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June 27, 2012
bobbycaputo:

think-progress:

32,000 flee Colorado Springs as wildfires worsen. Gov. John Hickenlooper said “It was like looking at the worst movie set you could imagine.”
Photo via @scottseibold

Damn, That looks like a volcanic eruption, not a wildfire. 

Why is it that beauty and destruction go so uncomfortably hand-in-hand at times? This looks like an epic Photoshop job, not something affecting thousands of people’s lives. By the way, this blaze doubled in size overnight, to over 24 square miles.

bobbycaputo:

think-progress:

32,000 flee Colorado Springs as wildfires worsen. Gov. John Hickenlooper said “It was like looking at the worst movie set you could imagine.”

Photo via @scottseibold

Damn, That looks like a volcanic eruption, not a wildfire. 

Why is it that beauty and destruction go so uncomfortably hand-in-hand at times? This looks like an epic Photoshop job, not something affecting thousands of people’s lives. By the way, this blaze doubled in size overnight, to over 24 square miles.

10:17 // 1 year ago
June 23, 2011

The waters are rising: The scene in Minot is looking pretty bad at this stage, and the forecast is not heartening — flooding unprecedented for the region is prompting the government to issue evacuation notices, as officials will deliberately release more waters from the Lake Darling Dam to mitigate the crisis (the dam is near Minot as well as other towns). The expected drainage will be three times what Minot could handle, all but assuring the damage and destruction of countless homes. Our thoughts are with these victims, and we hope people will prioritize their own safety. source

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18:47 // 2 years ago
May 24, 2011

Scenes from Joplin, and fears of further storms: The death toll in Joplin continued to grimly creep upwards today, with 117 now confirmed dead, and relief and rescue services still faced with such a job that you should probably brace for that number to change again. To make matters worse, the NOAA has issued warnings of severe storms the next few days across a broad swath of the American heartland, with Joplin lying in the highest risk zone. Please do everything possible to stay safe, everybody. source

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14:54 // 2 years ago
April 28, 2011
Catastrophic storms, tornados wreak a historic toll
The carnage in context: Obviously, it’s tough to quantify the costs in property damage, land damage, and the hideous trauma that has been thrust upon so many, and in the case of the trauma it’ll probably never be. That said, in terms of the most irreversible damage done, lives lost, we at least know this much — this was a big one by America’s standards. With the death-toll grimly ticking upwards as hours roll by, this will be at least the 7th largest loss of life by storm in American history, and that could easily change in the following days. Our thoughts are with them. (photo by Dusty Compton, from the Tuscaloosa News’ photo gallery) source
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The carnage in context: Obviously, it’s tough to quantify the costs in property damage, land damage, and the hideous trauma that has been thrust upon so many, and in the case of the trauma it’ll probably never be. That said, in terms of the most irreversible damage done, lives lost, we at least know this much — this was a big one by America’s standards. With the death-toll grimly ticking upwards as hours roll by, this will be at least the 7th largest loss of life by storm in American history, and that could easily change in the following days. Our thoughts are with them. (photo by Dusty Compton, from the Tuscaloosa News’ photo gallery) source

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14:42 // 2 years ago
March 18, 2011
newsflick:

Bahrain destroyed the statue at the Pearl roundabout, the focal point and symbol of weeks of pro-democracy protests there. See the full story here.

newsflick:

Bahrain destroyed the statue at the Pearl roundabout, the focal point and symbol of weeks of pro-democracy protests there. See the full story here.

11:17 // 3 years ago
March 14, 2011

Not much to add: The pervasive, terrible damage done to the Japanese port town of Rikuzentakata, In Iwate Prefecture. source

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14:04 // 3 years ago
March 11, 2011
mdt:

Just… WHOA.
omochiwokudasai:

Another picture from Reuters showing utter devastation near Sendai Airport

mdt:

Just… WHOA.

omochiwokudasai:

Another picture from Reuters showing utter devastation near Sendai Airport

(Source: , via mdt)

5:40 // 3 years ago