Tokyo-Yokohama Region “By Far the Riskiest Region of the World” for Natural Disasters

We often talk about how safe Tokyo is in terms of crime, but in a natural disaster assessment report by Swiss Re, the Tokyo-Yokohama region was found to be the riskiest in the world. By a wide margin.

The assessment calculated risk by aggregating the potential number of millions of people affected by five scenarios: storms, storm surges, river floods, earthquakes and tsunamis. With a “high score” of 57.1, the area has almost twice as many people at risk as second-placed Manila, which scored 34.6. China’s Pearl-River Delta (which includes Hong Kong, Macau and Guangzhou) was third with 34.5, and Osaka-Kobe was fourth with 32.1. Chalk another win up to Tokyo over Osaka! Sort of.

Tokyo-Yokohama compared with the rest of Asia Pacific. Scores here are measured by a rather heartless "number of working days lost" Tokyo-Yokohama compared with the rest of Asia and Oceania. Scores here are measured by the rather heartless-sounding "value of working days lost"

Scores here are measured by the rather heartless-sounding “Value of working days lost” (via: Mind the Risk)

It’s important to note that these results are skewed by Tokyo and Yokohama’s nation-sized population and therefore gives us an indication the size of potential disasters, rather than a score reflecting the danger of living there for each individual. Still, best prepare your emergency torch, bottled water and poop bag now.

 

The top ten:

1. Tokyo-Yokohama (Japan)
2. Manilla (Philippines)
3. Pearl-River Delta (China)
4. Osaka-Kobe (Japan)
5. Jakarta (Indonesia)
6. Nagoya (Japan)
7. Kolkata (India)
8. Shanghai (China)
9. Los Angeles (USA)
10. Tehran (Iran)

 

Via: The Guardian. For more information on preparing for earthquakes, see the Tokyo Fire Department’s official page

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