Top 15 Natural Disasters Caught On Tape

Number 15. 2011 Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami:
Often credited as the Fukushima Earthquake, the Tohoku Earthquake made Japan the centre
of attention for most of 2011 and into 2012. At 2:46pm Japan Standard Time, a 9.0 magnitude
earthquake shook Japan for six minutes off the coast of the Sendai region in Northern
Honshu island. Immediately after, 40 metre tsunami crashed into the Japanese coast, taking
buildings, cars, people, and anything in its path to be swallowed up by the ocean. Both
the earthquake and resulting tsunami was captured on video by residents, tourists and CCTV,
perfectly visualizing the violent nature of both. As of March 2015, the National Police
released records of a total of 15,893 fatalities as a result of the disaster. The main highlight
of the disaster was the extensive damage done to the Fukushima nuclear reactors, resulting
in radiation leaking into the surrounding area, resulting in an evacuation of the area
following a reactor meltdown worse than the one at Three Mile Island in Pennsylvania.
This has caused heated debate in Japan questioning the practice of nuclear energy in the country
since it is an earthquake hot zone. While the earthquake sent Japan’s economy into a
deep recession, the country was able to come together and rebuild most of the affected
areas within a year. Number 14. 2004 Sumatra Earthquake and Tsunami:
It was the day after Christmas in South Asia, and the beaches were packed with Christmas
tourists from around the world, and locals from the countries surrounding the Indian
Ocean. At 12:58 UTC, and earthquake of 9.1 magnitude rocked the Indonesian island of
Sumatra, sending a massive tsunami rippling the Indian Ocean and smashing large waves
along the coastline. Locals and tourists alike filmed the scenes unfolding, initially expressing
surprise over the extent the tides had washed out. While some recognized the danger of this,
many remained on the beaches to observe until it was too late. The waves smashed onto the
resorts, and by the end between 230,000 and 280,000 people were dead, and many more are
still listed as missing; a majority of the dead were in Indonesia, and a total of 1.75
million people were displaced. The strength of the shockwave was enough for the tsunami
to reach as far as Madagascar, Kenya and even South Africa, though causalities were considerably
low compared to Indonesia, Sri Lanka and India, which were the most devastated countries affected.
It was the third largest earthquake recorded in history, and also prompted one of the largest
humanitarian responses, from donations, all the way to volunteer and foreign aid relief. Number 13. 2011 Joplin Tornado: Missouri is
a state located in the middle of tornado ally, and is no stranger to the phenomena, but on
May 22, 2011, the city of Joplin was struck with a powerful F5 multi-vortex tornado, causing
almost complete destruction to the city and surrounding area. As a haven for tornado chasers,
many managed to capture the full force of the tornado, which ripped through the area
for just over 40 minutes, and picked up winds up to 320 km/h. In the aftermath, residents
overlooked the complete devastation as entire neighbourhoods were flattened and many people
now found themselves trapped in their homes and overturned cars. 158 people were killed,
and 1,150 were injured as a result of the disaster. As procedure, emergency crews were
immediately dispatched from across Missouri to aid in the search and rescue efforts, and
Governor Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency for the Joplin area. In the early hours of
May 23, Missouri Task Force One reached Joplin, and the rescue efforts began. By 2015, it
was calculated a total $2.95 billion in damages. Charity donations and relif supplies soared
into the area, and even caught the attention of the Royal Family of the United Arab Emirates,
who donated laptops to all 2,200 high school students in the Joplin area, and $5 million
to help rebuild the Mercy Hospital, which was destroyed in the disaster. Number 12. Hurricane Sandy: Originating in
the Caribbean, Sandy travelled up the entire Eastern Coast of the United States. The storm
is best known for making landfall in New York City, temporarily submerging parts of Manhattan
and the other boroughs underwater. The storm lasted from October 22 until November 2, 2012,
dissipating over the Canadian Maritime provinces. By that time, 233 people were killed and $75
billion in damages were inflicted. When Sandy hit Jamaica, 70% of its residents were left
without electricity, and the flooding caused in Haiti killed 54 people from drowning or
waterborne diseases. The hurricane also became a hot topic of the upcoming presidential election,
and incumbent president Barack Obama’s response to the storm is credited as a deciding factor
in his reelection days later. The HMS Bounty attempted to sail the ship out of harms way,
