Thursday, March 20, 2014

A Map of Cities Destroyed by Hollywood

I've frequently written about San Francisco's allure as a target of cinematic destruction.

But according to this cool animated map, San Francisco is well behind New York and Los Angeles in this department.

The folks at Deadspin's The Concourse blog looked at all the ways that U.S. cities have been wrecked onscreen, including monster attacks, alien attacks and — of course — sharknado attacks.

It makes sense that New York and L.A. would have the biggest share of Hollywood mayhem, since they're the two largest metro areas, but San Francisco definitely holds its own. It has been targeted more times than bigger cities such as Chicago.

Still, it's odd that it didn't do better in the "geologic events" category. The city should have ruled that one.

It has, however, been threatened in 100 percent of J.J. Abrams' "Star Trek" movies (here and here). If he continues on that trajectory, it should really boost San Francisco's rankings.