Friday, December 05, 2008

The strangest disaster in the 20th century

Grazing cattle killed in the 1986 Lake Nyos disaster. (Image Credit: Water Encyclopedia.)

Just read this fascinating true story. This is a perfect example of how there is a scientific explanation for seemingly mysterious events.

In 1986 in Cameroon, disaster struck the village of Nyos. Overnight, nearly 1,800 people died--along with more than 3,000 cattle and countless wild animals, birds and insects. In short every living creature for miles around. What happened? You can imagine the superstitious saying the place is cursed. The real reason is far more mundane: suffocation by carbon dioxide.

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