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The 2016 Natural Disaster Thread in General Zone
derek_holland Jan 4 2016, 16:33 Group: Heroes, Master of Mutant Creation Quote Post

A cold snap kills almost two dozen in Poland.

And then there is the earthquake in India and the continuing flooding in the US and central South America (I haven't read if the UK is still under water).

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TerroX Jan 7 2016, 08:14 Group: A.Net Staff, Admin of Doom Quote Post
Not really a disaster but Lake Eyre in Australia filled up, only happens a couple of times a century.
Guardian Feb 9 2016, 01:24 Group: Heroes, WarHulk AI Quote Post
Kind of surprised no one else has been posting in here. There's enough crap happening.

Taiwan Mobilizes Army to Search Rubble After Earthquake


BEIJING — A 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck southern Taiwan early Saturday, killing at least seven people, trapping dozens more inside a toppled residential building and casting a somber mood across the country as families gathered to celebrate the Lunar New Year.

Residents in the city of Tainan, along Taiwan’s western coast, were jolted awake at about 4 a.m. as the ground shook for nearly two minutes. Some thought a bomb had gone off and rushed to find shelter; others climbed from their windows, desperate for an escape.

In one neighborhood, a 17-story apartment building with at least 150 housing units collapsed, trapping more than 130 people inside. In another area, office buildings slanted sideways, teetering above busy streets.

The Taiwanese authorities said they had mobilized the national army to search through the rubble, and as of Saturday morning, 221 people had been rescued. A 10-day-old girl, a 56-year-old woman and a 40-year-old man were among the dead and more than 400 people were injured, officials said. Several people were in comas, but cuts and fractured limbs were the most common injuries, medical officials said.

There were also reports of people trapped inside razed vegetable markets and piles of concrete debris. Fire officials in Tainan told the Apple Daily newspaper that a woman with the surname Zheng, who lived on the 12th floor of the 17-story building, called an emergency line several times late Saturday morning, saying she was trapped under a wall along with her sister and her parents.

Officials tried to calm the woman down, telling her to listen for the sound of rescuers. “Just be brave and persevere,” a fire official said, according to the report.

The earthquake was particularly shallow, with a depth of 6.2 miles, according to the United States Geological Survey, increasing the odds for severe damage. The epicenter of the quake was about 30 miles southeast of Tainan, Taiwan’s oldest city.

As dawn broke, a scene of chaos emerged along many streets, and people wept as they searched for relatives two days before the Lunar New Year holiday.

“Where are the people?” said a headline on local television. “The agony of not being able to find your family.”

In social media posts, residents of Tainan, which has a population of nearly two million, said they had flashbacks to a 1999 earthquake that killed more than 2,000 people, one of the worst natural disasters in Taiwan’s history, though there was no indication that the damage on Saturday was comparable.

“I was terrified,” said a woman who gave her last name as Lin, according to United Daily News, a Taiwanese newspaper. She said she rushed out of her apartment when the shaking began, fearing she would be trapped inside.

At the site of the collapsed 17-story apartment building, in the Yongkang district, a mother stood crying. While she and her son had been able to escape, her daughter remained inside the building, Apple Daily reported.

High-speed trains were delayed, and thousands of housing units were said to be without electricity. Gas and water pipes were also reported to be damaged.

Taiwan’s president, Ma Ying-jeou, and its president-elect, Tsai Ing-wen, canceled New Year plans and were headed to Tainan.

Austin Ramzy contributed reporting from Hong Kong, and Zhang Tiantian and Mia Li contributed research from Beijing.
derek_holland Jun 7 2016, 10:57 Group: Heroes, Master of Mutant Creation Quote Post
Hope our Oz members are safe from the storm that killed at least 3 people on the East Coast.
Guardian Jun 8 2016, 03:14 Group: Heroes, WarHulk AI Quote Post
Right now, I'm just happy Colin isn't marching towards the DC area like they said it would. I'm hoping to get the kids back here later this summer, and storm damage would scuttle the finances for fair.
derek_holland Aug 24 2016, 13:14 Group: Heroes, Master of Mutant Creation Quote Post
derek_holland Sep 29 2016, 19:22 Group: Heroes, Master of Mutant Creation Quote Post

Do any of our members live in South Australia? How far outside the state did the blackouts reach?
derek_holland Nov 15 2016, 18:39 Group: Heroes, Master of Mutant Creation Quote Post
Are there any Kiwi members? Those earthquakes look absolutely terrifying.
Guardian Nov 19 2016, 06:00 Group: Heroes, WarHulk AI Quote Post
For a little bit more on the quake in New Zealand:
Guardian Nov 19 2016, 06:01 Group: Heroes, WarHulk AI Quote Post
And here's a link on what we replaced our 20 degrees above normal with.
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