Originally posted by vjr1113
i read about it on yahoo, i dont watch the news so i dont really know how bad it is.
i kinda saw it coming seeing as aus is an island, not really surprised. it is kinda weird that im not hearing about it more.
just to kind of explain to you and others what actually happened. its being reported as an "inland tsunami" which many may think came from the
ocean. not true. he is what happened. australia is currently in a "la nina" phase. after being in severe drought for about 10 years. so we are
all experiencing lots of rain. which is great.
the thing is is that queensland coped more rainfall than anywhere else. the land is now soaked. since before christmas day the rivers creeks and
dams have been filling up. we were in the middle of many towns starting to flood. but then we had a massive rain storm.
the "inland tsunami" actually occured 800 meters ABOVE sea level. the amount of rainfall that fell in the mountain area was just too much for the
creeks and rivers to handle. so it ran down hill. down through towns in its path. there was no warning it was coming. people went from being
outside or inside and within 4 minutes the water was up to their roofs. thats why so many cars with people in them were washed away. one family as
soon as the water started coming up, put a chair near the man hole to get into the attic as you would call it and then onto the roof. the son helped
up his sister and put her in the roof, then turned and his parents had both been washed away, along with the whole wall of the house. he jumped in
the roof and went around kicking holes in the ceiling looking to see where his parents were trapped. the were later found deceased 4 kilometres down
one other thing that may let you know the scale of it. hurricane katrina apparently covered an area 288,000 square kilometres. this is covering over
1,000,000 square kilometres. the main dam near brisbane went from being 19% full, to 190% full as of yesterday. the sheer scale of it is