Historic Hazards Events for Barbados



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Historic Hazards Events for Barbados

Compiled by Bryan J. Boruff as of 2006

Table Type, Time Period, Number, and Return Period of Hazard Events Effecting Barbados.


Hazard Type

Time Period

Events

Return Period

Drought

1650-2000

6

58.33

Earthquake (& Felt Shocks)

1670-2000

9

36.67

Flooding

1886-2000

34

3.35

Fire

Yearly Grass, Sugar Cane, and Brush Fires

Landslide

1901-2000

8

12.38

Tropical Systems

1786-2000

17

12.59

Tsunami

1751-2000

7

35.57



Drought

Date: 1650s


Location: Barbados

Source:

Tucker, R.W.T. 1940. “The economic geography of Barbados.” The Journal of the Barbados Museum and Historical Society. Vol.VII. No. 2. Pp 85.



Cause:

Drought

Date: 1777


Location: Barbados

Source:

Staff. 1942. “Extracts from the ‘Barbadian’ newspaper.” The Journal of the Barbados Museum and Historical Society. Vol. 10. No. 1. pp 26.



Cause: rain deficit/war in America

Drought

Date: June, 1841


Location: Barbados

Source:

Staff. 1942. “Extracts from the ‘Barbadian’ newspaper.” The Journal of the Barbados Museum and Historical Society. Vol. 10. No. 1. pp 26.



Cause: rain deficit
Drought

Date: 1894-95

Location: Barbados

Cause: Lack of rain

Source:

Richardson, B.C. 1997. “Economy and the environment in theCaribbean: Barbados and the windwards in the late 1800s.” University Press of Florida: Gainesville. pp. 294.


Drought

Date: 1898

Location: Barbados

Cause: Lack of rain

Source:

Richardson, B.C. 1997. “Economy and the environment in theCaribbean: Barbados and the windwards in the late 1800s.” University Press of Florida: Gainesville. pp. 294.


Drought

Date: 1978

Location: Barbados

Cause: Lack of rain

Source:

Pelling, M. 2003. The vulnerability of cities: natural disasters and social


resilience.
Earthscan Publications LTD.: London. Pp 212.
Hurricane

Date: September, 1786

Location:

Cause: Hurricane

Source:

Shephard, C. 1971. An historical account of the island of St. Vincent. Frank Cass


and Company Limited: London. Pp 216.

Hurricane

Date: August 11, 1831

Location: Southern Parishes

Cause: Hurricane

Source:

Staff. 1966. “The hurricane of August 1831.” The Journal of the Barbados Museum Historical Society. Vol. 31, No. 4, pp 180-189.


Tropical System

Date: September 8-9, 1875

Location: Barbados

Cause: Tropical System

Source:

Inspector General’s Office. 1875. “Casualties.” The Times. Bridgetown:


Barbados. Vol. 14(1706). September, 18. pp. 2.
Tropical System

Date: August 16, 1886

Location: Barbados

Cause: Tropical System

Source:

Unsigned. 1886. “Letter to the Editor.” The Times. Bridgetown: Barbados. Vol. 25 (2682). August, 18. pp. 2.


Hurricane

Date: September 10, 1898

Location: Southern Parishes

Cause: Hurricane

Source:

Staff. 1956. “Hurricane Janet at Barbados.” TheJournal of the Barbados Museum Historical Society. Vol. 23, No. 4, pp 153-164.



AltSource:

Richardson, B.C. 1997. “Economy and the environment in theCaribbean: Barbados and the windwards in the late 1800s.” University Press of Florida: Gainesville. pp. 294.


Hurricane

Date: September 9, 1931

Location: Barbados

Cause: Hurricane

Source:

Caribbean Disaster Mitigation Project (CDMP). 1997. “Planning to mitigate the impacts of natural hazards in the Caribbean:Mitigation planning manual (Appendix: Natural Hazards in theCaribbean.).” Unit of Sustainable Development and Environment for the USAID Office of Foreign Disaster


Assistance, and Organization of American States: Washington, D.C. pp 11. found at:http://www.oas.org/en/cdmp/publist.htm. found on: June 7th, 2004.
Hurricane

Date: August 31, 1949

Location: Barbados

Cause: Hurricane

Source:

Staff. 1949. “Heaviest rains since 1898 push down bridge: houses swept away.” Barbados Advocate. Bridgetown: Barbados. Sept. 2. pp. 1-7.




Hurricane Janet

Date: September 22,1955

Location: Southern Parishes

Cause: Hurricane

Source:

Watson, K. 2003. Barbados first: the years of change. Cole’s Printer Limited: Brigtown, Barbados. 204 pages.



