Countdown: 14 Worst Weather Disasters in 2011, Part 2

posted by admin @ 12:22 PM
December 29, 2011

 Wendy Weathersbee:  Here is the rest of our list on the Worst Weather Disasters in 2011.  While Number 6 is referred to as the “Tuscaloosa Tornadoes,” there were actually some 353 tornadoes last April, touching down in 21 U.S. states, and four were F5 tornadoes, which is the most powerful possible tornado category.  Some 346 Americans were killed during that outbreak, and 249 of them were in Alabama alone.  Official damage is estimated as $ 11 billion, but that is a low figure as many people in those pathways had no insurance.

 Sarah Newsworthy: While we have assigned no number, we do list the earthquake in Siberia, Russia this week, as representative of literally hundreds of earthquakes––both major and minor––that have shaken everywhere on earth this year.  The significance of the Siberian quake is its mammoth 9.8 mg size––10 mg is the highest earthquake ever recorded––and the fact that several smaller quakes had already shaken this most isolated region of the world.   While we do not have information on deaths or damages, our minds are on multiple series of small quakes giving similar warnings in more populated regions, including in the U.S.  

        Sarah Newsworthy:  We place the flooding in Thailand and Cambodia as Number 5.  With three quarters of areas still under water, exact billions in damage dollars is not yet clear.  But over 400 were killed and 4.6 million people displaced. One can check our archives on these floods, as well as the stupendous earthquake in Turkey which we rate as disaster Number Four.  This quake resulted in 600 deaths and 4,000 injuries, but again Turkey has not released damage figures.

 As Wendy said yesterday, we had hoped to keep the number of major disasters down to ten, but Number 3 in our countdown, the Philippine Floods, just this month pushed that number up.  Figures are still not in on damages or displacements, but officials estimate that the number of 1,249 killed will undoubtedly rise.  Again, please see our blog archives for more details.

 Ally I. Feermeno:  I have already made clear that our Number 2 disaster, the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, will have repercussions around the globe for years to come.  By the end of November, the final death toll had not been released but Upfront News affirms that 15, 839 people were killed, another 3,642 are still reported missing, and more than 88,000 people now stay in homeless shelters.

 Maleekie Ambularie and Dr. Ad Versery Bored:  The staff agrees that the  Number 1 Worst Weather Disaster in 2011 is the Somalia Drought.  With over 30,000 dead from starvation, and most of them children, nothing else compares.   

        Rev. Repriestly:  Jael closed yesterday with Bible prophecies from 1 Peter 4: 17 on end-time judgment.  I add Revelation 22: 10-11: “. . . the time is at hand.  He that is unjust, let him be unjust still . . .”  Hopefully there is time for repentance.

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