Cyclones? Tsunamis? Fires? Earthquakes? Tornadoes? Hell-storms? It sure sounds to us like a curse lies upon…
A 1343 earthquake in the Tyrrhenian Sea triggers a tsunami that devastates southern Italy. If such a natural disaster occurred today, the only thing protecting cities like Naples would be their mounds and mounds of heaping garbage.
Such architectural ingenuity spawned the Renaissance.
Big Trouble in Little Country
A massive earthquake in Shemakha, modern-day Azerbaijan kills 80,000 people in 1667. It was one of the ten deadliest earthquakes on record at the time, and frankly, we’re amazed there were 80,000 people there alive to kill.
The Great Storm of 1703 reaches its peak intensity over Great Britain, killing between 8,000 and 15,000 people and destroying countless ships. The storm was so terrible that modern journalism had to be invented to cover it. Seriously.
An earthquake hits Lebanon’s Beqaa Valley in 1759, destroying Beirut, Damascus, and killing nearly 40,000 people.
Rumble in the Jungle [Islands]
The 1833 Sumatra earthquake, one of the largest earthquakes in recent history, triggers a tsunami off the southwestern coast of Indonesia. Casualties are impossible to calculate, but it is believed that the earthquake registered as high as 9.2 on the Richter scale.
A cyclone strikes the Indian city of Coringa in 1839, destroying 25,000 ships and killing more than 300,000 people.
“A Vast and Fiendish Plot”
Confederate conspirators start 20 fires in an unsuccessful attempt to burn down New York City during the American Civil War. All but one conspirator escapes authorities.
A deadly tornado outbreak assaults the U.S. on Thanksgiving, 1926, killing 76 and leaving more than 400 injured.
It Gets Worse…
The Great Appalachian Storm of November 1950 hits the Northeast and Midwest United States with hurricane-force winds, blizzards, and record-low temperatures. It broke every record of US insurance companies and was subsequently referred to as “the storm of the century.”
Japanese poet, playwright, and beefcake Yukio Mishima commits seppuku after his majestic body fails to overthrow the Japanese government.
The Kitchen Sink
All right, let’s get this over with. In addition to the above calamities, there was also a category 5 hurricane in the Philippines in 1987, an ice storm in the US in 1996, an earthquake in Azerbaijan–again–in 2000, a cyclone in Sri Lanka in 2008, and a flood in Saudi Arabia in 2009.
There. You happy, November 25? We live in fear of you every year, so please, take it easy on us this time around. If you don’t kill us, the Mayan apocalypse probably will.