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07 February - Victoria, Australia's Worst Day in History.

Unread postby Max ADU » Wed Feb 06, 2013 10:58 pm

Australian History
Saturday, February 7,


2009 - Today marks the start of the horrific Black Saturday bushfires in Victoria, which eventually kill 173 and 414 were injured.

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Australia is a country well familiar with natural disasters, particularly bushfires. But no-one could have predicted the horror of the inferno which started as the Black Saturday bushfires and ultimately became Australia's worst ever natural disaster.

The date was 7 February 2009. Southern Australia had been in the grip of a heatwave for several weeks, which intensified in the leadup to Black Saturday. Temperatures in Victoria exceeded a record-breaking 47 degrees and northwesterly winds were over 100 km/h (62 mph). for several days and this, together with the tinder-dry countryside, provided the catalyst to the bushfires.

One of the worst of the fires started near Kinglake, a rural settlement north of Melbourne. The fire raged and quickly spread, wiping out the town and killing dozens who had no warning and no time to flee. Over the ensuing days, dozens more were killed in bushland towns such as Marysville, Strathewen and others.

The death toll steadily climbed, peaking finally at 173 after police combed burnt out houses and discovered bodies under rubble and ruins. Beyond the 173 deaths, 120 of them caused by a single firestorm, the fires destroyed over 2,030 houses and more than 3,500 structures and damaged thousands more.

Police, together with sniffer dogs, were sent from New Zealand to help search for bodies.

Apart from the weather, several other factors contributed to the fires. Arson was a major factor: one arsonist was charged, a former firefighter with a reputation as a loner.

Faulty, arcing power lines caused several of the fires while in Bendigo, to Melbourne's northwest, the fires began with a cigarette tossed from a vehicle's window. Findings of the coronial inquest handed down a year later placed the blame for the Kinglake fire on faulty power lines.

Black Saturday will long live in people's minds as the day entire towns - houses and populations - were decimated.

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Re: 07 February - Victoria, Australia's Worst Day in History

Unread postby Max ADU » Sun Feb 07, 2016 7:41 pm

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