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.[dw-post-more level=”1″]
*from the giornaledibarganews archives 2009 – “I mulini ad acqua nel territorio di Barga” di Emilio e Raffaello Lammari, – Normally a book presentation in Barga does not exactly bring with it large crowds but this morning at the Palazzo Pancrazi in Barga Vecchia it was standing room only with people spilling out of the building into the piazza all trying to get a glimpse of what was going on. What actually was happening was the culmination of six years work for the father and son team of Emilio and Raffaello Lammari and the presentation of their book -”I mulini ad acqua nel territorio di Barga”. What started out as originally a school project for Raffaello concerning a water mill in Barga blossomed into a research occupying both into all of the water mills in the territory of Barga. The pair then went on to painstakingly document in images and text every known mill in the area and researched all the people who had built and worked in them. Almost all are now disused and many reduced to ruins since they stopped working in the late 50′s and early 60′s but thanks to Emilio and Raffaello, they are no longer lost to the community as this book manages to recreate and show some of the back breaking work and also some of the poetry that went into this now lost profession. – full article here