AltSource:

CRED. 2004. “EM-DAT: the OFDA/CRED international disaster data base.” Center for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED): Brussles: Belgium. Found on: April 8, 2004. Found at: http://www.em-dat.net/.



AltSource:

Staff. 1955. “Hurricane Janet.” Barbados Advocate.Bridgetown: Barbados. September, 23. pp. 1-4.


AltSource:

Staff. 1955. “Hurricane Janet.” Barbados Advocate. Bridgetown: Barbados. September, 24. pp. 1-5.


AltSource:

Staff. 1955. “Hurricane Janet.” Barbados Advocate. Bridgetown: Barbados. September, 27. pp. 5.


AltSource:

Staff. 1956. “Hurricane Janet at Barbados.” The Journal of the Barbados Museum Historical Society. Vol. 23, No. 4, pp 153-164.


Hurricane

Date: September 31, 1961

Location: Barbados

Cause: Hurricane (Hattie)

Source:

Caribbean Disaster Mitigation Project (CDMP). 1997. “Planning to mitigate the impacts of natural hazards in the Caribbean:Mitigation planning manual (Appendix: Natural Hazards in theCaribbean.).” Unit of Sustainable Development and Environment for the USAID Office of Foreign Disaster


Assistance, and Organization of American States: Washington, D.C. pp 11. found at:http://www.oas.org/en/cdmp/publist.htm. found on: June 7th, 2004.

Hurricane

Date: 1963

Location: Barbados

Cause: Hurricane (Edith)

Source:

Poncelet, J.L. 1997. “Disaster Management in the Caribbean.” Disasters. Vol. 21(3). Pp 267-279



Hurricane

Date: September, 1974

Location: Barbados

Cause: Hurricane (Carmen)

Source:

Caribbean Disaster Mitigation Project (CDMP). 1997. “Planning to mitigate the impacts of natural hazards in the Caribbean:Mitigation planning manual (Appendix: Natural Hazards in theCaribbean.).” Unit of Sustainable Development and Environment for the USAID Office of Foreign Disaster


Assistance, and Organization of American States: Washington, D.C. pp 11. found at:http://www.oas.org/en/cdmp/publist.htm. found on: June 7th, 2004.
Hurricane

Date: September, 1974

Location: Barbados

Cause: Hurricane (Fifi)

Source:

Caribbean Disaster Mitigation Project (CDMP). 1997. “Planning to mitigate the impacts of natural hazards in the Caribbean:Mitigation planning manual (Appendix: Natural Hazards in theCaribbean.).” Unit of Sustainable Development and Environment for the USAID Office of Foreign Disaster


Assistance, and Organization of American States: Washington, D.C. pp 11. found at:http://www.oas.org/en/cdmp/publist.htm. found on: June 7th, 2004.
Hurricane Allen

Date: August 4, 1980

Location: Barbados

Cause: Hurricane

Source

CRED. 2004. “EM-DAT: the OFDA/CRED international disaster data base.” Center for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED): Brussles: Belgium. Found on: April 8, 2004. Found at: http://www.em-dat.net/.



AltSource:

Staff. 1980. “Hurricane Allen.” Barbados Advocate. Bridgetown: Barbados. August, 5. pp. 1-2.


AltSource:

Staff. 1980. “No water of two days in north.” Barbados Advocate. Bridgetown: Barbados. August, 6. pp. 2-3.


AltSource:

Harris, M. 1980. “Chaos hits Careenage as 20 vessels sink.” Barbados Advocate. Bridgetown: Barbados. August, 5. pp. 1-3.


AltSource:

Harris, M. 1980. “Allen wrecks farm.” Barbados Advocate. Bridgetown:


Barbados. August, 7. pp. 1.

Tropical System

Date: August 4, 1980

Location: Barbados

Cause: Tropical System

Source:

Staff. 1980. “Storm causes damage.” Barbados Advocate. Bridgetown: Barbados. October, 6. pp. 1-2.


AltSource:

Staff. 1980. “Cleanup continues.” Barbados Advocate. Bridgetown: Barbados. October, 7. pp. 1.





Tropical Storm Emily

Date: September 20, 1987

Location: Barbados

Cause: Hurricane

Source

CRED. 2004. “EM-DAT: the OFDA/CRED international disaster data base.” Center for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED): Brussles: Belgium. Found on: April 8, 2004. Found at: http://www.em-dat.net/.



AltSource:

Staff. 1987. “Tropical storm Emily.” Barbados Advocate. Bridgetown: Barbados. September, 22. pp. 1-7.





Hurricane Gabrielle

Date: September 4, 1989

Location: arbados

Cause: Hurricane Gabrielle

Source:

Vasco, P. 1989. “It’s too rough at Cattlewash.” Barbados Advocate.

