Cataclysmic Disasters

Gather together a group of people and in time you’ll have a civilization. Every civilization is subject to the rise and fall of power and history. Every civilization must, at some point, meet with calamity and either muddle through or disintegrate. Some of these momentous events are natural: earthquakes, floods, drought. Others are brought about by human hands: war, famine, fire, disease. Loss of life can be great – those killed by a May 2008 earthquake in China are expected to exceed 50,000 – or a single person.

So. Pick a disaster. Any one will do – you’ve got plenty of options from history – and tell us about it. Who, what, when, where, why, how. Reach into antiquity and report on the Fall of Troy. Perhaps you want to do something more modern, like the 2001 attack on the World Trade Center. Treat this as a way to introduce history to someone who has never heard of the event before. Also, tell us why you chose that particular story to tell.

– Suzi (k00kaburra)

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