On August 4th 2020 a vast mushroom cloud hung over the city of Beirut, created by a colossal explosion in the city’s port. With nearly 200 people dead, and over 6,000 injured, this has now been classified as one of the largest non-nuclear blasts in history, caused by 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate stored unsafely in a dock-side warehouse.
Hurricane Harvey had a catastrophic effect on Houston and its surrounds, displacing approximately 1 million people and causing an estimated $75 billion in damage. Rainfall reached 50 inches in some areas, and the storm unloaded 27 trillion gallons of water onto Houston and southeast Texas.
Between Storms Desmond, Eva and Frank, the month of December 2015 was Britain’s wettest in history. Additional records for peak river flow and heaviest single-day rainfall were also endured. The resultant flooding caused damages of an estimated £5 billion and subjected the weary residents of Northern England to dozens of flood warnings and road closures.