Tag: natural disasters

Listening booth — Queensrÿche, “Before the Storm”

Listening booth — Queensrÿche, “Before the Storm”

Listening Booth, Music
Here in central New Jersey, we're just hours away from the first major rains of Hurricane Irene, so this song popped into my head. It's Queensrÿche's "Before the Storm," from their 1984 debut LP The Warning. Stay safe everyone! Related articles Hurricane Irene News Update II (thedailywh.at) Post photos of Hurricane Irene preparation (nj.com) N.J. is only hours from starting to feel effects of Hurricane Irene (nj.com)
Powerful new video of the Joplin, Missouri tornado

Powerful new video of the Joplin, Missouri tornado

Internet
As if the impact of the Joplin tornado hasn't been well-documented enough, now comes new video from storm chasers Jeff and Kathryn Piotrowski. They film the twister as it hits Joplin and are there in the immediate aftermath. There's nothing explicit in here (aka visibly dead people), but the emotion of the moment may be a bit much for some. You've been warned. Related articles Joplin tornado toll rises to 141 (cnn.com) Elephant Helps In Joplin, Missouri (wycd.radio.com) The 10 deadliest tornadoes in world history (grayflannelsuit.net)
The 10 Deadliest Atlantic Hurricanes in History

The 10 Deadliest Atlantic Hurricanes in History

Featured Posts, Listcruft
Today marks the beginning of the 2011 Atlantic hurricane season (which runs until November 30). Throughout the summer we'll be looking at some of the worst hurricanes in history, in terms of death tolls and damage amounts. Up first is a review of the ten deadliest hurricanes ever spawned in the Atlantic Ocean. One interesting fact that stands out to me is that unlike the list of the ten deadliest tornadoes, only three of these tropical cyclones occurred after 1950. This is a direct result of improved weather forecasting technology, which can typically allow for days of advanced notice rather than hours. So as a comparison, the infamous Hurricane Katrina, while still dealing a devastating blow to the U.S. Gulf coast, isn't even in the top 20 in terms of casualties -- although the nearly ...
The 10 Deadliest Tornadoes in World History

The 10 Deadliest Tornadoes in World History

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In spite of all our technological advancements and so-called human ingenuity, we are ever at Mother Nature's mercy. 2011's deadly tornado in Joplin, Missouri -- just one of many to strike the American Midwest that weekend -- is a stark reminder of that fact. In total, more than 1,000 tornadoes touched down in the U.S. in April 2011 -- the most active month on record. But while the U.S. is home to the most tornadoes on a yearly basis, advances in research and early detection have helped reduce the number of fatalities from twisters. As a result, the list of the 20 deadliest tornadoes (or tornado outbreaks) ever contains just five from the United States. Here are the full top ten. Some of these totals are estimates of course, owing to time or lack of properly published information. #1: D
Sharon Stone: Idiot of the week

Sharon Stone: Idiot of the week

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I know it's only Thursday, but I feel pretty confident about this selection. You see, it seems Ms. Stone caused a bit of a brouhaha with her comments about the recent earthquake in China. She displayed her tact and political acumen when she uttered the following pearl of wisdom: "I'm not happy about the way the Chinese are treating the Tibetans because I don't think anyone should be unkind to anyone else...And then all this earthquake and all this stuff happened, and I thought, is that karma - when you're not nice that the bad things happen to you?" No dipshit, the earthquake (and resulting deaths of almost 70,000 Chinese so far) is not karma. It's a tragic geological event that has impacted a whole lot of people who have absolutely nothing to do with the treatment of Tibet by the Chines...