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B. 01-11 Ferry disaster leaves 246 missing Sulawesi
C. 01-15 Airplane crash-lands into Hudson River New York
02-09 Toll from bush fires claimed 181 Victoria, Melbourne
E. 02-12 50 die after plane crashes into house Buffalo, Upstate New York
F. 04-05 About 300 dead in strong quake L'Aquila, Italy
6. 04-24 'Swine flu' kills 60
7. 04-30 Mexico shuts down to control flu Mexico
8. 05-03 WHO: cases of H1N1 virus now at 787 Global
J. 05-22 Ex-S Korea leader 'kills himself' South Korea

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Ferry disaster leaves 246 missing   21 have been rescued. Rescue crews continued their search for the missing a day after The Teratai Prima capsized off the coast of Majena Airplane crash-lands into Hudson River   A US Airways plane with 155 people on board went into a chilly river, apparently after striking birds upon takeoff from LaGuardia Airport   Toll from bush fires claimed 181 Map of Victoria Australia
Jan.11   Sulawesi
Jan.15   New York
Jan.19  China  China confirms 3rd bird flu death this year
Jan.24  Barcelona  Four boys killed as storms collapsed roof
Feb.2  London  Heaviest UK snow in 18 years hits flights
Feb.6  China  China suffering worst drought in 50 years
Feb.9   Melbourne
  Some people died in their cars trying to escape the fires. Some of the fires in the state of Victoria were started deliberately
 The Victorian bushfires are a series of bushfires that were ignited on 7 February 2009, resulting in Australia's highest ever loss of life from a bushfire. Over 500 people injuried. The fires have destroyed at least 1,834 homes in towns north-east of Melbourn. The fires have left an estimated 7,500 people homeless
Feb.11  Siberia  Russian and US satellites collide
Feb.12   Upstate New York
Feb.16  United Kingdom  British, French nuclear submarines collide
Feb.25  Netherlands  Nine killed as Turkish plane crashes
Mar.6  Zimbabwe  PM's wife killed in car crash
Mar.22  Mountain States  'Children die' in plane crash
Mar.27  Turkey  Bodies found at helicopter crash site
 Jakarta  Suburban 'tsunami' kills 77
Mar.31  Libya  Hundreds feared drowned off Libya
Apr.5  North Korea  Space launch 'fails'
  Italy
  A 6.3-magnitude earthquake jolted central Italy, after a series of about a hundred minor tremors since January.    This quake was caused by movement on a NW-SE trending normal fault. The majority of the damage occurred in the medieval capital city of the Abruzzo region and the sur...
Apr.7  Italy  Death toll rises to 207 in quake Apr.9  Italy  Italy mourns earthquake victims Apr.24   Mexico 'Swine flu' kills 60 Map of Mexico City Mexico
  The World Health Organization says it suspects flu has killed 60 people and infected 800 others; majority of the cases were in the capital
 The new virus strain is a type of influenza A (H1N1) virus, commonly called the swine flu. By the end of April, 300 schools had closed across the U.S. and the Mexican government ordered a multi-day shutdown of all non-essential activities in the government and private sector, amounting to a shutdown of most of the economy
