Zev Porat

Friday, September 8, 2017

Hurricane kills 8,000 in America!!!!


 


In Memoriam- Galveston, Texas hurricane 1900

Today September 8 is the anniversary of the worst natural disaster in America's history.
The loss of life in Galveston, Texas was horrendous. The death toll is estimated between 6,000 and 12,000. The generally accepted total is 8,000 deaths but no one knows for sure. To gain some context, 1,836 people died as a result of Katrina in 2005. Eight thousand dead is more than the number of American deaths in the Iraq and Afghan wars combined. 
The Galveston Hurricane is the deadliest natural disaster in the history of the United States.
"There were too many bodies to bury so the corpses were weighted, shipped out into the Gulf of Mexico on barges, and dumped overboard. Shortly thereafter the bodies began to wash back onshore. The survivors and rescue personnel turned to constructing funeral pyres to burn the corpses. The fires burned day and night for weeks."

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