Disasters

The word 'disaster' comes to us from the ancient Greeks. The word itself means "bad star," similar to the phrase 'star-crossed,' both of which are ancient astrological references to bad luck blamed on the position of the stars and planets. In a modern sense, disasters can be natural or man-made and include things like environmental destruction caused by natural forces or toxic material releases, or other calamities like failures in technological systems or machines.

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  1. Christian


    On this day in history, August 14, 2003...

    The Northeastern United States and parts of Canada near the Great Lakes experienced one of the largest blackouts in history. With 9/11 fresh in the...
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  2. Christian


    On this day in history, July 17, 1996...

    TWA Flight 800, a Boeing 747 bound for Paris, France, exploded off the coast of Long Island, NY. All 230 people aboard were killed. The crash was...
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  3. Christian


    On this day in history, July 9, 1962...

    The so-called "Starfish Prime" nuclear tests were carried out by the United States to test the effects of a nuclear explosion in high altitude/orbital...
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  4. Christian


    On this day in history, June 30, 1908...

    A large, mysterious explosion occurred near the Stony Tunguska River in Siberia, Russia. Witnesses recalled a ball of fire, brighter than the sun, blazed...
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  5. Christian


    On this day in history, April 26, 1986...

    An explosion at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Station in the former Soviet Union (now Ukraine) occurred which was ten times worse than that at Hiroshima...
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  6. Christian


    On this day in history, April 15, 1912...

    The British passenger liner RMS Titanic, which was described as "unsinkable" sank to the bottom of the Northern Atlantic ocean after hitting an iceberg...
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  7. Christian


    On this day in history, March 11, 2011...

    At 2:46 p.m. an exceptionally powerful earthquake hit Honshu, the main island of Japan. At 3:36 p.m., less than an hour after the earthquake, a tsunami...
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  8. Fubar


    The Fukashima disaster is now being called "unprecedented." The condition of what is believed to be melted fuel inside the No. 2 reactor at the plant appears far worse than previously thought. The...
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  9. Helios


    CNN ran a shocking story about what could happen in the event that "an incoming president and his immediate successors were wiped out on Day 1." The report has the look and feel of a civics class,...
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  10. Laurel


    A collision with an iceberg was the ultimate cause of the Titanic disaster, according to the offical report from 1912. However, a new documentary called "Titanic: The New Evidence,” which aired on...
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  11. Helios


    Last week, several low-flying military planes and helicopters were spotted over midtown Manhattan. In the years following 9/11, airspace around Manhattan has been severely restricted. Low-flying...
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  12. Christian


    On this day in history, February 15, 2013...

    A meteorite streaked through the skies above Russia's Urals region. The blast, equivalent to 300,000 tons of TNT, shattered windows, damaged more than...
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  13. Christian


    On this day in history, February 1, 1964...

    The Beatles have their first number one hit in the United States with "I Want to Hold Your Hand."

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    Also on this day in history, February 1,...
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  14. Christian


    On this day in history, January 28, 1986...

    Space Shuttle Challenger exploded off the coast of Cape Canaveral, Florida, 73 seconds after liftoff. Disintegration of the vehicle began after an...
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  15. Christian


    On this day in history, December 27, 2004...

    Radiation from an explosion on the magnetar SGR 1806-20, which is about 50,000 light-years away from Earth, impacted the planet so violently that it...
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  16. Christian


    On this day in history, November 26, 1977...

    An unidentified hijacker named Vrillon, claiming to be the representative of the "Ashtar Galactic Command," took over Britain's Southern Television...
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  17. Christian


    On this day in history, October 17, 1604...

    German astronomer Johannes Kepler and other astronomers observed a new "star" in the night sky. Today, we know that object is a supernova remnant in...
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  18. Laurel


    Facebook was planning on launching a communications satellite to beam wireless Internet directly to smartphones in sub-Saharan Africa. There were two explosions prior to its launch, the first one...
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  19. Guest


    Not a lot of details yet...

    Eyewitnesses say the victim was walking with a friend when he stepped on something and it blew up.

    Officials: Device in Central Park likely homemade fireworks
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  20. Laurel


    Preppers have constantly been made fun of and are always the tinfoil hat wearing butt of jokes.

    But isn't it funny now even our fearless leader Obama is warning Americans to prepare for a...
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  21. Christian


    This is an older video. It was uploaded to YouTube in 2013 but looks to be much older. It talks about the Columbia disaster, and I think they are talking about the Space Shuttle Atlantis, so it...
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  22. Guest


    It's 2016 and we all know how overloaded with crap the Internet has gotten. Websites, desperate for page clicks, will copy/paste-publish almost anything they hope will bring traffic to their site....
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  23. Helios


    The measure was vetoed by our fearless leader, but it sends a clear message that Obamacare has been nothing short of a complete and total disaster. As many people had suspected from the very...
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  24. Aristarchus


    Although MSM has been silent about Fukushima, the effects of the nuclear disaster continue.

    The photos found at this link show deformed plants from a man's neighborhood in Nasushiobara City....
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  25. Helios


    Wow, where to begin?

    Commodities, including precious metals, has been TAKEN OUT. Gold is at $1153.90 and silver is at $15.02.

    Speaking of silver...

    US Mint Runs Out Of Silver On Same Day Price...
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  26. Guest


    The White House, State Department and areas throughout D.C. and Maryland lost power Tuesday afternoon due to an explosion at a power plant. The power went out at the White House for nearly 10...
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