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8 beautiful places prone to natural disasters

By: Josh Lew on Dec. 30, 2013, 8:05 a.m.
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U.S. Central Plains

The Central Plains of the U.S. have always been known for their tornadoes. Twisters, like the famous fictional one that carried Dorothy to Oz, roll across Kansas (pictured), Oklahoma and other central states each year. Because of the frequent funnels, this region is often referred to as Tornado Alley. Though these states are not battered by multiple types of natural disasters, severe storms are quite commonplace.

However, the level of preparedness is quite high in the Plains States. Building codes are more strict and storm shelters are common. The most damaging tornadoes often take place to the east and south, where the level of preparedness is lower and fewer people have access to storm shelters.