Bridgetown: Barbados. Sept. 5. pp 2-5.

AltSource:

Staff. 1989. “Clean-up time on east coast.” Barbados Advocate. Bridgetown: Barbados. Sept. 6. pp 24.



Hurricane Marylin

Date: September 18, 1995

Location: Barbados

Cause: Hurricane

Source

CRED. 2004. “EM-DAT: the OFDA/CRED international disaster data base.” Center for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED): Brussles: Belgium. Found on: April 8, 2004. Found at: http://www.em-dat.net/.


Hurricane Lili

Date: September 24, 2002

Location: Barbados

Cause: Hurricane

Source

CRED. 2004. “EM-DAT: the OFDA/CRED international disaster data base.” Center for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED): Brussles: Belgium. Found on: April 8, 2004. Found at: http://www.em-dat.net/.


Earthquake:

Date: 1670, 1674, 1675, 1690, 1700, 1702, 1720

Location: Barbados

Cause: Earthquake

Source

Schomburgk, R.H. 1971. “The history of Barbados: comprising a geographical and statistical description.” Frank Cass and Company Limited: London. pp 722.



Alt Source:

USGS. 2003. “Earthquake hazards program: Earthquake search.” National Earthquake Information Center: Reston, VA. found on: April 10, 2004. found at: http://neic.usgs.gov/neis/epic/epic.html.


Earthquake

Date: December 23, 1816

Location: Barbados

Cause:

Source:

Shephard, C. 1971. An historical account of the island of St. Vincent. Frank Cass


and Company Limited: London. Pp 216.

Earthquake:

Date: 1953

Location: Barbados

Cause: Earthquake (175 km North-west of St. Lucia)

Source

Seismic Research Unit. 2003. “Earthquakes.” University of West Indies: St Augustine, Trinidad Tobago. found on: April 11, 2004. found at:

http://www.uwiseismic.com.
Flood

Date: August 15, 1886

Location: Barbados

Cause: ? (probably a tropical system)

Source:

Farnum, F.C., and Narayan, K. 2004. “Personal communication, May20th.” Chief Hydrologist and Hydrologist. Caribbean Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology: Bridgetown, Barbados.



Alt Source:

Unsigned. 1886. “Letter to the Editor.” The Times. Bridgetown: Barbados. Vol. 25 (2682). August, 18. pp. 2.


Flood

Date: July 05, 1901

Location: Barbados

Cause: ? (probably a tropical system)

Source:

Farnum, F.C., and Narayan, K. 2004. “Personal communication, May20th.” Chief Hydrologist and Hydrologist. Caribbean Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology: Bridgetown, Barbados.



Flood

Date: August 22, 1918

Location: South end of Island

Cause: Tropical System

Source:

Skeete, C.C. 1934. “Weather observations and records in Barbados 1924-33.” The Journal of the Barbados Museum Historical Society. Vol. 1, No. 2, pp 115-136.


Flood

Date: Aug. 25, 1919

Location: Waterford District St. Michael

Cause: Tropical System

Source:

Skeete, C.C. 1934. “Weather observations and records in Barbados 1924-33.” The Journal of the Barbados Museum Historical Society. Vol. 1, No. 2, pp 115-136.



AltSource:

Farnum, F.C., and Narayan, K. 2004. “Personal communication, May20th.” Chief Hydrologist and Hydrologist. Caribbean Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology: Bridgetown, Barbados.


Flood

Date: 1938

Location: Delamere Tenantry (between Halls Road and Constitution River)-now
Queen Elizabeth Hospital

Cause: Tropical Depression

Source:

Watson, K. 2003. Barbados first: the years of change. Cole’s Printer Limited: Bridgetown, Barbados. 204 pages.


Flood

Date: August 31, 1949

Location: Barbados

Cause: Tropical System

Source:

Watson, K. 2003. Barbados first: the years of change. Cole’s Printer Limited: Bridgetown, Barbados. 204 pages.



AltSource:

Farnum, F.C., and Narayan, K. 2004. “Personal communication, May20th.” Chief Hydrologist and Hydrologist. Caribbean Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology: Bridgetown, Barbados.



AltSource:

Staff. 1949. “Heaviest rains since 1898 push down bridge: houses swept away.” Barbados Advocate. Bridgetown: Barbados. Sept. 2. pp. 1-7.


AltSource:

Staff. 1949. “Another flood victim found: damage May be $30,000 8 dead; 2 in


hospital.” Barbados Advocate. Bridgetown: Barbados. Sept. 3. pp. 1-7.


Flood

Date: October 16, 1960

Location: St Andrew and St Thomas

Cause: Thunderstorm

Source:

Staff. 1960. “Extracts from the Barbadian Newspaper.” The Journal of the Barbados Museum Historical Society. Vol. 28, No. 1, pp 17.



