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These states are at the biggest risk of disaster

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These states are at the biggest risk of disaster

Hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes—depending on where you live in the United States, natural disasters can be a way of life.

But some places are at greater risk than others, based on both geography and geology.

The impact is meaningful, particularly when it comes to costs like insuring a home. According to the Insurance Information Institute, at least seven natural disasters in U.S. history have led to insured losses in excess of $10 billion.

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Data analytics company CoreLogic compiled a "hazard risk score" for the continental United States, analyzing which places were at the highest risk of nine disaster types: flood, wildfire, tornado, storm surge, earthquake, straight-line winds, hurricane winds, hail and sinkholes.

(In the map at left, the areas in red are those that generally draw the largest risk scores).

These are the five states at the highest risk, according to CoreLogic.

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—By CNBC.com staff
First posted 11 Sept. 2014

Source: CoreLogic2014