Historic: 2009 Australian Black Saturday bushfires

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Historic: 2009 Australian Black Saturday bushfires Gender: N/A
born on 7 February 2009 at 19:30 (= 7:30 PM )
Place Marysville, Australia, 37s31, 145e45
Timezone AEDT h11e (is daylight saving time)
Data source
Rectified from approx. time
Rodden Rating C
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_aqucol.18.gif 18°42' s_mo.18.gif s_cancol.18.gif 17°29 Asc.s_leocol.18.gif 02°45'

Historic: 2009 Australian Black Saturday bushfires (7 February 2009 MODIS Aqua satellite image of smoke plumes from the bushfires)


Australian series of bushfires that ignited or were burning across the state of Victoria on and around Saturday, 7 February 2009, making Australia's all-time worst bushfire disasters. The fires occurred during extreme bushfire-weather conditions and resulted in Australia's highest ever loss of life from a bushfire; 173 people died and 414 were injured as a result of the fires. The RSPCA estimated that up to one million wild and domesticated animals died in the disaster.

As many as 400 individual fires were recorded on 7 February. Around midday, as wind speeds were reaching their peak, an incorrectly-rigged SWER line was ripped down at Kilmore East. This sparked a bushfire that would become the deadliest and most intense firestorm ever experienced in Australia's post-1788 history. The overwhelming majority of fire activity occurred between the afternoon of 7 February and 7:00 pm, when wind speed and temperature were at their highest, and humidity at its lowest.

Following the events of 7 February 2009 and its aftermath, that day has become widely referred to in Australia as Black Saturday. It was estimated that the amount of energy released during the firestorm in the Kinglake-Marysville area was equivalent to the amount of energy that would be released by 1,500 Hiroshima-sized atomic bombs.

Link to Wikipedia biography


Source Notes

Commonwealth of Australia, Bureau of Meteorology [1].


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