Each year, natural disasters claim 68,000 lives on average. Mother nature is beautiful but sometimes she can be downright merciless. This post is not really unconventional for Bizarrepedia and is inspired by the History Channel’s TV program named Serial Killer Earth.
Tornados, hurricanes and lighting storms. Earthquakes, volcanos and tsunamis – the power of Mother Nature.
Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami (2004)
With a magnitude of 9.1–9.3, the earthquake was third-largest ever recorded and vibrated the entire planet 0.4 inches. The estimated energy released by the killer earthquake was equivalent to 1500 times of the atomic bomb thrown at Hiroshima. 230,000–280,000 people died by the hand of the single worst tsunami in history.
You can only wonder, if the guy at 02:38, is paralyzed by fear, confused what’s happening or just calmly accepts his fate. There’s no way he survived the impact alone.
Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami (Japan, 2011)
The undersea earthquake was a magnitude 9.0, making it the fourth most powerful earthquake in the modern world, putting it just behind the Indian Ocean earthquake. The tsunami rammed Japan's eastern coast, killing hundreds of people as it swept away ships, cars and debris, and also gave the world the largest nuclear disaster since the Chernobyl in 1986.
The majority of victims don't die because of the lava expelled by a volcano during an eruption, but rather through a combination of other natural disasters such as ash flows, mudflows, tsunamis and starvation. The footage below of Merapi volcano eruption in Indonesia gives you an idea how powerful volcanoes really are.
And another one, Sam Cossman and George Kourounis actually decided to go inside a volcano crater in the South Pacific island nation of Vanuatu. Good luck stopping that force.
Landslides themselves can cause massive tsunamis. Gravity being the main force, the earth can "swallow" trees and houses. In 2006, followed a ten-day period of heavy rains, Southern Leyte mudslide killed 1,126 people. The earth ate the local elementary school, located nearest to the mountain ridge, full of unaware children.
April 26, 1989, The Daulatpur–Saturia tornado in Bangladesh killed around 1,300 people, making it the deadliest tornado in history. Bangladesh has one of the highest frequency of tornadoes, just behind the United States.
This guy gets dangerously close to Moore tornado (2013) in Oklahoma. The wind speed was up to 210 mph, 25 people died and $2 billion worth of property was destroyed.
In 2008, Lake Delton in Wisconsin decided to change it's course taking few houses with it. Not foundation is a match for the mother nature.