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Disasters often come without any warning and catch people off guard. Relive the stories of ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances who are forced to make split-second decisions of sacrifice, bravery, and survival to save their lives or the lives of the people around them. Follow the journeys of survivors as they recount their dramatic and personal testimonies. Take a look back at the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens, the 1989 6.9 magnitude earthquake that hit San Francisco, the 1999 tornado that hit Oklahoma City as well as others.

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The May 18, 1980 volcanic eruption of Mount St. Helens in Skamania County, Washington; the volcano's first eruption in over a century.
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On October 9, 1963, the Vajont Dam in northern Italy was the scene of incredible devastation.
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At midnight on July 30, 1945, the USS Indianapolis was sailing west on the Pacific toward the Philippines with 1,197 men on board when it was hit with two Japanese torpedoes.
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On a warm summer night in July 1988, the Piper Alpha oil rig in the middle of the North Sea was the scene of the world's deadliest offshore accident.
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On the evening of May 3, 1999, the residents of Oklahoma City were hit with a devastating tornado.
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When a magnitude 6.9 earthquake strikes San Francisco in 1989, the city is thrown into chaos.