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by cottontail » Fri May 12, 2017 9:07 am

Just wondering.
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by cottontail » Fri May 12, 2017 9:14 am

Ahh I couldn't wait for the answer so I checked and you do! Have you ever seen a tornado?
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by hal » Fri May 12, 2017 3:18 pm

Yes, we do. The one I remember best occurred in Iowa City, about 20 miles south of here, in 2006. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Easter_Week_2006_tornado_outbreak_sequence It blew off the roof off a church just after the worshipers found shelter in the basement and devastated a sorority house. Fortunately, no one was killed.

My town is built on a hill, and I've heard that this makes it proof against tornadoes, but I don't know if that's true.
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by Jemane » Fri May 12, 2017 3:56 pm

That would be scary living with the idea a tornado might come. No tornados in southern Australia but far north Australia gets cyclones so I decided never to live there as I'd be too worried about it.
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by hal » Fri May 12, 2017 4:16 pm

What is the worst kind of natural disaster? Tornadoes for the most part cause quick but limited damage. Hurricanes/cyclones are also relatively quick and much more devastating. But this is seeing things from the public view, that is, what is reported in the media. From the point of view of the individuals affected, I think a case can be made that flooding is the worst. Everything it touches it ruins. It is unstoppable. It is pitiless. Sure, there are usually fewer casualties; but consider the Mississippi River flood of 1927, the worst in US history, which left 500 dead and 600,000 homeless.
http://content.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,2070796_2070798_2070780,00.html
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by eye2797 » Fri May 12, 2017 4:32 pm

I live in central illinois and we get tornadoes. I have only experianced the color in the sky that is this evil green and pink. The tornadoe was just outside of our town.
It can ruin a whole subdivision but not hit the house next door.
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by Jemane » Fri May 12, 2017 4:51 pm

I think bushfires are also really bad. We get them every summer near where I live (but I'm the city so no risk to me). Thousands of people loose their homes and hundreds can die.
I think they are probably just as bad as floods.
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by crazymama30 » Fri May 12, 2017 7:35 pm

I live in Central Oregon, and we get forest fires. I think most areas have some sort of natural disaster they deal with.
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by Jemane » Fri May 12, 2017 9:50 pm

True crazy mama true
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by AvantGarde » Fri May 12, 2017 9:56 pm

Lisbon had two major earthquakes and they say we're due for another. :shock: :? :? :? :? Really not in a mood for a natural disaster
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by Spm24 » Fri May 12, 2017 10:32 pm

We had a major tornado in 1974(yr I was born). We are basically toward the end of the tornado zone. Had a few blizzards in the late seventies early eighties that shut things down for a few days. Luckily where I live we do not have forest fires, hurricanes, volcanoes or earthquakes. At least so far in my life.
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by Pancake » Sat May 13, 2017 12:30 am

I am in bushfire country. We have a huge burnt out tree still in the yard, I leave it as a reminder not to get complacent.
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by cottontail » Sat May 13, 2017 12:43 am

I would love to see an active volcano like are in Hawai or New Zealand. As for natural disasters tidal waves scare the hell out of me. The ones which hit Indonesia and Japan recently ... the footage taken ... absolutely horrifying.
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by Sovereign » Fri May 19, 2017 1:09 am

In the Netherlands we once had a flood in 1953 that killed 1836 people, but that's it. With the current technology and our water management, there's a very, very small chance of that ever happening again. Good thing, because almost our entire country is below sea level :lol: Except where I live ;)
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by cottontail » Fri May 19, 2017 10:51 am

Sovereign

In Australia we get everything from floods to bush fires, cyclones and even the odd earth quake.
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by AvantGarde » Fri May 19, 2017 12:31 pm

Australia, the land of terror.
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by cottontail » Fri May 19, 2017 2:24 pm

Hahahaha! AG dont forget the drop bears, funnel webs and snakes!
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by Jemane » Fri May 19, 2017 5:02 pm

And the crocodiles, box jelly fish and bull ants.
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by Jemane » Fri May 19, 2017 5:05 pm

Love drop bears cottontail :lol:
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by cottontail » Fri May 19, 2017 5:45 pm

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by Pancake » Fri May 19, 2017 8:22 pm

AvantGarde wrote:Australia, the land of terror.

Terror Australis ;)
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by AvantGarde » Fri May 19, 2017 8:55 pm

:lol: These small jelly fish that one can't even see, about 1cm wide, not sure about deadly, but immense pain. Where? Australia of course.
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by cottontail » Sat May 20, 2017 12:20 am

There is a very small one which is deadly found up in Northern Queensland. I cant remember the name but they are so small they can fit through the netting.
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by cottontail » Sat May 20, 2017 12:26 am

Ahhh I forgot the blue ringed octopus and cone shell :P
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by Sovereign » Sat May 20, 2017 2:42 am

AvantGarde, I don't care about any of that - you had me at funnel web spiders... Or those huntsman spiders of yours. 2 reasons I'm happy to see Terror Australis from 12km up while traveling to NZ, where it's nice and spiderless :lol:

No, but seriously, I'll definetly come to Australia one day, just armed with a flamethrower and sticks of dynamite :twisted: :lol:
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