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NATURAL DISASTERS

Eruption of Puyehue-Cordón Caulle volcano (Chile)

Eruption of Puyehue-Cordón Caulle volcano (Chile)The volcano, Puyehue-Cordon Caulle erupted on June 8; 2011.People had been reporting that 1,400 earthquakes had occurred at the volcano. Then on June 8 the volcano finally erupted for 6 hours producing many more earthquakes. It erupted again later, producing a 3.1 mile gas and ash plume that rose 33,000 feet above sea level.
 
Hurricane Irene on the East Coast in 2011

Hurricane Irene on the East Coast in 2011Hurricane Irene was a large and powerful Atlantic hurricane that left extensive flood and wind damage along its path through the Caribbean, the United States East Coast and as far north as Atlantic Canada in 2011. Irene originated from a well-defined Atlantic tropical wave prompting the National Hurricane Center to initiate public advisories late on August 20, 2011. Irene passed the Leeward Islands, on August 21, and moved closer to Saint Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands. The next day, Irene made landfall at in Puerto Rico, where severe flooding resulted in significant property damage and the death of one person.
 
Wildfires in Bastrop, Texas on September 4, 2011
Wildfires in Bastrop, Texas on September 4, 2011 Wildfires in Bastrop, Texas on September 4, 2011
The Bastrop County Complex fire was a major wildfire that struck Bastrop County,Texas on September 2011. The fire started on September 4, 2011, during Labor Day weekend. 1,645 homes were destroyed by the fire, making it the most destructive single wildfire in Texas history. After being largely contained in late September, the fire was finally extinguished on October 10, having killed two people and inflicted an estimated $325 million of property damage. Fire officials reported that the likely cause of the blaze was sparks from electric power lines.
 
Mudslide in Brazil on January 17, 2011
Oriental summer rains tore through mountains in Rio de Janeiro state, killing at least 140 people in 24 hours. Rescuers struggled to dig through tons of mud and debris in a search for survivors.
 
Japan Earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011
 
Japan Earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011The 2011 earthquake off the Pacific coast of Tōhoku or the Great East Japan Earthquake occurred on 11 March 2011. It was the most powerful earth quake to have ever hit Japan and one of the five most powerful earthquakes in the world. The earth quake triggered off powerful Tsunami waves of height 40.5 metres. The tsunami caused a number of nuclear accidents affecting innumerous residents. Japan Earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011The earthquake and tsunami caused extensive and severe structural damage in Japan, including heavy damage to roads and railways. According to the Japanese Prime Minister, this was the toughest and the most difficult crisis for Japan after the end of World War II. The World Bank's estimated economic cost was US$235 billion, making it the most expensive natural disaster in world history.
 
EARTHQUAKE IN DELHI
A low intensity earthquake struck Delhi on 7 September 2011. The jolts were felt only for ten seconds according to the report of Ministry of Earth Sciences. The earthquake was a mild one. Sonepat in Haryana was reportedly the epicenter of the earthquake with the tremors being felt all across Delhi and NCR. The earthquake measured 4.2 on Richter scale.

Panic-stricken Delhiites moved out on roads to avoid any kind of injuries and more out of fear of after shocks than anything else. It was only after 20-30 minutes that people could gather the courage to enter their houses again.
 
FLOODS IN THAILAND

FLOODS IN THAILANDThailand suffered the worst floods in2011, flooding large areas of Bangkok, its densely populated capital. The waters first began to rise in July, and the flooding continued through December. More than 12 million people were affected and the financial cost had been astronomical. The World Bank reported that damages could reach as high as $45 billion — making it one of the costliest disasters in recent history.
 
TYPHOON IN THE PHILIPPINES

TYPHOON IN THE PHILIPPINESTropical Storm Washi was one of the most under-covered natural disasters of 2011. The storm first made landfall on December 16 over Mindanao, the second-largest and easternmost island of the archipelago. In less than 12 hours, about 8 inches of rain blanketed the region, triggering flash floods and landslides. More than half a million people lost their homes, according to government officials in the Philippines.

In the Philippines, tropical cyclones (typhoons) are called bagyo.The term bagyo, a local word meaning typhoon arose after a 1911 storm in the city of Baguio which had a record rainfall of 46 inches within a 24-hour period. Well the bagyo is 100 years old!
 
DROUGHT IN EAST AFRICA

DROUGHT IN EAST AFRICAA widespread drought across Kenya, Somalia, Ethiopia, Eritrea and Djibouti over the summer laid waste to food and water supplies across the region, sparking the worst famine in decades. DROUGHT IN EAST AFRICASomalia, was the hardest hit. The famine worsened in September as the United Nations reported that half the country was in need of emergency aid. It now estimates that as many as 30,000 children have died as a result.
 
 
 

 

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