If you have witnessed the elements raging, tell us about it. For those who have seen a tornado up close, please provide a complete description of what the storm looked like (i.e., the shape and color of the vortex cloud, its intensity, etc.). All disasters apply: tornadic actitivty, severe thunderstorms, floods, hurricanes, avalanches, tsunamis, and any others. I'll start by simply listing what I've been through. More complete descriptions will follow, depending on your contributions: • My first earthquake: the Sylmar event of Feb. 9, 1971 (the day Apollo 14 returned from a successful lunar mission); • Saw two tornadoes in one day when visiting relatives in Tennessee, April 3, 1974 (the day of the so-called "super outbreak" of more than 160 such storms on one day); • The Whittier earthquake, in October of 1987; • The utterly unforgettable 6.8-level Northridge earthquake of 1994 (my apartment was trashed and "yellow-tagged"). You?