Saturday, July 13, 2013

20 Amazing Photos of Natural Disasters


1.Eyjafjallajokull Volcano, 2010 (Iceland). In March, 2010, the Eyjafjallajokull volcano in Iceland exploded into life, spewing lava, magma, rock and clouds of ash into the sky above it. The disaster grounded airlines, stranding holidaymakers and business passengers across Europe and North America.

2.A Landslide Closed Highway 1 in California, 2011 (US). On March 17, 2011, a large portion of the southbound lane near Rocky Creek Bridge, in Monterey County, California, broke away leaving a large hole in the road. Fortunately no one was injured.

3.A Massive River of Lava Flowing Into The Ocean Shortly Before Dawn (US). The earliest reliable written records of historical activity date back to about 1820, and the first well-documented eruption occurred in 1823; although Native Hawaiians are thought to have first settled on the island around 1,500 years ago, oral records predating European arrival on the island are few and difficult to interpret. One pre-contact eruption in particular, a dramatic event in 1790, formed the volcano's present day caldera, and was responsible for the death of a party of warriors, part of the army of Keōua Kuahuʻula, the last island chief to resist Kamehameha I's rule; their death is evidenced by a set of footprints preserved within the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park which are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Kilauea has been the site of 61 separate eruptions since 1823, easily making it one of the most active volcanoes on Earth.

4.Undersea Volcano in Tonga, 2009 ( Polynesian). The 2009 Tonga undersea volcanic eruption was a volcanic activity that began on March 16, 2009, near the island of Hunga Tonga, approximately 11 kilometres from the Tongan capital of Tongatapu. Four days after the start of the eruption a strong earthquake measuring 7.6 on the Richter scale also struck the region. There has been no corroboration of a direct link connecting the volcanic eruption and earthquake.

5.A Volcano Erupting During Storms in the Middle of the Night, 2008 (Chile). This image by UPI photographer Carlos Gutierrez shows a volcano erupting during storms in the middle of the night on May 3, 2008 in Chaiten, Chile. The Chaiten volcano, located some 800 miles south of the capital Santiago, was considered inactive since it had not erupted for hundreds of years. Thousands of citizens were been evacuated from the area.

6.Running From The Tsunami, 2004 (Indonesia). The 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake was an undersea earthquake that occurred on Sunday, 26 December 2004, with an epicenter off the west coast of Sumatra, Indonesia. The earthquake was caused when the Indian Plate was subducted by the Burma Plate and triggered a series of destructive tsunamis along the coasts of most landmasses bordering the Indian Ocean, killing over 230,000 people in fourteen countries, and inundating coastal communities with waves up to 98 ft high. The Sumatra–Andaman Tsunami was one of the deadliest natural disasters in recorded history. Indonesia was the hardest-hit country, followed by Sri Lanka, India, and Thailand.

7.Hurricane Force On The Bay Side of Seaside, 2012 (US). Hurricane Sandy developed from a tropical wave in the western Caribbean Sea on October 22, quickly strengthened, and was upgraded to Tropical Storm Sandy six hours later. Sandy moved gradually northward toward the Greater Antilles and increasingly intensified. Sandy was the deadliest and most destructive hurricane of the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season, as well as the second-costliest hurricane in United States history. At least 286 people were killed along the path of the storm in seven countries. In Jamaica, winds left 70% of residents without electricity, blew roofs off buildings, killed one, and caused about $100 million (2012 USD) in damage. In Haiti, Sandy's outer bands brought flooding that killed at least 54, caused food shortages, and left about 200,000 homeless. In the Dominican Republic, two died. In Puerto Rico, one man was swept away by a swollen river. In Cuba, there was extensive coastal flooding and wind damage inland, destroying some 15,000 homes, killing 11, and causing $2 billion (2012 USD) in damage. In The Bahamas, two died amid an estimated $700 million (2012 USD) in damage. In Canada, two were killed in Ontario and an estimated $100 million (2012 CAD) in damage was caused throughout Ontario and Quebec.

8.Eruption of Mount St. Helens, 1980 (US). In 1980, a major volcanic eruption occurred at Mount St. Helens, a volcano located in Washington, in the United States. The eruption was the only significant one to occur in the contiguous 48 U.S. states since the 1915 eruption of Lassen Peak in California.

