Winds and Tornados

 

Doomsday will not happen until 10 portents are seen. The tenth is a tornado that will hurl people into the sea ... (Muhammad ibn `Abd ar-Rasul Barzanji, Al-Isha`ah li Ashrat as-Sa`ah, p. 288)

 

 

The tenth is a wind that will hurl people into the sea ... (Muhammad ibn `Abd ar-Rasul Barzanji, Al-Isha`ah li Ashrat as-Sa`ah, p. 288)

 

Natural disasters also destroy major cities. Statistics reveal that our time has seen an increase in both the number and the seriousness of natural disasters. In the last 10 years, disasters caused by climactic changes have become a novel phenomenon. A dangerous and unwanted byproduct of the Industrial Age is global warming. Industry is gradually disturbing the balance in the world's atmosphere, giving rise to climactic changes. According to the American National Climatic Data Center, many disasters occurred in 1998.26 For example, several observers called Hurricane Mitch one of Central America's worst natural disasters.27 This hurricane hit Honduras and Nicaragua on 26th October 1998, and killed more than 10,000 people.28


The following are the most important disasters arising from climactic changes that have occurred in recent years:

On October 1987, the largest storm since 1703 hit southeast England. Around 15 million trees were felled, a great part of the forests disappeared, 16 people died, buildings were damaged, and ships were driven on to shore.29

In 1992, Hurricane Andrew caused around $0.5 billion worth of damage in the Gulf of Mexico alone. Damage in the Bahamas was estimated at $0.25 billion, and around 2 million people living along the eastern coast of America evacuated their homes.30

Approximately 500 to 1,000 people were killed by the storms that hit western Bangladesh on 13 May 1996. A further 30,000 people were injured and 100,000 people lost their homes.

On 27 March 1997, 27 people died in a tornado that hit Texas.

On 20 May 1998, 12 people died in a tornado that hit Georgia, USA.

Murderous Mitch (Time, November 16, 1998)
The Panic of Isabel (Turkiye, September 20, 2003)
The Fury of Georges ( Newsweek, October 5, 1998)

The floods that affected middle and eastern Europe on August 2002 caused 114 casualties. During the severest hurricane of the last 40 years in South Korea on September 21, 2003, around 200 people died only in 2 days.31

Newsweek, November 16, 1998
"The Typhoon of the Age" in Asia ( Radikal, September 15, 2003)

In the last few years, hurricanes, storms, typhoons, and other such disasters have devastated quite a few areas. In addition, floods have caused mudslides that then engulfed entire villages or parts of cities. Earthquakes, volcanoes, and tidal waves also have caused great devastation. All of this destruction is an important sign.

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26. "Billion Dollar U.S. Weather Disasters," National Climatic Data Center, October 2000. Online at: www.ncdc.noaa.gov/ol/reports/billionz.html.
2 7. M. Encarta Encyclopedia 2000, "Central America."
28. "Severe Weather," St. Vincent College, January 1999. Online at: www.stvincent.ac.uk/Resources/Weather/Severe/index.html.
29. "The Great Storm in South East England - October 1987," St. Vincent College. Online at: www.stvincent.ac.uk/Resources/Weather/Severe/oct87.html.
30. Ibid.
31. 2003 World Almanac (Dunya Publishings), 395.

 

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