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There's just something about natural disasters that people find tragically fascinating. From Vietnam to New Orleans, pictures from around the world capture the majesty and destructive force of floodwaters.

Hurricanes or tsunamis cause some floods, others simply occur after copious amount of rainfall. Whatever the reason, certain parts of the world have to deal with severe flooding on a yearly basis. Places like southern Asia and the American South are highly represented when it comes to historical pictures of floods because they see significant flooding almost every year. 

On rare occasions, there are floods of things other than water. Take the Great Molasses Flood of 1919 for example. It covered the streets of Boston in sticky molasses, killing several people in the process.

Some of these historical photos of floods are quite old, others are from more recent history. Either way, they are fascinating for the floods they depict. Vote up your favorite crazy flood pictures below. 


20 Unbelievable Aftermath Pictures of the Worst Floods Throughout History, history, politics & history, natural disasters, disasters, other, historical photos,

Flooding From Hurrican Carol in 1954

The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927

A Flood of Dust and Dirt Buried Everything in Its Path During the Dust Bowl in 1936

Debris Flow From Caraballeda Flooding in 1999

A Town Near Sumatra Devastated by Flooding in 2004

1936 Potomac River Flood

With the Capitol Building visible in the top right of the image.


Beach Homes Destroyed by Flooding From Hurricane Sandy in 2012

Rowing Through City Streets After the 1910 Paris Flood

Nepalese Flooding in 2013 Eroded Away The Hillside

Square Trousseau During the 1910 Flooding of Paris


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<![CDATA[People Who Do Not Curb Their Dog Are...]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/people-who-do-not-curb-their-dog-are-/mansmarbles

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People Who Do Not Curb Their Dog Are...,

Who Cares

Other

Stupid

Ignorant

Assholes

All of the Above


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<![CDATA[The Most Essential Things to Stock in Your Bomb Shelter]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/bomb-shelter-essentials/jakebaumgart

You may think you have your home pretty well stocked - comfy couch, new TV, and a freezer full of pizza bagels. Sure, that may be all you need to get through a normal week, but what happens when the power goes out, the government collapses, and the starving hoards arrive at your door? You're going to need supplies. The items on this list are the most important thing you need to turn your rec room into a survival shelter!
 

What do you need to survive a bug in situation? For some background, a "bug in" is any dangerous scenario where you have to stay inside your home for a prolonged period of time, and when normal resources are scarce. This could be anything from a serious storm to an all-out zombie invasion. These items will make sure that you not only survive, but thrive. Real survivors always have plans for any situation.

Some of the items you'll need in your fallout or underground shelter kits might already be in your home! Everyone should have, at bare minimum, some working flashlights and a stocked first aid kit. After that, you can think about moving up to some of the bigger ticket items like a HAM radio, propane heater, or gas mask.

Many of the items on this list aren’t even specialty items- you can pick them up at your local grocery store. Do you already have a surplus of food and water tucked away? How about a few extra cans of gas in case there is another shortage? Things like this are easy to come by and could make the difference between life and death.
 

So hunker down and pay attention! Fallout shelters aren't complete without these life-saving items.


The Most Essential Things to Stock in Your Bomb Shelter,

Tools
Inevitably, things will break. It doesn't matter how much money you sink into this project, there is always some aspect that will need repairing. It's important to keep a fully-stocked tool kit nearby so that you can get the work and get your shelter up and running again!
A Camping Stove
If space is at a premium in your shelter or home, then consider a small camping stove for your cooking solution. These larger model camp stoves can be purchased at almost any major retailer and utilize the plentiful camping propane canisters. 
Dehydrated Food
You're definitely going to get sick of eating can after can of beans and pie filling. So adding some dehydrated camp meals to your stockpile is smart. Not only do they offer variety, but they store incredibly easy and last a long time.

