• LIFE STORIES •
Rude awakening: On May 8, 1905, Oliver Ellwin of Lindsborg, Kansas, was asleep when a tornado whirled through his bedroom, swept his bed out of the house, and set the bed- and Ellwin- down unharmed in a field 500 feet away.
The sound of the tornadoes in the movie Twister was made by a moaning camel.
Mud Bath: In 1997, Virginia Davidson took refuge in a bathtub and waited for a tornado to pass through her hometown of Jarrell, Texas. Before she knew it, she was swept into the air, then set down in the middle of a field in a mud puddle. The bathtub was nowhere in sight.
Record Breaker: A tornado that struck Eldorado, Kansas in 1958, sucked a woman through a window, carried her 60 feet through the air, and dropped her unharmed next to a broken record of “Stormy Weather”. The tornado destroyed her house.
Grounded: In 1953, several children were playing when a tornado struck Worcester, Massachusetts. Caught in the tornado, the children were suddenly whisked into the air. Luckily their mothers were around to catch the kids and drag them to the ground from mid-air.
Benjamin Franklin once tried to break up a tornado by casing it on a horse and lashing it with a whip.
In ancient Rome, it was believed that sporting a bad haircut caused storms!
On August 27, 1883, the fiery volcanic explosion on Krakatoa, an Indonesian island, was heard as far as 3000 miles away. The first landing party to reach the island found no survivors except a spider spinning its web!
The eruption of Mount Saint Helens created enough ash and dust to cover all of Manhattan to a depth of 28 floors.
Jail Quakes: Gabriel Maghalhaels (1609-1677), a Portuguese missionary to China, was arrested 6 times in China and received a death sentence at all times. On the night before each execution an earthquake demolished his prison and set him free.
Before a quake struck the French Riviera in 1887, all horses in the area refused to eat!
Road Trip: In 1920 a poplar-lined highway in China was carried intact for nearly a mile by a landslide. Even the eggs of the birds were unharmed.
No Shock Value: An earthquake in L.A in 1971 knocked out the seismograph – an instrument that records vibrations in the earth- in nearby Pasadina. It wsas here that Charles Richter developed the Richter Scale.
About 5 quakes in an year result in many deaths but each year they cause only small tremors numbering a million.
After a city was leveled by a tidal wave in the fall of 1900, it was raised 17 feet above the sea level. The city’s name was Galveston, Texas.
Wave good-bye: In 1946, a Hawaiian family survived a Tsunami that floated away their house to 200 feet inland with their breakfast simmering on the stove, unmoved!
On board: In 1868, Holoua, a resident of Kauai, Hawaii, whose home was swept out to sea by a tidal wave, saved himself by tearing a plank and surfing on it, to the shore! He even broke the record of surfing of Honolulu.