What Shocking and TERRIFYING Natural Disasters Have Occurred?

Shocking natural disasters have occurred from earthquakes, volcano eruptions and hurricanes to tornados, cyclones, and tsunamis! These events have left a chaotic scene behind them. Tangshan earthquake happened during the night meanwhile everybody was sleepping, so terryfying……

Tangshan Earthquake
On July 28th, 1976 at 3:45am The Great Tangshan Earthquake struck China. The 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit an area where it was completely unexpected and affected over 240,000 people- making it the biggest earthquake of the 20th century. Bizarre things started to happen in villages around the industrial city of Tangshan the day before the earthquake. Well water reportedly rose and fell three times the day before the earthquake. 1000 chickens refused to eat and ran around squawking. Mice and weasels were seen running around looking for a place to hide. Fireballs were seen across the sky followed by loud roaring noises. When the earthquake hit over 1 million people were sleeping and did not have time to take cover. Though 80% of people trapped under rubble were saved, a 7.1 magnitude aftershock affected others who were waiting for help. People were buried quickly usually close to their houses which later caused health problems, especially after it rained and the people were again exposed. Before the shocking 1976 earthquake, scientists didn’t think Tangshan was in a susceptible area and the buildings were not built to withstand the force.

Cyclone Nargis
Cyclone Nargis rates as One of the most destructive cyclones of all time. With winds over 120 mph Cyclone Nargis became one of Asia’s greatest storms by hitting land at one of the lowest points in Myanmar (also called Burma) and Setting off a storm surge reaching 25 miles inland. A Cyclone is a hurricane that occurs in the northern Indian Ocean or the Bay of Bengal. It is the first time such an intense storm has been known to hit the delta region.
The cyclone Tore apart 37 townships in two terrifying days. Most of the affected were in the delta, where farm families sleeping in shacks barely above sea level were swept away. Residents literally had nowhere to run, with the Area being primarily low-lying rice fields that were simply and quickly swept away. Cyclone Nargis brought along storm surges and major flooding to the area, while the cyclone itself rated an equivalent of a category 3 or 4 hurricanes on the Saffir-Simpson scale. According to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent societies, a shocking 84,500 people were affected and 53,800 went missing and have still not been found. In total, the cyclone affected the lives of 2.4 million people. 75% of Burma’s health facilities in the affected areas were destroyed or severely damaged. The Reluctance of the junta to allow aid into Burma slowed down the response of aid agencies and led to a much higher outcome.

Yangtze River Floods
The Yangtze River, the longest river in Asia, also is One of the world’s major waterways. Flooding of the Yangtze River in central and eastern China have occurred periodically and have caused significant loss of life and destruction.
Over the centuries the Chinese have tried to control the river through levees, cutting it off from lakes that once acted as natural flood control and deforestation for cropland created more runoff since the land could no longer handle heavy rains. During the winter of 1931, Snowstorms were much heavier than usual in the mountains surrounding the river basins, and when spring began, the snow melted and flowed into the rivers. Spring then brought very heavy rain and then cyclone season arrived. The flood of 1931 Covered more than 30,000 square miles, affected more than 300,000 people, and left 51 million people homeless or severely affected by the Central China Floods according to the NOAA. Nanjing City, the capital of China at the time, became an island, surrounded by more than a shocking 100,000 square kilometers of water. That’s bigger than the country of Portugal.

Nevado Del Ruiz Volcano Eruption
The Nevado del Ruiz Volcano eruption is known as the Second largest volcano-related disaster of the 20th century. Located in Colombia, it is a stratovolcano, a volcano built of alternating layers of lava and ash. A relatively small eruption on November 13,1985 caused a terrifying mud flow that caught almost 25,000 people in the town of Armero. 3 other towns were also affected when ash spewed out of the volcano, melting the icecap and carrying mud and debris down the mountain at a shocking 30 miles an hour. Known locally as “the Sleeping Lion”, it had not erupted for nearly 150 years.

