A massive explosion hit the West Fertilizer Co. plant some 18 miles north of Waco, Texas on Wednesday, April 17, 2013.
CNN reported that:
“The Wednesday night blast shook houses 50 miles away and measured as a 2.1-magnitude seismic event, according to the United States Geological Survey”.
At least 160 people were injured in this massive blast.
So far they are not sure how many people were killed but at least up to 15 people were reportedly killed including two emergency medical personnel.
West Mayor Tommy Muska forewarned on Wednesday night:
“There are a lot of people that got hurt. There are a lot of people that will not be here tomorrow.”
This explosion is far more greater than the ones in Boston during the marathon on April 15, 2013. (Please click the here for the photos and videos of the Boston Marathon tragedy)
“It was like a nuclear bomb went off,” said West Mayor Tommy Muska.
It is said that 10 to 15 buildings have been totally demolished and probably 50 homes were heavily damaged.
People expect more to be found dead because this is a very big one and some people might still be trapped in collapsed buildings.
Yahoo News reported that, Texas Public Safety Department spokesman D.L. Wilson said about half the town, about eight to 10 blocks, had been evacuated and that “we might even have to evacuate on the other side of town” if winds shifted.
The cause of the explosion is not immediately known.
It is really sad and scary to see another huge explosion just two days after the ones in Boston.
On Sunday, August 4, 2012 there was another mass shooting in the United States.
The shooter, Wade Micheal Page was shot dead by the police.
The tragedy happened at a Sikh Temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, south of Milwaukee.
6 people were killed in the incident and four others were injured.
It was reported that this happened because the shooter is a white supremacists.
Page played guitar and sang for white power bands like End Apathy and Definite Hate.
He sang about getting rid of the enemies of the white race and through his Internet postings, he told others to do the same.
Violence and hate is part of the culture of ‘white power music’ and these people hate the coloured and the black people.
Because of human rights and freedom, ‘white power music’ that spread violence and hate is allowed.
So, too much freedom and human rights are not always good.
And this is why we must not watch or listen to anything that has violence because we may get influence to do bad things.
On Friday July 20, 2012, a man killed 12 people and injured 59 others during the ’Batman – The Dark Knight Rises’ premiere at a mall in Aurora, Colorado.
I guess the United States should not let people buy gun freely.
During the Mississippi River flooding, the US Army Corps of Engineers opened floodgates of the Bonnet Carre Spillway and later the Morganza Spillway.
The Bonnet Carre Spillway was opened on May 9, to divert flood water from the Mississippi River into Lake Pontchartrain.
330 of the spillway’s 350 bays were opened before the corps started closing them on June 12.
The last 20 bays were closed on Monday.
On May 14, the Morganza floodway was opened to diverted water from the Mississippi into the Atchafalaya River, which carried it into the Gulf of Mexico.
It caused some flooding in the Atchafalaya Basin.
The number of gates opened on the Morganza peaked at 17.
Only one gate remained open as of Monday morning.
On Wednesday, tornadoes and severe storms tore western and central Massachusetts.
At least 4 people were killed.
The first tornado touched down at about 4:30 p.m. local time in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Springfield is the third largest city in Massachusetts.
A second tornado hit Springfield, 90 miles west of Boston, at about 6:20 p.m.
These photos(from AP) are of Joplin, Missouri before and after the powerful tornado(twister) tore the city.
At least 132 people were killed and more than 900 people were injured.
By Friday, about 156 people were still missing.
The tornado that hit Joplin on Sunday was rated an EF-5 or the strongest possible.
It scored a direct hit on the city of 50,000 people in southwest Missouri and left a swath of destruction nearly a mile wide, damaging some 8,000 buildings.
It is reportedly the worst single tornado in modern US history.
I am very sad to see the photos.
So many people are suffering and there are children missing during the disaster.
I pray that they will be okay.
The monster tornado that tore through the heart of Joplin, Missouri is reportedly the worst single tornado in modern US history.
Please click here for more photos, ‘Powerful Tornado (Twister) Hit Joplin, Missouri Killing At Least 89 People – Pictures’.
The tornado touched down at 5:41 p.m. Sunday, about 24 minutes after a warning was issued.
At least 117 people were killed in the disaster.
The place looks like it have been hit by a bomb in a big war.
Rescuers race to search for victims trapped under the rubbles of fallen trees, damaged buildings and smashed vehicles before it is too late.
But the work was slowed by a new round of very bad weather; including thunderstorms and hail two inches in diameter that rolled through the city Monday, as well as widespread problems with broken natural gas lines and other safety issues, authorities said.
Two rescuers were struck by lightning as they braved relentless rain and high winds searching for survivors.
By Monday night, they’d found 17 people alive.
I am very sad and sorry to see so many people died, a lot of people injured, have no houses to live in anymore and lost their things.