The New York Times Said Dallas Was Highest-Risk Natural Disaster Metro Area — Before The Quakes.
Back in 2011, before all those quakes hit earlier this month, before we all pretended they were funny, before we actually had to wonder about how prepared we were for these things and before the idea of dying in one became a real possibility, we all like to think that things were pretty copacetic around these parts.
But the truth is that they weren't. As this 2011 graphic from the New York Times on natural disasters shows, things were pretty real around here even back then. Turns out, not every city has to deal with the “twisters, hurricane remnants, hail, wind, drought [and] floods” that Dallasites face, like, all the time. Go figure!
So just how bad were things back then? Oh, just so bad that the Times piece was already calling Dallas the “highest risk” metro area for natural disasters in America.
But — listen up — that's not even the worst part. In its ever-so-brief write-up, the Times notes that Dallas' constant natural disaster outlook was bad because it suffered from “lots of almost everything but quakes.”
Again, that piece came out in 2011, before 40 earthquakes went and shook the region up in the span of 10 months, before this kind of information stopped topping news broadcasts because we'd gotten so used to it.
Argument aside about how “natural” these quake disasters are, how effed are we all now? I mean, you guys tell me.
(Spoiler: I think we're pretty goddamn effed.)