An epic cold snap, a brutal wildfire and a crippling drought have left the American West reeling from the zombie apocalypse.
But a new study suggests the American Southwest may have a better chance of surviving this type of catastrophe than the rest of the country.
In a new analysis, scientists say they have found a region with the best chance of keeping its cities and residents alive from the start of the cold snap in the spring and summer of 2019.
In their study, published Thursday in the journal Science, the researchers used data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics to track more than 7.4 million people in 20 American cities and towns.
The analysis found that the Midwest had the highest number of deaths among U.S. cities, with a mortality rate of 8.9 per 100,000 people.
The Midwest had a higher mortality rate than any other region.
The researchers say the Midwest was the region with most residents who lived within 200 miles of the nearest natural disaster in 2019, such as wildfires and floods.
The region with those deaths was also home to the highest proportion of deaths from natural disasters and the highest percentage of deaths that occurred during the summer of 2017.
In the region that had the greatest mortality rates in 2019 was the San Juan County, Calif., area, the study said.
The researchers say this area was home to a high percentage of natural disasters.
The report was based on data collected between July and October of 2019, the first full calendar year of the outbreak.