This day in history January 13, 2020-bushfires-1939
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Started by metmike - Jan. 14, 2020, 12:16 a.m.

Read and learn about history. Pick out a good one:

1939 – The Black Friday bushfires burn 20,000 square kilometers of land in Australia, claiming the lives of 71 people.

2018 – A false emergency alert warning of an impending missile strike in Hawaii caused widespread panic in the state.

By metmike - Jan. 14, 2020, 12:18 a.m.
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The Black Friday bushfires of 13 January 1939, in Victoria, Australia, were among the worst natural bushfires (wildfires) in the world. Almost 20,000 km2 (4,942,000 acres, 2,000,000 ha) of land was burned, 71 people died, several towns were entirely obliterated and the Royal Commission that resulted from it led to major changes in forest management. Over 1,300 homes and 69 sawmills were burned, and 3,700 buildings were destroyed. It was calculated that three-quarters of the State of Victoria was directly or indirectly affected by the disaster.  The Royal Commission noted that "it appeared the whole State was alight on Friday, 13 January 1939".[1]

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Black Friday bushfires
Black Friday 1939.jpgNearly two million hectares of the State burned on Black Friday, 13 January 1939. Source:State Library of Victoria.
LocationVictoria, Australia
Date(s)13 January 1939
Burned area4,942,000 acres
(2,000,000 hectares)
CauseHeat wave, careless burning
Buildings destroyed650