Monthly Archives: August 2016

Natural Disasters, August 29

Sorry, I have been away for a few days, here is the natural disaster update for August 25-29:

Aug 25  1814      1812 Washington D.C. Tornado

              1931      1931 China Floods, 4 million people died

              1933      The Diexi earthquake in China killed 9000 people

Aug 26  1883      Eruption of Krakatoa begins, it will eventually kill 120,000 people

Aug 27  1881      Georgia Hurricane, makes landfall near Savannah and killed an estimated 700 people.

              1883      Eruption of Krakatoa, four enormous explosions destroy the island of Krakatoa

1893      Sea Islands Hurricane struck the United States near Savannah, Georgia killing between 1000 and 2000 people.

2011      Hurricane Irene struck the United States east coast and killed 47 people.

Aug 28  1884      Howard South Dakota Tornado

1990      Joliet tornado, an F5 tornado stuck Illinois and and cities of Plainfield and Joliet killing 29 people.

Aug 29  2005      Hurricane Katrina, devastated much of the Gulf coast from Louisiana to Florida, killing 1836 people and causing 108 billion dollars in damages.

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Dog Tip of the Day, August 29

If you are going to a county fair or other summer activity, before you take your dog on hot asphalt parking lots and walkways, take off your shoes and walk barefoot yourself to see how the dog feels.

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Science Birthdays, August 24

Today is the birthday of Albert Claude, born in 1899, he made images of cells using the electron microscope which deepened the understanding of their structure and function.  He also discovered chloroplasts in plant cells. He discovered the process of cell fractionation where cells are ground up and centrifuged to separate the components.

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Natural Disasters, August 24

79          Mount Vesuvius, the cities of Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Stabiae are buried in volcanic ash, 33,000 people are killed. Some believe this eruption occurred on October 24.

1933      The Crescent Limited train derails in Washington, D.C., after the bridge it is crossing is washed out by the 1933 Chesapeake-Potomac hurricane.

1992      Hurricane Andrew makes landfall just south of Miami as a category 5 hurricane, 65 people are killed.

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Dog Tip of The Day, August 24

Every time I leave the house and go somewhere without my dog, I bring him something home. I think it is a good idea. Never go out to eat and not return with something for the dog. They can smell what you were eating.

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Science Birthdays, August 23

Today is the birthday of Robert Curl, born in 1933, he received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1996 for his discovery of fullerene with Richard Smalley and Harold Kroto. A fullerene is a molecule composed entirely of carbon in the form of a sphere, ellipsoid or tube and often called a buckeyball.

George Cuvier, born in 1769 helped establish the fields of comparative anatomy and paleontology by comparing living animals with fossils, he aslo established extinction as a fact, he dies in 1832 at the age of 63.

William Eccles, born in 1875 was an early radio pioneer who patented the flip-flop circuit, it became the basis for electronic memory in computer circuits, invented the term diode, he died in 1966 at the age of 91.

Hamilton Smith, born in 1931, discovered type II restriction enzymes with Werner Arber and Daniel Nathans, they were co-recipients of the Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine.

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Natural Disasters, August 23

79 AD    Mount Vesuvius begins stirring, on the feast day of Vulcan, the Roman god of fire.        

2011      a magnitude 5.8 class earthquake, which is moderate occurs in Virginia. Damage occurs to monuments and structures in Washington D.C. and the resulting damage is estimated at 200 to 300 million dollars.

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