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View Poll Results: Anyone ever been in or very near a natural disaster like a hurricane, earthquake, or hit by a lightn
lightning strike 11 10.09%
landslide or mudslide 2 1.83%
earthquake 15 13.76%
flood 8 7.34%
hurricane typhoon etc 18 16.51%
fire 5 4.59%
tornado 22 20.18%
sand storm 5 4.59%
avalanche 0 0%
blizzard 22 20.18%
volcanic eruption 1 0.92%
tsunami 0 0%
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Old 10-08-2007, 02:31 PM
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San Francisco Earthquake in 1989. My husband just missed being killed on the Cypress Structure. He got off the last exit prior to this structure just before it collapsed. He had a CB radio and asked if anyone knew how the traffic was on the cypress structure. His handle was Speedy Blue. He heard a voice say "Speedy I see cement in the roadway. Best get off." He tried for weeks to find out who had answered him to thank him for saving his life. He found out from a highway patrolman he knew who was stationed at the Cypress Structure after the quake that the person who saved his life was killed. He was told the first person crushed by the structure was found with his CB radio turned on in the front seat. It just wasn't his time and God was really looking out for him.
That was a really close call for your husband. :bow:
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Old 10-09-2007, 09:00 PM
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Hi, Living in Southern California, on the San Andreas Fault, I felt many earthquakes but the most frightening of them all was the Northridge quake where the epicenter was about 3 miles from my house. I thought it was the end of the world. With all the small quakes I felt, nothing could compare to this one. But Los Angeles handled it very well. I had electricity and water by the end of that day and phone service early the next day. We also lived in the hills so were used to many fires, some came too close for comfort. Kathie
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Old 10-16-2007, 10:44 PM
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1989 San Francisco earthquake -- in the City at my office on the 18th floor. Truly an awful experience. Beady, glad your hubby got off. I had a friend who was on a motorcycle and managed to maneuver his way through the Cypress structure when the quake first started.

A couple of tornadoes when I was a kid and Dad was Stateside (Army/embassy duty) in Kansas.

Sandstorm in Saudi Arabia when I was a kid and on I-5 in Southern California that blasted the paint off one side of my car.

Typhoon in Hong Kong (also a kidling).

Blizzard in St. Petersburg (Russia, not Florida :joke, again a kid.

Two fires -- one in Kentucky when I was young and the Caldecott Tunnel fire in Oakland, CA, that caused several deaths and was a true inferno. Fortunately, I was just entering the tunnel when it occurred. My car was destroyed but I managed to get out.

Two mudslides -- one in Malibu when I was visiting a friend. The other was a rock/mudslide in Big Sur.

Probably a couple of other natural disasters I've forgotten to mention. Hands down, the worst natural disaster, though, is my bedhead days. Nothing like serious bad hair days to make you sit and cry. ;D



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Old 10-21-2007, 06:47 PM
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I vaguely remember the flood of 1954 on the East coast.... I was a little kid in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Mostly I remember seeing the water mark on the side of the skating shelter by the pond as I got older.

Sometime later in the '50's there was a blizzard where we lost power and heat for several days and had to use the gas oven very cautiously for heat. I remember having an earache and sitting with my Mom on the kitchen chairs grouped around the oven while my Dad went out to help take care of the students and other faculty members at the boarding school where he taught. We lived in a ground floor apartment and the snow was much higher than the windows! I desperately wanted to accompany my Dad the day after the storm to play in the snow but he said that I was much too small and that it probably wasn't a great idea anyway in light of the fact that I still had an earache. I was furious and just cried. I must have been 4 or 5.

When I was 7 there was a fire one floor up and our apartment sustained minor water damage. I was in another fire at 15 which was much more serious; thankfully everyone got out of the building safely just before the windows exploded and the roof caved in. I've never ignored a fire alarm since then.

Almost struck by lightning.... at least twice. Singed the hair off my arms, made my mouth taste funny, (braces), and exploded all the light bulbs at the lodge. The second time I was in an aluminum canoe with several other kids sitting in the bottom while a two teenagers paddled us back to shore when a thunderstorm came out of nowhere. I remember all the adults pouring out of the lodge, running up and down the beach shrieking and screaming at the older kids to paddle faster.

