If one looks at the prophecy through the eyes of Nostradamus; over 500 years back, it might have looked like another of the floods described in the Genesis.
Deucalion is the character from Greek mythology who escaped a deluge by constructing an
Colossus is a huge statue like the Statue of Liberty.
Vesta is the Goddess from Greek mythology who is the keeper of the hearth and the sacred flame.
“Sardon Nemans si hault desborderont,
Qu'on cuidera Deucalion renaistre,
Dans le colosse la plus part fuyront,
Vesta sepulchre feu estaint apparoistre”
“The Garden will flood so high that they will think it is an Omen that Deucalion is reborn. In the colossus the greater part will flee, Vesta’s flame appears extinguished in the tomb”
This appears like a deluge with a large chunk of the population fleeing. To those affected it appears that the flame of the Statue of Liberty has been extinguished as all hell has broken loose.
Century 10 of the prophecies of Nostradamus deals mostly with the coming world climax; in which Nostradamus predicts the earthshaking changes which are going to occur in this century, hence this is a futuristic prophecy which has not yet been fulfilled. This description could fit the happenings surrounding Super Storm Sandy and the countdown to December 21 2012.