Global & Disaster Medicine

Archive for the ‘Historical Event’ Category

September 1, 2004: An armed gang of Chechen separatist rebels enters a school in southern Russia and takes more than 1,000 people hostage and eventually killing 340 and wounding ~700 more.


“……The rebels demanded the withdrawal of Russian troops from the disputed nearby region of Chechnya. September 1 was the first day of a new school year for millions of students across Russia, a day of celebration in schools that both parents and students traditionally attend. Nearly 340 people, about half of them children, died in the ensuing three-day ordeal. ……700 more were wounded……”

August 29, 2005: Hurricane Katrina makes landfall near New Orleans, Louisiana, as a Category 4 hurricane.

August 28, 1988: At the Ramstein Air Base Air Show in Germany, 3 Italian jets collide in mid-air and fall into the crowd killing 69 injuring hundreds more.

“An air show involving military jets at the Ramstein Air Base in Germany turns tragic on August 28, 1988 when three jets collide in mid-air and fall into the crowd. Sixty-nine of the 100,000 spectators died and hundreds more were        injured………”

August 27, 1883: The Krakatoa explosions threw five cubic miles of earth 50 miles into the air, created 120-foot tsunamis and killed 36,000 people.


8/24/79AD: Mount Vesuvius erupts in southern Italy, devastating the prosperous Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum and killing thousands.


8/24/1992: Hurricane Andrew videos

8/24/1992: Hurricane Andrew makes landfall at 4:52 a.m. 25 miles south of Miami.

Orlando Sentinel

National Hurricane Center

“……Its $47.8 billion worth of devastation no longer ranks it as the most costly natural disaster in American history. But it is probably the most impactful storm to ever hit the U.S.Andrew’s legacy is felt in weather forecasting, building codes and emergency management. When people began crawling out of the debris that morning, they quickly discovered the government was nowhere near prepared…..

Part of the post-disaster disaster was due to complacency. Only two Category 5 hurricanes had ever hit the U.S., and nobody foresaw Andrew turning into a 175-mph monster……

Almost 26,000 homes were totally destroyed, and 102,000 more were damaged. The number of homeless was 160,000, though that didn’t include hundreds of monkeys, snakes, llamas, birds, cougars and other wildlife that escaped from zoos.

Prices for food, batteries, generators and ice soared since there were no laws against gouging. Looters descended and property owners armed themselves to protect what was left of their homes……”


  The last radar image taken from NHC before the WSR-57 radar was blown off the roof, 0835 UTC August 24, 1992.

The Blackout of 8/14/2003: “A major outage knocked out power across the eastern United States and parts of Canada on August 14, 2003. Beginning at 4:10 p.m. ET, 21 power plants shut down in just three minutes. Fifty million people were affected, including residents of New York, Cleveland and Detroit, as well as Toronto and Ottawa, Canada…..”


8/12/1985: A Japan Air Lines Boeing 747SR crashes into Mount Otsuka killing over 500 souls



8/12/2000: The Kursk, a Russian nuclear submarine sinks to the bottom of the Barents Sea killing all 118 crew members are later found dead.



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