Throughout history, natural disasters have been a perpetual a burden on us all. They have destroyed cities and taken the lives of many. Videos of the disasters are usually recorded at a safe distance from a video camera or helicopter. What you don’t see is what happens at the moment an earthquake or tornado hits. What would you do if there was an earthquake or tsunami in your area? Do you have a plan? We have put together a list of the 10 most astounding natural disasters caught on a surveillance camera. These videos are a reminder to us all of the merciless disasters that can occur and a reminder that we should be preparing for them before they are upon us.
St. Bernard Transmitter Hit by Hurricane Katrina August 29, 2005
This video shows minute-by-minute CCTV footage of hurricane Katrina approaching a transmission tower located in St. Bernard. You can see the high-speed winds across the screen and the water approaching. In real-time, the water only took about 7 minutes to reach 4 feet high.
Tornado in Parkersberg, Iowa May 2008
No security camera lasted more than 17 seconds when the tornado hits this bank. They were snatched from their positions and flung away from the walls. It is crazy how the tornado just picked up everything and tossed it aside.
Haiti Earthquake Footage January 12, 2010
Below is a video of security footage of the quake in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. This CCTV footage was from a security building, which was left intact. The rest of the city, though, was hit with a 7.0 magnitude, leaving many people homeless, and burying people in the rubble as well.
Pep Boys Store Getting Flooded in Nashville, TN May 2010
This is amazing footage of how things get destroyed during floods. The doors weren’t open at first, but the pressure from the water forced them to open and the water poured in, bringing in with it debris and signs from outside.
Security Cameras Capture Kentucky Flood May 2010
This video shows you what the property of one family was like before and after the flood in Kentucky. At 0:37, you can see that a river has come into place, where there was nothing before. Also, most of the land in the background is submerged with water.
Fire near Haifa, Israel December 3, 2010
In the first few seconds, you can see some fire in the bottom left corner of the screen. Then at about 1:16, you can see the smoke rise up, creating a large black cloud. At 1:30, the camera is turned and records the fire, and ten seconds later, a lot of areas are up in flames. This is an amazing video that shows how powerful Mother Nature is.
Turkey Earthquake October 23, 2011
In October of 2011, the city of Van was struck with a 7.1 magnitude earthquake. It seems like quite a frightening experience. At the beginning of the video, you can see a couple walking when the security camera and everything start to shake vigorously. What would you do in a situation like that? At 0:24, you can see people exiting the buildings onto the streets. Luckily, everyone in this video made it to safety. People in other areas weren’t that fortunate.
Volcano Erupts in Sakurajima, Japan July 24, 2012
Located in southwestern Japan, the Sakurajima volcano is one of the most active ones in Japan, and it erupted on July 24, 2012. The cloud of smoke reached 1000 kilometers into the air. At 0:08 seconds, you can see the lava and other debris drop like rain from the eruption. And at 0:13, it seems as though it creates a sonic boom, that’s how effective it was.
Tornado Tears House from Ground in Parkersburg, Iowa May 25, 2008
An EF-5 tornado ripped through Parkersburg on Sunday, May 25, 2008. This footage, captured from an ATM surveillance camera, and unlike other videos, you can see the tornado itself sweeping through and tearing the house apart. Very few materials can withstand an EF-5 tornado, so it comes at no surprise that this house did not withstand it.
Collection of Earthquake CCTV Footage
Am I seeing things, or is there a man in the first video? I could not imagine being in his place, I would be so scared! Everything is shaking intensely and falling to the floor. In the video from the hotel, people are waiting for the automatic doors to open. Shouldn’t they be able to push them open because it’s an emergency?