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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old Jan 1st, 2005, 05:37 AM Thread Starter
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Is the Tsunami disaster last week considered the most devastating in history?

Just was wondering because everytime i read the news, more people are dead and what happened last weekend seems to pale any other Tsunami damage in human history.

Living in SoCalif where major earthquakes are eventually going to ravage California always makes me aware of what can happen here.

It's sad and scary to even comprehend what is happening right now in Asia.
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Yeah, once the death toll hit 100,000 it became a castastrophe of biblical proportions to me.

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Yeah, once the death toll hit 100,000 it became a castastrophe of biblical proportions to me.
once it hit 10,000 it was a catastrophe in my mind



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Well, disasters killing 100000+ have happened in recorded history. My only available example is pulled from Bill Bryson's, A Short HIstory of Nearly Everything, which I was conveniently reading last night. In 1815, some volcano in indonesia called Tambora exploded and the resulting blast and the associated tsunamis took at least that many lives. Apparently it was the biggest volcanic explosion in about 10 000 years, and about 150 times the size of the Mount St Helens blast.

That was all taken right from the book, so if it's wrong, don't blame me

I would assume that disaster was grander, since I would assume the area wasn't as populated and built up as it is now. Of course, I'm only assuming, and don't really know
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once it hit 10,000 it was a catastrophe in my mind
It's certainly a catastrophe, no disagreements there. I certainly wasn't trying to diminish the damage that this natural disaster has done in the above passage... merely sharing something I had read that might help to answer the question.
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I far as i know about the biggest volcano exploded was Tambora and Krakatau (Krakatoa), both are in Indonesia.
The Krakatoa explotion heard for radius 3000 KM, affected the weather for several years, cause great tsunami and the dusts reached New York. I think those two events was bigger than the Tsunami that was just happen in South Asia.

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Well it's all about relativity.

Volcano Mount Toba around 75,000 years ago exploded in the Indonesian islands and reduced human population to around a few thousand.
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I've just been doing some google searches in answer to this thread. I was wondering, too.

This certainly looks like the worst tsunami ever, measured in terms of human lives lost. There have been bigger ones in terms of the height of the waves, but they were much more local (a local tsunami in a remote bit of Alaska left marks on the mountains showing that it was something like 1700 feet high ... but I don't think it killed anyone, or maybe one or two people). All the same, there are a couple of previous tsumanis that killed many, many people - one in Japan killed nearly 30,000, and I think that most of the 36,000 people killed by the Krakatoa volcano eruption were actually killed by a 150-foot tsunami.

There have been even worse natural disasters - floods and earthquakes in Asia that have killed numbers of people approaching a million.

A supervolcano eruption in prehistoric times may have been responsible for almost causing the extinction of humanity, which is one reason why we have so little genetic variation these days ... our species may have gone through a "genetic bottleneck" after the equivalent of a nuclear winter which killed almost everyone 75,000 years ago. If there is ever another supervolcano eruption (there's one overdue in the US where the Yellowstone supervolcano erupts every 600,000 years or so) don't count on your chances of surviving, wherever you live in the world.

So it goes. Isn't mother nature wonderful?

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Well it's all about relativity.

Volcano Mount Toba around 75,000 years ago exploded in the Indonesian islands and reduced human population to around a few thousand.
Oh yes, i forget Mount Toba .... The volcano explotion was also huge ... Mount Toba is located near Aceh in Sumatra Islands.

The explotion of Mount Toba create a big Lake name Lake Toba ...
From here we learn 3 huge volcano explotion are in Indonesia ... Toba, Tambora and Krakatoa ... Thanks God, they're already exploded, i guess only Mount Krakatoa that is still active

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Sounds like the volcano eruptions cause more serious tsunamis than just an undersea earthquake. And the Volcano at Yellowstone? Damn now that is very scary.....
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Sounds like the volcano eruptions cause more serious tsunamis than just an undersea earthquake. And the Volcano at Yellowstone? Damn now that is very scary.....
Apparently some dude was hunting around Yellowstone a couple (a few? I put the book down!) decades ago looking for the crater when he realized that the entire park was the crater

Well, that's how I remember it. I read this at about 2am yesterday, on top of a migraine. So... yeah

Was it SamL that recommended that book? I heard about it from somebody on here. Good choice, whoever it was It's like the asimov books I used to read, but those weren't as general.
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NATURAL DISASTERS
2004 Asian quake disaster - toll so far exceeds 110,000
2003 earthquake in Bam, Iran - official casualty figure is 26,271
1976 Earthquake in Tangshan, China, kills 242,000
1970 Cyclone in Bangladesh kills 500,000
1923 Tokyo earthquake kills 140,000
1887 China's Yellow River breaks its banks in Huayan Kou killing 900,000
1896 Tsunami kills 27,000 in Japan
1815 Volcanic eruption of Mount Tambora on Indonesia's Sumbawa Island kills 90,000
1556 Earthquake in China's Shaanxi, Shanxi and Henan provinces kills an estimated 830,000


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The fact that the population of Asia is so dense and that millions and millions of people live at sea level, it's amazing this sort of thing doesn't happen more often. I think it will change people's mind of where they build their houses and where they go on vacation, at the least.


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Bloody hell.

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NATURAL DISASTERS
1887 China's Yellow River breaks its banks in Huayan Kou killing 900,000
1556 Earthquake in China's Shaanxi, Shanxi and Henan provinces kills an estimated 830,000


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