OKLAHOMA CIT Y- The I-44 corridor is among the most dangerous places on the planet, that’s according to an article by Popular Mechanics magazine.
The article is getting a lot of buzz on social media right now, even though it is not a recent article.
The Oklahoma City metro area and Tulsa are number seven on the list, right up there with places like Haiti, Indonesia and the Maldives.
Turns out the article was first printed in 2009 but social media has rediscovered it as Oklahoma recovers from May’s fury.
Statistics from the National Weather Service show the metro area has had more than 140 tornadoes in the years dating back to 1890.
Those numbers don’t even include the twisters we’ve seen this year.
Oklahomans said despite the tornadic weather, this is not one of the most dangerous places in the world.
Moore Mayor Glenn Lewis said, “Where are you supposed to live that is completely safe? I mean, we don’t live in a bubble.”
Despite recent tornadic storms, many people in this state would not choose to live anywhere else.
The article in Popular Mechanics, while not a recent article, cites tornadic weather as the main reason this is a dangerous place.
Mayor Lewis said it doesn’t matter where you live, disaster can strike anywhere.
He said, “If you live in California, you worry about earthquakes, mud slides, torrential rains.”
Missionary Jamie Boiles grew up in Oklahoma and now lives in Rwanda, just 100 miles from number four most dangerous place on the list Lake Kivu, along the western border of Rwanda.
Boiles said, “There are palm trees and I’ve taken pictures and people say it just looks like paradise there.”
The danger lies underneath the lake.
If released, the gas could easily kill millions.
Jamie said she has never felt afraid to live in either place, Rwanda or Oklahoma.
She said, “The comments people make about, ‘Why do you live in Oklahoma because you might get hit by a tornado?’ Why do you live anywhere? It’s because of the people you are around.”
A sentiment with which Mayor Lewis agrees.
He said, “We’re all neighbors.”
We reached out to Popular Mechanics magazine.
A spokesperson for the magazine said they “extend their sympathy to the communities affected, which have shown resilience and resourcefulness in pulling together under devastating circumstances.”
After we reached out to the magazine, they decided to update the article, letting those who come across it know it was not released in response to the recent events in Oklahoma.