It’s probably not a spoiler to say that Manhattan gets wrecked in The Avengers. So it begs the question: if this were a real life thing, how much would it cost to fix NYC post alien attack? The price tag: $160 billion USD.
So who on Earth possibly had the time to get their calculators and abaci out to tabulate the cost. The gang at The Hollywood Reporter, of course. They consulted experts with Kinetic Analysis Corp., a major disaster-cost prediction firm who specialize in guesstimating the financial impact of disasters. It’s Kinetic Analysis that came up with the $160 billion figure, which factors in such considerations as direct damage, the economic impact, clean-up time and loss of life.
By the way, that’s more than the Japanese tsunami ($122 billion), Hurricane Katrina ($90 billion) and the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks ($83 billion).
“The extensive damage to Grand Central Terminal could prove highly disruptive, depending on the subsurface damage to the subway system,” the report states. “Although such damage is unlikely, as the 9/11 events showed, collapsing buildings can cause significant damage to subsurface infrastructure such as gas, communications and electrical systems. Detailed site surveys will be required to assess the state of the subterranean infrastructure.”
Sure, but who would get the check for the damage?
“Most insurance policies have special provisions for acts of war, civil unrest or terrorism,” the report states. “Given the involvement of individuals considered deities in some cultures (Thor, Loki), there is even the potential to classify the event as an ‘act of God,’ though that designation would be subject to strenuous theological and legal debate.”
Sounds like this one might be in courts for years. Good thing the entire event was fictional.