Kori Rumore of Arizona Daily Star reported on the safety of Tucson and the rest of Arizona, naming it as a low risk area in terms of natural disasters. Rumore's report is based on an infographic published in the New York Times in 2011 that plots recorded data on natural disasters that occurred in the United States where Tucson ranked low. The data was based on the frequency of tornadoes, hurricanes, and earthquake, flooding, hurricanes, hail; drought, and other types of extreme weather.
For tornadoes and hurricanes, Arizona and most of the western half of the U.S. are risk-free while for earthquakes, the West Coast, Hawaii and the confluence of the Mississippi, Ohio and Tennessee Rivers are the most at risk. With no single volcano nearby, Arizona is only slightly prone to earthquakes. Nonetheless, mold remediation in Tucson is still necessary because the summer moisture that comes from the Gulf of California can cause mold growth in homes.
Among the disasters considered by the study, which included flooding, drought, and hailstorms. It failed to include the threat of wildfires, a disaster that plagues Mountain states like Arizona, as well as California and Florida. The damage of wildfire, especially in the Mountain states, is extensive; blocked by the Rockies to its west, the smog from the wildfires compromises the air quality in areas as far as Texas and Oklahoma up to the Great Lakes.
What was surprising about the Daily Star's report was that it was written barely two months after Arizona saw its biggest recorded case of wildfire to date. The Wallow Fire of June 2011 was, in a sense, a man-made disaster, having been instigated by a mismanaged campfire; but it was the condition of the Apache National Forest, brought about by the region's climate, which made the Wallow fire more dangerous.
A wildfire can occur through natural occurrences as well. Six years before the Wallow fire, a single lightning strike from monsoons ignited the Cave Creek Complex fire, Arizona's third largest wildfire. Within the first hour, it burned 10,000 acres of land and it was only put out after scorching more than 243,000 acres. It destroyed the Cave Creek Mistress mine.
Wildfires and the water that's used to extinguish them can damage private properties. This is where Tucson water damage restoration specialists come in—to help residents salvage their drenched prized-possessions. Learn more about water damage: http://iicrc.org/consumers/care/water-damage/.
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