natural-disasters

The US government has an official publication titled ‘Preparedness 101: Zombie Pandemic.' 

Happy Free Comic Book Day!

In honor of this joyous occasion, I’m giving you a free one you probably haven’t seen:  

You can read the whole thing here.

Now go to the comic book store and get a good one before the zombies come.

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The Delta Flume, The World’s Largest Man Made Wave.

At 9 million litres, the machine can create waves up to 15 feet high. The other end of the trough is a simulated gradually rising coast, which is used to test full scale flood defenses such as dams and dykes. 

The Delta Flume and other machines like it was inspired by a catastrophic flood in The Netherlands in 1953 which took the lives of nearly 2000 people. From this point the Netherlands began devising more inventive ways of flood defense. 

(CityLab)

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these are few of the many pictures from ecuador tonight. half of these pictures are of places right by where i live. one of the 28 casualties happened in a mall i was in just earlier. you never really understand this type of tragedies until it happens to you. i know it couldve been worse but my country is NOT used to natural disasters at all (this is our first strong earthquake in decades). please send us strength, the country is in chaos right now, there are still reports on the news and we’re all terrified. im still trembling just thinking back to it.

may the victims rest in peace and may we move on from this. fuerza mi ecuador.

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The San Francisco Earthquake, April 18, 1906

The 1906 San Francisco Earthquake struck 110 years ago on the morning of April 18, 1906. With an estimated magnitude of 7.9, it was one of the worst natural disasters in U.S. history, with the earthquake and subsequent fires claiming more than 3,000 lives, and leaving half the city’s population homeless.

The National Archives Catalog holds over 150 photos related to the San Francisco Earthquake from multiple federal agencies, departments and congressional committees, including:

A view of busy Market Street looking southward. This shot may be taken just before the earthquake hit. There is no date on the photo.  National Archives Identifier: 6598315

More on the San Francisco Earthquake from the National Archives:

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Remembering Hurricane Katrina

Many Americans living along the Gulf Coast do not need an anniversary to reflect upon Hurricane Katrina.  The natural disaster caused overwhelming hardship for thousands, irreparably damaging houses, businesses and entire cities.  Katrina left a legacy that they will never forget.

Yet for some, the ten years since the hurricane has blunted Katrina’s gravity.  While we may know that the hurricane was one of the worst natural disasters in U.S. history, it is hard to put that into perspective.  Memories of the event are largely a blurred hodgepodge of political criticism, stories of survival, and the ever-ongoing recovery effort.

The images of Katrina reflect the power of photography.  A camera, whether manned by a government photographer or casual bystander, captures a moment in time.  At the National Archives, our goal is to preserve these moments.  We preserve photos so generations to come will be able to look back on events like Hurricane Katrina and understand its impact on American lives.

Ten years removed, the photos remind us of two things. First, is the unprecedented impact of the hurricane.  Images of overturned boats, demolished houses, and shattered windows remind us (for those that need reminding) of the magnitude of the storm.  Yet also, and perhaps more importantly, we are reminded of the way our nation came together in the aftermath of Katrina.  In these photos, the bravery of rescue workers, volunteers, fire fighters, and ordinary people shines through.  Faced with crisis, Americans united to help one another.

The photos above come from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).  In the weeks following the hurricane, FEMA photographers documented the physical and social impact of the storm.  These photos, and others related to Hurricane Katrina, can be found in the National Archives Catalog.

For more historical background on the levee system and flood control along the Gulf of Mexico check out the recent blog post, Taming the Mississippi.

via Remembering Hurricane Katrina (Photos) | The Unwritten Record

In 479 BC, when Persian soldiers beseiged the Greek city of Potidaea, the tide retreated much farther than usual, leaving a convenient invasion route. But this wasn’t a stroke of luck. Before they had crossed halfway, the water returned in a wave higher than anyone had ever seen, drowning the attackers. The Potiidaeans believed they had been saved by the wrath of Poseidon. But what really saved them was likely the same phenomenon that has destroyed countless others: a tsunami.

