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August 26, 2016 | by The Weather Channel Staff
Weather Channel top ten Doomsday Disasters
WEATHER IS THE ‘WILD CARD’!!
Wherever you are in the world, weather can be unpredictable, uncontrollable, and has the ability to expose catastrophic flaws in the technology we use. Whether you realize it or not, the weather has been a major factor in some of the deadliest and most tragic disasters ever to occur in modern human history.
Find out more on Top Ten: Doomsday Disasters, Sunday 8pET.
Sunday, on a new episode of ‘Top 10’ we go through the Top 10 Weather Disasters, which includes Hurricane Katrina that caused catastrophic flooding and damage along the Louisiana and Mississippi coastlines.
** Rising Sea Levels
** ARk Storm (We are overdue)…
ARk storms have the ability to cause massive flooding and devastating damage.
** Earthquakes in California & New Madrid fault in Missouri (We are overdue)…
** Gamma Ray bursts-producing a ‘nuclear winter’ – remote
** Methane from under the ocean
** Super volcano at Yellowstone Caldera — geysers 640, 000 years ago…impossible to prevent
** Asteroid End Game – megaton rock hurling toward earth…fear is the unknown! 66 million years ago-dinosaurs destroyed 1 million megaton nuclear bomb.
When: September 11, 2015 Where: Mecca, Saudi Arabia
What: A mosque was undergoing expansion in Mecca and required the use of cranes. One day, there was a large thunderstorm in the area and a crane located right by the mosque was locked into place, meaning it couldn’t pivot in the harsh winds from the storm. A strong gust of wind from the storm hit the side of the crane and knocked it down into the mosque where hundreds of people were.
Impact: With 111 deaths and 394 injuries, it is the deadliest crane accident in history.
Tenerife Crash When: March 27, 1977 Where: Tenerife, Canary Islands
What: Two planes were on a runway in the city of Tenerife when suddenly an extremely thick fog rolled in. This location is known for sudden changes in weather, but when two large planes are both on the runway awaiting the signal to take off, this can be a deadly weather effect. There was a miscommunication with takeoff clearance, and one of the planes took off, not knowing another plane was ahead and that it would soon crash into it.
Impact: Every passenger in both of the planes died, leading to a total death count of 583. It is the deadliest aviation accident in history.
El Faro When: September 29, 2015
Where: The coast off of Puerto Rico
What: Cargo ship El Faro unexpectedly steered into the path of Hurricane Joaquin one September night. The storm had intensified into a Category 3 with winds 130 mph so suddenly that El Faro didn’t have time to get out of it’s way quick enough. The ship lost propulsion, meaning they were a sitting duck for the violent waves coming towards them, and their location was soon wiped off the radar.
Impact: All 33 members onboard died and it was deemed the deadliest US cargo disaster in 60 years.
Hindenburg When: May 6, 1937 Where: Lakehurst, New Jersey
What: The Hindenburg was one of the largest passenger airships in the world, longer than the US capital building end to end. One day in May of 1937, it landed in New Jersey after a 3-day transatlantic journey from Germany. There were a combination of factors that led to it’s eventual demise, including an electrical charge, 7 million cubic feet hydrogen gas, sharp turns, a punctured gas bag, and a spark that ignited a massive fire. Once the airship caught on fire, it burned to the ground in less than a minute.
Impact: Of the 97 onboard, miraculously only 35 died.
Hurricane Katrina When: August 29 2005 Where: New Orleans, Louisiana
What: Of the many areas Hurricane Katrina impacted, Louisiana received the worst of it- specifically, New Orleans. Once the massive hurricane hit the city, the levees failed and New Orleans was flooded within hours.
Impact: 1,000 people lost their lives and it cost $200 billion dollars in damage.
Space Shuttle Challenger When: January 28, 1986 Where: Cape Canaveral, Florida
What: On the coldest day of winter the Florida town had seen, the Space Shuttle Challenger unsuccessfully launched into space. The launch was performed at a time that was 15 degrees colder than any launch done before, and because of the cool temperatures, the rubber gaskets on the shuttle failed and caused internal malfunction.
Impact: All 7 astronauts on board died.
Delta Flight 191 When: August 2, 1985 Where: Dallas, Texas
What: Dallas was experiencing a severe thunderstorm and Delta Flight 191 was heading right into it’s path. The pilot didn’t see the microburst, the strong winds pushing down towards land as seen above, that was right before them. The plane continued into the microburst and was forced downward by the powerful winds. The plane lost control and crashed a mile short of the runway.
Impact: There were 163 people on board and 136 of them perished in the crash.
Ocean Ranger When: February 15, 1982 Where: Newfoundland, Canada
What: It started out as just another day for everyone working on the large oil drilling rig, the Ocean Ranger. That is until they encountered a storm that was nearly as strong as a hurricane. A huge, unexpected rogue wave crashed onto the oil drilling rig and blew out a porthole and damaged the system that was holding the rig upright.
Impact: The giant wave killed 84 workers on the rig that day, and since then regulations for equipment and training changed drastically to ensure what happened to the Ocean Ranger would never happen again.
Titanic When: April 14, 1912
Where: Atlantic Ocean (Between London and New York City)
What: The large passenger ship known as the Titanic fatally ran into an unseen iceberg on a cold April night in 1912. That night, there was no moon to highlight the ocean and there weren’t any waves to indicate icebergs- captains would be able to see the icy dangers ahead because of the rippling effect waves have when near icebergs. With this disaster, bad weather could have potentially helped the crew be alert for dangers that lied ahead.
Impact: 1514 of the 2224 passengers died in the frigid Atlantic waters that night.
The Dust Bowl When: April 14, 1935
Where: Central Plains of the US
What: Part of country turned to dust after a prolonged drought and farming techniques being used. Rain was abundant in the 1920’s, but in 1931 the combination of low sea surface temperatures in the tropical Pacific and high temperatures in tropical Atlantic affected the low level jet stream pattern in this region. Their moisture supply was cut off and it caused a terrible drought and a massive dust storm. There was such thick dust in the air that it blocked the sun all the way to the east coast.
Impact: The drought lasted 8 years and harshly impacted the food supply the Central Plains could produce.
Want to know more about these weather disasters? Check out Top 10: Weather Disasters premiering this Sunday at 9/8c on The Weather Channel!
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