July 18: The Day the Earth Erupted (Part 2: Natural Disasters)

The Day the Earth Erupted
(Part 2: Natural Disasters)

July 18 is a day marked by enormous devastation caused by both God and man.  Part two are the acts of God.

1995

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.

1996

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.

1998

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.

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