Canned and Packaged Foods
This is your cheapest and easiest way to store food when the world is on the brink of destruction. Just make sure you pay attention to expiration dates and rotate out your stock!
Bottled Water
The most important supply you need to have stashed away is a surplus of water. When the grid goes down, there is no guarantee that water will be running to your home. In fact, even if it is, it might not be safe to drink! Water is one of your most precious of resources!
First Aid
A first aid kit is one of the most important (and overlooked) items in a home or bomb shelter. Not only do you want to be prepared for scrapes and scratches, but you want to be knowledgeable on how to treat larger injuries. A well-stocked first aid kit is one of the most important things you can own - even if the world isn't ending.

A Generator
When it's TEOTWAWKI (The End Of The World As We Know It), one of the first things to go down is the power grid. A generator is going to be your best friend when it comes to getting even simple electronics like lights back on. Plus, these things are great in severe weather storms!
A Bug Out Bag
Pack a backpack with all the necessities for surviving on foot for three days. Supplies should include a way to make shelter, food, water, and tools.
A HAM Radio
If that emergency radio isn't doing it for you, then you might want to upgrade to a HAM radio. With these bad boys, you can send out directions and communications over frequencies that are sure to connect you to other survivors and help them find your location.
Weapons
It's a sad fact, but in a major disaster, you might have to protect yourself and your group from raiders or there desperate survivors. Although a lot of doomsday preppers harbor a Rambo-like fantasy involving their cache of weapons, it is true that weapons will become important. You may even need to hunt down some food with them.


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<![CDATA[The Worst California Wildfires in History]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/worst-california-wildfires/mike-rothschild
California wildfires have been among the most destructive in American history, and with the state in the teeth of a prolonged drought, they're only getting more numerous and more dangerous. Every fire season, from late summer until fall, seems to bring more blazes, more acres destroyed, and more money spent battling them. Things are getting so bad that the very idea of "fire season" is becoming an anachronism.

But wildfires aren't a new phenomenon, with massive blazes going back to the founding of the state, including maybe the worst ever in terms of acres burned, the Santiago Canyon Fire, taking place in 1889. Since then, advances in firefighting technology and tactics have made fires easier to contain, but often at terrible costs in lives, such as during several fires in the '50s and '60s. The deadliest fires often happen because of a combination of large fires, scorching hot weather, changes in wind direction, and the terrain the fire is spreading into.

Even with the hot, dry weather, and numerous warnings to not start fires in vulnerable areas, fires break out. Sometimes it's an act of nature, such as a lightning strike causing forest fires - but other times it's arson or carelessness. These incidents are harshly prosecuted, with the arsonist behind one of the most deadly fires in California history receiving the death penalty.

Here are the worst fires in California history, ranked first by number of lives lost, then by acres.

The Worst California Wildfires in History,

1991 Oakland firestorm
Date: October 1991
Cause: Brushfire
Acreage burned: 1,520
Deaths: 25
 
The costliest fire in California history began as a simple brush fire in the backyard of a home in a suburban Oakland community. Embers from the extinguished fire hit dried out ground and sparked a fire that raced through the Berkeley Hills, with embers being blown by strong winds around the area, starting more small fires that eventually merged. The dry air, closely packed wooden houses on steep hills, and high canyon walls whipped up strong winds and temperatures that eventually hit an astounding 2,000 degrees. The fire was so powerful that ash blew all the way across the bay into Candlestick Park, where an NFL game was being played.

When the wind finally shifted, firefighters were able to put the blazes out. But 25 people were killed, 150 were injured, 2,500 houses were destroyed, and over $1.5 billion in damage was done.

Rattlesnake Fire
Date: July 1953
Cause: Arson
Acreage burned: 1,340
Deaths: 15
 
Arsonist Stan Pattan started several small fires in Mendocino National Forest, and while one was quickly contained, the other spread quickly. While that fire was eventually contained, a small spot fire started near the firefighters' campground, which quickly burned while the men were taking a dinner break. The firefighters made a run for it, but most were killed by the fast moving blaze.

The fire changed how forest fires were handled, and led to a number of improvements in tactics. Pattan was eventually caught and sent to prison for several years.

