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Wind reached 371 km/h on Mount Washington

MT Washington wind

In 1934, a gust of wind reached 371 km/h on Mount Washington in New Hampshire, USA. The now second highest surface wind speed ever officially recorded is 372 km/h (231 mph; 103 m/s) at the Mount Washington (New Hampshire) Observatory : 6,288 ft -1917 metres above sea – level in the US on 12 April 1934, using a heated anemometer. ... Read More »

Louisiana loses 30 square miles of land each year

Louisiana

Louisiana loses about 30 square miles (78 square kilometers) of land each year to coastal erosion, hurricanes, other natural and human causes and a thing called subsidence, which means sinking. Read More »

World’s largest and most powerful earthquake

chilean earthquake

The World’s largest and most powerful earthquake ever recorded, rating 9.5 on the moment magnitude scale occurred on May 22, 1960 near Valdivia, in southern Chile. It is referred to as the “Great Chilean Earthquake” and the “1960 Valdivia Earthquake”. Its resulting tsunami affected southern Chile, Hawaii, Japan, the Philippines, eastern New Zealand, southeast Australia, and the Aleutian Islands in ... Read More »

The Great Barrier Reef – world’s largest coral reef

The Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest coral reef system composed of over 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands stretching for over 2,600 kilometres (1,600 mi) over an area of approximately 344,400 square kilometres (133,000 sq mi). The reef is located in the Coral Sea, off the coast of Queensland, Australia.┬áThe Great Barrier Reef is home to thousands of ... Read More »

Antonov An-225 – world’s longest airplane

Antonov An-225 world's longest airplane

On December 21, 1981 the world’s longest airplane made it’s maiden flight. The An-225, which is built by the Russian company Antonov, was manufactured to carry the Buran orbiter, Russia’s version of the Space Shuttle. The An-225 holds over 200 records, including the world’s longest airplane at 84 meters or 276 feet. It is powered by six turbofan engines and ... Read More »

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