Flood

Date: October 22, 1960

Location: St Joseph (Frizer Plantation)

Cause: Thunderstorm

Source:

Staff. 1960. “Extracts from the Barbadian Newspaper.” The Journal of the Barbados Museum Historical Society. Vol. 28, No. 1, pp 17.



Flood

Date: October 9, 1962

Location: Speightstown

Cause: Heavy Rain

Source:

Staff. 1966. “Extracts from the Barbados Globe.” The Journal of the Barbados Museum Historical Society. Vol. 30, No. 1, pp 47-48.


Flood

Date: October 2, 1970

Location: Barbados

Cause: Tropical Cyclone

Source

CRED. 2004. “EM-DAT: the OFDA/CRED international disaster data base.” Center for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED): Brussles: Belgium. Found on: April 8, 2004. Found at: http://www.em-dat.net/.



AltSource:

Farnum, F.C., and Narayan, K. 2004. “Personal communication, May20th.” Chief Hydrologist and Hydrologist. Caribbean Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology: Bridgetown, Barbados.



AltSource:

Staff. 1970. “Millions of $$ Damage by Floods.” Barbados Advocate. Bridgetown: Barbados. October, 4. pp. 1-15.


AltSource:

Staff. 1970. “Heavy damage up North from floods” Barbados Advocate. Bridgetown: Barbados. October, 6. pp. 8-9.



AltSource:

Staff. 1970. “Downpour causes flooding” Barbados Advocate. Bridgetown: Barbados. October, 15. pp. 1.


Flood

Date: October 30, 1970

Location: Barbados

Cause: ? (probably a tropical system)

Source:

Farnum, F.C., and Narayan, K. 2004. “Personal communication, May20th.” Chief Hydrologist and Hydrologist. Caribbean Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology: Bridgetown, Barbados.


Flood

Date: September 5, 1970

Location: Barbados

Cause: very heavy rains

Source:

Staff. 1970. “Heavy flooding affects island.Barbados Advocate. Bridgetown: Barbados. September, 5. pp. 1-8.


Flood

Date: 1975 (?)

Location: Barbados

Cause: ? (probably a tropical system)

Source:

Farnum, F.C., and Narayan, K. 2004. “Personal communication, May20th.” Chief Hydrologist and Hydrologist. Caribbean Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology: Bridgetown, Barbados.


Flood

Date: August 3, 1980

Location: Barbados

Cause: ? (probably a tropical system)

Source:

Farnum, F.C., and Narayan, K. 2004. “Personal communication, May20th.” Chief Hydrologist and Hydrologist. Caribbean Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology: Bridgetown, Barbados.


Flood

Date: October 9, 1981

Location: Barbados

Cause: ? (probably a tropical system)

Source:

Farnum, F.C., and Narayan, K. 2004. “Personal communication, May20th.” Chief Hydrologist and Hydrologist. Caribbean Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology: Bridgetown, Barbados.



AltSource:

Staff. 1981. “Wotton residents get complete wash-out.” Barbados Advocate. Bridgetown: Barbados. Oct. 11. pp. 1.



AltSource:

Staff. 1981. “Wotton families moved to Wildey.” Barbados Advocate. Bridgetown: Barbados. Oct. 12. pp. 1.



Flood

Date: October 1, 1984

Location: Barbados

Cause: very heavy rains

Source

CRED. 2004. “EM-DAT: the OFDA/CRED international disaster data base.” Center for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED): Brussles: Belgium. Found on: April 8, 2004. Found at: http://www.em-dat.net/.



AltSource:

Staff. 1984. “Three houses suffer damage.” Barbados Advocate. Bridgetown: Barbados. Oct. 3. pp. 1.


Flood

Date: October 31, 1984

Location: Barbados

Cause: ? (probably a tropical system)

Source:

Farnum, F.C., and Narayan, K. 2004. “Personal communication, May20th.” Chief Hydrologist and Hydrologist. Caribbean Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology: Bridgetown, Barbados.



AltSource:

Staff. 1984. “Flooding in the north.” Barbados Advocate. Bridgetown: Barbados. Nov. 1. pp. 1.



AltSource:

Springer, J. 1984. “Residents tell about ‘night of fear.’” Barbados Advocate. Bridgetown: Barbados. Nov. 2. pp. 1.



AltSource:

Staff. 1984. “25 St. Peter families homeless.’” Barbados Advocate. Bridgetown: Barbados. Nov. 2. pp. 1.


Flood

Date: November 2, 1984

Location: Barbados

Cause: ? (probably a tropical system)

Source:

Farnum, F.C., and Narayan, K. 2004. “Personal communication, May20th.” Chief Hydrologist and Hydrologist. Caribbean Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology: Bridgetown, Barbados.



