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    Commiserations

    I can't help but being shocked by the havoc, death and destruction caused by Hurricane Katrina....it was only a few weeks ago that I came across the previous worse, but similar, natural disaster to hit America and that was in Galveston just over 100yrs ago.

    My sympathies go with the American people who have to face the loss of lives and crippling financial costs to restore Mississipi and its environs to any sort of normality. Thousands of everyday folk are going to experience very difficult days, weeks and months ahead......

    The world we live in is, by virtue of its nature, a perilous place to live in. It's only because we are so small in comparison and our lives so short that most of us escape the worst that nature regularly throws at us......our turn can come at any time....it's a lottery.

    As if this wasn't enough, the poor wretched Iraqi folk have also suffered yet another tradgedy. We can only hope that their future will improve too as they have had enough to endure before, during and after the war.

    I wish you all well.

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    Re: Commiserations

    thanks from US

    outside of the great pestilence of 1347-50, curious about what great natural disasters have afflicted UK? Maybe wwI or wwII? Famine?

    I believe world chaos is all a sign of a new pestilence coming - maybe H5N1
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    Re: Commiserations

    Quote Originally Posted by newmewzikboy
    thanks from US

    outside of the great pestilence of 1347-50, curious about what great natural disasters have afflicted UK?
    The Labour Party.

    Yes - regards to all in Louisiana and hope everything gets back to some sort of normality soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by newmewzikboy
    thanks from US

    outside of the great pestilence of 1347-50, curious about what great natural disasters have afflicted UK? Maybe wwI or wwII? Famine?

    I believe world chaos is all a sign of a new pestilence coming - maybe H5N1
    I join all in solidariety.

    NMB, what are you meaning?
    WWII is not a natural disaster, but the whole Europe did his best to exchange tons of explosive (US helping us to destroy before, then to rebuild), and Italy and UK were heavy damaged as other countries. If the paradigm is valid, after big disaster we re-born in a better world: I like to hope it may be true for natural events also, even if ancient Luisiana will be no longer the same.

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    Re: Commiserations

    If you have ever been to New Orleans you will know what a special place this is, especially in terms of music. New Orleans regarded as the cradle of Jazz and there are many musicians who have been affected by Katrina. I just read a story in the Chicago Tribune about how Katrina is affecting musicians.

    It is looking like Katrina is the most serious tragedy the USA has ever experienced. The pictures on the news looks like a nuclear bomb hit the area. Estimates say probably a million people will be homeless -- most of them poor. The current refugee site, The Superdome, is uninhabitable and people are being relocated to Houston (imagine 20,000+ people with no running water, no sewage, and no air conditioning). The roads leading in and out of New Orleans are severely damaged. Polluted water everywhere with sewage and possible dead bodies decaying in the water. Disease alone may to kill many people. The infrastructure for basic utilities such as electricity, gas, water, and telephone are severely damaged. Wooden structures (many homes) that are even partially submerged will need to be razed. And how will one move half the structures in the area and where will all of the debris go? Looting is rampant and the tourism industry is shot.

    If you want to help out, donate to the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund or visit FEMA's help information.


    [edit: NMB: Your most recent post has been deleted. This is not the thread to attempt to be funny]

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    well i am totally bizaared out.

    I just dont understand how we could have built a city below sea level and not expected something as enoumous as this?

    We kept hearing that it was going to happen, but who expected such a magnitude???

    Its shocking. The whole city is gone...
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    I have readed about the Katrina in this forum. I haven't watched TV for a long time, so I didn't know about it. Only want to say I'm really sorry about it. It seems like we live in a very hard time. I worry a lot about this world. Not only for the natural disasters, but for our society too.

    My best wishes go for everyone affected by the Katrina.

    -Dani-

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    1348 Black Death
    1485 Sweating sickness epidemic
    1507 Sweating sickness epidemic
    1517 Sweating sickness epidemic
    1528 Sweating sickness epidemic
    1551 Sweating sickness epidemic
    1606 Bristol Channel floods, 20 January 1606 (possible tsunami)
    1607 Lynmouth flooding, Devon
    1638 The Great Thunderstorm, Widecombe-in-the-Moor, Devon
    1665 Great Plague of London
    1703 The Great Storm of 1703
    1796 Lynmouth flooding, Devon
    1832 Cholera Epidemic
    1836 Avalanche in Lewes, the only major avalanche recorded in England.
    18461849 Potato famine, Ireland
    1864 Great Sheffield flood
    1879 Tay Rail Bridge collapse, Scotland
    1881 The Eyemouth Disaster, storm, Scotland [1]
    1884 Colchester earthquake, Essex
    19181919 Flu epidemic
    1952 Lynmouth flooding, Devon
    1953 North Sea Flood of 1953, England
    1966 Aberfan mudslide, Wales
    1987 The Great Storm of 1987
    1990 The Burns' Day storm
    2000 Severe flooding in many parts of the UK. Among the worst hits are York, Shrewsbury, Lewes and Uckfield
    2004 Boscastle flooding, Cornwall
    2005 Carlisle flood, 8 January 2005
    You asked! Climatically and geologically we are fortunate to be in a very stable part of the world.......for the moment! Everything changes over time.

    I had to look it up....H5N1 is the bird flue.

    The world is no more chaotic now than it ever has been.....I think that it's just that communications are better....so we're more aware.

    If you want proof of long term chaos!: http://www.gesource.ac.uk/hazards/Vo...-timeline.html

    Frank

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    wow. Interesting post! Thanks HArdy
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    My sincere condolences to our American cousins, from the UK. I find it bitterly ironic, that the spiritual home of Jazz should suffer such a Tragedy, in the week we are celebrating the announcement about the JABB.
    The Americans are a resourceful people, and I know your Govt. will do all it can to ameliorate the effects of this natural disaster.
    regards

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