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Do This One Thing to Prepare for a Natural Disaster

No matter how you slice it, we live in a dangerous world. Most Americans live with the ongoing risk of disaster: hurricanes on the coasts, tornadoes in the plains, earthquakes on the West Coast, and wildfires out West, like the ones currently raging in Northern California that have destroyed hundreds of homes and claimed at least one life so far. And yet, we have to settle down and live our lives. We choose our homes based on factors such as opportunity and affordability; we comfort ourselves with the notion…

 

Tsunami witness: I saw the sea start to rise. There was terror and anguish

People remain in the street during a strong quake in Santiago, Chile. Some coastal towns were swamped by waters from the sea which rose after the quake. Photograph: Alejandro Ruston/AFP/Getty Images

People remain in the street during a strong quake in Santiago, Chile. Some coastal towns were swamped by waters from the sea which rose after the quake. Photograph: Alejandro Ruston/AFP/Getty Images

 

I was at home in Los Vilos with my three children when the house started to shake at 7.55pm. The earthquake was very strong and it lasted for an unusually long time – around three minutes. It was longer than any earthquake we had felt before, including the 2010 earthquake…

 

 

Monday floods kill more people than any natural disaster in Utah history

Monday’s flash flooding was the most deadly weather disaster to ever occur in Utah. Twelve people are confirmed dead and a child is still missing after flash flooding in Hildale, and another six are confirmed dead with another individual missing after flooding in Zion National Park. Prior to Monday, that dubious distinction would have fallen to a pair of avalanches in Alta in 1881 and 1885. In each case, 15 people were killed. The most deadly flooding in Utah happened in 1923 in Farmington and in 1965 in Sheep Creek Canyon near Flaming Gorge. Utah has also experienced days where more people died in a sudden, violent events. The worst single day’s disaster happened…

 

 

 

 

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