AltSource:

Staff. 1984. “Damage continues – one death: roads flooded, walls tumble.’” Barbados Advocate. Bridgetown: Barbados. Nov. 3. pp. 1.



AltSource:

Brathwaite, J. 1984. “St Andrew hard-hit by flood waters.” Barbados Advocate. Bridgetown: Barbados. Nov. 3. pp. 1.



AltSource:

Scott, A. 1984. “Residents of flood area clean up shop.” Barbados Advocate. Bridgetown: Barbados. Nov. 4. pp. 1.



AltSource:

Staff. 1984. “$700,000 in road damage: government starts work on bridges.” Barbados Advocate. Bridgetown: Barbados. Nov. 5. pp. 1.


Flood

Date: October 19, 1985

Location: Barbados

Cause: ? (probably a tropical system)

Source:

Farnum, F.C., and Narayan, K. 2004. “Personal communication, May20th.” Chief Hydrologist and Hydrologist. Caribbean Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology: Bridgetown, Barbados.


Flood

Date: Nov 11, 1985

Location: Barbados

Cause: ? (probably a tropical system)

Source:

Farnum, F.C., and Narayan, K. 2004. “Personal communication, May20th.” Chief Hydrologist and Hydrologist. Caribbean Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology: Bridgetown, Barbados.



AltSource:

Phillips, W. 1985. “More St. Peter flooding: water as high as five feet.” Barbados Advocate. Bridgetown: Barbados. Nov. 12. pp. 1.



AltSource:

Staff. 1985. “Plan to tackle flooding: gov’t to dig 170 suck wells.” Barbados Advocate. Bridgetown: Barbados. Nov. 13. pp. 1.


Flood

Date: Nov 21, 1985

Location: Barbados

Cause: ?

Source:

Farnum, F.C., and Narayan, K. 2004. “Personal communication, May20th.” Chief Hydrologist and Hydrologist. Caribbean Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology: Bridgetown, Barbados.



AltSource:

Staff. 1985. “St. Philip family face water problem” Barbados Advocate. Bridgetown: Barbados. Nov. 22. pp. 1.


Flood

Date: Sept 9, 1988

Location: Barbados

Cause: tropical depression (50 miles north)

Source:

Farnum, F.C., and Narayan, K. 2004. “Personal communication, May20th.” Chief Hydrologist and Hydrologist. Caribbean Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology: Bridgetown, Barbados.



AltSource:

Staff. 1988. “Drenched!: Schools and offices closed, CERO sounds flood alert.” Barbados Advocate. Bridgetown: Barbados. Sept. 10. pp 1-2.



AltSource:

Staff. 1988. “Rains hampering water service.” Barbados Advocate. Bridgetown: Barbados. Sept. 12. pp 1.


Flood

Date: Sept 14, 1988

Location: Barbados

Cause: ? (probably a tropical system)

Source: Farnum, F.C., and Narayan, K. 2004. “Personal communication, May
20th
.” Chief Hydrologist and Hydrologist. Caribbean Institute of
Meteorology and Hydrology: Bridgetown, Barbados.
Flood

Date: October 18, 1988

Location: Barbados

Cause: ? (probably a tropical system)

Source:

Farnum, F.C., and Narayan, K. 2004. “Personal communication, May20th.” Chief Hydrologist and Hydrologist. Caribbean Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology: Bridgetown, Barbados.



AltSource:

Austin, S. 1988. “Flooding, slippage as the rains come.” Barbados Advocate. Bridgetown: Barbados. Oct. 20. pp 3.



Flood

Date: September 4, 1989

Location: Barbados

Cause: ? (probably a tropical system)

Source:

Farnum, F.C., and Narayan, K. 2004. “Personal communication, May


20th
.” Chief Hydrologist and Hydrologist. Caribbean Institute of
Meteorology and Hydrology: Bridgetown, Barbados.

AltSource:

Staff. 1989. “Safe-for now.” Barbados Advocate. Bridgetown: Barbados. Sept. 4. pp 1.



AltSource:

Staff. 1989. “Surprise showers.” Barbados Advocate.

Bridgetown: Barbados. Sept. 5. pp 4-5.

Flood

Date: September 11, 1989

Location: Barbados

Cause: ? (probably a tropical system)

Source:

Farnum, F.C., and Narayan, K. 2004. “Personal communication, May


20th
.” Chief Hydrologist and Hydrologist. Caribbean Institute of
Meteorology and Hydrology: Bridgetown, Barbados.

