As I try to spare visitors to this blog any migraine-inducing material, I’m staying away from posting on the blame game, at least for now.
I do, however, would like to point out a few natural disasters of the modern era, both here and abroad (emphasis mine):
- The Holland floods of 1421 and 1570
- The Tokyo earthquake of 1855
- A real biggie, which actually changed global climate, the Krakatoa (or Krakatau) volcano in Indonesia of 1883. Wilkipedia tells us
It has erupted repeatedly, massively and with disastrous consequences throughout recorded history. The best known of these events occurred in late August, 1883.
The 1883 eruption ejected more than six cubic miles (25 cubic kilometres) of rock, ash, and pumice , and generated the loudest sound ever historically recorded by human beings — the cataclysmic explosion was distinctly heard as far away as Perth in Australia, and the island of Rodrigues near Mauritius. Atmospheric shock waves reverberated around the world. Near Krakatoa, 165 villages were devastated, an estimated 36,000 people died and uncountable thousands were injured by the eruption, mostly in the tsunami which followed the biggest explosion.
The eruption destroyed two-thirds of the pre-existing island of Krakatoa. New eruptions at the volcano since 1927 have built a new island, called Anak Krakatau (child of Krakatoa).
- The Johnstown flood of 1889
The great Johnstown flood of 1889 is remembered as the worst disaster by dam failure in American history. In fact, it was the greatest single-day civilian loss of life in this country before September 11, 2001
- The Galveston hurricane of 1900
- The San Francisco earthquake of 1906
- The Holland flood of 1916
- The Tokyo earthquake of 1923
- The Johnstown flood of 1936
- The Long Beach Island NJ hurricane of 1944
- The Holland flood of 1953
- The Long Beach Island NJ hurricane of 1962, which tore “the slender barrier island into six pieces”
- The Johnstown flood of 1977
- The Mexico earthquake of 1985, which registered M8.1
- The San Francisco earthquake of 1989
- The Holland flood of 1993
- The renewed volcanic activity in 1995 and 1996 of the Popocatépetl and Ixtaccíhuatl volcanos near Mexico City
- The Holland flood of 1995
- The Indonesia tsunami of 2004
- The Popocatepetl eruption of July 31st, 2005, “sending a huge column of hot ash a mile and a half into the air, which later rained down upon parts of southern Mexico City”
Do you see a pattern here?
Human nature makes us all want to say “Let the [insert natural disaster here — flood, earthquake, hurricane] tear it up. We’ll rebuild it.”