Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Interesting Facts

Niagara Falls freezes over in 1911. During an extended winter cold snap, a harden crust of ice accumulated over parts of the falls. Creating an amazing naturally formed sculpture, that has been known to reach a thickness of 50 feet. Neither the river nor the falls ever freezes solid, mind you. The water continues to flow beneath the ice at all times, reduced to a mere trickle on rare occasions when ice jams block the river above the falls,

1906=San Francisco Earthquake. At 5:12 a.m. on April 18, 1906, a large earthquake hit San Francisco. Even greater than the damage caused directly by the quake, the city was ravaged by fire for four days.

The first airplane crash happened just five years after the Wrights first flight. Orville Wright was in the plane crash and survived but the passenger was killed.

The Hindenburg crash, the suddenness of the disaster was shocking. At 7:25 p.m. on May 6, 1937, while the Hindenburg was attempting to land at Lakehurst Naval Air Station in New Jersey, a flame appeared on the outer cover of the rear of the Hindenburg. Within 34 seconds, the entire airship was cinsumed by fire. Of the 97 on board, 13 passengers died along with 22 crew members and one ground crew

Mt. St. Helen's had laid dormant for 123 years, but on May 18, 1980, in Washington state she erupted with the force comparable to that of a hydrogen bomb. The explosion blew off 1,300 feet of the mountain's top and sent ash and debris more than 12 miles into the sky covering three states (Washington, Oregon and Idaho. Sixty people were dead, beautiful forests and lakes were destroyed resulting in $3 billion worth of damage

Space Shuttle Challenger explodes==On Tuesday, January 28, 1986, the space scuttle exploded only 73 seconds after lift off from the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, Florida. The disaster was one of defining moments of the 20th century and exposed many problems within the U.S. space program.

Haiti earthquake==On Tuesday, January 12, 2010 an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.0 devastated Haiti and by January 24th at least 52 aftershocks.Three million people affected by quake, 250,000 died and 30,000 buildings collapsed or were badly damaged. People were so afraid to go back into their homes, afraid they would collapse on them, so they slept in the streets on the pavement, in cars, or make shift homes.


welcome to my world of poetry said...

Thanks for a most interesting post. I loved reading about things that have happened long ago I spent some time in San Franisco a few years back, didn't know about the earth quake.
Thanks for the visits and lovely compliaments.

Enjoy your week also.


Judy said...

Hi Margaret, Thanks for all the interesting facts. I love trivia and shows like Jeopardy are my favorite. I always learn a lot from your site. Great post!

Gramma Ann said...

I remember reading and studying some of these events when I was in school, and some of the others were so recent, we all saw first hand on the news the awful results, that followed the disasters. Thanks for sharing the facts and figures of history.

Becky and Gary said...

You always have the most interesting posts Margaret. I love visiting your blog!
Cool facts about Niagara falls. I've seen some old pictures during freezing times.
Hope this heat isn't getting to you and your family.


Hi Margaret,
So many events...guess it makes us stronger. I guess I'll complain this winter when it's freezing!
Hope your summer is going well.
deb :)

Merle said...

Dear Margaret ~ You did it again - found some very interesting facts to share with us. Thanks for sharing with us.
Thank you for your kind comments and I always enjoy seeing family. I am so glad
that you enjoyed my post and enjoyed the stories and jokes. Take care, my friend.
Have a great weekend. Love, Merle.

Patty said...

Good evening Margaret, some very interesting facts. I wish we would have a little cold snap about now, this heat and humidity is getting to be a little too much. Shame it can't be bottled to use in the Winter. Had a bone density test done this afternoon. If the numbers are good enough, Doctor said she would take me off Actonel for a while. Hope you and Wayne are well and keeping cool. More later, trying to get caught up with my favorite blogs.

A New Beginning said...

These are signs of destructions that have lead to emmense loss on human life...still we dont stop playing with nature and polluting our warming too is sharpening is claws at every second that passes...I hope we are able to stop the disaster on time.
Thanks for sharing such a thought provoking post Margaret!

Babli said...

Good to read about the lovely and marvellous time you had spent. It is always wonderful to read your post as each one of them are very informative and interesting as well. Thanks a lot for sharing such a brilliant post with all of us.

caspersmom said...

Thank you for sharing those very interesting facts. We went to see Niagara Falls in 2002 when we visited our son in Michigan and the awesome power of those falls were amazing. I've seen the pictures of it when it was frozen but it's still kind of hard to think of those falls frozen. Good thing there are pictures to prove it.

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

Hi Margaret, I have never seen the Falls but it's a possibility late this Fall. I can't imagine it gets cold enough for an extended period of time to freeze them. Nature is awesome (and scary) isn't she? A powerful storm fried our electrical box this weekend. What a mess that was but I am back up and running now.

Denise said...

Hi Margaret, so good to be visiting your blog again. A really informative and interesting post. Amazing facts!

Thanks for stopping by recently and have a great weekend.
An English Girl Rambles

Kay said...

Incredible facts, Margaret. One of the surprises was the Orville Wright flight. You don't hear about the tragedies much.

Joseph Pulikotil said...

Hello Margaret:)

Very interesting and informative post.

The most interesting fact is that although many places are disaster prone yet people live there and when calamity strikes they die in thousands.

Best wishes Margaret:)

Anonymous said...

All of these facts could lead some evangelists to conclude the end of the world will be in the headlines tomorrow.

I think most of our bad weather is somehow related to global warming.

This lady doesn't publish as often as she used to. She writes a terrific blog though. I suppose you have seen it before. She has not updated lately or maybe she did and I missed it.


kavita said...

Very interesting.I am looking forward to check the Niagra fall links you have shared here.Thanks for sharing these incredible facts.

Anonymous said...

You have posted a bunch of interesting stuff since I last visted. Thanks for sharing. Sorry I haven't been around for a while Facebook kinda kidnapped me. It was lots of fun too.

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