Category Archives: Natural Disasters

Natural Disasters, February 24

1981    Gulf of Corinth Earthquake, A 6.7 magnitude earthquake (Intensity IX, Violent) hit Athens killing 22 people.

2004    Al Hoceima Earthquake, stuck northern Morocco with a maximum Mercalli Intensity of IX which is Violent. At least 628 people were killed.

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Natural Disasters, February 23

1887    2000 people were killed in an earthquake that hit the French Riviera

1917    Southeast Tornado Outbreak, 17 people killed.

1998    Tornadoes in central Florida kill 42 people and destroy 2600 structures.

1999    An Avalanche in the Austrian village of Galtur killed 31 people.

2016    Tornado Outbreak around Louisiana, overall there were 7 fatalities from this outbreak which lasted two days.

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Natural Disasters, February 22

1651 St. Peter’s Flood: A storm surge floods the Frisian coast, drowning 15,000 people.
2005 Zarand earthquake, a 6.4 Mw earthquake shook the Kerman Province of Iran with a maximum Mercalli intensity of VIII which is Severe, leaving 612 people dead.
2011 New Zealand’s second deadliest earthquake struck Christchurch killing 185 people.
2015 A ferry carrying 100 passengers capsized on the Padma River in Bangladesh killing 70 people.

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Natural Disasters, February 21

1971    A twister in Mississippi killed 73 people, 68 of them in Mississippi and 5 in Louisiana. Additional damage occurred in Texas, but with no fatalities. One of Oklahoma’s worse winter storms occurred on this same day resulting in 2 deaths. Over two feet of snow fell with drifts as high as 15 feet.

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Natural Disasters, February 20

1835    Concepcion Earthquake destroys Concepcion, Chile.

1979    An earthquake cracks Sinila volcanic crater in Dieng Plateau releasing poisonous hydrogen sulfide gas and kills 149 villagers in Indonesian province of Central Java.

2010    Heavy rain caused floods and mudslides in Madeira, Portugal, resulting in at least 43 deaths in the worst disaster in the history of the archipelago.

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Natural Disasters, February 19

1600 Peruvian stratovolcano, Huaynaputina, most violent eruption in South American history.
1884 Enigma Tornado outbreak, more than sixty tornadoes strike the Southern United States, one of the largest tornado outbreaks in U.S. history.
2013 Great Plains Blizzard

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Natural Disasters, February 18

1979    Snow falls in the Sahara Desert in southern Algeria for the only time in recorded history.

Although not a natural disaster, it is interesting.

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