Apr.25  Mexico  WHO: Mexico flu 'a potential pandemic' Apr.27  Global  WHO raises swine flu alert level Apr.29  Texas  First U.S. swine flu death confirmed  Geneva  WHO raises pandemic alert Apr.30   Mexico Mexico shuts down to control flu  Global  Confirmed swine flu cases leap May.1  Hong Kong  'Flu' hotel sealed off May.3   Global WHO: cases of H1N1 virus now at 787 May.19  Jakarta  Nearly 100 dead in military plane crash May.22   South Korea Ex-S Korea leader 'kills himself' May.28  Brazil  Dam bursts after more rain Jun.1   Northeastern Brazil Air France plane crashed
  The Airbus A330-200 with 228 people aboard reported electrical problems in stormy weather before it lost contact.    The plane sent an automatic message signaling a...
Jun.5  North Mexico  29 children die in day care center fire Jun.7  Northeastern Brazil  Bodies found from missing Air France plane Jun.8  Northeastern Brazil  Air France tail section recovered Jun.11   Global WHO declares swine flu pandemic  The World Health Organization raised the alert to its highest level, saying the virus has spread to enough countries to be considered a global... Jun.18  New Jersey  Jetliner lands safely after pilot dies Jun.22  Washington  Fatal crash on subway system Jun.29   Comoros Yemeni plane crashes with 154 aboard
 Northern Italy  14 die in Italian Riviera train-gas blast Jun.30  Comoros  Child found alive after Indian Ocean plane crash Jul.15   Iran 168 feared dead as plane crashes Jul.21  India  Darkness envelops Asia during eclipse Jul.24  Iran  17 die as plane skids, bursts into flames Aug.7  Taiwan  Typhoon Morakot lashes Taiwan Aug.8  Manhattan  Helicopter and plane collide, 9 died Aug.10   Taiwan 'Hundreds lost' in typhoon  Southern China  Landslide crushes buildings Aug.11  Taiwan  Mudslide hundreds 'alive' Aug.18  Siberia  62 still missing after blast at plant Aug.23   Athens Fire threat empties Athens suburb   Residents of an entire Agios Stefanos have been ordered from their homes as out-of-control wildfires blaze around the Greek capital Aug.31  Los Angeles  Heat fuelling California wildfire Sep.2  Indonesia  Powerful earthquake kills 34 Sep.8  West Africa  600,000 hit by flooding Sep.26  Manila  Dozens dead in floods Sep.29   Samoa 85 deaths reported after quake Sep.30   Sumatra Indonesia quake death kills thousands   Thousands more trapped by collapsed buildings and houses. The quake caused widespread power and phone outages Oct.1   Sumatra Quake deaths pass 1,000 Oct.2  Sumatra  Thousands still trapped by quake  Sumatra  Entire villages buried by quakes Oct.7  Melanesia  Tsunami warning in south Pacific Oct.10  Philippines  Days of flooding, landslides kill 186 Oct.15   Colorado 'Balloon boy' found alive at home Oct.23  Puerto Rico  Fire rages at fuel depot Oct.24  Washington  US declares swine flu 'emergency' Oct.26  Western Afghanistan  DEA among 14 dead in copter crashes Nov.10  Brazil  Dam failure triggers huge blackout Nov.22  Sumatra  29 dead as ferry sinks Nov.28   Russia Train wreck 'an act of terror' Dec.4   Ural 152 killed in nightclub blast and fire Dec.16  Philippines  30,000 flee volcano Dec.18  England  Eurostar trains stuck in tunnel Dec.19  Virginia  Snowstorm strikes US East Coast Dec.21  Poland  80 dead in European winter weather Dec.26  Aceh  Fifth anniversary of tsunami marked



