On this day in 115 AD the city of Antioch, in modern day Turkey, experienced one of the several earthquakes that struck during its centuries as the leading city of the Eastern Mediterranean. This particular seismic event was remarkable for its destructiveness and the records of it still available. It is estimated to have been about 7.5 on the Richter Scale. Up to 260,000 are thought to have died. We know more about it than many ancient quakes because the Emperor Trajan and his successor, Hadrian, were both in the city at the time and barely escaped. Four centuries later another earthquake began a catastrophic cascade from which Antioch did not recover. (A previous post at HLSWatch has addressed the modern implications of the eventual catastrophe at Antioch.)
On this day in 1994 there was a stupendous explosion at an ammonium nitrate plant 16 miles south of Sioux City, Iowa. Four workers at the plant were killed,eighteen were injured. Four nearby electricity generating stations were disabled. A high-voltage line running adjacent to the plant was damaged, disrupting power in the neighboring state of Nebraska. Two 15,000-ton refrigerated ammonia storage tanks were ruptured, releasing liquid ammonia and ammonia vapors which forced the evacuation of 1,700 residents from the surrounding area.
On this day in 2001 the compound housing the Indian Houses of Parliament was successfully penetrated by a team of five. With many MPs and senior government officials in harms-way, eleven security personnel and a gardener were killed before all five of the attackers were killed.
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