Friday, May 6, 2011

disaster in America

Aircraft:

1979, May 25: Chicago; American Airlines DC-10 crashed seconds after takeoff, killing all 272 people aboard and 3 on the ground.


Its occur a moment after take-off. One of its engine separated from the wing.

The crash was used by a murderer to hide the disappearance of Diane Chorba. In the days surrounding the flight, Chorba's daughter was told that she had been on the plane. Cook County medical examiners assigned the task of identifying the crash victims later disproved this. Clarence Bean, Jr. was found guilty of her murder in 2001ter take-off.

Flood:



2001: Tropical Storm Allison devastated Southern Texas during the first week of June. The unusual storm hovered over the Houston area for days dropping rainfall amounts of nearly 40 inches. Downtown businesses were heavily damaged and over 40,000 houses were flooded. The storm also worked its way up the Eastern Seaboard causing more death and destruction. Allison took 41 lives and cost an estimated $5.5 billion in damage.

2001 Sept 11 New York;
hijackers crashed 2 commercial jets into twin towers of World Trade Center; 2 more hijacked jets were crashed into the Pentagon and a field in rural Pa. Total dead numbered 2,992, including the 19 hijackers. Islamic al-Qaeda terrorist group blamed.






2005, Hurricane Katrina

Hurricane Katrina of the 2005 Atlantic Hurricane season was costliest natural disaster, as well as one of the five deadliest hurricane in the history of USA. Among recorded Atlantic hurricanes, it was the sixth strongest overall. At least 1,836 people died in the actual hurricane and in the subsequent floods, making it the deadliest U.S. hurricane since the 1928 Okeechobee hurricane. Total property damage was estimated at $81 billion (2005 USD), nearly triple the damage wrought by Hurricane Andrew in 1992.


The February 2007 North America Winter Storm;

(otherwise referred to as the Valentine's Day Blizzard or Valentine's Day Storm) was a massive winter storm that affected most of the eastern half of North America, starting on February 12, 2007 and peaking on Valentine's Day, February 14.

Received up to 28 inches snow.






Oilspill:





2010 Jan. 23, Port Arthur, Texas: The oil tanker Eagle Otome and a barge collide in the Sabine-Neches Waterway, causing the release of about 462,000 gallons of crude oil. Environmental damage was minimal as about 46,000 gallons were recovered and 175,000 gallons were dispersed or evaporated, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.






2010 April 24, Gulf of Mexico: The Deepwater Horizon, a semi-submersible drilling rig, sank on April 22, after an April 20th explosion on the vessel. Eleven people died in the blast. When the rig sank, the riser—the 5,000-foot-long pipe that connects the wellhead to the rig—became detached and began leaking oil. In addition, U.S. Coast Guard investigators discovered a leak in the wellhead itself. As much as 60,000 barrels of oil per day were leaking into the water, threatening wildlife along the Louisiana Coast. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano declared it a "spill of national significance." BP (British Petroleum), which leased the Deepwater Horizon, is responsible for the cleanup, but the U.S. Navy supplied the company with resources to help contain the slick. Oil reached the Louisiana shore on April 30, affected about 125 miles of coast. By early June, oil had also reached Florida, Alabama, and Mississippi. It is the largest oil spill in U.S. history


Tornados:

Since 2000, America being hit by> than 4000 tornadoes and > than 1000 fatalities. The recent one was April 25-28 2011 which hits large part of America including Alabama, Tennessee, Washington DC, Virginia, Lousiana, Georgia. > 354 deaths, and hundreds are still missing. 3 of them were EF5. The largest hit Tennesse on 27 April 2011 with path length 106.9 miles.






aftermath: