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This is what a New York City catastrophe looks like

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In the wake of unprecedented flooding from Hurricane Sandy, New York City's Metropolitan Transit Authority has released a video showing the inundation's aftermath at its South Ferry-Whitehall Street subway station in lower Manhattan (which still lacks electricity at the time of this writing).

The video is absolutely breathtaking, and an important reason why cities -- especially high-population, low-lying ones located near bodies of water -- need to revisit their resilience strategies, pronto.

The video:

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— By on October 30, 2012, 9:57 AM PST

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