Natural Disasters, July 21

365        365 Crete Earthquake, A tsunami devastates the city of Alexandria, Egypt. The tsunami was caused by the Crete earthquake, which was estimated to be a magnitude 8.5 or higher. Five thousand people were killed in Alexandria and 45,000 died outside the city, but some reports say the death toll could have been 300,000-500,000.

1952      Kern County earthquake, a 7.3 Mw earthquake struck Southern California with a maximum Mercalli intensity of XI, extreme, killing 12 people.

1983      The world’s lowest temperature in an inhabited location was recorded at Vostok Station, Antarctica at -89.2 C or -128.6 F.

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