Tragedies Last Week: Fires, Droughts, and Broken Legs

This is the regular feature of Tragedy Weekly. Every Monday we will take a look back at the tragedies of the previous week. This way you can stay up to date on the ones you missed or learn something new about the ones you know. Read it before work to make sure you’re prepared for all the water-cooler talk.

This week was heavy on natural disaster style tragedies happening in the United States and around the world. The Olympics began over the weekend, which supplied us with one of our tragedies for the week. No major political tragedies this week, though a few do seem to be on the horizon so perhaps we can expect some next week.

Hot Air Balloon Crash

July 30, 2016 – A hot air balloon in Texas collided with power lines killing all 15 passengers and the pilot. The tragedy was the deadliest hot air balloon crash in the history of the United States.

In the days following the crash it surfaced that the pilot had a criminal record, including DUI and drug convictions. Whether or not this is related is unclear,but does it really make that much of a difference? It was a sad, terrible thing that happened and hopefully measures are taken to make sure it doesn’t happen again.

Further reading: Wall Street Journal, NPR

California Wildfires

August 4, 2016 – For much of last week and the week before, wildfires have raged throughout the state of California. Wildfires are common in California, so much so that late summer is often called “wildfire season.” This year’s wildfire season, however, is shaping up to be one of the most disastrous seasons on record. Over 28,000 acres of California forest have been destroyed by fire this year, that’s more than twice that of last year.

Two major fires burning in the last week were in Calabasas (outside of Los Angeles) and Los Padres National forest.Many speculate that the influx of wildfires is a result of the several years of drought in California while others think it’s God’s punishment for California’s sinful ways.

Further Reading: ABC News

Massachusetts Drought

August 4, 2016 – Since early July portions of Massachusetts have been under drought watch, but now, as of this week nearly 60% of the state is experiencing severe drought conditions.

Unlike California, Massachusetts has not yet seen wildfires as a result of the droughts. It must be noted that Massachusetts is a state known for it’s piety.

Further Reading: NPR

Olympic Gymnast Breaks Leg

August 6th, 2016 – French Gymnast Ait Said landed awkwardly during the men’s vaulting qualifications, breaking his leg. It was the most interesting Olympics related events since the last time Michael Phelps did anything.

Said was carried away on a stretcher and is to undergo surgery. He has promised his fans that he will return to win the gold in 2020.Isn’t the real tragedy here the fact that this guy values a sport over his own legs? This year the gold will go to someone who didn’t break their legs.

A slightly more depressing Olympics related tragedy also occurred this year, golf has been added as an Olympic sport.

Further Reading: USA Today

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Thumbnail Photo Credit: “California Wildfires”, © 2013 Daria Devyatkina, Flickr | CC-BY | via Wylio