As I was searching for some interesting historical events to include in this week’s list of August writing prompts, I happened to read about a couple of natural disasters that had occurred in August. This got me thinking, as a few of my favourite writing topics are survival in the face of disaster, and apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic scenarios. This made me want to know what other disasters have occurred in world history within the month of August. This is what I discovered:


I’ve provided a few details from each incident, so feel free to use the prompt as you wish. Set your timer, get your notebook or laptop out and just start writing.


Writing Prompts for August

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Prompt 1 – Monday

6 August 1945 – The first Atomic Bomb was dropped over Hiroshima, killing over 105,000 and destroyed the city. Another estimated 100,000 people later died as a result of radiation effects.


Prompt 2 – Tuesday

22 August 1986 – Fumes from a volcanic eruption under Lake Nios in Cameroon killed more than 1,500 people.


Prompt 3 – Wednesday

24 August 79 A.D. – Vesuvius, an active volcano in southern Italy, erupted and destroyed the cities of Pompeii, Stabiae and Herculaneum. It wasn’t lava that smothered the cities, but pyroclastic surges and ashfall deposits.


Prompt 4 – Thursday

26 August 1883 – Krakatoa, an active volcano island in Indonesia erupted, causing one of the largest ever volcanic eruptions. Tsunami 120 ft. high killed 36,000 people on nearby islands.


Prompt 5 – Friday

29 August 1792 – One of the worst maritime disasters; 900 men drowned on the British battleship, Royal George, as the ship was being repaired and a gust of wind allowed water to flood into open gun ports. The ship sank within a few minutes.


Prompt 6 – Saturday

1 August 1966 – Charles Whitman committed mass murder and became the infamous ‘Texas Tower Sniper’ during the University Of Texas Shootings.


Prompt 7 – Sunday

17 August 1969  – Hurricane Camille makes landfall becoming the second-most intense tropical cyclone to strike the United States on record.


And some extras just because:

18 August 1931 – Yangtze River floods causing the death of 3.7 million people in China.


23 August 1905  – New Orleans Yellow Fever kills hundreds.


29 August 2005 – Hurricane Katrina hits New Orleans, one of the 5 most deadly hurricanes in the history of the United States.


If you need further prompts, check out my recent posts on July Writing Prompts from Holidays and days from History.


I hope this week’s writing prompts weren’t too dark, and they provided some sort of starting point for you.  If you have any thoughts or writing you want to share – please do so in the comment section below.



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