Natural Disasters, September 20

1498      Meio Nankaido Earthquake, generated a tsunami that washed away the building housing the statue of the Great Buddha at Kotoku-in in Kamakura, Kanagawa, Japan, since then the Buddha has sat in the open air. 31,000 people were killed.

1845      New York Outbreak

1971      Hurricane Irene, having weakened after making landfall in Nicaragua the previous day, Irene regained enough strength to be renamed Hurricane Olivia, making it the first known hurricane to cross from the Atlantic Ocean into the Pacific.


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