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Thursday, May 12, 2005

3:29PM - hey

nancy grace don't put up with no catastrophic shit.that lady who fell off that ride died.

Current mood: sad

2:35PM - hey

is it legal to be thrown in a volcano when you die?the internet isn't helping me find out.thanks.

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

3:44PM - Indonesia volcano go boom.


Current mood: enthralled

Sunday, April 10, 2005


Any news on recient Mt St Helen's Activity? I've been looking but can't seem to find anything.

I'm interested in seeing how the big girl is goining. Maybe rebuilding the peak...

8:07PM - Saying hello.

The community info said to do a little presentation so I guess I will.

I'm one of those scandinavian geekgirls who love disasters, catastrophes and mayhem in general.

Where I live we mostly get disasters related to overflowing rivers and mudslides. I've been in the eye of a tornado once though a couple of years back when I was visiting my hometown. It was rather thrilling looking out of the window of my house and seeing all the bikes and the bikestands hover above my head before crashing down again. Bits of others rooftiling went away and we lost a whole lot of trees and then of course followed the inevitable flooding.

I really love bad (and I mean bad) disasterflicks.
Nothing is better then to lay on the couch with some snacks and watch a movie like The Core, Day After Tomorrow, Deep Impact and marvel at the stupidity.
Sometimes I laugh so much I cry.

I don't have a specific type of catastrophe that I like more then anything else. Anything that can dish out horrendous amounts of damage is good enough for me.

I could write more but I think this will do for now.

Current mood: thoughtful

Monday, March 28, 2005


This sunday coming up Discovery will have Super Volcano on at 8pm EST.

For those that don't know of the Super Volcano thing. Pretty much there's a huge volcano underneith Yellowstone national park. Over the past couple of years theres been "bulging" of the land in yellowstone nation park. Places where trees that are hundreds of years old are underwater, and this happened over a period of like 10 or so years. Can't be sure I don't knoow very much about it only that there is supposed to be a huge volcanounder yellowstone.

For more info go to these links:

The movie looks to be a dramatisation, ofcourse, of what would happen if it erupted. Looks good.

8:10PM - 8.2 Quake off of the coast of Sumatra

March 28, 2005 16:09:37 GMT, USGS page.

A great earthquake occurred at 16:09:37 (UTC) on Monday, March 28, 2005. The magnitude 8.2 event has been located in NORTHERN SUMATRA, INDONESIA.
So, a repeat of the Boxing Day quake, more or less. Let's hope there's less of a tsunami this time...

EDIT: The USGS has upgraded it to 8.7, but it looks like there's no large tsunami.

Current mood: scared

Friday, March 18, 2005

12:48PM - Hello, like-minded people!

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Thursday, March 10, 2005

12:19PM - Volcanoes!!!

Wed 09-Mar US volcano Mount St Helens erupts
The Mount St Helens volcano has erupted in the US, sending a cloud of ash and smoke nearly 12,000m (40,000ft) into the air.

I also found, via the above story, this link which you might enjoy: BBC > Science & Nature > Hot Topics > Natural Disasters

Also coming up (for those of us in the UK) is the following (grabbed from a friends LJ:

The drama Supervolcano is broadcast in two parts, on BBC One on Sunday 13 March and Monday 14 March. Both transmissions are at 2100 GMT. Two science documentaries called Supervolcano: The Truth About Yellowstone are broadcast after the drama, on BBC Two. Again, these air on Sunday and Monday but at the later time of 2200 GMT
I willl probably skip the drama - but tape the Doco's afterwards!

Now this is not a catastrophy in the volcano / earthquake / landslide genre, but it is a catastrophe in terms of death toll, Malaria may be a bigger killer than Aids, hidden figures reveal - is this the right place to discuss chronic killers rather than one offs? (I suspect not).

Saturday, January 29, 2005


Name: Our name is Legion.
Favorite historical catastrophe: The Flood
Favorite future catastrophe: The Apocalypse
Favorite disaster movie: The Passion Of The Christ
Favorite disaster book: The Bible

When did you first become interested in catastrophes/disasters? When that YHWH guy first created earth.

Have you experienced any catastrophes first-hand? Every single one.

Saturday, January 1, 2005

1:49AM - Tsunami 26-Dec-04

There is an Animated guide to what the BBC news web site is calling the Tsunami disaster.

This has got to be one of this centuries major disastsers - there are also questions being raised amoungst my friends that the US base on Diego Garcia: BBC News quote (second hand) -  "The small Indian Ocean island of Diego Garcia - home to a US naval base - escaped unharmed as it was forewarned by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre in Hawaii." - although a different friend noted that this island has very high sides so would be slightly more protected.

Countries hit

So - very little here on this catastrophe that has so far killed >124,000.

Particularly poignant as this was remembered in the New Years Eve celebrations with a 2 minute silence and repeated information about the disaster donation hot line for the watchers Story here

Wednesday, December 29, 2004

2:34PM - why isn't this community jumping?

Gave my $50 to UNICEF today, which made me feel better. DAMN. What can you say?

Trying to work on history here. Is this tsunami officially the biggest loss of life in a single event since the A-bomb? (As I recall, the A-bomb claimed six figures' worth of lives, all told...)

EDIT: neat little graphic in Washington Post says I'm totally wrong - there were several six-figure earthquakes since WWII. Still. My dear LORD. This is horrendous.

Saturday, October 23, 2004

12:36PM - New Member

Hi I'm new to this community so I'm just following the into guide on the user page.

