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The Strangest Disaster of the 20th Century.
Uncle John's Bathroom Reader Wonderful World of Odd ^ | 2007 | unk

Posted on 05/28/2007 9:29:54 AM PDT by Sicvee

Here’s the story of how scientists unlocked the secrets of the worst natural disaster in the history of the West African nation of Cameroon… and what they’re doing to try and stop it from happening again.

THE DISCOVERY

On the morning of August 22, 1986, a man hopped onto his bicycle and began riding from Wum, a village in Cameroon, towards the village of Nyos. On the way he noticed an antelope lying dead next to the road. Why let it go to waste? The man tied the antelope onto his bicycle and continued on. A short distance later he noticed two dead rats, and further on, a dead dog and other dead animals. He wondered if they’d all been killed by a lightning strike – when lightning hits the ground it’s not unusual for animals nearby to be killed by the shock.

Soon the man came upon a group of huts. He decided to see if anyone there knew what had happened to the animals. But as he walked up to the huts he was stunned to see dead bodies strewn everywhere. He didn’t find a single person still alive—everyone in the huts was dead. The man threw down his bicycle and ran all the way back to Wum. (click on the link, pictures are important)

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TOPICS: Miscellaneous; Travel; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: cameroon; co2; globalwarming; lakenyos

1 posted on 05/28/2007 9:29:56 AM PDT by Sicvee
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To: Sicvee

Lake inversion. Why sequestering CO2 under the sea is a bad idea.


2 posted on 05/28/2007 9:32:50 AM PDT by patton (19yrs ... only 4,981yrs to go ;))
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To: Sicvee
So that's where all the CO2 is coming from.
3 posted on 05/28/2007 9:34:49 AM PDT by raybbr (You think it's bad now - wait till the anchor babies start to vote.)
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To: Sicvee

That potential exists in a lot of places.

For my money the sudden draining of Lake Peigneur in Louisiana was pretty strange but there were no deaths.


4 posted on 05/28/2007 9:41:34 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Greed is NOT a conservative ideal.)
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To: Sicvee

I remember this story when it was reported in the 1980s. I wonder if Algore figured these things into his CO2 calculations? (Doubtful).


5 posted on 05/28/2007 9:44:34 AM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: cripplecreek

When was that? I had not heard of that.


6 posted on 05/28/2007 9:45:06 AM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: Army Air Corps

The swirling vortex of doom was in 1980. They were drilling for oil and hit a salt mine.

http://www.damninteresting.com/?p=6


7 posted on 05/28/2007 9:47:02 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Greed is NOT a conservative ideal.)
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To: cripplecreek

Come to think of it, I recall seeing something on either the History Channel or the Discovery channel that mentioned that.

Funny, I lived in Houston in 1980 and simply do not recall that on the news. But then, I was six-years-old in 1980.


8 posted on 05/28/2007 9:49:18 AM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: Army Air Corps

Here’s some history channel video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dHol4ICeDoo


9 posted on 05/28/2007 9:55:42 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Greed is NOT a conservative ideal.)
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To: cripplecreek

Amazing.


10 posted on 05/28/2007 10:07:21 AM PDT by EternalVigilance ("Romney seems to be Giuliani-lite, only slicker. No thanks." - Jim Robinson)
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To: Doctor Phogg

bookmark


11 posted on 05/28/2007 2:11:49 PM PDT by MrEdd (L. Ron Gore creator of "Fry-n-tology" the global warming religion.)
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To: Sicvee

Anybody looking for affordable lakefront property?


12 posted on 05/28/2007 3:09:23 PM PDT by proudpapa (Thompson and/or Hunter.)
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To: Sicvee
this should give you some idea how powerful the CO2 dissolved in that lake is:

No pumps needed - pure CO2 release pressure (that is an 8" diameter pipe)

13 posted on 05/28/2007 4:58:08 PM PDT by xcamel (Press to Test, Release to Detonate)
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To: IncPen; BartMan1

ping


14 posted on 05/29/2007 1:17:52 AM PDT by Nailbiter
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To: IncPen

reminds me of when they punched thru from Chgo river


15 posted on 05/29/2007 1:18:41 AM PDT by Nailbiter
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To: Sicvee
Where's MacGyver when you need him?


16 posted on 05/29/2007 3:17:04 AM PDT by Daffynition (What if everything is an illusion and nothing exists? In that case, I definitely overpaid for my car)
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To: xcamel

17 posted on 05/29/2007 3:17:36 AM PDT by Daffynition (What if everything is an illusion and nothing exists? In that case, I definitely overpaid for my car)
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To: Sicvee

Odd that the only two instances of this type occurrence both happened in Africa.


18 posted on 05/29/2007 8:10:44 AM PDT by ChocChipCookie (Homeschool like your kids' lives depend on it.)
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To: 75thOVI; AFPhys; Alice in Wonderland; AndrewC; aristotleman; Avoiding_Sulla; BenLurkin; Berosus; ...
 
Catastrophism
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19 posted on 06/02/2007 8:08:44 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Time heals all wounds, particularly when they're not yours. Profile updated May 31, 2007.)
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To: SunkenCiv

I saw something on (I think) the History Channel that this phenomenon might have explained the death of the first borns in Egypt during Moses’ plagues (the first borns slept in low beds on the floor).


20 posted on 06/02/2007 9:49:53 PM PDT by To Hell With Poverty (In the end, history is what God remembers.)
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To: ChocChipCookie

I believe that there have been events like this at South American lakes, too.


21 posted on 06/03/2007 9:40:00 AM PDT by AFPhys ((.Praying for President Bush, our troops, their families, and all my American neighbors..))
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To: To Hell With Poverty

:’)


22 posted on 06/03/2007 10:01:25 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Time heals all wounds, particularly when they're not yours. Profile updated May 31, 2007.)
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To: ChocChipCookie

Second thought: I’m probably mistaken about my “South America” events.


23 posted on 06/03/2007 10:04:20 AM PDT by AFPhys ((.Praying for President Bush, our troops, their families, and all my American neighbors..))
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