When Was The End of The World Near?

Even though we do not know little of this events, huge events of active volcanoes have struck the atmosphere turning it in a possible end of the world! Check out all the times we were close to the end of the World without even knowing it….

Mount Tambora Volcano, Indonesia
Mount Tambora is an active volcano in Indonesia, that erupted with such force that It caused worldwide climate change in 1815. Tambora boasts the largest volcanic eruption in the recorded history of the world. More than 13,000 feet high, Tambora blasted 12 cubic miles of gases, dust, and rock into the atmosphere. Rivers of ash burned grasslands and forests, and tsunamis formed. Fire-generated winds uprooted trees. Incandescent ash poured down the slopes at more than 100 miles an hour. 10,000 people lost their lives as a direct result of the eruption, but that was just the beginning. Throughout the region, ash rained down for weeks. Houses hundreds of miles from the mountain collapsed under the debris and fresh water was contaminated. Crops and forests ceased to exist. All told It was the biggest eruption in history, eliminating an estimated 90,000 people, most of them by starvation.
Millions of tons of sulphur dioxide spewed out into earth’s atmosphere forming A toxic cloud that covered the Earth in darkness causing temperatures to drop. 1816 was also known as the year without a summer. Snow was reported still falling in New England well into June. Few events in history show more dramatically how Earth, its atmosphere and its inhabitants are interdependent. It is said that these dark summer months influenced Lord Byron’s poem “Darkness” where “Morn came and went-and came, and brought no day” and Mary Shelley to start work on her novel Frankenstein.

The Spanish Flu
In 1918, amidst the gunfire, People thought the world was going to, the end. Not from the fighting, but from the Spanish Flu. The influenza or Spanish flu pandemic from 1918-1919 was the biggest in modern history, Infecting 500 million people worldwide. About 1/3 of the planet’s population at the time, and eliminated between 20-50 million people. The illness was Highly contagious and easily transmitted through the air. Anyone who later inhaled the virus or touched something with the virus could be gone within a few days. In the trenches, a sick military cook could lead to thousands being infected in just days. It wasn’t long before the disease was Taking down one million people a week with victims drowning in their own lungs. The Spanish flu took the lives of 25 million people in just 25 weeks. This makes the Spanish flu the biggest sickness in the history of recorded victims although the exact numbers are impossible to know due to a lack of medical record-keeping in many places. It is said the Spanish flu eliminated more in 25 weeks than ADS did in 24 years. People thought the world’s population was going to be totally wiped out from the sickness. What was so surprising is that most of its victims were healthy and active young people. Journalist Gina Kolata reported that More US soldiers suffered from the 1918 flu than were eliminated in battle during the war.

Bonilla Comet
When this photograph was taken in 1883, people believed that it was The first photographic evidence of UFOs. Now scientist believe that it have been the comet that nearly hit the earth in 1883. Mexican astronomer Jose Bonilla took this picture in August which Looks like something passing in front of the sun. Researchers at the National Autonomous University of Mexico propose that the object Bonilla saw were Fragments of a massive comet that narrowly missed the Earth. The parent comet is estimated to have been 8x the mass of Halley’s comet, with the same mass as the object that wiped out the dinosaurs. The smallest fragment was about 164 feet across and the biggest about 2.5 miles wide. Each one was Exponentially more powerful than an atom bomb, and if they had hit the planet, would have probably caused the end of days. Luckily, the pieces missed the planet, but only by a few hundred miles.
In 1908, An object of similar size smashed into Russia. Known as the Tunguska Event, the blast was 1,000 times more powerful than an atom bomb and destroyed 80 million trees in a moment.

The Cuban Missile Crisis
The Cuban Missile Crisis was A pivotal moment in the Cold. 50 years ago, the US and the Soviet Union were close to fighting more than any other moment in history. On October 15, 1962, President Kennedy was informed of a U2 spy plane discovery of Soviet Nuclear tipped missiles in Cuba.