This day in weather history for July 12...

- In 1951...The Kaw River flood occurred. The month of June that year was the wettest on record for the state of Kansas, and during the 4 days preceding the flood much of eastern Kansas and western Missouri received more than 10 inches of rain. Flooding in the Midwest claimed 41 lives, left over 200 thousand persons homeless, and caused a billion dollars property damage. Kansas City was hardest hit. The central industrial district sustained 870 million dollars property damage.

- In 1993...The island of Okushiri in Japan was devastated by a tsunami created by 7.8 magnitude earthquake in the Sea of Japan. 15-30 foot waves started crashing ashore within minutes after the tremor occurred, sweeping up people, vehicles and buildings. The maximum wave would be an astounding 90 feet tall! Everything in the tsunamis' path was obliterated. 239 people died. But the miracle was that the Japan Meteorological Agency's warning was issued in a timely and effective manner, and a far greater tragedy was averted.

 

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