By John Withington
John Withington's ebook is an epic trip in the course of the annals of the disastrous occasions that experience marked human background. partly I are all of the significant traditional calamities - floods, volcanic eruptions, hurricanes, tsunamis, plague and famine. half II describes in brilliant aspect the best man-made mess ups - warfare and invasion, persecution and bloodbath, riots and terrorism, explosions and fires, shipwrecks and air crashes. Out of all this horror, the writer produces a hugely wonderful and throught-provoking e-book.
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For days after, 'the unconquerable stench of death and the smoke of funeral fires' were everywhere. The Times was horrified by the suddenness of the disaster: 'In the case of inundations, cyclones, or even earthquakes, there is a record of more or less continuous mischief and of more or less continuous struggle against the forces of destruction. ' Sanriku would be hit by another tsunami in 1933, but a last-minute warning kept the death toll down to 3,000 . THE BOXING DAY TSUNAMI· The deadliest tsunami in history happened on 26 December 2004.
Two hours later the train was halted in the coastal village of Peraliya by a huge wave. As it stopped, with water surging around, hundreds oflocal people clambered aboard, TSUNAMIS 53 hoping it would take them to safety. Others stood behind the eight coaches believing they would be shielded from any further waves. Instead, a twenty-foot wall of water flipped over the carriages, smashing them against the trees and houses that lined the track, crushing those sheltering behind them and leaving the rails a twisted tangle of metal.
Meng Jiahua was working on the night shift down one of the coal mines when he felt the earth begin to tremble around him. Terrified, he and the miners near him fled to the surface. They were stunned: 'Everything you could see around was in ruins. ' Bizarrely, he said, hardly any of the miners working underground were killed. Official records confirm this: although three-quarters of the mine shafts were damaged, only 13 miners out of 15,000 perished. Some would survive below ground for fifteen days without food or clean water.
A Disastrous History of the World: Chronicles of War, Earthquakes, Plauge and Flood by John Withington