Disasterous Day!

Historically speaking, May 31st has had a couple of pretty horrific natural disaster/weather events . . .

  • May 31, 1935: 7.7 magnitude earthquake kills 50,000 in Pakistan (Quetta).  Here’s a link for more info of the worst earthquakes in history (since 1900).
    • The strongest recorded earthquake: Valdivia, Chile: magnitude 9.5
    • The deadliest earthquake: Shaanxi, China: devastated an area of 520 miles, was felt in 97 countries, and resulted in a death toll of 830,000
  • May 31, 1985: United States-Canadian tornado outbreak: Forty-one tornadoes hit Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, and Ontario, leaving 76 dead and more than 1,000 injured.  Here is a link for more info on the ten worst U.S. tornadoes.

“Mother Nature is a great equalizer. You can’t get away from it.”  Christopher Heyerdahl


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