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Europe
01/24 Four boys killed as storms collapsed roof
02/02 Heaviest UK snow in 18 years hits flights
02/25 Nine killed as Turkish plane crashes
04/05 About 300 dead in strong quake
04/07 Death toll rises to 207 in quake
04/29 WHO raises pandemic alert
06/29 14 die in Italian Riviera train-gas blast
08/23 Fire threat empties Athens suburb
12/18 Eurostar trains stuck in tunnel
02/02 Heaviest UK snow in 18 years hits flights
02/25 Nine killed as Turkish plane crashes
03/27 Bodies found at helicopter crash site
04/29 WHO raises pandemic alert
East Asia
01/11 Ferry disaster leaves 246 missing
01/19 China confirms 3rd bird flu death this year
05/01 'Flu' hotel sealed off
05/19 Nearly 100 dead in military plane crash
08/10 'Hundreds lost' in typhoon
09/26 Dozens dead in floods
09/30 Indonesia quake death kills thousands
10/01 Quake deaths pass 1,000
10/10 Days of flooding, landslides kill 186
05/19 Nearly 100 dead in military plane crash
01/19 China confirms 3rd bird flu death this year
05/01 'Flu' hotel sealed off
European Union
01/24 Four boys killed as storms collapsed roof
02/25 Nine killed as Turkish plane crashes
04/05 About 300 dead in strong quake
04/07 Death toll rises to 207 in quake
06/29 14 die in Italian Riviera train-gas blast
08/23 Fire threat empties Athens suburb
12/18 Eurostar trains stuck in tunnel
02/02 Heaviest UK snow in 18 years hits flights
02/25 Nine killed as Turkish plane crashes
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USA
01/15 Airplane crash-lands into Hudson River
02/12 50 die after plane crashes into house
04/29 First U.S. swine flu death confirmed
06/18 Jetliner lands safely after pilot dies
08/08 Helicopter and plane collide, 9 died
10/15 'Balloon boy' found alive at home
01/15 Airplane crash-lands into Hudson River
02/12 50 die after plane crashes into house
06/18 Jetliner lands safely after pilot dies
08/08 Helicopter and plane collide, 9 died
10/15 'Balloon boy' found alive at home
04/29 First U.S. swine flu death confirmed
Southeast Asia
01/11 Ferry disaster leaves 246 missing
05/19 Nearly 100 dead in military plane crash
09/26 Dozens dead in floods
09/30 Indonesia quake death kills thousands
10/01 Quake deaths pass 1,000
05/19 Nearly 100 dead in military plane crash
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Africa
03/06 PM's wife killed in car crash
06/01 Air France plane crashed
06/29 Yemeni plane crashes with 154 aboard
06/30 Child found alive after Indian Ocean plane crash
09/08 600,000 hit by flooding
06/01 Air France plane crashed
06/29 Yemeni plane crashes with 154 aboard
06/30 Child found alive after Indian Ocean plane crash
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Indonesia
01/11 Ferry disaster leaves 246 missing
05/19 Nearly 100 dead in military plane crash
09/30 Indonesia quake death kills thousands
10/01 Quake deaths pass 1,000
05/19 Nearly 100 dead in military plane crash
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Latin America
04/24 'Swine flu' kills 60
04/25 WHO: Mexico flu 'a potential pandemic'
04/30 Mexico shuts down to control flu
05/28 Dam bursts after more rain
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04/24 'Swine flu' kills 60
04/25 WHO: Mexico flu 'a potential pandemic'
04/30 Mexico shuts down to control flu
Italy
04/05 About 300 dead in strong quake
04/07 Death toll rises to 207 in quake
06/29 14 die in Italian Riviera train-gas blast
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Mexico
04/24 'Swine flu' kills 60
04/25 WHO: Mexico flu 'a potential pandemic'
04/30 Mexico shuts down to control flu
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04/24 'Swine flu' kills 60
04/25 WHO: Mexico flu 'a potential pandemic'
04/30 Mexico shuts down to control flu
Russia
02/11 Russian and US satellites collide
08/18 62 still missing after blast at plant
12/04 152 killed in nightclub blast and fire
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New York
01/15 Airplane crash-lands into Hudson River
02/12 50 die after plane crashes into house
08/08 Helicopter and plane collide, 9 died
01/15 Airplane crash-lands into Hudson River
02/12 50 die after plane crashes into house
08/08 Helicopter and plane collide, 9 died
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Arab Countries
03/31 Hundreds feared drowned off Libya
06/29 Yemeni plane crashes with 154 aboard
06/30 Child found alive after Indian Ocean plane crash
06/29 Yemeni plane crashes with 154 aboard
06/30 Child found alive after Indian Ocean plane crash
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China
01/19 China confirms 3rd bird flu death this year
02/06 China suffering worst drought in 50 years
05/01 'Flu' hotel sealed off
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01/19 China confirms 3rd bird flu death this year
05/01 'Flu' hotel sealed off
United Kingdom
02/02 Heaviest UK snow in 18 years hits flights
02/16 British, French nuclear submarines collide
12/18 Eurostar trains stuck in tunnel
02/02 Heaviest UK snow in 18 years hits flights
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Ferry disaster leaves 246 missing Map of Sulawesi Indonesia