Flood

Date: September 27, 1989

Location: Barbados

Cause: ? (probably a tropical system)

Source:

Farnum, F.C., and Narayan, K. 2004. “Personal communication, May


20th
.” Chief Hydrologist and Hydrologist. Caribbean Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology: Bridgetown, Barbados.

AltSource:

Austin, S. 1989. “Under water !” Barbados Advocate. Bridgetown: Barbados.


Sept. 28. pp 1.

AltSource:

Austin, S. 1989. “Flooded!” Barbados Advocate. Bridgetown: Barbados. Sept. 28. pp 12-13.



Flood

Date: Nov 10, 1989

Location: Barbados

Cause: ?

Source:

Farnum, F.C., and Narayan, K. 2004. “Personal communication, May


20th
.” Chief Hydrologist and Hydrologist. Caribbean Institute of
Meteorology and Hydrology: Bridgetown, Barbados.
Flood

Date: May 1, 1990

Location: Barbados

Cause: ?

Source:

Farnum, F.C., and Narayan, K. 2004. “Personal communication, May


20th
.” Chief Hydrologist and Hydrologist. Caribbean Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology: Bridgetown, Barbados.

AltSource:

Staff. 1990. “May Day rally called off” Barbados Advocate.


Bridgetown: Barbados. May . pp. 14-15.
Flood

Date: October 2-4, 1990

Location: Barbados

Cause: ? (probably a tropical system)

Source:

Farnum, F.C., and Narayan, K. 2004. “Personal communication, May


20th
.” Chief Hydrologist and Hydrologist. Caribbean Institute of
Meteorology and Hydrology: Bridgetown, Barbados.

AltSource:

Staff. 1990. “Waterlogged!” Barbados Advocate. Bridgetown: Barbados. October 4. pp. 1-2.



AltSource:

Jackson, E. 1990. “Classrooms still wet” Barbados Advocate. Bridgetown: Barbados. October 6. pp. 3.



AltSource:

Staff. 1990. “Heavy rains drench Barbados.” Barbados Advocate. Bridgetown: Barbados. October 3. pp. 1.



Flood

Date: Nov 22, 1991

Location: Barbados

Cause: ?

Source:

Farnum, F.C., and Narayan, K. 2004. “Personal communication, May 20th.” Chief Hydrologist and Hydrologist. Caribbean Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology: Bridgetown, Barbados.


Flood

Date: Nov 21, 1992

Location: Barbados

Cause: ?

Source:

Farnum, F.C., and Narayan, K. 2004. “Personal communication, May20th.” Chief Hydrologist and Hydrologist. Caribbean Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology: Bridgetown, Barbados.


Flood

Date: August 3, 1995

Location: Barbados

Cause: ? (probably a tropical system)

Source:
Farnum, F.C., and Narayan, K. 2004. “Personal communication, May20th.” Chief Hydrologist and Hydrologist. Caribbean Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology: Bridgetown, Barbados.

AltSource:

Jackson, E. 1995. “Shocking: Arthur declares Weston a disaster area.”


Barbados Advocate. Bridgetown: Barbados. August 4. pp. 2.

AltSource:

Staff. 1995. “Rains take Bajans by storm.” Barbados Advocate. Bridgetown: Barbados. August 4. pp. 6-7.



AltSource:

Staff. 1995. “’Help fellow citizens.’” Barbados Advocate. Bridgetown: Barbados. August 4. pp. 8.



AltSource:

Staff. 1995. “’Twas total chaos as the rains came pouring down” Barbados Advocate. Bridgetown: Barbados. August 5. pp. 7.



AltSource:

Dear , K. 1995. “In mourning” Barbados Advocate. Bridgetown: Barbados. August 6. pp. 6.



Flood

Date: October, 1998

Location: Barbados

Cause:

Source:

Pelling, M. 2003. The vulnerability of cities: natural disasters and social


resilience.
Earthscan Publications LTD.: London. Pp 212.
Fire:

Source:

Personal Communication. 2004. Chief Fire Officer. Bridgetown: Barbados. February, 23.



Causes of Fires:

  • prescribed cane fields burns out of control

  • burning of garbage gets out of control

  • arson

At Risk Materials:

  • dry grasses on the North side of the island can burn all year round

  • cane areas are burned seasonally (every 6 months)

  • dry grass around airport burns all year

  • oils fields in the south central part of the island are also a concern

  • LPG Plant also a concern

  • Tightly packed Chattel houses in low income neighborhoods

Notes:

  • getting water to the fires is a common problem

  • in 2002 there were 159 grass fires and 219 cane fires

  • in 2003 there were 129 grass fires and 339 cane fires

AltSource:

Eyre, L.A. 1987. “Fire in the tropical environment.” Jamaica Journal. Vol. 20. No. 1. pp 10-16.



