February 8, 2009

Record bushfire in Australia kills 84+

ENVIRONMENT - Record temperatures and bushfires so large it can be seen by astronauts in outerspace, the state of Victoria in Australia is reeling from the disaster that has killed over 84 people and destroyed over 750 homes with no end in sight.

"Hell in all its fury has visited the good people of Victoria," said Prime Minister Kevin Rudd today. "It's an appalling tragedy for the nation."

Thousands of firefighters and volunteers are struggling to fight the 30 fires amidst trees exploding and skies raining ash. Burned out cars dot the roads and even helicopters flying above the devastation nothing can be seen but charred earth as far as the eye can see. Entire forests were reduced to leafless, charred trunks, farmland to ashes.

The Victoria Country Fire Service says over 2,200 square kilometres were burned out.

According to witnesses, the radiating heat from the weather and the fires is so intense its causing car gasoline tanks and house propane tanks to explode.

Australia's previous worst fires were in 1983, when blazes killed 75 people and razed more than 3,000 homes in Victoria and South Australia state. Seventy-one died and 650 buildings were destroyed in 1939.

Police believe arsonists or pyroterrorists are deliberately setting the fires.

See Also:
Australian Drought
Pyroterrorism in California
Climate Change will Effect Economy

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