but tragically ran into the storm mid way when winds changed Sandy’s direction, leading
it right into the ship; it sunk 90 miles off the North Carolina coast, killing two of the
crew, including the captain. Number 11. Slave Lake Wildfires: This small
town in Northern Alberta, Canada was engulfed by massive wildfires between May 14th and
16th 2011. Canada was in the height of its annual fire season, which amounts to approximately
9,000 fires every year around the country, and the wildfires that occur in Alberta rarely
threaten populated areas. However, this particular fire quickly spread into Slave Lake, resulting
in a mass evacuation of the town to avoid injuries and fatalities. Many evacuees filmed
their flight from the town, showing the bellowing smoke above and the fires breaching the town.
In total, 12,000 acres were burned, and 433 buildings were destroyed, with a further 89
damaged. In total, 7,000 people were forced to evacuate, resulting in one of the largest
displacements in Alberta history. Among the ruins were the town hall, library, radio station
and a local mall. Despite the severity of the blaze, there was only one reported fatality
due to a helicopter crash in the vicinity. An extensive investigation into the cause
revealed arson was the likely cause of the inferno, though no person as of yet has been
charged, and the investigation is ongoing. Number 10. Hurricane Katrina: The fifth hurricane
of the 2005 season, Katrina also happened to be the most severe. Originating over the
Bahamas, Katrina moved up to the Southern American coast. New Orleans, Louisiana was
particularly devastated, after the levees meant to protect the city from flooding were
breached, and gallons upon gallons of water flowed into the city. $108 billion in damages
were reported in the aftermath, and between 1,200 and 1,800 people were killed. Katrina
remains a high topic of discussion due to the controversial handling of the relief effort,
or lack thereof depending on the perspective. The aftermath of Katrina resulted in the resignation
of Federal Emergency Management Agency director Michael D. Brown and New Orleans Police Superintendent
Eddie Compass. News stations from around the world showed the almost anarchic nature of
the Southern Coast in the aftermath, seemingly full of lawlessness, and desperation of those
who were stranded. The 2005 storm was the final one named Katrina, as it was retired
due to the high death toll and damage cost making it too iconic and recognizable. Number 9. 2011 Christchurch Earthquake: It
seemed like a typical lunchtime in the New Zealand city on the 22nd of February 2011,
but soon the residents felt the earth violently shake beneath their feet. Christchurch experienced
a 6.3 magnitude earthquake, the second largest in the country’s history. Lasting around 10
seconds, and occurring only 10 km from the city centre, the devastation was massive,
with buildings collapsing all over Christchurch, and near by Lyttelton. Home videos surfaced
of the quake, showing lunch time commuters fleeing for their lives, and structures crumbling
under the immense force of the shaking; sadly, many people were on the streets and sidewalks
during their lunch break, resulting in many people being covered in rubble. In total,
185 people were killed, and between 1500 and 2000 were injured, 164 of which were serious.
In the aftermath, city emergency officials found themselves pushed to their limits, with
hospitals running over capacity, ambulances rushing to go from scene to scene, and the
fire brigades desperately trying to put out fires started from broken gas lines. After
a national state of emergency was declared, international offers of relief assistance
flooded in, which the New Zealand government hastily accepted; monetary donations from
the Australian Federal Government and New South Wales totaled 6.5 million New Zealand
dollars and 1.3 million NZ dollars respectfully, and an Australian rescue force was immediately
dispatched to Christchurch and the surrounding area. 66 members of the Japanese USAR, along
with three specialists in search and rescue dogs also descended on the city withing two
days, helping ease the overwhelmed local emergency services. Number 8. Armero Tragedy: The Nevado del Ruiz
stratovolcano in Tolima, Colombia lay dormant for 69 years, until November 13, 1985, when
it erupted; the surrounding towns were completely caught off guard, and a mass amount of mudslides,
landslides and debris flow buried many of the communities, with their inhabitants now
trapped.The flows travelled a staggering 50km/h, leaving little time for people to flee. The
town of Armero took the full force of the mudslides, killing 20,000 out of its 29,000
inhabitants. The most iconic footage and photographs of the disaster is that of Omayra Sanchez,
whose legs had become trapped under the debris of her home, leaving her submerged underwater
up to her neck. Efforts to rescue her failed, and it was determined there would be no way