9.The Largest And Deadliest of Wildfires in California (US). The 2009 California wildfires were a series of 63 wildfires that were active in the state of California, USA, during the year 2009. The fires burned more than 336,020 acres of land from the beginning of July through late November due to red flag warnings, destroying hundreds of structures and killing two people. The Station Fire, north of Los Angeles, was the largest and deadliest of these wildfires, burning 160,577 acres and killing two firefighters.

10.Amazing View of Alabama's Tornado, 2011 (US). Fierce storms have obliterated large areas of land from Mississippi to Georgia in the US, wiping out homes and businesses. Meteorologists in Alabama say 35 tornadoes blew across the state last week, killing 236 people.

11.A House Drifting On The Ocean, 2011 (Japan). Two days after the 9.0 magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami, a Japanese home wich floats adrift miles from the coast of Japan, was visually inspected by a helicopter-based Search and Rescue team from the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan. Given this situation Ships and aircraft from the Ronald Reagan Strike Group have provided humanitarian assistance off the coast of Japan. This U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Dylan McCord was taken in the Pacific Ocean near Sendai, Japan on March 13, 2011.

12.Mobilizing In The Middle Of The City By Boat, 2005 (US). Hurricane Katrina was the costliest natural disaster, as well as one of the five deadliest hurricanes, in the history of the United States. Hurricane Katrina formed over the Bahamas on August 23, 2005 and crossed southern Florida as a moderate hurricane, causing some deaths and flooding there before strengthening rapidly in the Gulf of Mexico. On the morning of Monday, August 29 in southeast Louisiana Katrina caused severe destruction along the Gulf coast from central Florida to Texas, much of it due to the storm surge.

13.A Huge Crack On The Highway After an Earthquake, 2012 (Philippines). On 6th February 2012, at least 52 people were killed when a 6.9-magnitude earthquake hit Negros and Cebu (Philippines), causing landslides and huge cracks on highways, and violently shaking buildings. Rescuers dug with picks and shovels trying to reach dozens of people trapped under houses that collapsed.

14.Buildings Collapsed After an Earthquake, 2010 (Haiti). On 12 January 2010, the Haiti earthquake was a catastrophic magnitude 7.0 Mw earthquake, with an epicenter near the town of Léogâne, approximately 25 km west of Port-au-Prince, Haiti's capital. The earthquake caused major damage in Port-au-Prince, Jacmel and other settlements in the region. Many notable landmark buildings were significantly damaged or destroyed, including the Presidential Palace, the National Assembly building, the Port-au-Prince Cathedral, and the main jail. The government of Haiti estimated that 250,000 residences and 30,000 commercial buildings had collapsed or were severely damaged.

15.A Young Man Marooned by Flood Waters Seen From an Helicopter, 2010 (Pakistan). On August 9, 2010, at least 15 million people have been directly impacted by the monsoon flooding and is estimating that 20 million people have been left homeless, during a flooding in Rajanpur district in Pakistan.

16.Ash Clouds Above The Buang Valley on The Upper of Mayon Volcano, 1984 (Philippines). A nighttime view from Legaspi City on September 14, 1984, shows incandescent lava flows descending of Mayon volcano in the Philippines. The flows traveled about 4 km to the lower flanks of the volcano, adjacent to previous flows from eruptions in 1968 and 1978.

17.Monsoon Rain on The Januma River, 2006 (India). The last monsoon rain in Indian was registered on June 17, 2013. More than a dozen people lost their lives due to record downpours in Uttarakhand state, situated in the foothills of the Himalayas. Those floods and landslides in northern India have killed at least 1,000 people and with thousands missing. Also the floods had destroyed roads, bridges, electrical poles and communication networks. About 800 pilgrims sought refuge in the stone temple, which was built in the eighth century 11,759 feet above sea level and dedicated to Shiva, the Hindu god of destruction. Irony of life, ha?

18.Supercell Thunderstorm in Montana, 2010 (US).

19.Double Cyclone, 2006 (Iceland).

20.Lightning Storm in Roswell, New Mexico, 2010 (US).

1 comment:

  1. Someone needs to do better fact checking. I don't know about the others but the elk standing in the river during the fire on #9 was taken in 2000 by BLM firefighter John McColgan in Montana.

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