Published December 10, 2011 by Tony

2011: an Extreme Exhausting Year


 This year there have been devastating events everywhere, such as the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, Australia’s flooding and a drought in Africa and it seems that – despite 2010 already was a bad year for America –  during 2011 USA got smacked repeatedly. The U.S. has had a record 10 weather catastrophes: five separate tornado outbreaks, two different major river floods in the Upper Midwest and the Mississippi River, drought in the Southwest and a blizzard that crippled the Midwest and Northeast, and Irene. Some expert says it’s mostly bad luck or random chance, but many of them agree about ‘man-made global warming increasing’ as main responsible. If so, we all have to hope that U.S. first and other big States then, as Russia China and Japan, after the last United Nations climate meeting in Dubai, take the blame and charge of the critic situation. Here’s a recap of the disasters which occurred in these 11 months of 2011, excluding those happened to flora & fauna – sometimes inexplicably –  worldwide, or those caused accidentally from humankind. We all hope that the coming new year will be better, of course, and that peace and serenity will be the subjects of which we would treat next time. This is my best wish for you all, wherever you are, aware that suffering is just a way for us to strengthen our faith and have a heart towards those not-so-fortunate on this planet, that sometimes seems more like a purgatory that a heaven.

Argentina, earthquake magnitude 6.9, January 1
Southern China, earthquake magnitude 5.2, January 1
Chile, earthquake 7.1 magnitude, January 2
Near Japan, earthquake triggers Tsunami Warning, January 3
South-east Iran, powerful earthquake, January 3
Northern Argentina, earthquake 7.0 magnitude, January 3
Rockhampton, Australia,  Major Flood, January 3
Brazil, heavy floods leave at least 35 dead, January 6
California, earthquake 4.5 magnitude, January 12
Indonesia, huge Waves Destroy Homes, January 12
Pakistan, massive magnitude 7.2 earthquake, January 18
South Island in New  Zealand,  magnitude 6.3 earthquake, February 21
Queensland, Australia,  largest hurricane in Australian history – Cat 5 Cyclone Yasi, February 2
Hawaii,  Volcano eruption, March 6
Japan, devastating magnitude 8.9 earthquake and tsunami, March 11
California Highway falls into Pacific Ocean, March 16
Northern California, offshore magnitude 3.5 earthquake, march 17
Vanuatu,  magnitude 6.5 earthquake, March 17
Myanmar, Thailand,  magnitude 6.8 earthquake, March 23
Japan’s coast,  magnitude 6.4 earthquake, March 25
South Sandwich Islands,  magnitude 5.4 earthquake, April 1
Fiji, magnitude 6.4 earthquake, April 3
South of Java, Indonesia, magnitude 6.7 earthquake, April 3
Veracruz, Mexico,  magnitude 6.5 earthquake, April 7
Japan, magnitude 7.4 earthquake hits shore, April 7
Eastern Japan, magnitude 6.5 and 6.2 earthquakes, April 11
N. Carolina and Virginia, deadly Tornadoes, April 16
Tuscaloosa, Birmingham, Huntsville, Alabama, massive thunderstorm killed at least 180 people, April 28
Albany, New Zealand, deadly Tornado, May 3
Major Mississippi flooding destroying  many homes, May 15
Papua New Guinea, Magnitude 6.5 Earthquake – Tsunami warning – May 15
Iceland’s Grimsvotn,  Volcano erupts followed by small earthquakes, May 21
Joplin, Missouri, Tornado Disaster, May 22
Springfield, Massachusetts,  deadly tornado, June 1
Arizona, Duststorm, July 5
Chile, Volcano erupts, June 6
Arizona, massive wildfires, June 8
Christchurch, NZ,  6.0 and lower magnitude earthquakes, June 11,12
Nebraska, Kansas,  40 Tornadoes rip through, June 21
Fox Islands, Aleutian Islands, Alaska,  7.2 Magnitude Earthquake, June 24
Phoenix, massive dust storm, July 5
New Zealand,  Magnitude 7.8 Earthquake, July 7 and May, 03
Northeastern Japan, Magnitude 7.3 Earthquake, July 9
Philippines, Magnitude 6.2 Earthquake, July 11
Colorado,  5.3 earthquake, August 22
Virginia, NY and Carolinas, 5.9 earthquake, August 23
SC,NC,VA,  Hurricane Irene hits, August 26,27
Taiwan and China,  deadly Typhoon,  August 29
Texas, worst level of drought, during 2011
Alaska, 6.8 magnitude earthquake, September 2
Argentina, magnitude 6.7 earthquake, September 2
Vanuatu, magnitude 7.0 earthquake,  September 3
Northern Sumatra,  magnitude 6.6 earthquake, September 5
Vancouver,  magnitude 6.4 earthquake, September 9
Pennsylvania,  Floods, September 10
Texas,  Fire destroys 1,554 homes and 17 people missing, September 11
Northeastern India, magnitude 6.8 earthquake,  September 18
Siloam Springs, AR,  Tornado, September 18
Philippines, deadly Typhoon, September 27
Aisen, Chile,  magnitude 5.0 earthquake, October 7
Death Valley,  Magnitude 4.0 earthquake, October 7
Papua New Guinea, Magnitude 6.7 earthquake, October 14
Amurskaya Oblast, Russia,  magnitude 5.9 earthquake, October 14
Simeulue, Indonesia,  magnitude 5.4 earthquake, October 16
Central America, Heavy rains kill at least 84, October 18
north of Tristan Chua,  magnitude 5.3 earthquake, October 19
Palau Region, magnitude 5.3 earthquake, October 23
Eastern Turkey, magnitude 5 – 7 earthquakes, October 23
Fiji Region, magnitude 6.0 Earthquake, October 27
Bangkok, massive Flood, October 27
Liguria region, Italy, deadly floods, October 26
Peru, magnitude 6.9 earthquake, October 28
Africa,  most active Volcano Erupts, November 9
Sicily, Italy, heavy rains cause Flooding and devastates village, November 23


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