Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Top 8 Weirdest Natural Disasters

It seems people just do not understand climate change. Some have no respect whatsoever for nature, others are so narrow minded they believe that the powers of nature are a hoax to promote green policies. In dedication to them here are the top 9 most weird natural disasters. If they did not believe in the devastating powers of Katrina, the Asian Tsunami, or Haitian Earthquake, (which has caused thousands of losses of life) then they will sure think these where photo­-shopped hoaxes. Hoping for new regulations on Climate Change, Carbon Emissions and environmental regulation, here are the tope ten weirdest and strangest natural disasters.

8. Meteorites - Falling Stones 
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Objects such as meteorites that impact on the ground can be considered the most unexpected. They have shaped history. They can cause floods, heat waves, wild fires, and cover the sky or cause crust movement. They are material of constant study. Objects that came from the sky have their marks in the Earth and in different planets. Some theories say they where what led the extinction of dinosaurs. Scientists also say, water on Earth came from Icy Comets. In a Chinese record there is information that states that 10,000 people were k*lled in Shanxi Province in 1490 by a hail of "falling stones“.

7. The Land Falling: Avalanches, Landslides, Mudslides and Volcano slide
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Other weird natural disasters come from Mudslide variants, Earthquakes or objects such a meteorite If landslide occur under the sea or take into the water, they can create tsunamis. Avalanches are landslides of snow, ice and rock. Volcanoes can also create landslides these are of lava. The Wellington avalanche was the worst avalanche, measured in terms of lives lost, in the history of the United States.

6. Great Blizzard Storms 
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A blizzard is a great snow storm. They can cause serious devastation. For example the last great blizzard of 1996, brought to a complete stop the US East Coast. Snow came up to 4 feet and winds caused dangerous conditions. Blizzards are followed by storm and floods. When snow melts rapids also can cause more floods or landslides.

5. Fire Tornados
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Fire Tornados or Fire Whirls are rare phenomenon. They from in certain conditions and can cause multiple wild fires which can themselves keep on with the fire devastation. An extreme example is the 1923 Great Kantō earthquake in Japan which ignited a large city-sized firestorm and produced a gigantic fire whirl that k*lled 38,000 in fifteen minutes in the Hifukusho-Ato region of Tokyo. Another example is the numerous large fire whirls (some tornadic) that developed after lightning struck an oil storage facility near San Luis Obispo, California on April 7, 1926, several of which produced significant structural damage well away from the fire, k*lling two.

4. Super Volcano
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A super volcano is thousands of times larger and more powerful than a normal volcano. When they occur magma rises from the core of the Earth to the crust finding a hotspot to breach through. Cerro Galán, Catamarca Province, Argentina, is the largest exposed caldera in the World. It was formed by a super volcano 2.2 million years ago. This was recorded as a Volcanic Explosivity Index of 8 (VEI-8). VEI 8 eruptions are massive natural events. They can throw out at least 1,000 km3. They can affect thousands of more kilometres and can cloud entire countries or areas for days. 

3.  Mega Tsunami - The Greatest Wave ever recorded
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A mega tsunami is different from a tsunamis because their initial waves are much larger. They can reach as much as 100 metres in deep ocean. The highest wave ever recorded occurred on July 9, 1958 in Lituya Bay, Alaska. It rose 524 meters, that is more than 300 feet higher than normal skyscrapers. This was due to a combination of natural disasters. It started with an Earthquake and then the Earthquake caused a Landslide. After that the glaciers lake drained down and caused the giant wave of approx 600 metres.

2.  Tri State Tornado, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, 1925
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Have you heard about tornado warming’s, and levels? This was the tornado that set this record in the now Fujita scale and marked the Level 5, the highest. If you thought tornados are devastating, imagine a three state tornado. In 1925 a tornado made through the lines of three American states. By when it was over, all other tornados where considered small talk. 
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This tornado called the Tri State Tornado travelled 219 miles and was among the fastest and most powerful ever documented. The pictures are among the oldest picture of tornados ever taken. 

1.  The Dust Bowl and Black Sunday (The Ten year storm)
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Due to droughts, irresponsible farming, decades of farming without rotating crops and the lack of natural anchors, a series of dust storm struck United States in the 1930s. They can be considered as one big storm which lasted from the year 1930 to 1940s
A farmer and his two sons during a dust storm in Cimarron County, Oklahoma, 1936.
During the drought of the 1930s, without natural anchors to keep the soil in place, it dried, turned to dust, and blew away eastward and southward in large dark clouds. At times the clouds blackened the sky reaching all the way to East Coast cities such as New York and Washington, D.C. Much of the soil ended up deposited in the Atlantic Ocean, carried by prevailing winds, which were in part created by the dry and bare soil conditions. These immense dust storms - given names such as "Black Blizzards" and "Black Rollers" - often reduced visibility to a few feet (around a meter). The Dust Bowl affected 100,000,000 acres (400,000 km2), centered on the panhandles of Texas and Oklahoma, and adjacent parts of New Mexico, Colorado, and Kansas.
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