By T.J. PannemoreAssociated PressWASHINGTON (AP) – More than two-thirds of the U,S.
population lives in areas that are at risk of collapse, according to new government data.
That’s the highest proportion since the government began keeping track in 1950, and it’s even higher than a decade ago.
The number of Americans living in areas where there’s a 50 percent chance of a collapse was up from 24 percent in the 1950s.
That was in the early days of the Great Recession, when the number of those living in such areas spiked.
A third of all U.N. agencies report they’re working on an emergency plan for the collapse of buildings.
Those plans have not been completed, but experts say the scope of the risk has grown significantly.
The United Nations and the International Monetary Fund have warned about the danger of building collapses in the developing world.
The new data shows that the majority of Americans live in areas of at least 30 percent risk of building collapse.
That includes parts of the Midwest and Northeast, along with parts of California and Texas.
The data was released Friday by the U!
News & Media Initiative, a nonprofit that aims to inform and educate Americans about the dangers of urban and suburban sprawl.
organization and others said the number was higher than the number in other recent data, and that the data showed that more than two thirds of the population lives within that range.
The report was released as Congress tries to pass a bill to boost the federal debt limit, which would put a ceiling on the borrowing powers of the government, so that Congress can borrow money.
Congress has until Sept. 15 to pass legislation to pay the debt ceiling.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.