From the TED-Ed Lesson How tsunamis work - Alex Gendler

Animation by Augenblick Studios

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Nepal Marks One Month Since Earthquake With Prayers For Peaceful Recovery

Nepal on Monday marked one month since the nation’s worst disaster in modern history with solemn tributes to thousands of earthquake victims and prayers for the country’s recovery.

Hundreds of Nepalis attended a candlelit vigil in the capital Kathmandu for nearly 8,700 people killed in the April 25 earthquake, the BBC reported. Hundreds more formed a human chain around the collapsed remains of the historic Dharahara Tower in the capital, which became an icon of the nation’s shattered cultural heritage.

Read more about Nepal’s recovery here.

(Photo source: Getty Images)

The Waffle House Index is an informal Performance indicator used by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to determine the impact of a storm and the likely scale of assistance required for disaster recovery. The measure is based on the reputation of the Waffle House restaurant chain for staying open during extreme weather and for reopening quickly, albeit sometimes with a limited menu, after very severe weather events such as tornados or hurricanes. The term was coined by FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate in May 2011, following the 2011 Joplin tornado the two Waffle House restaurants in Joplin remained open after the EF5 multiple-vortex tornado struck the city on May 22. According to Fugate, “If you get there and the Waffle House is closed? That’s really bad. That’s where you go to work.”

The Index has three levels, based on the extent of operations and service at the restaurant following a storm:

  • Green: the restaurant is serving a full menu, indicating the restaurant has power and damage is limited.
  • Yellow: the restaurant is serving a limited menu, indicating there may be no power or only power from a generator or food supplies may be low.
  • Red: the restaurant is closed, indicating severe damage.

Waffle House Index. (n.d.). In Wikipedia. Retrieved May 07, 2014, from  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waffle_House_Index

This is America.

Photo: “Waffle House” by Rusty Clark

zodiac couples x natural disasters

earth sign + earth sign = earthquake: cracking but together

water sign + water sign = sea storm: swelling with passion

fire sign + fire sign = volcano:
bubbling with energy

air sign + air sign = sand storm:
blinded by love

earth sign + water sign = tsunami:
taking over everything

water sign + fire sign = lightning storm:
powerful yet fascinating

fire sign + air sign = drought:
begging for more

air sign + earth sign = tornado:
enticing but extreme

earth sign + fire sign = wildfire:
endless and exciting

water sign + air sign = hurricane:
unstoppable yet intense

Jimmy: “So, we’ve had from super-volcanoes, we’ve had asteroids, we’ve had stars exploding so the number one thing that we (humanity) should really be worried about…”

Brian: “I think our own stupidity, without a doubt…all those things are natural threats, and we spend virtually nothing studying nature. My program, Wonders of the Solar System…I said astrology is rubbish and we got an almost record number of complaints from stupid people. We do not bother studying nature.”

Jimmy Carr and Brian Cox discussing the Top 5 ways the world might end, or at least the top 5 things most likely to wipe out mankind. Brian explains impending alternatives we should be much more concerned about.

Hurricane Katrina - August 29, 2005

[Hurricane Katrina] New Orleans, LA, August 29, 2005 – The breach in the 17th Street canal levee causing flooding in the city following Hurricane Katrina. Photographed at 6:43 PM. Marty Bahamonde/FEMA, 8/29/2005

Series: Photographs Relating to Disasters and Emergency Management Programs, Activities, and Officials, 1998 - 9/28/2012
Record Group 311: Records of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, 1956 - 2008 

Hurricane Katrina made its second landfall in the United States on August 29, 2005, striking Louisiana and neighboring states as a Category 3 hurricane.  It devastated the city of New Orleans and the surrounding Gulf Coast region, causing over $100 billion dollars in damages and was responsible for an estimated 1,800 deaths.  It ranks as the costliest natural disaster, and one of the five deadliest hurricanes in the history of the United States.

More at Remembering Katrina and browse the over 3,400 photos taken by FEMA in the aftermath in Hurricane Katrina in the National Archives Catalog.