Nature is beautiful yet often deadly

Nature Tornado

We are not in control of nature. It’s like being on a rollercoaster, and we are strapped in for the ride. I just wanted to take this opportunity to express my opinion about a few things dealing with nature and natural disasters.

If you ask an expert, they give different opinions depending on their political persuasion, leaving the truth for you to decide. Some claim that humans are to blame, while others say it’s just a natural occurrence.

This is the Creepy Show Podcast, and we talk about the paranormal, UFOs, bigfoot, government conspiracies, and other creepy things. I try my best to stay away from politics.

Natural Weather can be a killer

In 2019, 67,504 weather events resulted in 570 deaths and 1,746 injuries.  I am sure that no one expected to die because of the weather. People are drowning in floods, being struck by things caught in the wind. Killed instantly by lightning strikes. Dying a slow agonizing death because of droughts. Some people even freeze to death because they were exposed to outdoor temperatures.

Tornadoes kill an average of 60 people every year.

Have you ever seen a tornado in person? Maybe you have been in a tornado before. I was in a tornado on April 2nd, 1957. I was just 2 years old, living in Dallas Texas.

The tornado hit houses one block from me, then jumped over my house and hit another block on the other side. Twenty-one people died from several tornadoes that struck the southern united states in an outbreak from April 2nd through April 5th in 1957.

I want you to listen to the sound of an actual tornado ripping through a house.

Earthquakes are nature’s way of thinning out the population.

In Chile May 22nd, 1960 the largest earthquake ever measured, reaching 9.5 magnitude. This also caused a tsunamis that killed between 1000 and 6000 people.

A tip for your beachgoers. When you see the water quickly receding hundreds of yards into the ocean, it’s time to run for your life. Get to the highest point of nearby land and pray that you don’t die.

Flash floods can be very deceiving

People caught in flash floods die every year. This is almost always due to heavy rains above the flooded zone. It’s amazing how much water can fall from the sky just in a short period of time.

I have personally witnessed two flash floods in my lifetime. Once when I was just a kid, fishing in a local creek, and the other time as an adult.

While staying on the Guadalupe River in New Braunfels Texas, I noticed that the rain was continuous for hours, and we were just down stream from Canyon lake, just north of San Antonio. There was a fear that the dam could fail, send millions of gallons downstream.

The dam didn’t fail, but we still suffered a flash flood from the rain. I remember watching the river rise quickly. At first, we saw cars floating down the river, then eighteen-wheeler trucks. Later we saw entire houses floating down the river. We had to evacuate to higher ground. Several people died that day.

Volcanos wipe out entire cities.

It can happen without any warning. We have been trying to predict volcanos, however most of the time we have no warning. The worst volcano happened in 1815 Mount Tambora, in Indonesia. Experts disagree on how many people were killed, Some say 10,000 and others say 100,000

Lightning strikes kill about 2000 people each year worldwide

Another example of how nature can kill. One second you are here, and then next you are gone. Instantly fried like a microwaved burrito at Seven-Eleven. A typical lightning flash is about 300 million Volts and about 30,000 Amps. In comparison, household current is 120 Volts and 15 Amps. There is enough energy in a typical flash of lightning to light a 100-watt incandescent light bulb for about three months.

The sun is a natural killer

The sun that gives us life often ends lives. Twenty Americans die from melanoma every day because of too much sun exposure. What is ironic is that if the sun were to disappear tomorrow, we would all die.

Nature produced Landslides kill

About 436 people a year die because of landslides. This doesn’t take into account people dying from landslides caused by earthquakes, or volcanos.

Did you know each year avalanches kill more than 150 people worldwide? 90% of these deaths are caused by people playing in the snow, which causes the avalanche.

Meteorite kills dinosaurs

Experts speculate the end of many dinosaurs was caused by a natural event. A large meteorite from space is blamed. Debris from the explosion was thrown into the atmosphere, severely altering the climate, and leading to the extinction of roughly 3/4 of dinosaurs. Many asteroids of this type are now known. Their orbits pass through the inner solar system and cross Earth’s orbit.

(See Disasters from space)

Meteorite hits Russia

A meteorite hit Earth’s atmosphere over Russia on February 15th, 2013 at about 09:20 AM. It caused an explosion and was about sixty-six foot in diameter. The asteroid traveling at 42,900 mph. The light from the meteor was brighter than the Sun, visible 62 miles away. Some people felt intense heat from the fireball.

Listen as this natural threat unfolds.

Natural Pandemics have kills hundreds of millions of people.

Cholera, bubonic plague, smallpox, and influenza are some of nature’s most brutal killers in human history. Smallpox, which throughout history, has killed between 300-500 million people in its 12,000-year existence.

Natural hot springs produce hydrogen sulfide

Maybe you plan to go on a vacation and see one of natures hot springs. Just a warning, along with the hot water, many springs can produce hydrogen sulfide.

At low levels, hydrogen sulfide causes irritation of the eyes, nose, and throat. Moderate levels can cause headache, dizziness, nausea, and vomiting, as well as coughing and difficulty in breathing. Higher levels can kill a person before he draws in his second breath of it.

The fact is, we have have to die someday

We usually don’t get to choose how we die, but as you know, we will all die someday. When it comes to nature, we love to be a part of nature and the great outdoors, however a good amount of respect can go a long way to preserving life.

At least that’s how I view nature.