Looking for a Safe Land? Hello, Estonia
Natural disasters are a rarity there, as well as in Qatar
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 27, 2011 10:00 AM CDT
A view of an ice road in Estonia, which AP says is the longest in Europe.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – With a devastating earthquake in Burma following on the heels of the one in Japan, which itself followed one in New Zealand, Slate's Explainer blog digs into the question of just which nations are safest from natural disaster. Your winners, based on data from a Belgium center that analyzes such things: Estonia, Qatar, Bahrain (note this is natural disaster, not political), the United Arab Emirates, and tiny Andorra.

From 1900 to 2009, there's no record of a fatal earthquake, flood, drought, or severe storm in any of those nations. (Record-keeping might have been a little squishy decades ago, notes Slate.) On the flip side, Ethiopia and Bangladesh generally rank near the top of the most-vulnerable list.
 

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