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100th Anniversary of the Regina Cyclone


Staff writers
June 30, 2012 — Regina's F4 tornado remains the deadliest disaster of its kind in Canadian History.


The tornado killed 28 people, injured hundreds, and left 2500 people homeless.
The tornado killed 28 people, injured hundreds, and left 2500 people homeless.

On June 30, 1912, a F4 tornado ravaged the city of Regina. One-hundred years later, it remains to be the country's deadliest disaster of its sort. 

At around 4:50 p.m. local time, the great Regina Cyclone ravaged through the city, viciously tearing through the residential area between Wascana Lake and Victoria Avenue. It is said that the temperature was very hot and quite humid, before a sudden cold front blew in and made history. The disaster left 28 people dead, and close to 2500 homeless. 

The tornado formed 18 km's south of the city, and continued for another 12 km's north before dissipating. The twister was approximately 150 metres wide with a wind velocity of nearly 500 km/h. 

Around 500 buildings were destroyed or damaged. Property damage was quantified at $1.2 million.
Around 500 buildings were destroyed or damaged. Property damage was quantified at $1.2 million.

The deadly disaster caused nearly $1.2 million in property damage and took the city about two years to repair the damage. Debt from the storm lasted for one decade before the city was finally able to fully pay it off. 

Regina has set up several well-publicized events to commemorate the anniversary including BD Miller's musical drama "Swept Off Our Feet: Boris Karloff and the Regina Cyclone". 

With files from Jeremy Drummond

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