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1948 years ago in AD 63 an earthquake in southern Italy by the gulf of Naples seriously damaged the ancient city of Pompeii causing an undetermined number of deaths and spread out destruction, but the locals went to work rebuilding in the same spot until they were buried by the eruption of the Vesuvius volcano 16 years later in AD 79.



Galveston TX Hurricanes

Average Brushed or hit every 2.94 years
Average Direct hit every 8.63 years

The Great Storm of 1900 - Sep 8th 1900 - Pop: 42,000 residents
Category 4 @ 135 mph -Great loss of life between 6,000 and 12,000 individuals – officially 8,000

The 1915 Storm, August 17th, Category 4 @ 135 mph
42    people dead in the Galveston area
$60 - 1915 million dollars in damage

Ike Sep 13th 2008 - The third most destructive hurricane to ever make landfall in the United States
Final landfall in Galveston Texas as a strong cat 2 with cat 5 equivalent storm surge winds extended 120 miles from the center.

Blamed for at least 195 deaths – 74 in Haiti and 112 in the USA 300 still missing. - Damages estimated at 24 billion (2008) US Dollars

Resulted in the largest evacuation in the state of Texas history and the largest search and rescue operation in US history


Nuclear Issues

Chernobyl, An Experiment Gone Wrong

On Saturday, April 26th, 1986 at 1:23 am, one of the reactors at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant exploded.
Ironically, the experiment consisted in testing how the power plant would respond in the event of an accident. The operators at the plant wanted to bring down the power output of the reactor to 25%, but over-confidence, poor training and poor knowledge of how a reactor works caused them to overdo it, and they ended up bringing down the power output to 1%. When they then tried to bring it up to 25%, the reactor overheated and exploded causing the worst nuclear accident in history.

Five U.S. nuclear reactors in earthquake zones
usatoday.com


Status of the Nuclear Reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi Power Plant
NYTimes.com


How a Reactor Shuts Down and What Happens in a Meltdown
NYTimes.com


Hazards of Storing Spent Fuel
NYTimes.com


Timeline: Nuclear Plant Accidents
BBCNews.com


Why the Fukushima disaster is worse than Chernobyl
independent.co.uk


In graphics: Fukushima nuclear alert
bbc.co.uk


Fukushima victims: homeless, desperate & angry
reuters.com


Japan Panel: Fukushima nuclear disaster "man-made"
bbc.co.uk.com






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AccuWeather
    Issues warning for severe weather, including
    hurricanes, tornadoes, severe thunderstorms, etc.

Integrated Flood Observing and Warning System
   Part of the National Weather Services that
    focuses on flooding. Warnings and rainfall data.

National Hurricane Center(NHC)
    Provides forecasts, satellite imagery, and general
    information related to hurricanes and cyclones.

National Severe Storms Laboratory
   Offers general, scientific, and educational
    information on all aspects of severe weather.

National Weather Service (NWS)
    Issues warning for severe weather, including hurricanes,
    tornadoes, severe thunderstorms, etc.

NWS Climate Prediction Center
Jet Stream
NWS New York City/Upton, NY
NWS Baltimore/Washington
NWS Hydrometeorological Prediction Center
NWS River Forecast Center
Storm Prediction Center(SPC)
    Monitors severe weather, thunderstorms, tornadoes,
    winter storms, winds, and rains.

Storm Watch
   Stormwatch Site from FEMA offering advice
    on preparing for severe weather and cleaning
    up after a natural disaster.

Tropical Weather Outlook - Atlantic
Tropical Weather Outlook - Pacific
Weather.Gov
Weather Channel



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