Top Eight Natural Disasters most likely to Kill you

August 11, 2010

Sometimes, Mother Nature can be a bitch

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It's no secret that Mother Nature be a double-edge sword. She can be friendly or a real bitch. She mastered her own Weapons of Mass Destruction before humans did, and she didn't need what humans can make to do her job. Now, list is going to leave out some disasters like fire, famines and diseases because some humans can use them as weapons, which had happened before. Astronomical disasters, like Asteroids, will also be left out because the disasters had to be common on planet Earth. This has the worst of each, as of August 2010.


8. Tornado

Worst: Bangladesh in 1989

Result: 1,300 Dead


            A tornado is a violent, dangerous, rotating column of air which is in contact with both the surface of the earth and a cumulonimbus cloud or, in rare cases, the base of a cumulus cloud. In other words, remember that scene in the Wizard of Oz where Dorothy Gale and Toto hides in a house from a tornado, only to be taken from that exact storm. Yep, that's what a tornado looks like. There is a scale to measure these 'suckers' called Enhanced Fujita Scale, formerly the Fujita Scale, and yes the higher the scale, the worst a tornado would be. Oh, not to mention, it doesn't matter where you live, a tornado can show up if given the right weather conditions. The tornado in Greensburg might have likely destroyed a town, but 20 people were killed. That's minor in compassion to a tornado in a town in Bangladesh when on April 26, 1989. A total of 1,300 were killed when a tornado hit Daulatpur that faithful day. In your home with a basement or bomb shelter, they'll mostly likely save your life. If outside, you're better off in a storm sewer rather than an overpass since crap from a tornado can't find one.


7. Limnic Eruption

Worst: Cameroom in 1986

Result: 1,746 Dead

Limnic Eruption 


            A Limnic eruption is a rare type of natural disaster in which carbon dioxide (CO2) suddenly erupts from deep lake water, suffocating wildlife, livestock and humans. What does that mean? A layer of carbon dioxide is erupted from a lake, caused by a volcanic activity, landslide, or just anything that messes up the lake. This robs the area of oxygen, which spells disaster since that can cause someone to die of asphyxiation. Why rely on Cameroon for this disaster? So far, reports have come from this African nation, and yes the results were deadly. In 1984, 37 people living near Lake Monoun perished when a Limnic eruption occurred. 37 dead is a small number if you look at what happen near Lake Nyos in 1986 another one occurred killing 1,746 people and 3,500 livestock when 80 million cubic meter of carbon dioxide was released from that lake. This got other African nations to take note and resorted to any means such as de-gassing the lakes to keep another disaster from happening.


6. Blizzard

Worst: Iran in 1972

Result: 4,000 Dead

Blizzard of 1888 


            A blizzard is a severe storm condition characterized by low temperatures, strong winds, and heavy snow. Basically, when it gets cold and there snows, there are risks involved like frostbite, hyperthermia, and even freezing solid... not a pretty. What makes blizzards a worry is that it can happen anywhere when the weather is enough during the winter? On February 9, 1972, an Iranian town of Ardakan was hit pretty hard by the blizzard, which lasted for a week. When it was over, 4,000 people lost their lives after the storm left ten feet of snow. Nearing towns were also hit hard but not as bad.


5. Volcano

Worst: Indonesia in 1815

Result: 92,000 Dead


            A volcano is an opening, or rupture, in a planet's surface or crust, which allows hot magma, ash and gases to escape from below the surface. It's like a pimple on the earth being popped. Now, the Mount Helens eruption in 1980 meant had been a bad day in Skamania County, Washington, but in 1815 was the worst. Mount Tambora in Indonesia blew its top and killed 12,000 in the area alone. A total 80,000 was killed as a result of the even it was said to cause, the year without summer. Now, you meant think, no swimsuit, but back then it was worst. The weather messed up food crop, causing famines in areas that were infected in the United States and Europe. A period of time with a lack of food, known as starvation, is called a famine, and they aren’t cool. Back studying other famines, like what happened in Holodomor, problems, the worst being death. You need food to live, even though water is needed more. A person can go weeks without food, but would die in days without water. How can a volcano do that? The cloud of ashes can block out the sun, that’s how and that is a bad sign that you’re going to be doomed to a slow painful death.


