I've noticed that many places with large populations tend to be prime zones for natural disaster.
Examples: Silicon Valley = earthquakes, Houston = hurricanes and floods, Japan = tsunamis and earthquakes, Santa Maria = volcano, Vesuvius = volcano, etc.
This doesn't seem like a coincidence, especially given that people would naturally want to stay away from disaster-prone sites. Clearly there must be a benefit to living in such places.
My guess has always been that it probably goes something like this:
Active fault zone → mountains & volcanoes → rain & water → fertile soil & wildlife → food
Or maybe like this:
Storms/monsoons → rain & water → fertile soil & wildlife → food
But I really have no idea, and this has been a question I've had for a long time.
Is this accurate? Is there more than meets the eye? Is it maybe partly a coincidence?
Explanations would be greatly appreciated, since all I have right now is just a guess.