Disaster: Hurricane Katrina

“On 29 August 2005, as Hurricane Katrina was rumbling towards New Orleans, a seismic hum more than 1000 times the strength of the average volcanic tremor was felt nearly 3000 kilometers away in southern California. Its source was the hurricane itself… This is the first time that a hurricane’s seismic signal has been detected so far away.”

— New Scientist, 23 September 2006

“The wind sounded like children crying,” Andrew Pounders said. “It kept me awake. I would try to close my eyes, but I couldn’t.”

After the storm, the group heard gunshots outside, said Pounders, and watched as the water around the banquet hall rose to cover a van parked on the street outside. By Aug. 31, someone had secured a boat, and the little band was able to go out in search of food, picking up stranded people along the way and bringing them to dry land, Pounders said.

“The next day, I saw a man lying on his back, dead, on a grassy median.”

– Andrew E. Pounders (RIP – Landed 2-5-87  Departed 11-23-11)

The purpose of this post is to direct visitors to authoritative sources of information on Hurricane Katrina that struck the Gulf Coast on August 29, 2005. To quickly access one of the following sections, please select a link below:

Three+ Years Later

Two Years Later

One Year Later

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Publications & Reports

Engineering Aspects

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