Laguna Fire
Date: September 1970
Cause: Downed power lines
Acreage burned: 175,000
Deaths: 8
 
In September and October of 1970, California was hit by a vicious spate of wildfires, the worst of which was the Laguna Fire. High winds knocked down power lines in eastern San Diego County, and within a day, the fire had advanced 30 miles west, destroying multiple communities in its path. Firefighting efforts were hampered by the continued high winds, grounding all aircraft but one, flown by a Canadian pilot gone rogue. Over three weeks, the fire destroyed nearly 400 homes and killed eight people. Afterward, the devastation prompted Congress to establish a system allowing military aircraft to fight civilian fires – which is still in place today.

Old Fire
Date: October 2003
Cause: Arson
Acreage burned: 91,000
Deaths: 6
 
Another of the massive spate of fall 2003 fires, which included the Cedar Fire, the Old Fire was smaller, but extremely deadly. It began when arsonist Rickie Lee Fowler threw a lit flare out of a moving car into a pile of dry growth. The fire sparked quickly, then merged with a number of other fires, forming a massive blaze. Five people died in the blaze, with another suffering a fatal heart attack during the evacuation. Dozens of homes burned and a number of large communities were threatened by the blaze before it was contained by firefighters helped by a large snow storm.

Fowler was arrested in 2009 and charged with arson and six counts of murder. After a recanted confession and a trial, Fowler was found guilty and sentenced to death. Tragically, the ground stripped of vegetation was hit with a massive storm, causing a mudslide that killed 14 people.

Inaja Fire
Date: November 1956
Cause: Arson
Acreage burned: 44,000
Deaths: 11
 
A boy from a local Indian tribe made the unfathomable decision to throw a match into dry grass to see if it would burn. It did, and the fire quickly spread due to hot wind and drought conditions. It burned 25,000 acres within a day, and resisted all efforts to put it out. The next day, as a group of “fellers” were cutting trees to make a firebreak, the fire jumped up and hit a patch of gas tanks. The explosion and fireball killed 11 men – and led to a complete overhaul of firefighting techniques, including the creation of the “10 Standard Orders” of forest fire fighting.

Witch Creek Fire
Date: October 2007
Cause: Downed power lines
Acreage burned: 197,000
Deaths: 2
 
California’s October 2007 wildfire season was one of the worst on record at that point, and the worst of these fires was the Witch Creek Fire (sometimes just called the Witch Fire), in remote Western San Diego County. It began when high Santa Ana winds knocked down a power line, igniting brush that was dried out from drought conditions.

The fire jumped over Interstate 15 and quickly headed west, where it merged with another fire, threatening the entire San Diego region. 500,000 residents had to be evacuated, and numerous major roads were closed. By the time it was contained, nearly 1,600 homes and buildings were destroyed, and two people were killed. A fire near the Witch Fire, the Harris Fire, burned less area, but killed 8 people, including four firefighters.

Loop Fire
Date: August 1966
Cause: Downed power line 
Acreage burned: 2,200
Deaths: 12
 
A small fire in terms of acreage, the Loop Fire was one of the deadliest to California firefighters, with 12 men killed battling the blaze. It started when a power line sparked dry grass near Pacoima Dam, and burned so hot that huge clouds of smoke drifted into the San Fernando Valley. When a crew of firefighters entered a narrow canyon to contain it, the wind shifted and brought the fire right on top of them.

The lessons learned from the Loop Fire included better use of communications gear and a greater understanding of how canyons can trap and push superheated gas.

Cedar Fire
Date: October - December 2003
Cause: Signal fire in dry wood
Acreage burned: 273,246
Deaths: 15
 
The Cedar Fire is considered to be the largest and most destructive in California history. It broke out in Cleveland National Forest in central San Diego County, on October 25, when novice hunter Sergio Martinez became lost, and rather than shout for help (which would have scared away animals) he started a signal fire.

