My theme for my 2015 A to Z Challenge came from my Disaster Crimes series. Disasters are a theme in each story, so it got me thinking about all the disasters that occur from natural disasters to manmade disasters.
Today’s disasters are...
ICE STORM and ICEBERG
I know I just talked about hailstorms, but ice storms are different.
An ICE STORM is a winter storm producing freezing rain and ice that covers at least 0.25 inches of exposed surfaces (also known as glaze event or silver thaw).
The weight of the ice from the freezing rain can snap power lines, break utility poles and even steel frames, leaving people without power for days to months. Without power, people can die from hypothermia and even carbon-dioxide poising from burning fuel in enclosed areas without enough oxygen.
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FACT: Damages from ice storms can shut down the power to an entire metropolis area.
Branches can fall and trees can even break due to the weight of accumulated ice, landing on houses and across roads. Ice also slicks roadways, making travel impossible and deadly if attempted.
FACT: The thickest recorded ice accumulation from a storm occurred in northern Idaho (United States), which measured 8 inches in January 1961.
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I know you must be thinking that an ICEBERG isn’t a natural disaster, but a notable iceberg did cause a disaster.
On April 15, 1912 the RMS Titanic (a British passenger liner) sank after striking an iceberg in the North Atlantic Ocean during her maiden voyage. More than 1,500 people died, making the sinking of Titanic the deadliest peacetime maritime disaster.
FACT: The iceberg suspected of sinking the RMS Titanic was spotted on the morning of April 15, 1912, a few miles from where Titanic went down, and was photographed by the chief steward of the liner Prinz Adalbert.
SHOUT OUT: PK Hrezo wrote an amazing book about a time traveler who ventures onto the Titanic moments before it sinks in her book "Induction Day." Read it!
QUESTIONS: Have you ever experienced an ice storm? Are you fascinated by Titanic?
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