The Day the Earth Erupted
(Part 2: Natural Disasters)
July 18 is a day marked by the enormous devastation caused by both God and man. Part 1 addresses the days man-made mayhem. Part 2 covers the acts of God.
On the Caribbean island of Montserrat, the Soufrière Hills volcano erupts. Over the course of several years, it devastates the island, destroying the capital and forcing most of the population to flee. Much of the island remains uninhabitable.
Saguenay River Flood
Storms provoke severe flooding on the Saguenay River, beginning one of Quebec’s costliest natural disasters ever: the Saguenay Flood. It was Canada’s first billion dollar disaster.
Papua New Guinea Tsunami
A 23-foot tsunami along the coast of Papua New Guinea killed nearly 3,000 people. It is considered one of the worst tsunami’s in modern times.