AltSource:

Richardson, B.C. 1997. “Economy and the environment in the Caribbean: Barbados and the windwards in the late 1800s.” University Press of Florida: Gainesville. pp. 294.


Lightning

Date: October 22, 1927

Location: St John (Lightfoot and Risk Plantations)

Cause: Thunderstorm

Source:

Staff. 1960. “Extracts from the Barbadian Newspaper.” TheJournal of the Barbados Museum Historical Society. Vol. 28, No. 1, pp 17.



Lightning

Date: October 24, 1927

Location: Codrington House, St Michael

Cause: Thunderstorm

Source:

Skeete, C.C. 1934. “Weather observations and records in Barbados 1924-33.” The Journal of the Barbados Museum Historical Society. Vol. 1, No. 2, pp 115-136



Lightning

Date: July 4, 1929

Location: St Lucy

Cause: Thunderstorm

Source:

Skeete, C.C. 1934. “Weather observations and records in Barbados 1924-33.” The Journal of the Barbados Museum Historical Society. Vol. 1, No. 2, pp 115-136



Lightning

Date: October 10, 1929

Location: St. John

Cause: Thunderstorm

Source:

Skeete, C.C. 1934. “Weather observations and records in Barbados 1924-33.” The Journal of the Barbados Museum Historical Society. Vol. 1, No. 2, pp 115-136



Lightning

Date: September 20, 1932

Location: St Philip (Crane Hotel)

Cause: Thunderstorm

Source:

Skeete, C.C. 1934. “Weather observations and records in Barbados 1924-33.” The Journal of the Barbados Museum Historical Society. Vol. 1, No. 2, pp 115-136



Landslippage

Date: 1901

Location: Boscobel

Cause: Heavy Rain

Source:

Cumbarbatch, E.H.S.J. 1969. “An assessment of the soils conservation scheme, Scotland District, Barbados 1957-1969.” The Journal of the Barbados Museum Historical Society. Vol. 33, No. 1, pp 14-24.



AltSource:

Richardson, B.C. 1997. “Economy and the environment in theCaribbean: Barbados and the windwards in the late 1800s.” University Press of Florida: Gainesville. pp. 294.



AltSource:

Martin-Kaye, P., and Badcock, J. 1934. “Geological background to soil conservation and land rehabilitation measures in Barbados, W.I.” TheJournal of the Barbados Museum Historical Society. Vol. 30, No. 1, pp 3-13.


Landslippage

Date: 1910

Location: St Andrew parish

Cause: Tropical Depression Rains

Source:

Martin-Kaye, P., and Badcock, J. 1934. “Geological background to soil conservation and land rehabilitation measures in Barbados, W.I.” TheJournal of the Barbados Museum Historical Society. Vol. 30, No. 1, pp 3-13.


Landslippage

Date: 1938

Location: St Andrew parish

Cause: Tropical Depression Rains

Source:

Watson, K. 2003. Barbados first: the years of change. Cole’s Printer Limited:Brigtown, Barbados. 204 pages.



AltSource:

Martin-Kaye, P., and Badcock, J. 1934. “Geological background to soil conservation and land rehabilitation measures in Barbados, W.I.” TheJournal of the Barbados Museum Historical Society. Vol. 30, No. 1, pp 3-13.


Landslippage

Date: 1966

Location: St Andrew and St Joseph

Cause: Heavy Rain

Source:

Cumbarbatch, E.H.S.J. 1969. “An assessment of the soils conservation scheme, Scotland District, Barbados 1957-1969.” The Journal of the Barbados Museum Historical Society. Vol. 33, No. 1, pp 14-24.



Landslippage

Date: 1966

Location: Hackleton’s Cliff between Horse Hill and Melvern Plantation

Cause: Heavy Rain

Source:

Cumbarbatch, E.H.S.J. 1969. “An assessment of the soils conservation scheme, Scotland District, Barbados 1957-1969.” The Journal of the Barbados Museum Historical Society. Vol. 33, No. 1, pp 14-24.


Landslippage

Date: 1977

Location: Saddleback and Upper Parks, Joe’s River, Scotland District

Cause: ?

Source:

Hanna, L. 1996. “Environmental hazards in Barbados: perception and responses in the Scotland District and the west coast.” Caribbean Geography. Vol. 7(1). pp 23-35.



Lanslippage

Date: October 3, 1990

Location: Chimborazo, St Joseph

Cause: Heavy Rain

Source:

Staff. 1990. “…And the rains came tumbling down” Barbados Advocate. Bridgetown: Barbados. October 5. pp. 1.



Landslippage

Date: 1994

Location: Saddleback and Upper Parks, Joe’s River, Scotland District

Cause: ?

