Australia’s Fire Vortex: The Catastrophic Mix Of Bushfire And Tornado
In January 2003, the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) and the outskirts of Canberra were ignited by lightning strikes, yet nothing could prepare the inhabitants of the Australian capital for the extent of the devastation that awaited them. Scientists and emergency services were baffled by how the fires, which break out fairly regularly in the Australian summer, could reach such catastrophic levels. Anja Taylor reports on the proof researchers have now found to explain how the deadly combination of tornado and bushfire carved a path of destruction throughout the ACT.
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