The blaze quickly grew out of control, and within a few hours had burned 5,000 acres. Errors in the initial response, compounded by the dryness of the surrounding area, led the fire to explode to 62,000 acres with 10 hours of it breaking out. It moved so quickly that residents in nearby Wildcat Canyon had no time to escape, and 12 people were killed almost instantly – with three firefighters killed a few days later. Within a day it had expanded 30 miles and 100,000 acres, and was threatening San Diego two days later. Airports in both San Diego and Los Angeles were badly disrupted by the smoke, and air travel across the country was snarled.

The Cedar Fire was finally contained on November 5, but continued to burn in some areas for another month. To the outrage of local residents, Sergio Martinez was given only supervised work and a relatively small fine.

Iron Alps Complex Fire
Date: August 2008
Cause: Lightning
Acreage burned: 108,000
Deaths: 10
 
A lightning strike set the Shasta-Trinity National Forest in Northern California ablaze. Since the location was fairly remote, firefighters had to be flown in via helicopter. Sadly, one of these flights crashed, killing 10 men on board and badly injuring several others. The fires in the Iron Alps complex burned for several days before being contained by firefighting crews and weather changes.

Griffith Park Fire
Date: October 1933
Cause: Unknown
Acreage burned: 47
Deaths: 29
 
A small fire by the standards of the huge wildfires that currently plague California, the 1933 Griffith Park fire was nonetheless the deadliest in California history. Thousands of workers were toiling to build LA’s Griffith Park, mostly clearing brush and debris. A small fire started in a pile of debris and quickly raced through hastily built firebreaks.

There were no firefighters in the area and no pumped water, so the untrained workers tried to beat the fire out with shovels and heavy cloths. This only made the blaze worse, and a botched backfire attempt pushed the fire into a canyon, where it overwhelmed a group of workers. Fire fighters finally arrived, but were hampered by the horde of untrained workers everywhere – and when it was all over, 29 people were dead, and 150 injured.

At the time, the media blamed a Communist arsonist, but the true cause of the disaster was almost certainly the incompetently set backfires meant to contain the initial fire.


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<![CDATA[15 Times the World Was Almost Completely Destroyed]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/times-the-world-almost-got-destroyed/mel-judson
These 15 times the world almost ended will shock you to the core, though they thankfully, but narrowly, missed the Earth's core. Armageddon was almost a real-life event both in the olden days of yore and in the 21st century. These near apocalypses, whether due to mechanical failures, miscommunications, natural disasters, and barely avoided cosmic and nuclear events, almost ruined everyone's day at some point in the history of the Earth.

Remember how the Mayan calendar supposedly indicated that the apocalypse was headed for us in 2012? Well, they weren't that far off. As it turns out, a solar superstorm in the summer of 2012 narrowly missed blasting planet Earth. That would've sucked. And that's just one of the many times humanity and all of Earth's creatures have escaped extinction at the last second.

In fact, our planet is no stranger to "the end is near" concerns or real apocalypses, and it wasn't just Y2K. The Black Plague possibly killed as many as 200 million human beings, and you don't even want to hear the numbers when it comes to the Spanish Flu pandemic (that bad boy hit in the early 1900s). From comets, to volcanoes, to accidentally announcing nuclear war and setting off rockets, these are the times that the End of Days was almost just around the corner.

