iran Blizzard

The deadliest Blizzard in recorded history occurred in Iran in 1972

Did you know that the deadliest snow storm in recorded history occurred in Iran in 1972. The week-long weather system buried areas in as much as 26ft of snow, killing over 4,000 people, including the entire populations of 3 villages.

“The
Iran Blizzard
of February 1972 resulted in the deaths of approximately 4,000 people.

A week-longperiod of low temperatures and winter storms, lasting from February 3 to February 9, 1972, dumped morethan ten feet (three metres) of snow across rural areas in northwestern, central and southern Iran.Southern Iran sustained as much as 26 feet (8 metres) of snow, burying at least 4,000 villagers. Accordingto contemporary reports by the newspaper Ettela’at, the city of Ardakanand outlying villages were hardesthit, with no survivors inKakkanor Kumar . In the northwest, near the border withTurkey, the villageof Sheklaband its 100 inhabitants were buried.

Thisblizzardremains thedeadliest in history.The eruption of Mount Tambora killed thousands, plunged much of the world into a frightful chill and offerslessons for todayThe most destructive explosion on earth in the past 10,000 years was the eruption of an obscure volcano inIndonesia called MountTambora. More than 13,000 feet high, Tambora blew up in 1815 and blasted 12cubic miles of gases, dust and rock into the atmosphere and onto the island of Sumbawa and thesurrounding area. Rivers of incandescent ash poured down the mountain¶s flanks and burned grasslandsand forests. The ground shook, sending tsunamis racing across the JavaSea. An estimated 10,000 of theisland¶s inhabitants died instantly.

 

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