Sometimes disasters can cause damage, but no loss of life. Which of these somewhat disastrous events do you think might be real, and which fake?
A group of high school students from Pond Inlet, Nunavut, along with their science teacher, a hunter, Inuit elders and others went out on the sea ice on Jun. 1, 1997 for a biology field trip. The next day, the ice broke off and floated away from land. Bad weather kept rescuers away, and polar bear tracks made the group nervous, but they had lots of supplies and the elders’ knowledge to keep them safe. They drifted 90 kilometres from land during their five days on the ice.They left about $50,000 worth of equipment behind when a helicopter finally picked them up, but everyone survived.
VOTING IN THE WIND
People in Prince Edward Island were prepared for the worst that Hurricane Juan could throw at them when it hit on Sept. 29, 2003. Boats were tossed around the Charlottetown harbour and barns were flattened as winds of up to 139 kilometres per hour raged through the eastern part of the island. The bad weather delayed the provincial election underway that day, but more than 80% of voters still made it out to have their say.