4. Tsunami

Worst: Indonesia in 2004

Result: 295,600 Dead

Tsunami 2004 


            A tsunami is a series of water waves from the oceans or large lake. The word came from the Japanese language meaning harbor wave. This means it’s like a tidal wave but a hell of a lot bigger. The main suspects of a tsunami include earthquake, volcanoes, some underwater explosion, landslides, or anything that can displace a huge amount of water in a single sitting. Many cities nearby an ocean, most in earthquake zones, tries many ways, like a sea wall, to keep these bad boys from getting their people all wet. A tsunami can produce enough energy that is found in a jumbo jet and can go that fast. In 2004, an earthquake in Sumatra, Indonesia triggers the now infamous ‘Boxing Day Tsunami’ a day after Christmas. The tsunami was felt as far as Kenya, killing only person there, but other nations in Asia and Africa. A royal from Thailand was among those, along with many tourists, were killed by the Tsunami. Indonesia got the worst when a total 295,600 were killed, most of them by drowning, when the tsunami got them.


3. Cyclone

Worst: East Pakistan (Bangladesh) in 1970

Result: 500,000 Dead


            A cyclone is area of closed, circular fluid motion rotating in same direction Earth. There are many types, but the ones that get the most press are ones that forms in warm water. When the heat is on, a cyclone would like to show up. In 1970, one formed in the Bay of Bengal and grew into what is called a Category 3 hurricane one November day a lasted for 6 days. It landed in an area now called modern day Bangladesh on November 13, 1970 ending the lives of half a million people. Most common caused was drowning from a storm surge. This wasn’t a good time for the region due to political tension with the Pakistani government and the Awami League, which resulted in a war that formed Bangladesh as we know it.


2. Earthquake

Worst: China in 1556

Result: 830,000 Dead



            An earthquake is a result of a sudden release of energy in the Earth’s crust that causes seismic waves. To put in English, when the ground shakes, you feel. There was something the 16th century China didn’t have that is now needed to measure, a Richter scale. The scale measure how big the earthquake in a particular location, the bigger the more intense the quake is. You can tell of a big earthquake is around when your house is shaking out of control. Of course, when that happens, there’s a simple tactic once used in case of nukes that actually more effective in earthquake… DUCK AND COVER; crap is going to fall on you. The scary part, earthquakes happen everyday but most are too small to be felt, but when they are… take cover. If you think just because you don’t live in the West, when earthquakes are common in the United States, think again. The East Coast has there fair share, even the White House had their quake recently, at 3.0. The largest earthquake felt was in Chile at a shocking 9.5 in 1960, ending the lives up to 6,000 people. However, in 16th century China, which said to have an 8.0 earthquake, 830,000 people lost their lives when the day came. It even destroyed man-made caves that the people have created for homes at the Loess Plateau, which was a common practice back then. If a cave can be destroyed, then your man-cave isn’t safe from the day came of an earthquake that is the similar scale as Yucatán Peninsula impact that took out the dinosaurs, which the scale measure at 12.55.


1. Flood

Worst: China in 1931

Result: up to 4 million Dead



            A flood is an overflow an expanse of water that submerges land. It mean where water covers an area that shouldn’t be there, small as your basement to an entire city. Floods have many causes ranging from too much rain to a dam breakage. The types can also range just the riverine, only near the river, to catastrophic. Flood has an effect that is the most-likely to kill you is even more powerfully than any other natural disaster, since they’re at fault for at least 48 percent of weather-related along with the cold and the heat. How?

            They can screw up your car, home, the canals, the roadways, and even the worst place… the sewer system since they get rid of your crap. As a result, risks of epidemic of waterborne diseases increase during flood kills those who manage to escape a watery death by drowning. Next, they screw up the water-supply by contamination making clean water rare, messing up food crop, and killing trees who can’t handle too much water. They are expensive damages.

            In 1931, The Chinese were about to think twice for wishing for rain after 3 years of drought prior towards the disaster. After a series of snowstorms in the 1930 winter season, the snow melting and the rain came. The problem… it put too much water in the Yellow River, and people living nearby were in big trouble. The rainy season between July and August wasn’t the best time to live near the river, couple by that with 7 cyclones in that July alone. Other rivers weren’t safe even, and water flooded the areas surrounding them. When it was over, up to 4 million people in total lost their lives. With that, flood tops the list of the Natural Disasters likely to kill.