to save her without amputation. To the surprise of onlookers, Sanchez remained calm through
her ordeal, speaking to her rescuers and singing to them. She agreed to interviews in exchange
for sweets and soda. After three days, Sanchez died from exposure, while her mother and brother
survived. The Colombian government came under heavy fire after the disaster, due to there
being many warning signs brought before the government, but failing to act in time. Number 7. 2013 Southern Alberta Floods: A
fairly recent and personal experience for Top15s writer Jonah Petruic, Southern Alberta,
Canada was barraged by flood waters as a result of seasonal melt build up overflowing the
river system, topped with heavy rainfall. Residents of Calgary and the surrounding areas
awoke on June 19, 2013, to discover the waters of the Bow and South Saskatchewan Rivers had
overflowed, and created what appeared to be a lake swallowing the neighbourhoods bordering
the rivers. Mountain communities Banff and Canmore experienced massive river flow, resulting
in rockslides covering the Trans-Canada Highway, forcing officials to close the road; the town
of High River experienced the worst of the disaster, with the water levels rising over
vehicle roofs, and stranding over 150 people on rooftops requiring airlift rescue. The
Alberta government issued a state of emergency, and residents unaffected by flood waters were
urged to remain in their home for their safety and to not impede with emergency personnel.
Footage from residents and local news were broadcast across Canada, and even picked up
airtime internationally. In the end, 100,000 residents were displaced, 5 people were killed,
and $5billion in damages were a direct result of the flooding. The final floodwaters edged
back into the rivers on July 12, and in an act of humanity, people from across Alberta
and Canada made their way to the communities hardest affected to help clean out the homes
and businesses; however, the legacy of the floods continue to impact Southern Alberta
residents to this day. Number 6. 1992 Hurricane Andrew: The fifth
most destructive cyclone in American history, Hurricane Andrew flew over the Bahamas and
straight into Florida’s coast. The category 5 storm reached speeds of 285 km/h, with the
most damage occurring in the Miami-Dade County, where 25,000 homes were destroyed and 100,000
severely damaged. An evacuation was ordered in nine of Florida’s counties, but many residents
in the apartment complexes huddled for shelter in the stairwells, and others covered under
mattresses as their roofs collapsed. News anchors stayed sheltered in their studios
and stayed on the air to offer advice to those still able to tune in. By the time the storm
dissipated, 26 people were killed as a direct result, with a further 39 indirect fatalities;
damages totaled $26.5 billion. Andrew was able to cause 28 tornadoes along the Gulf
coast, mostly in Alabama, Mississippi and Georgia. Response proved controversial due
to the rise of crime and looting in the aftermath, and it took four days for emergency relief
to enter the Miami area, and a further two days for supplies to begin circulating. This
was the last hurricane to be named Andrew, as the name was retired after that year’s
season. Number 5. 1987 Edmonton Tornado: While Tornados
are not a rare sight in Alberta, seldom do they ever threaten the major metropolitan
centres of the province. On July 31, Alberta’s capital of Edmonton was rocked by an F4 tornado.
Touching down in the south of the city, the twister travelled north up the entire east
side of the city, with the peak intensity in the refinery row district. It finally dissipated
in the community of Evergreen at 4:25 pm, just over an hour from touch down. Emergency
services immediate descended onto the affected areas, and the nearby Canadian Forces Base
placed its helicopters on standby for relief efforts. 27 people died as a result of the
tornado, most of whom lived in Evergreen, which is a mobile home community. While home
video wasn’t as popular in 1987 as it is today, many residents quickly took out their camcorders
to film the unusual sight, along with the local news filming the immediate aftermath.
Changes were made in order to better warn residents of impending disasters, and the
Alberta Emergency Alert system was developed and programmed to interrupt public and private
broadcasts with warning messages, similar to the Emergency Broadcast System in the United
States. In the summer of 2015, history nearly repeated itself three hours south in Calgary,
when a funnel cloud formed in the south-west of the city, but dissipated before touching
the ground Number 4. Tornado Outbreak of December 23-25,
2015: While many were preparing for Christmas Celebrations, the United States found itself
sieged by a massive tornado outbreak, mostly in Illinois, Indiana, Tennessee, Alabama and
Mississippi. Within the three day period, over 30 tornadoes touched down across Southern
