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
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.
Human Concerns: California Wildfires
Posted on Monday, December 22 @ 09:56:24 PST by editor
Thousands ordered to evacuate
Firestorms (wildfires) wreaked havoc for five days in various towns and cities in Southern California during the month of October, destroying hundreds of homes and forcing thousands of people to flee the fast moving flames.
Fed by hurricane strength winds of about 80 mph, three separate wildfires in and around suburbs of Los Angeles burned thousands of acres. Homes and communities have but disappeared from the map. Scores of people were treated for burns and smoke inhalation in local hospitals.
State of emergency was declared by the governor in Los Angeles, Orange and Santa Barbara counties.
As the flames raced through these areas burning an unprecedented number of homes, thousands of people were ordered to evacuate without being able to save but the shirt on their backs.
A Mobile Home Park of about 500 homes in Oakridge was totally razed by the fire fearing that some people may not have had time to get out in time.
Television pictures showed entire hillsides ablaze and pillars of smoke rising into the air that were seen across the whole Los Angeles area.
"An absolute firestorm," said Los Angeles Fire Department Captain Steve Ruda of one of the blazes. "Firefighters were braving 50ft flame lengths as they swept across mobile homes," he told news agencies as they used all available resources including thousands of firefighters and volunteers, aircraft, helicopters and bulldozers to beat the flames back from populated areas.
Plan for Wildfire
If you are at risk from wildfire, developing a Family Disaster Plan with an evacuation is a must. Learn what you can do to protect yourself your family and your property. Discussing wildfire ahead of time will help reduce fear and anxiety, and lets everyone know how to respond. Contact your local fire department, forestry service or other emergency response agencies for information on fire laws and wildfire risk.
Fire Prevention and control
As more people continue settling and living in woodland settings and areas of high natural risk, we are posed to see more and more incidents like this happening and affecting increasing numbers of people across the country as expected and fed by the weather variations of global warming.
Wildfires represent a natural hazard that can be predicted, controlled and in many cases prevented. Since the majority of wild fires are caused by humans, the success in saving lives and property depends on education, planning and proactive fire prevention programs.
Wildfires are a recurrent feature in many parts of the world but their frequency and intensity have noticeably increased fed by violent weather patterns. Whether the cause is a natural one, by humans or negligence the fact stands that with strict policies and proactive education and public awareness at all levels, governments can create conditions of collaboration between land users and authorities and prevent catastrophic wildfire disasters.
Forces of nature can drastically change people's lives in a heartbeat.