Natural Disasters Unleashed: From ‘Earthquake’ Fish Sighting to Worldwide Chaos
Since the enigmatic sighting of the eerie ‘earthquake’ fish off the coast of Taiwan in July, apprehensions of impending natural disasters have loomed large.
This giant oarfish, ominously dubbed the ‘doomsday fish,’ was discovered eerily floating upright near Ruifang District in Taipei.
Measuring an impressive 8 feet in length, the fish’s silver scales bore bite marks, presumably inflicted by a shark attack.
Folklore suggests that these rare creatures serve as harbingers of impending natural calamities, particularly tsunamis and earthquakes, though this connection remains scientifically unproven. Nevertheless, the fish’s presence sent shivers through divers and raised concerns of looming doomsday scenarios.
Every Natural Disaster Since the ‘Doomsday Fish’ Sighting
As the ‘earthquake’ fish cast its eerie shadow, a series of natural disasters have unfolded, leaving their mark across the globe.
Chinese Flooding – August 5
In August, over a million people were compelled to evacuate their homes in China’s northeastern Hebei province due to a devastating storm named Doksuri.
This former super typhoon brought unprecedented rainfall, shattering 140 years of weather records. Hebei, home to 75 million residents, bore the brunt of the deluge, with Beijing and Tianjin also experiencing significant impacts.
Floods wreaked havoc, washing away bridges and highways. The storm inflicted economic damages estimated at around $2.2 billion, leaving a trail of destruction in its wake.
European Wildfires, Portugal – August 8
August witnessed the relentless spread of wildfires across Portugal, affecting approximately 1,400 people. The flames, initially ignited on August 5 in Odemira, central Alentejo region, rapidly encroached southward toward the Algarve, a popular tourist destination.
Firefighting efforts were bolstered by 14 water-bombing planes combating the blaze from the air. Tragically, nine firefighters sustained injuries, and precautionary evacuations evacuated 19 villages, four tourist accommodations, and a camping site.
Red alerts for extreme heat were issued in six districts, including Lisbon, as authorities grappled with the severe fire risk.
Hawaiian Wildfire – August 8
On August 8, wildfires scorched Maui, situated approximately 2,000 miles from mainland United States. These fires claimed the lives of at least 97 people, and the region faced a severe drought, heightening wildfire risk. Critics raised concerns about the local power utility company’s failure to shut off power during the high-risk conditions.
The disaster left a devastating toll, with historic areas like Lahaina nearly reduced to ashes, and an estimated over $5 billion in property damage.
European Wildfires, Greece and Canary Islands – August
Throughout the summer, Greece and the Canary Islands grappled with multiple wildfires.
The largest of these wildfires ravaged forests near Alexandroupolis in northeastern Greece, marking the largest such fire in the European Union since 2000. Numerous villages were evacuated, homes destroyed, and the region faced a significant crisis. Greece’s deadliest wildfire in 2018 served as a grim reminder of the devastation wildfires can cause.
In August, Tenerife in the Canary Islands saw the evacuation of thousands as emergency services responded to wildfires.
The EU’s civil protection service noted that the flames engulfed an area larger than New York City. Several countries experienced the destructive force of these wildfires, further highlighting the wildfire risk in these regions.
Storm Idalia – August 31
Hurricane Idalia, categorized as a Category 4 Hurricane, wreaked havoc as it surged through the southeastern United States.
The hurricane’s impact left at least two people dead, thousands of homes destroyed, and 300,000 people without power.
Idalia’s surging tides inundated streets, particularly in north Florida, causing extensive flooding.
Despite being downgraded to a tropical storm, Idalia continued to pose a threat as it pushed into the Carolinas, breaching sea defenses in South Carolina and causing significant damage.
Moroccan Earthquake – September 11
A powerful earthquake struck the Al Haouz province, southwest of Marrakech, Morocco, on September 11. This devastating event claimed the lives of more than 3,000 individuals and injured thousands more.
The United Nations estimated that over 300,000 people were affected, with countless homes, schools, hospitals, and educational facilities destroyed.
The quake left historic buildings in Marrakech severely damaged and forced thousands onto the streets. The Moroccan government has initiated a substantial reconstruction plan, committing $11.7 billion to rebuilding the worst-hit provinces.