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1923 dragon twist (tornado of fire) that incinerated 44,000 Japanese following devastating earthquake that claimed 140,000 lives. I had never heard of a 'dragon twist' or tatsumaki.

A firestorm or, as the Japanese called it "a Dragon Twist" -- a whirlwind created by the intense wildfire caused by the Kanto Earthquake

Chicago fire

Collection of Historically Significant Building in Ruin

Thumbnail for version as of 28 February Aftermath of Great Chicago Fire, corner of Dearborn & Monroe 1871

October 8: Today is the anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire and the Peshtigo Fire in Wisconsin in 1871. Have you documented a fire that your ancestor survived - either the loss of a home or business or a whole town being consumed by fire? #familyhistory

October Today is the anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire and the Peshtigo Fire in Wisconsin in Have you documented a fire that your ancestor survived - either the loss of a home or business or a whole town being consumed by fire?

San Francisco earthquake and fire,1906. Over 225,000 of the city’s 400,000 residents were homeless. Fires destroyed about 28,000 buildings and 500 blocks – ¼ of San Francisco.

1906 San Francisco Earthquake Pictures

An extreme example of fire tornado is the 1923 Great Kantō earthquake in Japan

Fire tornadoes sound like a horrible way to die. But also kind of awesome. "How did he die ?

1906. California Street after the San Francisco earthquake. The Fairmont Hotel at the top of Nob Hill.

California Street after the San Francisco earthquake. The Fairmont Hotel at the top of Nob Hill.

The hurricane of 1900 hit Galveston, Texas with a fury. It was referred to as the "Great Storm". Winds exceeded 135 mph and in today's standards, it would be classified as a Category 4 storm. Hurricanes had not yet been named. Between 6,000 - 8,000 people were killed and 10,000 left homeless. It is still believed to be the deadliest storm in U.S. history.

Today in Texas History: Galveston’s ‘Great Storm’ of 1900

Articles on the Galveston Hurricane. Our main topic is the Galveston Hurricane, so this would be a nice site to help introduce the unit. This also provides first hand experiences from those who survived the hurricane.

Same places, different times

Once upon a time.History Channel "Know Where You Stand" campaign by Seth Taras - Hindenburg at Lakehurst, New Jersey 1937 / D-Day at Normandy Beach 1944 / Berlin Wall at the Brandenburg Gate 1989 / Hitler at the Eiffel Tower, Paris 1940 / 2004

This is what happens when lightning strikes sand.

Fulgurite - Sand hit by lightning. This picture is not Fulgurite by the way.This is a stick with wet sand on it.Fulgurite is usually found in the ground where lightning has struck and is usually very small glass tubules.

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