Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York, in that order, top Swiss Re’s ranking of American and Canadian cities under threat of disaster. Globally, Tokyo and many cities along the Pacific Rim surpassed Los Angeles, which ranked ninth overall, according to Swiss Re’s new study, titled “Mind the Risk: Insight into the Exposure of Urban Centers to Natural Catastrophes.”
The urban areas were ranked by the number of people potentially affected by the five perils used for consideration in the study, which included river flooding, earthquake, tropical cyclone, tsunami and storm surge risks. Earthquake exposure accounted for the added risk along the West Coast, while earthquakes and river flooding were the most prevalent risk exposures across Asia, which holds the eight most at-risk cities.
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