Source:

Hanna, L. 1996. “Environmental hazards in Barbados: perception and responses in the Scotland District and the west coast.” Caribbean Geography. Vol. 7(1). pp 23-35.



Tsunami

Date: November 21, 1751

Location: Barbados

Cause: Earthquake

Source

NGDC. 2003. “Tsunami runup database.” National Geophysical Data Center: Boulder, CO. found: 4-5-2004. found at:


http://www.ngdc.noaa.gov/seg/hazard/tsu.shtml.
Tsunami

Date: November 1, 1755

Location: Barbados

Cause: Earthquake

Source

NGDC. 2003. “Tsunami runup database.” National Geophysical Data Center: Boulder, CO. found: 4-5-2004. found at:


http://www.ngdc.noaa.gov/seg/hazard/tsu.shtml.

AltSource:

Shepherd, J.B. 2001 “Tsunami Hazard in the Eastern Caribbean.” Presented at the Workshop on Volcanic and Seismic Hazards in the Caribbean. Location. May 28th – June 1st.



Tsunami

Date: March 3, 1761

Location: Barbados

Cause: Earthquake

Source

NGDC. 2003. “Tsunami runup database.” National Geophysical Data Center: Boulder, CO. found: 4-5-2004. found at:


http://www.ngdc.noaa.gov/seg/hazard/tsu.shtml.
Tsunami

Date: April 4, 1767

Location: Barbados

Cause: Earthquake

Source

NGDC. 2003. “Tsunami runup database.” National Geophysical Data Center: Boulder, CO. found: 4-5-2004. found at:


http://www.ngdc.noaa.gov/seg/hazard/tsu.shtml.
Tsunami

Date: May 7, 1902

Location: Barbados Careenage

Cause: eruption of Soufriere

Source:

Miller, J.M. 1902. “The Martinique Horror and the St. Vincent Calamity.” Globe Bible Publishing Company: Philadelphia, PA. pp. 560.



AltSource:

Shepherd, J.B. 2001 “Tsunami Hazard in the Eastern Caribbean.” Presented at the Workshop on Volcanic and Seismic Hazards in the Caribbean. Location. May 28th – June 1st.



AltSource:

Anderson, T., J.S. Flett, and T.M. McDonald. 1903. Report on the eruptions of the


Soufriere, in St. Vincent, in 1902, and on a visit to Montagne Pelee, in
Martinique. Part I. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London.
Series A, Containing Papers of a mathematical or Physical Character.
208:
353-553.
Tsunami

Date: July 24, 1939

Location: Barbados

Cause: eruption of Kick ‘em Jenny

Source:

Shepherd, J.B. 2001 “Tsunami Hazard in the Eastern Caribbean.” Presented at the Workshop on Volcanic and Seismic Hazards in the Caribbean. Location. May 28th – June 1st


Tsunami

Date: December 25, 1969

Location: Barbados

Cause: Earthquake

Source: Lander, J.F., L.S. White, and P.A. Lockridge. 2002. A brief history of
tsunamis in the Caribbean. Science of Tsunami Hazards. Vol. 20,
No. 2, pp 57-94.

AltSource:

NGDC. 2003. “Tsunami runup database.” National Geophysical Data Center: Boulder, CO. found: 4-5-2004. found at:


http://www.ngdc.noaa.gov/seg/hazard/tsu.shtml.

AltSource:

Shepherd, J.B. 2001 “Tsunami Hazard in the Eastern Caribbean.” Presented at the Workshop on Volcanic and Seismic Hazards in the Caribbean. Location. May 28th – June 1st




Severe Wave Action


Date: April 4-6, 1958

Location: East and West coast of Barbados

Cause: Nor’easter in the Northern Atlantic

Source:

Staff. 1961. “Severe sea surges at Barbados.” The Journal of the Barbados Museum Historical Society. Vol. 28, No. 4, pp 137-140.




Severe Wave Action


Date: October 24-28, 1958

Location: East coast of Barbados

Cause: Extra Tropical Cyclone in the Northern Atlantic

Source:

Staff. 1961. “Severe sea surges at Barbados.” The Journal of theBarbados Museum Historical Society. Vol. 28, No. 4, pp 137-140.




Severe Wave Action


Date: September 4, 1989

Location: Cattlewash, Barbados

Cause: Hurricane Gabrielle

Source:

Vasco, P. 1989. “It’s too rough at Cattlewash.” Barbados Advocate.



Bridgetown: Barbados. Sept. 5. pp 2-5.
Whirlwind

Date: September 20, 1932

Location: Olive Branch Plantation

Cause: Tropical System

Source:

Skeete, C.C. 1934. “Weather observations and records in Barbados 1924-33.” The Journal of the Barbados Museum Historical Society.Vol. 1, No. 2, pp 115- 136.


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