Camila Villafañe

By Camila Villafañe

LifeBuzz Staff

Haunting Pictures Taken Just Seconds Before Catastrophes.

Gone With The Waves

Photography may be the greatest invention ever. It helps us capture the most amazing moments in our lives. It even lets us take snaps of something pretty on the air, on land, or in the sea. But they can also capture the moment before a life-altering event strikes. Just look at this list of photos that captured the moment before a life-altering, and in some cases, life-ending events.

Gone With The Waves

A tsunami claimed the lives of 230,000 people when it hit the coasts of South Asia on December 26, 2004. Sadly, one of those people was 31-year-old Briton Deborah Garlick, who was celebrating the Christmas holiday in Thailand. Several months later, one of Deborah's rolls of undeveloped photos reached her parents. This photo was taken days before she was killed by the tsunami. But professional drivers are no better at avoiding disasters as this photo proves.

Racing Towards The End

Racing Towards The End

Alamy

Ayrton Senna was considered one of the best Brazilian race car drivers ever. He even had three Formula 1 trophies to prove it. But on May 1st, 1994, his car crashed against a concrete barrier. This photo was taken at the San Marino Grand Prix in Italy shortly before he got in his car to race. Sadly, he died from his injuries. But if you think one sport star dying is bad, how about an entire team?

Crash And Burn

Crash And Burn

Associated Press

On February 15, 1961, a U.S. figure skating team got on flight 548 in New York to head to Brussels. There were going to compete in the World Figure Skating Championships in Prague, so they took this photo to remember this moment. But the plane ran into some trouble and when it attempted to land, it crashed, killing everyone. Plane crashes are horrifying, but watching someone die right in front of you is so much worse.

Suicide Live

Suicide Live

Associated Press

In 1987, State Treasurer of Pennsylvania, Budd Dwyer, was convicted of taking bribes for a government contract. He was supposed to be sentenced on January 23rd, but on the 22nd, he called a press conference, and shot himself in front of everyone on live television. The bloody incident was unforgettable and gruesome. But whatever you were doing on the day this next photo was taken will forever be etched in your mind.

A Hero's Sacrifice

A Hero's Sacrifice

Corey Sipkin

NYPD officer Moira Smith witnessed the first plane strike one of the Twin Towers on September 11, 2001. As the first officer on the scene, she ran into the towers and began helping people to evacuate. This was the last photo taken of her being the hero that she was before she ran into the South Tower, which collapsed, killing her in the process. But, next time you consider taking a photo in a dangerous spot, think of this photo.

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