15 Times the World Was Almost Completely Destroyed,

Cuban Missile Crises
The closest we ever came to completely annihilating human existence came during a combination of missteps in 1962. On October 25, an American air base guard activated the wrong alarm, which signaled WWIII from Wisconsin. The next day, America accidentally launched two missile tests in Russia because they had been scheduled before the Crisis began.
Simulation Confused With Reality
The movie War Games is a lot like what actually happened in 1979. The Pentagon thought 1,000 Soviet nukes were headed towards America when an Air Force officer checked out a simulation of exactly that. His computer happened to be hooked up to the mainframe in government control rooms, and the U.S. got ready to launch.
The Black Plague
One of the worst pandemics in the history of civilization, up to 200 million people were killed by the plague. The blame can likely be placed at the feet of Asian rat fleas and black rats that traveled with merchants. Not only was Europe's total population nearly cut in half, but the world population as a whole diminished substantially in the 14th century.
Spanish Flu
The 1918 influenza pandemic infected 500 million people and killed 3-5% of the entire globe's population. One of history's deadliest natural disasters killed 10-40% of those it infected and may have taken the lives of 25 million individuals over just 25 weeks. It topped the charts, killing more humans in one year than the Black Death in 100 years and killed more in 24 weeks than AIDS did in 24 years.
Yeltsin Almost Nukes America
The year was 1995 and the Cold War was over. But when Russia saw what looked exactly like a U.S. ballistic missile on its way, President Boris Yeltsin opened a briefcase with the nuclear codes for the first time. With ten minutes to figure out whether or not to nuke America, Yeltsin ultimately (and fortunately) got word that it was a science experiment he hadn't been warned about.
1950 Broken Arrow
"Broken Arrow" is a code name for a nuclear incident, which is exactly what happened in August of 1950. During the Korean War, a B-29 headed for Guam crashed at a California Air Base. The result? 5,000 pounds of explosives were detonated, 19 people died, and if the bomb had been armed with its fissile capsule, which thankfully it wasn't, potentially 100,000 people could have been killed
1961 Faded Giant
Idaho Falls almost blew itself up when an SL-1 reactor went off and caused a nuclear disaster. Emergency officials could not go into the control room because of absurdly high radiation levels. When they did, they found three victims, one of whom was pinned to the ceiling and impaled by a control rod due to the explosion.
NORAD Says Armageddon Is Nigh
In the winter of 1971, a teletype operator stuffed the wrong tape into an alert system machine. So, instead of saying "this is only a test," it said that the president of the United States was about to broadcast an emergency alert. 45 terrifying minutes later, NORAD realized their error, but one radio DJ said they were considering billing the agency "for three sets of underwear."
2012 Solar Storm
In the summer of 2012, a massive cloud of hot plasma erupted from the sun and went through our planet's orbit. Had it happened a single week earlier, Earth would have had GPS errors, radio blackouts, and fried satellites. In fact, resulting power blackouts would have been so bad that most of us would have had trouble flushing the toilet.
Comet Hyakutake
The Great Comet of 1996 was great in size but the opposite of great in potential effect. It was the closest approach to Earth of any comet in the previous 200 years. Amateur astronomer Yuji Hyakutake saw it approaching us, leading astronomers to notice X-rays being emitted from a comet for the first time ever.

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<![CDATA[The Best Tsunami Movies]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-tsunami-movie/lanayoshii
Tsunamis create vast destruction to so many communities. And they can provide great themes for disaster movies. Which tsunami-themed films are the coolest to watch?
The Best Tsunami Movies,

Atlantis: The Lost Empire

Deep Impact

The Perfect Storm

The Poseidon Adventure

Tidal Wave

Hereafter

The Impossible

The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom


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<![CDATA[The Best Tornado Movies]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-tornado-movie/lanayoshii
Tornadoes can be terrifying. In movies, they can be even worse. Which tornado-themed films are the most enjoyable to watch?
The Best Tornado Movies,

Category 6: Day of Destruction

Category 7: The End of the World

The Day After Tomorrow

The Perfect Storm

The Wizard of Oz

Twister
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Flying Swords of Dragon Gate

Sharknado
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Into the Storm

Sharknado 2: The Second One


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<![CDATA[Stuff You'd Save if Your House Was Burning Down]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/stuff-youd-save-if-your-house-was-burning-down/ariel-kana
The miracle of fire captivated early humans and gave them the power to cook food. But all too often, the fiery flames turn on us, destroying homes and buildings. If a fire hit your house, what would you save before making your grand escape? When flames start burning down the house, what will you reach for?

