Posts Tagged ‘Disaster’

Blockbuster alert: Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus

May 12, 2009

Must.  See.

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FedEx cargo plane crashes and explodes at Toyko airport

March 22, 2009

Wow.

Hudson River plane landing animation with audio

March 2, 2009

Wow….

Via Boing Boing

Base Jumper’s Parachute Fails to Deploy-Footage From His Helmet Cam

September 8, 2008

He survives this…amazing.

Via Geekologie

“Redneck video dating disaster” or “How to NOT win back your ex-girlfriend”

August 11, 2008

Perhaps this is a hoax? I really hope it’s not……so stinking funny. I don’t think Randy understands the concept of video dating. It sounds like he found out Janice, his ex-girlfriend, was using a video dating service to find new suitors. So, Randy did what we’d all do in his situation. He goes to the video dating service and makes a tape just describing Janice. Great intentions, but very, very poor execution.

Randy should’ve tried the Ex-Girlfriend Guru’s methods.

NSFW language.

Huge propane explosion in Toronto; “Boy, I tell you what….,” Hank Hill

August 11, 2008

Thousands of people have been forced to flee their homes following an explosion at a propane gas plant in the north of the Canadian city of Toronto.

A two-mile (3.2km) exclusion zone was set up as police ordered residents in the Keele and Wilson areas to leave.

The series of explosions at 0350 local time (0850 BST) on Sunday also shut down one the city’s busiest highways.

A veteran firefighter died of a heart attack at the scene. There were no reports of serious injury.

Witnesses described the sky lighting up in the glow of an enormous fireball before turning black with smoke, and some residents said the blast caused their houses to rock.

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Raw footage from several miles away, shows the largest explosion.

Footage from much closer

Wow.

June 16, 2008

Last Tuesday, Lori Mehmen looked out her front door in Orchard, Iowa and this is what she saw. She had a digital camera handy, and somehow managed to take this photo before crapping her pants and taking cover. This, my friends, is why always having a camera nearby is helpful. Oh, and no one was injured during this tornado, fortunately.
Gizmodo

Cedar Rapids floods begin to dissipate, Des Moines levees breach-raw footage

June 14, 2008

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) – The dark, filthy water that flooded Iowa’s second-largest city finally started to recede Saturday after forcing 24,000 people to flee, but those who remained were urged to cut back on showering and flushing to save the last of their unspoiled drinking water.

A sandbagging siege saved the last of the city’s four collection wells from contamination by the record flood. But officials warned that if people didn’t cut back the water will run out within three to four days.

“Water is still our primary concern,” said Pat Ball, the city’s utilities director. “We’re still using water at a greater rate than we’re producing.”

More than 400 city blocks and 3,900 homes were flooded in Cedar Rapids, where early estimates put property damage at $736 million, according fire department spokesman Dave Koch.

While the Cedar River ebbed in hard-hit Cedar Rapids, a levee breach in the state capital of Des Moines flooded a neighborhood of more than 200 homes, a high school and about three dozen businesses.

In Iowa City, more than 200 homes were evacuated because of the flooded Iowa River, expected to crest Monday or Tuesday. People filled thousands of sandbags at the University of Iowa but officials were conceding some buildings to the expected flooding.

Source and more here.

Raw video from people around the Des Moines area gives a better idea of how high the waters are.




Footage from Cedar Rapids, Iowa flooding

June 12, 2008

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — The Cedar River poured over its banks here Thursday, forcing the evacuation of nearly 4,000 homes, causing a railroad bridge to collapse and leaving cars underwater on downtown streets.

Officials estimated that 100 blocks were underwater in Cedar Rapids, where several days of preparation could not hold back the rain-swollen river. Rescuers had to use boats to reach many stranded residents, and people could be seen dragging suitcases up closed highway exit ramps to escape the water.

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Footage shot from a rooftop in downtown Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Video of house washed away by rising river

June 10, 2008

Amazing footage. Two-story house being swept away by rising tides in the Wisconsin River as well as roads being washed out.

Mother Nature can be a bitch.