and Midwestern United States, causing mass destruction and casualties in the areas affected.
The strongest winds occurred near Black Grant, Kentucky on December 23, with wind gusts reaching
between 90 and 100 miles per hour. Hail was also largely reported, with stones in Craigshead
Country, Arkansas on the 23rd and Hinds Country, Mississippi on Christmas Eve measuring 2.75
inches. 12 of the tornadoes only reached F1 status, but an F4 was recorded on December
23rd between Holly Springs, Mississippi and Selmer, Tennessee. In total, 17 people were
killed during the outbreak, 12 of which were a direct result of the tornadoes, and 10 of
the fatalities were from the aforementioned F4. While most of the damage was minor to
moderate, the Holly Springs/Selmer tornado has destroyed many small communities and country
homes, and a relief effort has been set up to clean up, and provide aid to the residents. Number 3. 2015 Washington Wildfires: The eastern
United States has been suffering a period of high temperatures for several year, particularly
in California. As a result, many of the vegetation dries up and can create a severe fire hazard.
As early as May 15, wildfires began spreading through Washington state and the Canadian
province of British Colombia, mostly due to lightning strikes. The largest of these fires
was in Okanogan County, which was an amalgamation of several smaller fires combining into one.
At it’s height, 304,782 acres were burned. To date, it is the largest wildfire in Washington’s
history, and tragically three US Forest Service firefighters were killed in an accident on
August 19. Currently, there is no exact count of the amount of fires in Washington to occur
during this time, but an estimated 1.1 million acres was destroyed, and 120 homes were destroyed
in the Okanogan fires alone. By the end of August, most of the fires were being contained,
and firefighters from across the United States came to help the local authorities, as well
as 70 Australian and New Zealand firefighters who came to brief and lend equipment. States
and provinces east of the fires saw a significant drop in air quality for much of the summer,
as the winds carried smoke as far as Calgary, Alberta, sending the air quality index to
a 500 rating in late August. Number 2. Mount St. Helens eruption: Now a
well known event across the United States and Canada, Mount St. Helens is an active
stratovolcano located in the Cascade Mountain Range of Washington 154 kms south of Seattle.
The most violent eruption to date occurred on May 18, 1980, when the volcano exploded.
In the days leading up to the eruption, Mount St. Helens showed signs of a possible eruption
with notable swelling on the north end of the mountain, causing many people to cautiously
vacate the area. The explosion occurred around half-past-8 in the morning, and sent almost
the entire north face sliding down in a large land flow. While no known footage of the eruption
exists, various scientific and wildlife agencies captured the bellowing cloud of ash in the
aftermath, which reached up to 80,000 feet, and deposited ash in 11 states on the continental
U.S, and 5 provinces in Canada. An estimated death toll brings the body count to 60, and
$1.1 billion dollars in property damage was a result of the landslide, and a mudflow formed
from dirt and ash falling into the near by Columbia River, transporting a total of 3
million cubic metres of debris over 27 kms. Since then, eruptions from the volcano have
been relatively more minor, and the crater of the volcano shows the eruption point. The
last eruption to date occurred between January 16 and July 10, 2008, with only ash released
with minor effect to the surrounding area. Number 1. 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake: The
San Francisco Bay Area was struck by a 6.9 magnitude earthquake lasting between 8 and
15 seconds. In total, 63 were killed and 3,757 were injured. Before the quake began, millions
had tuned into the watch Game 3 of the 1989 World Series between the Oakland Athletics
and San Francisco Giants at Candlestick park, and the coverage captured the first ever live
footage of an earthquake. After the quake ended, local news took to the streets and
sky to film the destruction caused; broken gas lines set fires throughout the area, and
a section of the Bay Bridge collapsed, sending commuters fleeing from a potential collapse.
As stated before on this channel, the small number of deaths has been speculated to be
a result of fewer traffic on the bridge due to people staying home to watch the game,
and attending the game itself, meaning the death toll on the Nimtz Freeway collapse was
due to lesser congestion on the road. The earthquake also caused between 1,000 and 4,000
landslides, and caused between 5.6 and $6.6 billion dollars in damages. The earthquake
also led to the decision to replace the Bay Bridge out of fear it could not sustain another
major earthquake, and construction on the new eastern span began in 2013.

