‘Death Map’

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Two University of South Carolina geographers have produced a map of natural-hazard mortality in the United States.

The map, featured in the International Journal of Health Geographics, gives a county-level representation of the likelihood of dying as the result of natural events such as floods, earthquakes or extreme weather.

Dr. Susan Cutter, a Carolina Distinguished Professor of Geography, and Kevin Borden, a doctoral candidate in geography, used nationwide data dating back to 1970 to create the map. 

“Using this as a tool to identify areas with higher-than-average deaths can justify allocation of resources to these areas with the goal of reducing loss of life,” said Cutter.

Hazard mortality is most prominent in the South, where most people are killed by severe weather such as tornadoes. Other areas identified as having elevated risks include the northern Great Plains Region, where heat and drought are the biggest killers, and in the mountainous areas of the West, where deaths are attributed to winter weather and flooding.

Please click the Source Link to See the Interactive Death Map and Read the Wider Article from WIS – TV

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