25 Hardest To Forget Disaster Photographs
Posted by August 6, 2012on
This particular part of pakistan was hit especially hard during the flooding. In fact you can see how, with no where to go, millions of spiders climbed up into the trees turning them into oversized cotton candy sticks.
Although this photo was taken in 2010, the lava has been flowing through Kalapana, Hawaii for roughly 30 years, destroying several villages in that time.
Although it looks like a scene straight from Hollywood this photo was taken by Albert Garcia during the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo in the Phillipines in 1991. The eruption was so bad that it decreased the temperature of the entire northern hemisphere for the next several years.
Near Bangor, United Kingdom in 2008 by photographer Simon Gray, this rare and destructive phenomenon is seldom captured on camera.
Probably the worst disaster in history in terms of lives lost, the Yellow River Floods of 1931 cost China nearly 4 millions lives.
Only 73 seconds into its flight the Challenger fell apart leading to the deaths of its seven crew members. The reason for the disaster was determined to be a failed O ring seal in the right rocket booster.
Only 7 years after the last floods, these were anything but natural. Often considered the largest act of environmental warfare in history, the Chinese government had several vital dikes destroyed in order to the flood the river deliberately and stop the advancing Japanese. Although the tactic was successful it came at the price of almost a million Chinese civilian lives.
Exactly 100 years ago the Titanic sank beneath the waves in the North Atlantic. The photo you see here was taken from aboard the Carpathia, one of the primary rescue vessels.
Few disasters in history have affected more lives than the 9/11 attacks and in this now famous photo you witness the body of Father Mychal Judge, beloved chaplain of the New York Fire Department being pulled from the rubble.
When the city of Armaro, Columbia was decimated by a nearby volcano eruption in 1985, tens of thousands were killed by flooding and debris. The most famous victim however was Omarya Sanchez. For three days rescue crews tried to free her from the debris but simply did not have the resources or ability to do so. All the rescuers could do was sit with her as she talked, sang, and prayed with them. She even said goodbye to her mother on international news as the world looked on helplessly. The photograph you see here drew international attention to a tragedy that could have been prevented with better planning from officials.