January 2009 ... more > Top ^
Jan.5  Gaza  Doctor in Gaza: Patients lying everywhere
Jan.6  West Germany  Billionaire Adolf Merckle kills self
Jan.11  Costa Rica  34 dead, dozens missing from quake
  Sulawesi  
  21 have been rescued. Rescue crews continued their search for the missing a day after The Teratai Prima capsized off the coast of Majena
Jan.15   New York   Airplane crash-lands into Hudson River
  A US Airways plane with 155 people on board went into a chilly river, apparently after striking birds upon takeoff from LaGuardia Airport
 The flight's captain was Chesley B. Sullenberger III, 57, of Danville, California, a former U.S. Air Force captain. All 150 passengers, 3 flight attendants and 2 pilots were rescued, with a number later treated for minor injuries. The Airbus A320 was heading for Charlotte. Rescue boats plucked passengers, who were wearing life jackets, from the wings of the plane
Jan.19   China China confirms 3rd bird flu death this year
Jan.24   Barcelona Four boys killed as storms collapsed roof Jan.29  Iceland  Arctic thaw raises security concerns Jan.31  Kenya  At least 100 people killed in oil fire

February 2009 ... more > Top ^
Feb.2   London Heaviest UK snow in 18 years hits flights
Feb.6   China China suffering worst drought in 50 years Feb.7  Australia  Raging bushfires kill at least 65 Feb.8  Australia  Bush fires kill at least 93 people  Melbourne  Raging wildfires killed at least 130 people Feb.9   Melbourne     Toll from bush fires claimed 181 Map of Victoria Australia
  Some people died in their cars trying to escape the fires. Some of the fires in the state of Victoria were started deliberately
 The Victorian bushfires are a series of bushfires that were ignited on 7 February 2009, resulting in Australia's highest ever loss of life from a bushfire. Over 500 people injuried. The fires have destroyed at least 1,834 homes in towns north-east of Melbourn. The fires have left an estimated 7,500 people homeless
Feb.10  Melbourne  Winds continue to spread wildfires Feb.11   Siberia   Russian and US satellites collide  The communications satellites have collided in space in the first such reported mishap at high speed nearly 780km over Siberia Feb.12   Upstate New York   50 die after plane crashes into house Map of Buffalo USA
  A Continental Airlines plane crashed in suburban Buffalo. There were 44 passengers, 4 crew members killed on board and one on the ground.    Flight 3407, operated by Colgan Air, was en route from Newark when it went...
Feb.16   United Kingdom British, French nuclear submarines collide Feb.21  Melbourne  Australia mourns bushfire victims  China  74 dead in mine blast Feb.25   Netherlands   Nine killed as Turkish plane crashes   A passenger jet crashed as it tried to land at the airport, killing at least nine people and injuring more than 50 -- 25 seriously

March 2009 ... more > Top ^
Mar.6   Zimbabwe PM's wife killed in car crash   Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai was in stable condition and recovering from head injuries after a car wreck that killed his wife, Susan Mar.22  Japan  2 die as cargo plane crash lands   Mountain States 'Children die' in plane crash
Mar.24  Darfur  U.N.: One million people at risk in Darfur Mar.26  Turkey  Ultra-nationalist in chopper crash  Jakarta  28 dead after dam bursts Mar.27   Turkey Bodies found at helicopter crash site   Jakarta Suburban 'tsunami' kills 77  U. S. Midwest  Flood fear forces evacuations Mar.30  Libya  Fishing boats sink off Libyan coast Mar.31   Libya Hundreds feared drowned off Libya

April 2009 ... more > Top ^
Apr.5   North Korea Space launch 'fails'
  Italy   About 300 dead in strong quake Map of L%27Aquila Italy
  A 6.3-magnitude earthquake jolted central Italy, after a series of about a hundred minor tremors since January
 This quake was caused by movement on a NW-SE trending normal fault. The majority of the damage occurred in the medieval capital city of the Abruzzo region and the surrounding villages Silvio Berlusconi refused foreign aid, saying that Italians were 'proud people' and had sufficient resources; However he singled out the United States
Apr.6  Italy  90 dead in earthquake  Italy  Rescuers work into night Apr.7   Italy   Death toll rises to 207 in quake   100 residents critically injured; 150 people had been rescued alive so far, and the operation would continue for a further 48 hours Apr.8  Italy  Aftershocks rattle quake rescue efforts Apr.9   Italy Italy mourns earthquake victims Apr.24   Mexico     'Swine flu' kills 60 Map of Mexico City Mexico
  The World Health Organization says it suspects flu has killed 60 people and infected 800 others; majority of the cases were in the capital
 The new virus strain is a type of influenza A (H1N1) virus, commonly called the swine flu. By the end of April, 300 schools had closed across the U.S. and the Mexican government ordered a multi-day shutdown of all non-essential activities in the government and private sector, amounting to a shutdown of most of the economy
 New York  Swine flu viruses in Mexico, U.S. match Apr.25   Mexico     WHO: Mexico flu 'a potential pandemic'   The presence of swine flu in Mexico and the U.S. is 'a serious situation' that could develop into a pandemic  Mexico  Suspected Mexico flu toll hits 81 Apr.27  European Union  Countries take steps to prevent outbreak   Global WHO raises swine flu alert level Apr.28  Mexico  152 swine flu deaths  Italy  Pope visits quake zone  Mexico  City shuts down venues due to swine flu Apr.29   Texas     First U.S. swine flu death confirmed   A 2-year-old child became the first fatality in the United States, while more European countries announced confirmed cases of the disease   Geneva     WHO raises pandemic alert   The World Health Organization raised its pandemic alert to 5, its second-highest level, warning of widespread human infection from the outbr... Apr.30   Mexico Mexico shuts down to control flu
  Mexico is beginning a 5-day shutdown of parts of its economy in a bid to slow the spread.    Non-essential government ...
  Global Confirmed swine flu cases leap


