1897 Hurricane Killed More Than 6,000 People In The Philippines

120 years ago, a hurricane destroyed Tacloban in less than half an hour, and killed more than 6,000 people. CO2 was below 300 PPM.

TimesMachine: November 28, 1897 – NYTimes.com

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4 Responses to 1897 Hurricane Killed More Than 6,000 People In The Philippines

  1. Adamant de-Nye-er says:

    A favorite essay is Mark Twain’s story about post-hurricane New Orleans, I think from the 1890’s. If I remember right, he described accompanying a steam boat to rescue survivors and livestock while waters were high up to 10 days after the storm ended, and running quite far North and West of the city, into Louisiana back country. Then I hear how Harvey’s rainfall is unprecented…

  2. Andy DC says:


    Deadliest typhoon in history killed 300,000 during 1881 in Haiphong, Vietnam.

  3. Don't Be Weak says:

    This is a weak argument. Deadlier hurricanes does not mean they were stronger. Even a weak storm can devastate a population that had no access to modern weather tech and lived in ramshackle housing. And who even knows if the death toll is accurate; this typhoon struck on October 6, 1897 and didn’t make the New York Times until November 27. (And check out the eurocentrism of the NYT’s reporting.)

    The more salient point is that these weather phenomena which are called “unprecedented” are only unprecedented TO US, and we are but a brief squall on the overall meteorological timescale. Anyone who thinks that Harvey’s devastation is a harbinger of things to come due to climate change would do well to remember the 2005 hurricane season, which spawned huge storms like Katrina, Rita and Wilma (and, coincidentally, another, much less deadly Harvey). That season had a record 28 storms — more than we had names for — and struck places as far away as Iceland and Norway. We were told that due to climate change, that would be “the new normal.”

    It wasn’t.

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