This list of stuff you'd save if your house was burning down will help you prioritize your favorite and most valuable possessions. Are selfies more important than self-help books? Do you need your beauty products more than your pills? Who do you love more: your kitten or your lover? (Until you're in the heat of the moment – pardon the pun – do you really know?)  Which fabulous outfit do you want the hot firemen to see you in? These are the big, life-changing questions you'll face amid the flames.

So what would you save if your house was burning to ashes? Vote up the stuff you'd be most likely to grab while fleeing from a house fire. With any luck, you'll live a life free of house fires, but it's much better to be prepared. 
Stuff You'd Save if Your House Was Burning Down,

My Personal Toys (Don't Judge)
"You saved a toy box? But you don't have any kids," the neighbors might say when you exit your burning home, "toy" box in hand. Ignore them. Save whatever "toys" you might have, and make your post-inferno life one of pleasure.
My Furry Little Loved One
Spot and Fluffy have such short legs – how will they ever escape on their own?! They're your special little buddies and must be saved. If they're gone, your world just won't be the same. And, without them around, you'd have to find something else to post pictures of on Instagram.
My Pill Collection
Some are legit prescriptions, others might not be exactly genuine, but all are essential to your mental stability. If you've ever needed some little yellow pills it's now, so keep them close and the green, blue, red, white, orange, and purple ones even closer.
My Collection of Selfies
You didn't snap these hot pics for them to NOT be seen. Don't deprive the world of your best duck faces – get back in that burning house and salvage what you can from your selfie shelf. We know you've got one.

My Favorite Outfits (Of Course!)
You're definitely the Carrie of your friends - the fashionista with a wardrobe that rivals that of the entire "Sex and the City" cast. Don't leave your favorite looks to smolder in the ashes of your once-majestic closet. Save at least a few outfits so you have something fabulous to wear to meetings with the insurance agent. And if your fire is big enough, there may be media outside...always have a hot outfit to go at the ready!

My Video Collection
Whether your collection resides on hard drives or you've still got the old school VHS tapes laying around, you've definitely got all sorts of very important recordings in your video collection. Some are sentimental recordings of your kids' birthday parties, some are (ahem) less kid-friendly. In any case, they must be saved, after all VHS tapes simply can't be replaced, and, at last check, burnt up hard drives are pretty useless.

My Wine Bottle Opener (Holla!)
Look, just because your house burned down doesn't mean you won't want (need?) a nice bottle of wine to get through the trauma. Be sure you grab the corkscrew on your way through the flames, otherwise, what will you drink? Hello... priorities!

All the Products I Need to Look Like This
What's hotter than fire? You are. But it's a process. There are necessary tools and top-secret beauty tricks that only you have. And that lipstick was just discontinued! Make sure you grab your beauty kit so you can emerge from the flames, hotter than ever.
The Gifts My Sweetie Gave Me
What's more important than true love? The gifts you demand from your significant other as proof that they do, in fact, love you. Because how do you show love if not through lavish gifts? Before the house becomes ashes, make sure you save all the jewelry, heart shaped candy boxes, love letters, special mementos and giant teddy bears that serve as proof of your loving relationship.
My Fabulous Undies (You Go Girl!)
Girl's gotta look her best, even in the wake of a natural disaster, right? Right. Save the undies. You never know what kinds of hot firemen you might meet. Or perhaps there will be a hot Good Samaritan out there who stopped to help, a hot news reporter covering the event.... you just never know!


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<![CDATA[The Worst Sinkhole Disasters of All Time]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/worst-sinkhole-disasters-of-all-time/coy-jandreau
A sinkhole, also known as a swallow hole, shake hole, swallet, or doline, is a depression or hole caused by a collapse of the surface layer of the earth. Sinkholes can range from just one meter (swallowing up a single person walking by on the street) up to hundreds of kilometers, taking out entire cities. They can happen naturally by wind or water erosion, or artificially due to people mining and drilling in unsafe areas.

