Are there any instances of disaster movies coming true?

I don't particularly care for this question, it's a list question.

  • Surprisingly it has 10 up votes. You proposing to close?
    – iandotkelly Mod
    Mar 17, 2012 at 4:29
  • If close, mark as historical to salvage?
    – Tablemaker
    Mar 17, 2012 at 5:18
  • It was finally flagged by someone, so I decided to close it. Overall opinion seems to be that it's not a great question and clearly inviting a list of answers as currently written.
    – iandotkelly Mod
    Mar 19, 2012 at 2:38
  • I'm glad to see that the question was quickly re-openned. Maybe the re-wording had something to do with that, but I think probably not; this turned out to be much ado about nothing.
    – wbogacz
    Mar 21, 2012 at 15:16

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Looking at it now, I agree. There is no one right answer. I didn't initially see it as a list question because I thought there really was only one answer. But the language is in the question itself: "Are there any instances..." is asking people to list movies. Plus, there is only one way to answer something like this for it to be a satisfactory answer, and that is by listing the movies that came out before real-world disasters occurred that mirrored what happened in those movies.

I still think the topic is interesting, but I don't see anything exceptionally great happening with it right now. I vote to close until I can come up with a better way to ask the question.

Suggestions/thoughts/feelings/emotions/declarations of war all welcome!

EDIT: Updated. If the edit is acceptable and adequately addresses the concerns made here, please vote to reopen so we all can work toward taking this question from less-than-useful to a useful addition to the site.

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    Easiest thing I can think of is making it a "What is the first instance of a disaster movie coming true?"
    – Tablemaker
    Mar 17, 2012 at 17:05
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    That certainly does narrow the scope, and per the discussion on the Meta regarding "What is the first..." questions, it should be okay. Much more challenging answer to find, as well.
    – stevvve
    Mar 17, 2012 at 19:05
  • At this point I'm not certain how to proceed. I know what changes I want but there are already answers that don't necessarily answer the 'new' question (What is the first instance of a disaster movie coming true?). Is that acceptable? Or should an entirely new question be asked?
    – stevvve
    Mar 19, 2012 at 16:12
  • It should be fine to edit your question as such, and then leave a comment on the existing answers.
    – Tablemaker
    Mar 20, 2012 at 0:26

It's interesting at best, a list question at worst. Do with it what you will.

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