After Earthquakes and Volcanoes, Chile Is Threatened by New Natural Disaster
Chile, scene of the world’s largest-ever earthquake and some of its most active volcanoes, is learning to live with a disaster that is getting worse every summer.
This season, 4,645 fires have destroyed 59,122 hectares (146,000 acres) of woodland, destroying more than 50 homes, killing three and leaving dozens injured or homeless. The flames hit a hill in the center of Santiago last night forcing the partial evacuation of a zoo, while the mountains to the west of the city glowed red and smoke billowed across the main highway to the coast.
The Latin American nation is no stranger to natural disasters. A 4,270 kilometer-long slither of land along a geological fault-line, Chile had 352 sizable tremors in 2018, a relatively quiet year by its standards. Repeated quakes, volcanoes, landslides, fires and floods mean the government has spent $8 billion on disaster relief in the past decade, a heavy burden for such a small country. Now climate change and a growing forestry sector are forcing the government to pour more resources into fire-fighting…
The results are in, and January was one of the warmest in all of recorded history
January 2019 was the third-warmest January in the history of global weather record-keeping, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The only warmer global Januarys in the instrumental record, which dates back to the 1880s, were 2016 and 2017, and there’s evidence that the planet hasn’t been this warm in a very long time. The last time January global temperatures were below average was in 1976 — before millennials were even a thing.
So here’s the strange truth: Last month may have felt cold where you live, but your senses were deceiving you. We’ve forgotten what “normal” weather feels like, so global warming is gaslighting us….