100 thoughts on “Top 15 Natural Disasters Caught On Tape

  1. I was part of the clean up crews in Sri Lanka after the tsunami, the destruction was unlike anything i had ever see before or since.

  2. My cousin was born via c-section while my aunt was having all 4 of her heart valves replaced. That woman has an angel on her shoulder.

  3. I lived in Springfield MO when Joplin happened. My dad was one of the first responders given access in where he worked for 72 hours. We had paperwork and x-rays from Mercy Hospital in our front yard. He still hasn't spoken about it and considered retiring.

  4. I was just in New Orleans ( take my son to college ) .. I gotta say where’s the $$$ that was given to fix up this once nice place to visit ?? I was in awww how horrible it looks ..till this current day !!! Prayers for everyone 🙏🏽🙏🏽

  5. yo some of my family was in that like they told me i was just thankful i got to see them 😭❤️ but rip to those that didnt make it out

  6. Funny (not really) how most of these Governments fail by noticing, smh the whole idea of government is for them to make sure this stuff doesn't effect us, even us with Katrina, Government is for the people MFrs

  7. You said Sumatra wrong!!! Its not Sum a tara. Its su ma tra! Educate yourself plz!!!

  8. He said the #13 Joplin, multi-vortex tornado was recorded at up to 320 kilometers per hour. That's around 200 miles per hour. I honestly thought that one had much higher speeds. I did my best to fact check and it seems he's right. Was there possibly another Joplin tornado that had higher wind speeds? Am I just making this up in my mind?
    Edit: I just found that the El Reno/Moore Oklahoma tornado of 1999 had wind speeds recorded at 301 miles per hour or about 485 kilometers per hour. Almost the highest wind speeds ever recorded on Earth but definitely the highest ever recorded from a tornado…. so far.

  9. I swear they need to make the boards covering the water HIGHER or else there will be Tsunamis

  10. I mean I would say I was in hurricane sandy but I was in New Jersey at the time (not by Manhattan area) My electricity wasn’t working but we went to my mom’s friend’s house and they were watching tv so yea

  11. No known footage of Mt. St. Helen's eruption then proceeds to show footage. There's tons of footage lol literally just went to visit the site for the 2nd time in my life lol

  12. This video edit kinda sucks. Its called top 15 caught on camera yet it just shows still pics on most of them and tells you it was caught on camera. And the list isnt catergorized or anything. Its just random things large and small from 15-1

  13. HAHAHAHA. Chile: 2010 earthquake Chaiten Volcano Los Angeles Tornado Great North Flood 2016 fires.

  14. Two Tsunamis and indonesia in 2018
    September 28 2018

    Anak Krakatau Eruption
    December 2018


  16. The narrator is so bored, I got bored. Thumbs down. Gave up at 2 minutes, 45 seconds.

  17. This video is posted by an American prick im 10000% sure coz he putting Sumatra 2004 tsunami in last place and some tornados in no.5,6 etc….
    Did you hear about Asian earthquakes,vulcanos etc…Krakatoa? No?
    Do your homework first boy.

  18. Are you telling me floods in Calgary rank higher than a TSUNAMI??? Do you understand how a countdown works?

  19. My mom's grandmother house is gone and her Elementary school is gone because of the tsunami in Japan. My mom said that she doesn't even want to call classmates because shes scared they are dead

  20. Number 15:
    Burger King foot lettuce 🥬
    The last thing you want on your Burger King burger is someone else’s foot fungus…

  21. So what is the guage? 2004 boxing day tsunami at #14? And Hurricane Sandy at #12 not even captured on camera here. wtf? smh.

  22. How many hits off the bong did the narrator take right before starting this?

  23. I was so happy at number 10, not because of what happened but because my mom and dad survived that! Down here in Louisiana we never really get attention!

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