Have you ever been personally affected by a natural disaster?

August 10, 2015 12:51am CST
We hear about natural disasters all the time on news channels. Earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, typhoons, volcanic eruptions to name a few which can cause a lot of damage to property and infrastructure. I just wondered how many of us have actually experienced their ferocity personally. I was once visiting my grandparents in another city and there was a flood. Water entered my grandparents' home but it was not too high, about one to two feet. A lot of things got wet but we were not in much danger personally. Have you ever been affected badly by a natural disaster.
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• Philippines
10 Aug 15
The only disaster that affects me here is the typhoon, broken tree branch, black out and lack of water for days. But the other one which happened once and unique was the ash flow that came from mount pinatubo back in my country 1991. we had to get the flood out filled with sand and gravel. If any disaster like earthquake would happen to me now, it would be something different.and may change my life forever.
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• Pakistan
10 Aug 15
Philippines suffers from a lot of weather related disasters I think. Floods and earthquakes are common Pakistan but I wish governments would share their money, technology and intelligence to make lives of people easier rather than sending machines to outer space.
@topffer (36082)
• Svalbard And Jan Mayen
10 Aug 15
Personally I have had tiles and trees down during a storm, but I cannot tell it was a disaster for me. In the 90's I was working in a town which has been victim of a severe flood : you could visit the cathedral with a barge and some houses had water in the second floor. Happily I was living on the top of a hill and my apartment was safe. All employees were mobilized to help and I was upgraded captain of a small motor boat, although I had no experience with motor boats. The state sent the army and many cities around their firemen to help, and three days later I was replaced in my new job by a fireman. The state declared it as a natural disaster and everybody was indemnified for the damages, but as nobody wanted to live in the lower part of the town after this flood, the houses there were worth nothing in the following years and you could do real good deals.
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@kataomoi (706)
• Japan
10 Aug 15
Fortunately, no, I've never been affected by a natural disaster. We have typhoons here regularly, but they're not too bad. I do live in a tsunami danger zone though so it's possible that I'll encounter a tsunami.... hopefully it'll never happen though.
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@Morleyhunt (20985)
• Canada
24 Oct 15
I have been camping in an area that became a disaster area after a flash flood. I have also experienced a tornado.
@neildc (17253)
• Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
11 Aug 15
Yes, we have experienced ashfall after a volcano erupted. Ashfall reached as far down the country. That eruption came from the north. Earthquake followed and that time, I was working at the 11th floor of the building, at the center of the financial area of capital. That's aside from the typhoon and flood that affected our place. The reason I moved from my hometown down here in the Visayas.
@ACETY5 (174)
• Guangzhou, China
11 Aug 15
yeah , maybe i got some cold and detached from the news. But when we in that vivid circumstances, suddenly feel fear and upset , and don't want miss everyday , every minutes any more.
@katsmeow1213 (29047)
• United States
10 Aug 15
That's why I love where I live. Our biggest weather worry is snow.. lots and lots and lots of snow. We have gotten up to 6 feet of snow at a time. But you can prepare for snow, and you can learn how to handle it. We know how to drive in it, we know to clear it off our roof. We salt the roads and our sidewalks, we shovel. We've had little mini earthquakes and tornadoes before. We've had a tornado recently, but nothing extreme like the midwest sees. Our tornado was only strong enough to pick up a hot dog cart and send it flying.
@rusty2rusty (6766)
• Defiance, Ohio
10 Aug 15
Yes, during a hurricane while living in Florida. It took the power out for days on end. My family was lucky compared to many others. We didn't get the worse end of it.
@Shellyann36 (11273)
• United States
10 Aug 15
We have hurricanes quite often where we live. We have been very fortunate not to have much damage but my sister lost everything in 2011 when a hurricane turned into a huge tornado and destroyed their home and cars. They were in the home at the time and had to run out into a ditch to escape the tornado. Fortunately they all survived with minor physical injuries. My sister is still afraid of storms though and so is my 7 year old niece.