On the news today....Thailand issued a warning about possible tsunamis after an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 8.2 hit off Indonesia today. The quake struck along the same fault line as the one that caused December's deadly tsunami. The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration suggested evacuating coastal regions within about 620 miles of the quake's epicenter.
Has anyone here witnessed a natural disaster?
No, I haven't, I have been lucky.
I just keep seeing the minor natural disaster that stares at me in the morning out from my mirror.
Yes I have...I moved to Florida right after Hurricane Andrew and I witnessed the mass destruction it caused in the Southern Miami areas. Since then, we have had few hurricanes but not near that magnitude and intensity in my immediate area. We had to prepare the house/cars/food/water for two of them last year but the hurricanes changed course when it got near out county, thank God!
I sat through an earthquake as a 10 year old lad. It lasted about 90 seconds, things fell off shelves, few cracks appeared in the walls, all very scary at that age.
I was in NC during Hurricane Hugo...I prayed to a few gods that night...and a very small tonado in Detroit when I was 5...but I wasn't afraid, my parents were very calm
Also, during my time in the navy i was at sea for a few real bad storms. The waves were crashing over the top of our frigate and it was fairly scary as i was on the bridge 'driving' through the huge waves. The worst one was off the north of Scotland, amazing ships don't get capzised in this type of weather.
When I was 3, a tornado cut a swath through our neighborhood - two blocks from my house. We had no damage.
Three years ago, a tornado cruised down our road but rose before getting to us. The resulting straight-line winds took out 2 60+ foot ash trees, just missing the house and parts of 2 other's - one landing on part of our porch. We still have a piece of ash tree branch (1.5 ft diameter) sticking out of our front yard as a reminder. The unseen part is buried about 2 feet deep - by the force of the fall.
Growing up in the Solomons, I experienced a few hurricanes. I especially remember one where I was a bit older when our friends whole family had to move in with us since their house which was closer to the sea was flooded.
The 'aftermath' was some of the best fun ever had as a kid. All kinds of boats had washed up on shore and we ran around jumping off them, finding cool things which had washed ashore, surfing unusually high waves etc. etc. Of course, being that age, I totally missed the serious side of it. A couple of years ago, the week we launched the forum actually, a big cyclone hit one of the islands we lived on for a month, tikopia. There wasn't a tree left standing on the island aparently; scary stuff!
I've never experienced a natural disaster that was incredibly huge like an earthquake or tsunami...
However, when I was 8 years old (half my life ago), I was flying with my mother and a few other passengers on a tiny airline called Bearskin Airlines in Northern Ontario (some of you may have heard of it...probably not, though)
We were flying to Thunder Bay to see family for Christmas, and it was during a huge snowstorm, and the wings on the plane frosted over, so we had to make an emergency landing in some random field so the pilot could manually scrape the ice off the wings... it took forever, but if we hadn't of landed, the pilot said we would have lost control of the plane and crashed!!
i meant to say this in my earlier post...
wow! it sounds like some of you have survived some pretty intense situations... thank goodness that everyone on this site has survived to tell the tale.
i feel bad for those people less fortunate.
life seems so precious once you've lived through something so horrendous.