Unnatural disasters

The actions of people can make the destruction caused by hurricanes worse than it would be otherwise.

By Emily Sohn, 00:00 AM September 12, 2005

On Aug. 29, Hurricane Katrina slammed into the southeastern United States and dumped more than a foot of rain in some places. Gusts of wind topped 140 miles per hour, and the ocean rose as high as 20 feet above its normal level. Floods followed, leaving New Orleans and coastal towns in Louisiana and Mississippi underwater.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This satellite image shows Hurricane Katrina over the Gulf of Mexico before it slammed into the coast of southeastern United States on Aug. 29.

 

This satellite image shows Hurricane Katrina over the Gulf of Mexico before it slammed into the coast of southeastern United States on Aug. 29.

 

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