Whichever the case and whatever the cause, people notice. It's a literal force of nature and it can be terrifying. Though some are later turned into a nice vacation spot. They happen all over the world, on both continents and islands. Below are the worst sinkhole disasters of all time, ranked by users. Vote up the disaster you think was the worst, and keep an eye on the earth beneath you.
The Worst Sinkhole Disasters of All Time,

Agrico Gypsum Stack
The worst sinkhole in Florida history occurred when a 15 story hole opened up right beneath an 80 million ton pile of gypsum stack. This dumped between 4 and 6 million cubic feet of toxics and waste water into the Florida aquifer... which stores 90% of Florida's drinking water.
Guatemala City Sinkhole
The people of a Guatemala City had been hearing strange sounds for weeks when suddenly, in late February 2007, an almost perfect circle sinkhole opened up 300 feet of earth beneath them! That's nearly the size of the Statue of Liberty but... DOWN. Unfortunately three people were killed and over one thousand had to be evacuated.
Brazilian Port Sinkhole
Not much is known about this incident in Brazil other than an ENTIRE PORT was swept away in a matter of minutes, causing untold dollars in damages and a permanent end to that Port.
San Diego Split
This monstrous divide opened up in March of 1998 severing several major throughways and effectively crippling traffic (and business) to many local towns. The first man to come across it inadvertently drove his Honda right into the sinkhole, luckily with no permanent injuries (except the loss of car). Another couple drove into it but were able to leap out at the last minute.
San Francisco Sinkhole
In 1996 this sinkhole opened up under a heavily populated area in San Francisco, it was caused by a heavy rainstorm that destroyed a 100 year old sewer system under the city. Fortunately there were no fatalities, but this did occur in a nice part of town completely destroying a mansion and damaging several nearby homes.
Brazil City Block Sink Hole
In January of 2014, a sinkhole took out an area, and all of the stores and homes in it, almost the size of an entire city block in a small town North of Rio, Brazil.
Devil's Sinkhole
Located in Rocksprings, Texas, this 40 by 60 foot sinkhole is about 400 feet deep and is the home to thousands of Mexican Free Tailed bats. Though it was initially destructive to the town, costing thousands in damages, they have made it into quite the tourist destination due the sheer quantity of bats, and the size of the sinkhole. It takes anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour to for the bats to completely empty the sinkhole when they fly out for the night.
Ubar
An entire trading and fortress city in the Arabian peninsula was swallowed up 5,000 years ago when it's underground water system (ironically the very thing that made it such a thriving city) gave way and swallowed up the entire city. It's been compared in scope to Los Angeles just falling into the earth. The Lost City of Ubar is known as the "Atlantis of the Sands."
Berezniki Sinkhole
This sinkhole in the Russian city of Berezniki is ENORMOUS and approaching its 30th birthday. It started in 1986 and has been growing every year. As of 2012, it was 340 yards wide, 430 yards long, and 780 feet deep. It's slowly consuming the entire city.

Hurricane Agatha Guatemala City Sinkhole
Disaster struck Guatemala City again when, less than 2 kilometers from one the sinkhole that opened up in 2007, another sinkhole swallowed an entire three story building. The ground collapsed more than 300 feet and 15 people were killed. 

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<![CDATA[The Worst Volcanic Eruptions in History]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/the-worst-volcanic-eruptions-in-history/drake-bird
From the most recent, current volcanic eruptions to those of the past, this list names the largest volcanic eruptions in history. With volcanic death tolls reaching tragic proportions, these are not only the biggest and worst volcanic eruptions environmentally, they're also the deadliest. World disasters like volcano eruptions can affect the world on a global scale and test the preparedness and relief our governments can provide. Luckily for the human race, none of these have been supervolcanoes.

Volcanoes are vents in the Earth's surface where molten rock, ash, and gases can erupt or ooze out. Most volcanoes are located along the Pacific Ring of Fire, where tectonic plates can slide beneath one another and cause a disturbance. The size of the volcano eruption depends on how much time a volcano has had to build up pressure -- some of the biggest volcano disasters came after a long period of dormancy.
 
