The President of the United States, Obama has now declared it a “major disaster” with at least 33 deaths reported across eastern US, more than 7.6m people without power and dozens of homes destroyed by fire in New York. Damage estimates this evening talked about a figure of over $20bn.
Maybe now the discussion can start seriously about whether or not these are natural disasters following natural cycles or are they instead as a result of man-made interference?
Many of the media in the US have been labelling the Superstorm Sandy - a once-in-a-lifetime storm. One wonders what will happen if more of these events occur within the next 5 to 10 years.
There are now at the time of writing, more than 7.6 million people without electricity across the eastern US, sitting in the dark waiting for the storm to pass.
By coincidence just yesterday the author and local historian* Emilio Lammari was demonstrating how in the past people moved around in the dark from house to house using bundles of dried bark from the chestnut trees to light the way.
As you can see from the video below, the light given off by the burning bark could not exactly be termed bright but it does give a very good idea of what it was like before electricity changed everything and is a very evocative image of the recent past.
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