A few Earthquakes in California. A couple of really scary mondo brush fires where we sprayed water on the roof to keep it from catching fire. Big fires near my parents house in the Oakland hills in 1971 and then in 1991. Stopped a 1/4 mile away in '91, a mile and a half in '71.

Sand storms in Palm Springs... made a mess of the pool lol.

Then back to the East coast where I lived in Key West surviving multiple incidences of lightning... the type that accompanies HUGE tropical / borderline hurricane / storms, heat lightning over the ocean while sailing, an incident while sitting around drinking coffee and just generally yukking it up at the kitchen table of my best friend Charlie when a rogue lightning bolt struck and exploded a bush right outside the window next to the table. The lights went out, we jumped up screamed and grabbed each other in total fright. We swore never to tell anyone how totally terrified we were, it would have tarnished our image. I can't recall anything as loud as the accompanying thunderclap including all the Dance Clubs I've frequented lol. Wild lightning while flying from Key West to Sarasota in a little plane which was too small to fly over the thunder clouds. We kind of zig zagged our way to Sarasota because it seemed that every time we changed direction it was as if we were flying from one storm to another.

And oh I almost forgot about the waterspouts; somewhat un-nerving if youre out on the water. Interesting to watch while on land.

That brings me to Boston where I currently reside. As you might guess there've been several instances of violent storms... heavy rain, heavy snow, a couple of hurricanes but nothing as intense as what I experienced last spring. There were these incredible really scary micro bursts raging in the air above Boston. Since I am on the road all day in a ton van for my job I got really anxious because I thought Id driven to a safe spot to stop as the visibility had become so bad. I was on the phone checking to see how the weather was in other parts of the city when I realized that the truck was really being heavily buffeted, the sky had become dark and the trees were being whipped around. I knew I was in real trouble when a garbage can flew past my windshield and a huge branch crashed to the ground. Right before my very eyes a funnel cloud was developing, thats when I stepped on the gas and drove like crazy away from what I knew could turn in to a really dangerous situation if that funnel cloud touched down. Amazingly as I drove away looking in the rear view mirror praying that I wasnt being followed by that nightmare, to my utter amazement the violent swirling winds dissipated and the sky lightened. Miraculously as I drove in to the parking lot at work I could see the sun emerging through the clouds in the distance.
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Old 10-22-2007, 01:30 PM
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Tornados in Missouri. Fortunately, never got caught in the direct path but I sure have been close a couple of times.
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Taltarzac,

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1964 Alaskan Earthquake at 9.2 on the Richter Scale. You have not lived until you experience the earth moving in waves that throw you around for at least 10 minutes. Dont even want to remember the aftershocks.

We were all home alone, parents shopping and at work, and watched the only adult running down the street screaming. We kids just stood holding onto the fence once we made it out of the house. Cars and telephone poles were bouncing or waving around.

We were going to go to the movies and it was a good thing we did not. The theater slid down a hill for a full story. You could walk out the second story windows and step onto the street.
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Old 11-01-2007, 08:34 PM
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1964 Alaskan Earthquake at 9.2 on the Richter Scale. You have not lived until you experience the earth moving in waves that throw you around for at least 10 minutes. Dont even want to remember the aftershocks.

We were all home alone, parents shopping and at work, and watched the only adult running down the street screaming. We kids just stood holding onto the fence once we made it out of the house. Cars and telephone poles were bouncing or waving around.

We were going to go to the movies and it was a good thing we did not. The theater slid down a hill for a full story. You could walk out the second story windows and step onto the street.
God must have been looking out for you and yours. Going through something like that would make me want to move to Florida even if we get tornadoes and hurricanes. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Good_Friday_Earthquake
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Old 11-06-2007, 03:36 AM
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we were coming out of a water park near cincinatti when we heard a loud boom. we got in our car and left. a man was struck and killed in the parking lot. sad. I often wondered what would have happened if it hit the wavetech poool.
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Old 11-20-2007, 10:00 PM
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