Dis­as­ter epics

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THE erup­tion of Mount Ve­su­vius on Aug 24, AD79, laid waste to the an­cient city of Pom­peii, killing its cit­i­zens by the hun­dreds. Ge­ol­o­gists and vol­ca­nol­o­gists con­cede that the vol­cano is over­due for an­other ex­plo­sion. If this hap­pens, it would be much dead­lier as the Bay of Naples area has a cur­rent pop­u­la­tion of three mil­lion.

Ac­tor Kit Har­ing­ton, who stars in Pom­peii – which fea­tures a love story against this tragic event – says in a tele­phone in­ter­view: “(Nat­u­ral dis­as­ters) are a huge part of ev­ery­day life now, aren’t they? They re­ally do af­fect us, be it hur­ri­cane, or tsunami. And they ... hap­pen, un­for­tu­nately, twice yearly it seems.”

Movies with nat­u­ral dis­as­ters are also aplenty. Here we pick 10 of the ma­jor ones.

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> The­dayafterTo­mor­row – a storm plunges earth into a new Ice age.

ThePer­fec­tS­torm – a group of fish­er­men out at sea are caught in the mid­dle of an un­usu­ally in­tense storm.

2012 – earth’s core is heat­ing up, caus­ing all kinds of global dis­as­ters, in­clud­ing earthquakes and tsunamis.

Twis­ter – all about tor­na­does sweep­ing up houses, drive-in the­atres, oil trucks and cows, and then spew­ing them out.

dante’sPeak – a long­dor­mant vol­cano is ready to wake up and make some noise.

Know­ing – The world is about to end, it is al­ready writ­ten.

TheIm­pos­si­ble – based on a true story set dur­ing the dis­as­trous 2004 tsunami that caught the whole world un­awares. > ar­maged­don/deep­Im­pact – In both films, large ob­jects are about to im­pact the earth, killing ev­ery­one.

earthquake – The film’s tagline reads: “When the big one fi­nally hits L.a.” > ThePo­sei­don­ad­ven­ture/ Po­sei­don – a rogue wave causes an ocean liner to turn upside-down.

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