What are the worst volcanic eruptions ever? Such great disasters, despite the destruction and natural hazards that come along with them, can also bring forth examples of how big our hearts are as we as individuals provide aid alongside our countries. These historic volcanic eruptions caused great disaster, and were certainly some of the biggest ever recorded on earth.
The Worst Volcanic Eruptions in History,

Mount Tambora
The biggest volcanic eruption in human history occurred in 1815 on the Indonesian island of Sumbawa, leaving 100,000 dead. There was between six months and three years of steaming and small eruptions after the initial one. Because of the 400 million ton cloud of gas the volcano created, the earth began to cool and 1816 became known as "The Year Without Summer" because of the low temperatures, which killed crops and led to mass starvation.
Mount Unzen
Mount Unzen is located in a cluster of volcanoes in Japan's Shimabara Peninsula. Mount Unzen's 1792 eruption triggered an avalanche from Mount Mayuyama. The landslide created a tsunami that killed 15,000 people.
Mount Kelud
This particularly active Indonesian volcano is especially deadly because its crater lake has caused lahars, which killed 10,000 in a 1586 explosion and 5,000 in 1919. Dams and drainage tunnels have been built since then to protect nearby villages from f*ture volcanic eruptions.
Laki
In 1783 Laki, a volcano in Iceland, exploded. The 120 million tons of gas that Laki emitted during the eight-month eruption killed 20% of Iceland's population (approx. 9,350 people), due to famine. The volcanic eruption had one of the greatest global impacts in history as the sulfur out pour caused crop failures in Europe, droughts in India and famine in Japan and Egypt. Environmental historians have even conjectured that Laki's eruption could have helped spark the French Revolution, as famine was one of the key issues the people raised against the French monarchy.
Santa Maria
Before its eruption in 1902, the Santa Maria Volcano, located in Guatemala, had been dormant for 500 years. Local people around the volcano were unable to detect the volcano's activity for this reason. 6,000 were killed by the eruption itself, which released 5.5 cubic kilometers of magma. An outbreak of malaria that followed the eruption killed many more. The city of Quezaltenango is located directly under the volcano and a new lava dome complex called Santiaguito has been forming in the crater which the eruption left.
Krakatoa
The volcanic island, which is between the Indonesian islands Java and Sumatra, erupted in 1883 with a force 13,000 times that of the atomic bomb that was dropped on Hiroshima in 1945. Over 36,000 people died. The explosion holds the record for the loudest sound ever heard. The sound was hard over 3,000 miles away from its origin point. The eruption produced a 130 foot high tsunami, which destroyed villages and killed 90 percent of the total people who died in the disaster.
Mount Vesuvius
The famous Italian volcano, the only active one on the European continent, erupted in 79 AD, killing at least 16,000 people with suffocating ash and instantly decimating Pompei and Herculeneam. Excavations beginning in the 19th century have been uncovering the skeletal remains of the volcano's victims. The volcano has erupted 30 times since then and scientists predict that the next eruption will be terrible, endangering the lives of at least 600,000 Italians living within its red zone.
Mount Pelée
Mount Pelee is a volcano on Martinique, the Caribbean island which was colonized by the French. On May 2, 1902 the rivers in St. Pierre were filled with boulders and trees from the mountain and the air was contaminated with sulfur. The eruption produced a tsunami that flooded the city. One side of the volcano collapsed, releasing boiling water and mud into the sugar farms and burying people alive. The eruption is known as the deadliest in the 20th century, killing at least 29,000 people.
Nevado del Ruiz
Recorded as the second deadliest volcanic eruption in the 20th century, the Nevado del Ruiz eruption, known as the Armero tragedy of 1985, killed at least 23,000. The Nevado del Ruiz is the northernmost volcano in the Andean Volcanic Belt, located in Tolima, Colombia. The eruption produced several lahars and one reached Armero, a little town located 70,000 kilometers from the summit of the volcano. The eruption was Colombia's worst natural disaster and is estimated to have cost $1 billion.

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