Favorite Historical Catastrophe: Mount St. Helens eruption
Favorite Future Cat.: The New Madrid fault waking up again.
Favorite Disaster Movie: Volcano
Favorite Disaster Book: Hmmm... It's more about a disease destroying humanity but I'd have to say Stephen King: "The Stand"

When did you first become interested in Natural disasters: The great floods of 93 in Missouri.

Have you ever experienced any disasters firsthand: I was fortunate to live on the other side of the state far away from the floodwaters, but my dad took me with him on a weekend to help get friends that lived near Jefferson City out of their area after the dams and levy's broke. I remember it was horrifying, houses were half drowned, we were passing by stop signs in a bass boat, it was kind of like all hell broke loose and all I could think was, "This is what we get for our arrogance." The thing I'll never ever forget was going to the capital building which is high on a hill overlooking the Missouri River and it seemed like the waters were a mile wide.

Anything else to say: I think people see stuff like this happening and shrug it off with the idea that "Shit happens". I'm not a big spiritualist or anything but I can't help but think that disaster is natures way of saying "Quit fucking with me or you're going to be sorry."

Current mood: geeky

Saturday, October 16, 2004


Name: Allie (or americanidolw)
Favorite historical catastrophe: The 1906 Earthquake of San Francisco (http://www.eas.slu.edu/Earthquake_Center/1906EQ/)
Favorite future catastrophe: The first 10.0 earthquake and any type of serious Volcanic Explosion
Favorite disaster movie:The Day After Tomorrow, yeah cheesy but the idea of nature cooling itself off with two very large supercold hurricanes is pretty awesome. and Twister
Favorite disaster book: Earthquake at Dawn its a real life account of the 1906 earthquake.

When did you first become interested in catastrophes/disasters? Since that later 80's earthquake. I've been obsessed with Earthquakes. Hurricanes and tornados have always had my attention. I want to be a storm chaser in the midwest.

Have you experienced any catastrophes first-hand? In tornado producing storms; Car, house, barn struck by lightening while inside, Spend time in Disney hotel during Andrew

Anything else to say?I'm more of a disaster fan, not a purposful "accident" like Terrorism really doesn't get me, St Helens and earthquakes that distroy citys get me.

Current mood: creative

Monday, October 11, 2004


Oh my god I am so glad to have found this community. :D I am such a disaster junkie and NO ONE around here understands it.

Name: tiptoe39
Favorite historical catastrophe: "Favorite" is an odd word, but... oh lord, I hate to say this, but 9/11... just the sheer emotional impact of it is overwhelming. Lord, how I wish it had been a movie, though...
Favorite future catastrophe: Mt. St. Helens finally going again
Favorite disaster movie: Deep Impact, followed very closely by Dante's Peak
Favorite disaster book: Maybe Cat's Cradle by Vonnegut... he's very good at the apocalyptic stuff. Also, and don't snicker: Batman: Cataclysm.

When did you first become interested in catastrophes/disasters?
When I saw Deep Impact. There were no special effects until the very, very end, but what really stuck with me was the systematic destruction of hope for an entire planet. It was so powerful, causing everyone to face their mortality, and to see the cities swept away filled me with fear. But it was somehow thrilling.

Have you experienced any catastrophes first-hand?
Only watching 9/11 along with the rest of the world. I really struggled with how I felt about that day. As a disaster junkie, was I sure I wasn't enjoying the horror of it? The thought freaked me out. What kind of horrible person must I be to even consider the possibility?

Anything else to say?

1) Does anyone else think it looks like there's something red among the steam at old Mrs. Helens around now? And what's with the cloud it seems to be creating?

2) A question to everyone: why are you interested in disasters? What emotions do they inspire in you? Have you ever experienced internal conflict like I have?

FWIW, here's what I wrote in my LJ about my disaster fetish (this was part of that "XX things you don't know about me" meme going around a while back)...

I have a mass-destruction fetish. I have a very, very sick love for
disaster movies that dates back to my first viewing of Deep Impact. Something about the Fury of Mother Nature(TM) and how helpless we are all against it.

Input? Reassurance? Am I a sociopath? ;-D

Saturday, October 2, 2004

8:35PM - She's gonna blow!

Mount Sain Helen's may blow her top in next 24 hours. The warning level is a 3, the highest possible, and evacuations are in progress. It is expected o be a gassy and therefore explosive eruption, but not the massive one in 1980 i believe that blew 1/3 of the mountain several tens of miles and destroying much forest land. What year was that?

Sunday, September 26, 2004

7:43PM - Newbie

Hi all. I'm new to the community and thought I'd introduce myself. My name's Sara and I live in upstate NY. Growing up, my dad and I would watch thunderstorms together. I guess you could say I was hooked early on. Catastrophes generally interest me whether a thunderstorm, tornado, ice storm, volcanic eruption, or earthquake.

I guess that's that. :)

Current mood: sleepy

Thursday, September 9, 2004

6:30PM - My school in NY yesterday

Caused by all day raining by a depression brought on by, but not consisting of, Frances.

Tuesday, September 7, 2004

12:45AM - Interesting vid

Friend of mine just past this link to me: a dust devil forming during a soccer game in Japan. Small on the catastrophe scale, but pretty cool nonetheless.

Current mood: chipper

Sunday, September 5, 2004

12:42AM - Icons

These are based on films. Credit me and the film if u want to use them, which ur free to whenever u want.

The abyss:

The Core:

The Day After Tomorrow:

Deep Impact:

Independance Day:


This one just looks cool:

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