In particular, do you take into account the probabilities of natural disasters? I’m not talking about the people who were born and grew up there, but we mobiles who choose where we live to some extent.
The recent earthquakes in New Zealand and Japan are in seismologically very active areas, so the timing and strength of the quakes may be a surprise, but the fact should not be. Maybe California is due a big one soon? The southern coastline of the USA is mostly low-lying and is in a hurricane zone, so major flooding is to be expected every now and again.
On a much reduced scale, Worcester has some nice houses down by the River Severn. Every year or so it rains in Wales, the river rises, and the houses flood. The house prices reflect this and these people can’t get insurance - so they make appeals to the city for assistance.
Shenzhen is in one of the best disease breeding grounds in the World – do SARS and H5N1 count as natural disasters? They were first detected in Guangdong. Is idiocy contagious? I think we should be told.
(My 21st century programming has given me the ability to "LOL".)
Yes, it does make me more aware, especially after experiencing the wrath of a volcanic eruption thousands of miles away from the city I lived in when I was young. Not only that, typhoons hit really hard and the most recent flood washed away cars. I have experienced walking in a storm (and a city-wide power outage during the night) with half of my body submerged in flood on my way home from college because all means of public transport has ceased and not a vehicle was moving in the flood. I don't want to have to go through that again.
If I decide to settle somewhere, and actually consider living the rest of my life (including moving my family there, wherever it may be), I think I would have to do at least some minimum research with regards to geographic pros and cons. This is why I am considering Australia. Nice weather, nice environment, nice people. I have an Aunt and two cousins in Sidney.
You guys have it bad from so many viewpoints. I remember some nervous days in the early 90s when a big typhoon had cut across northern Luzon - our maid came from there and telecomms were out for about a week to her home town. Her family were fine.
This Discussion arose because my younger daughter said she would consider these things. If I'm by myself I don't, but for bringing up a family I'd want somewhere as safe as possible.
I didn't mean SZ in particular, but Guangdong Province, mainly the rural areas. It has a hot, humid climate conducive to virus mutation; close proximity between humans and animals, leading to diseases which can be spread by birds/animals to man; poor general hygiene; and the common Chinese habit of not finishing a course of antibiotics.
According to Wiki:
The Asian H5N1 virus was first detected in Guangdong Province, China, in 1996, when it killed some geese, but it received little attention until it spread through live-poultry markets in Hong Kong to humans in May 1997, killing 6 of 18 infected people.