Category Archives: Natural Disasters

Natural Disasters, August 18

1891    A major hurricane struck Martinique killing 700 people.

1983    Hurricane Alicia, hit the Texas coast killing 22 people.

2005    A massive power blackout hits the Java, affecting almost 100 million people, it is one of the largest and most widespread power outages in history.

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Natural Disasters, August 17

1668      A magnitude 8.0 earthquake causes 8,000 deaths in Anatolia, Ottoman Empire.

1915    A category 4 hurricane hits Galveston, Texas with wind speeds of 135 mph.

1959    1959 Hebgen Lake Earthquake,         Quake Lake is formed when a 7.5 magnitude earthquake occurred near Hebgen Lake in Montana.

1969    Hurricane Camille hits the Gulf Coast killing 256 people and causing $1.4 billion in damages.

1999    A 7.4 magnitude earthquake struck Izmit, Turkey killing more than 17,000 people.

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Natural Disasters, August 16

1868    1868 Ecuador Earthquakes, 70,000 people killed.

1888    Valley Field Quebec tornado, 9 dead

1906    An estimated 8.2 Mw earthquake hits Valparaiso, Chile killing 3,886 people.

1989    A solar flare creates a geomagnetic storm that affects micro chips and leads to a halt in trading on Toronto’s stock market.

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Natural Disasters, August 15

1787    Four-State Tornado Swarm

1868    1868 Ecuador Earthquakes

1952    A flash flood drenches the town of Lynmouth, England killing 34 people.

2007    An 8.0 magnitude earthquake off the Pacific coast devastates Ica and various regions of Peru killing 514 people.

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Natural Disasters, August 14

A widescale power blackout affects the northeast United States and Canada.

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Natural Disasters, August 13

1868    Arica Earthquake, 25,674 people killed

2004    Hurricane Charley, a category 4 storm struck Punta Gorda, Florida devastating the surrounding area.

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Natural Disasters, August 12

1953    Ionian Earthquake. A 7.2 Ms earthquake shook the southern Ionian Islands with a maximum Mercalli intensity of X, which is extreme. Between 445 and 800 people were killed.

            Ms is surface wave magnitude

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