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U.S. Census Bureau Daily Feature for September 8

September 7, 2011

WASHINGTON, Sept. 8, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Following is the daily “Profile America” feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:

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Profile America — Thursday, September 8th. There are a number of famous natural disasters that have occurred in the U.S. — Hurricane Katrina, the Mount St. Helen’s volcano, and several major earthquakes come immediately to mind. But the nation’s worst natural disaster occurred on this day in 1900 — as a hurricane with estimated winds of up to 145 miles an hour ravaged the island city of Galveston, Texas. The winds combined with a nearly 16-foot tidal surge to swamp the city, which had a high point only nine feet above sea level. Of its 37,000 residents, the death toll is estimated at between 6 and 12,000. Now, Galveston has a population of nearly 48,000 and people come from all over the country to visit its antique stores, historic landmarks, and art galleries. Profile America is in its 15th year as a public service of the U.S. Census Bureau.

Sources: Chase’s Calendar of Events 2011, p. 441

U.S. Census Bureau, Facts for Features, CB11-FF.12

Profile America is produced by the Public Information Office of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on a monthly CD or on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for “Multimedia Gallery” by the “Newsroom” button).

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