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    Eight different stories. Eight different tragic natural disasters from around the world. Here are a few stories that you may not have heard.



    Eight different chronicles. Eight different tragic natural disasters from around the world. Here are a few stories that you may...

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    Chris L-S, CEO/Owner/Administrator, Disaster.Com

  • #2
    Nice article! I'm really impressed with humanity even though some of us have a mean streak. Even in the worst of tragedies, we have the ability to pick up our feet and move forward with our heads held high. It's really sad that we're not spared of pain. But when you think about it again, only humans are strong enough to go through such disasters. There are times when no matter how much you prepare, you can never really prepare enough. So being able to survive, it's one of the best things we can do.

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    • #3
      Although I admire sensing these stories of survival, most survival stories had or will never be told, and this is what makes ponder a lot of all the nameless people who had disappeared into the ether after surviving great struggles. Can you all imagine, the many many people who faced death defying odds and survive, but never had their stories written down or passed onto others?! Well, it's a good thing you shared these survival stories, but it will give inspiration to people who view it and make effort to learn from the successes and losses of others.

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      • #4
        Thanks for sharing, I have always used other persons stories as my motivation. Even when the greatest disasters are about to hit, they give courage and strength knowing all things are possible. I remember when I was younger and heard the story of the man that was swallowed by a earthquake then came out alive, I was shocked but then felt like it was an awesome story and no matter what happen, there is always a chance of survival. By the by,that happened in Port Royal, Jamaica several years ago. Will try to get a link to the full story and share it with you guys.

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        • #5
          Amazing how the Katrina was already almost 10 years ago, I think that the US and the world were not prepared for this sort of situation, it just proves that no country is above nature, nature is still the unique power of the world. Thanks for sharing all those stories labatt, it does make us put things in perspective.

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          • #6
            We never know when it might be our turn to suffer a serious disaster in our lives or community. It is always good to hear stories of survival and hope.

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            • #7
              Objectively, I find the human race to be a very admirable species. Sure, we have a disagreements now and then, but the fact is that when some disaster does happen, that just brings us so much closer together. We will always find people that will help. We will always persevere and overcome. I mean, look at how many of those incidents were earthquakes? We knew there were risks of settling down near these places, and yet we do so anyway. We are a hardy species, and we are capable of so much greatness.

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              • #8
                Unfortunately that's what we see over and over and over again, when disasters happen we are capable of uniting and working together beyond borders to face them, but in the absence of disasters we are just selfish, does this make any sense?

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                • #9
                  What an awesome article. I love and hate reading stories like this -- love because it's amazing to see how resilient people are and what they can survive through, hate because it's awful that people should need to survive situations like this to begin with. I agree with Gelsemium: It's so beautiful to see communities and even nations work together in the wake of tragedy, but I wish we could foster that sense of community even in times of calm. I wonder how much our response to disaster would change if we were always that interconnected and compassionate.

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                  • #10
                    I always find stories of human survival against all odds exceptionally inspirational. It is truly amazing how the human spirit is able to triumph over catastrophe. It sometimes makes me wonder just how much one can take and what lengths you can be driven to, yet still survive. We are all different and each has his own threshold and limitations as well as strengths.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Gelsemium View Post
                      Unfortunately that's what we see over and over and over again, when disasters happen we are capable of uniting and working together beyond borders to face them, but in the absence of disasters we are just selfish, does this make any sense?
                      Could be worse, we could be selfish and mean even in the direst disasters!

                      Which is often what people think would happen in a catastrophe --everyone turning against each other to save themselves first -- but I think it's very inspiring how this usually turns out not to be true.

                      I imagine that in every day life, people aren't as immensly helpful because, in the absence of a greater threat, they are so focused on their own little business and not as prone to helping others.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Gelsemium View Post
                        Unfortunately that's what we see over and over and over again, when disasters happen we are capable of uniting and working together beyond borders to face them, but in the absence of disasters we are just selfish, does this make any sense?

                        Second that..!!
                        I don't know if i am wrong but this has often occurred to me.People dont make an effort to co-operate with other citizens.. but once there is something like a bomb blast people start many protests and which goes on for more than a month.. the unity can only be seen there??
                        Looks like disasters/terrorists are better off at uniting us rather than any other thing that is required to

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                        • #13
                          Hi -
                          I know it is an old reference but the article seems defunct now. I can see the short-code there. Looks like the site owner has uninstalled the slider slider plugin. Do you want to alert the owner of the article? Or if you have any other references to the article or a cached copy of the article, that would be really nice.

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                          • #14
                            Thanks Beautyspin for pointing that out. Not sure what happened. We've fixed the article now.
                            Live your dream, don't dream your life.
                            Chris L-S, CEO/Owner/Administrator, Disaster.Com

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                            • #15
                              I really enjoyed this article. Some of the stories I had heard about, but not all of them, My favorite was the one about the Japanese baby after the earthquake and Tsunami in Japan. It is amazing the heroic things that people do in the face to tragedy that many of us never get to hear about. More stories should be told and these heros should be put on a pedistal for their bravery and being kind spirits.

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