Category Archives: Historical Event

Deadly Tsunami in the Indian Ocean


The traumatic tsunami that occurred in the Indian Ocean on December 26, 2004, was generated by a 9.0 earthquake under the Indian Ocean. This earthquake was the largest earthquake recorded in 40 years. This earthquake under water also had very … Continue reading

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The Great Flood of 1931


In 1931 China’s three primary rivers, the Yangtze, Hwang, and Hwai, all flooded due to record rainstorms. The result was what is considered to be the most devastating water related disaster of the 20th century. 140,000 Chinese drowned, and 3.7 … Continue reading

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Outdoor Sporting Store Sees Effects of the Great Outdoors


In June of 2010, an EF2 tornado touched down in Dundee, MI, leaving behind a large amount of damage. Homes and hotels were destroyed, along with Cabela’s, Michigan’s most-visited destination, and Splash Universe. The roof and siding was torn off … Continue reading

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Devastation of the Century


The 1931 China Floods were the deadliest natural disaster of the century. The death toll was estimated to be between 3.7 and 4 million people. People died from drowning and diseases in the water. Experts say that it was the … Continue reading

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Ice Jams Cause Millions in Damages Annually


During the spring months in areas where rivers freeze over, there is a natural disaster that can occur called an Ice Jam. These occur when a sudden warm spell causes snowmelt, often combined with heavy rains, causing rivers to swell … Continue reading

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Deadly Yellow


The Yellow River has taken its toll on China by flooding and causing a devastating amount of deaths. The flood of the Yellow River in 1887, caused approximately 900,000 lives to be lost. Due to the elevation of the river, … Continue reading

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My Storm Chaser Experience


I know we have a few weeks before we begin studying tornadoes, but I wanted to blog about this topic because it is the only natural disaster that I have encountered in my lifetime. When a series of tornados hit … Continue reading

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The Irish Potato Famine


The Great Potato Famine was the result of crop failures in Ireland’s most stable crop caused by airborne fungus. This event shows how natural disasters don’t only effect the present lives of peoples, but also the history. Because of the … Continue reading

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Chinese Mining City Struck By Massive Earthquake


On July 28th, 1976, the worst earthquake in modern times (by death toll) struck the city of Tangshan, China. The earthquake was a massive 8.3 on the Richter scale and officially killed 250,000 people and injured another 164,000. Some say … Continue reading

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The Buried Truth


On September 19, 1985 the most devastating earthquake in the recorded history of Mexico hit Mexico City at 7:12 am. The earthquake was of magnitude 8.1 and the city was not prepared for a disaster of this force. The casualties … Continue reading

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A tale of two buried cities


The story of Pompeii is one that has been told many times, but little is known about its sister city, Herculaneum, which was also destroyed by a violent eruption from Mount Vesuvius. Citizens of these cities were unaware of the … Continue reading

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Unleashed Power of Water leads to Destruction: Indian Ocean Tsunami


Curious beach-goers in Indonesia watched in amazement as an enormous wave accelerated [rvd: actually, as the wave entered shallower waters when approaching land, it slowed down and gained height] towards the shore. Before they could try to or even think … Continue reading

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There are hurricanes in Texas?


You mustn’t forget that Texas is located on the gulf of Mexico. But when Texas comes to mind people don’t usually think of hurricanes.  But on September 8th 1900 the hurricane barreling down on them was the only thing on the … Continue reading

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Mount Tarawera, New Zealand 1886- Farewell to the Pink and White Terraces


One of the most remarkable seismic events of New Zealand history occurred on the night of June 10, 1886. Signs of the destructive eruption came in the form of earthquakes just an hour before (1). Sometime between 1:30 and 2:00am, … Continue reading

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Population of New Orleans falls 30% since Hurricane Katrina


The population of New Orleans LA, has dropped 30% since the 2000 census. A good amount of this was due to Hurricane Katrina, which hit the city in the summer of 2005. Before Katrina, New Orleans was famously an overwhelmingly … Continue reading

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Wicked Twister


On May 22nd, 2004 an outbreak of 56 tornadoes, hit the Midwestern states. A majority of these tornado’s occurred in Iowa and Nebraska. One person was killed with an additional 38 injured. The damage was estimated to be 175 million. … Continue reading

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Can Animals Help Predict Earthquakes?


Many have dogs that tell us if there is someone at the door by barking excessively even before the doorbell rings. Many animals have exceptional olfactory senses and have saved families when smelling a fire. With all the “special powers” animals … Continue reading

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Posterizing Pompeii


In 19 hours, a city completely disappeared. Mount Vesuvius erupted so violently the city of Pompeii was completely demolished, killing thousands engulfing the city in 9 feet of ash and mud. This volcano eruption is known as one of the … Continue reading

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Caribbean Paradise Flattened


On September 4, 2004, a tropical depression developed into a Tropical Storm, Hurricane Ivan, in the Atlantic Ocean 500 miles off the coast of Brazil. Hurricane Ivan ripped through the Caribbean and devastated many countries including the Cayman Islands. Tourism … Continue reading

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Is Another Quake Headed Chile’s Way?


After the 2010 earthquake-tsunami dual disaster in Chile, scientists believe the risk of yet another quake has increased. The 8.8 magnitude quake occurred where the Nazca Plate (which is an oceanic lithospheric plate) subducts under the South American mainland at … Continue reading

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Typhoon Tip 1979


Typhoon Tip may not have been the most damaging or deadly typhoon in history but has been considered the most intense. Tip struck during the 1979 Pacific typhoon season. It formed in the western Pacific Ocean and headed toward Guam. … Continue reading

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1994 Mid-Michigan Earthquake


On September 2, 1994 just outside of Lansing, Michigan, in what is my hometown of Potterville, there was a 3.4 magnitude earthquake that rumbled through the city and was felt by most in the surrounding areas. The Epicenter was located almost exactly in the small town … Continue reading

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Tanshang, China Earthquake


On July 28, 1976, an earthquake struck Tanshang China. This earthquake caused the most damage of any modern earthquake and registered a 8.3 on the Richter Scale. The official number of deaths was 255,000, but it was estimated that 655,000 … Continue reading

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