May 2009 ... more > Top ^
May.1   Hong Kong   'Flu' hotel sealed off  About 300 people have been placed under quarantine after a guest there became China's first confirmed swine flu case May.2  Global  Number of confirmed H1N1 cases soars  Mexico  Mexico plea as virus 'stabilises' May.3   Global   WHO: cases of H1N1 virus now at 787
  The number of swine flu cases worldwide now stands at 787 with two additional deaths reported in Mexico.    The pigs may have been infected by a Canadian fa...
 Global  WHO warns against flu complacency May.4  UN  U.N. wary of second wave of swine flu May.9  Global  WHO reports big jump in swine flu cases May.19  Washington  Obama to curb vehicle emissions   Jakarta Nearly 100 dead in military plane crash   112 people were thought to be aboard when the Hercules transport plane crashed into a residential area in east Java May.22   South Korea Ex-S Korea leader 'kills himself'
  Roh Moo-hyun , 62, had been under investigation for alleged corruption, has apparently committed suicide by jumping into a ravine.    He was mountain climbing near his home and had left a brief suicide note and had left a brief suicide not...
May.28   Brazil Dam bursts after more rain   A dam burst in the northeastern village of Cocal left a girl dead and three people missing. 800 to 2,000 homes near the dam were inundated

June 2009 ... more > Top ^
Jun.1   Northeastern Brazil   Air France plane crashed
  The Airbus A330-200 with 228 people aboard reported electrical problems in stormy weather before it lost contact
 The plane sent an automatic message signaling an electric circuit failure as it hit turbulence
 Brazil  Atlantic searched for lost plane Jun.2  Brazil  Plane searchers spot ocean debris Jun.3  Paris  Plane's recorders may never be found Jun.4  Brazil  Debris found not from Air France plane Jun.5   North Mexico   29 children die in day care center fire   More than 100 others were injured when their day care center caught fire in the northwestern state. The victims were from 1 to 5 years old Jun.7   Northeastern Brazil Bodies found from missing Air France plane Jun.8   Northeastern Brazil Air France tail section recovered Jun.9  Northeastern Brazil  Air France bodies returned to land Jun.11   Global   WHO declares swine flu pandemic
  The World Health Organization raised the alert to its highest level, saying the virus has spread to enough countries to be considered a global pandemic
 30,000 cases globally and 141 deaths with figures rising daily. The swine flu virus is spreading in at least two regions of the world with rising cases being seen in the UK, Australia, Japan and Chile
Jun.18   New Jersey   Jetliner lands safely after pilot dies   Continental Flight 61, Boeing 777 , whose pilot died while flying from Brussels to Newark, New Jersey, has landed safely Jun.19  UN  World hunger 'hits one billion' Jun.22   Washington Fatal crash on subway system Jun.29   Comoros   Yemeni plane crashes with 154 aboard
  A Yemeni jetliner en route to Moroni has crashed in the Indian Ocean an hour before reaching its destination, Moroni, the capital of Comoros.    The Airbus 310 was operated by the state carrier Ye...
  Northern Italy 14 die in Italian Riviera train-gas blast   A gas explosion from a cargo train carrying fuel tanks killed at least five people and injured 35 others in a town in the west coastal town of... Jun.30   Comoros Child found alive after Indian Ocean plane crash  A massive rescue effort was under way after a young child was found among the wreckage of a downed Yemeni jet off the coast of Comoros

July 2009 ... more > Top ^
Jul.1  Comoros  Teen plane survivor recovers in hospital Jul.2  Paris  Air France jet 'broke on impact' Jul.3  Tribal Areas  Deadly military crash Jul.15   Iran   168 feared dead as plane crashes Map of Qazvin Iran
  An Iranian airliner en route to Armenia crashed killing all passengers and crew plunged into the ground and disintegrated on impact.    10 members of the country's youth judo team were aboard the Caspian Airlines plane. A ...
 Iran  Plane black boxes 'damaged' Jul.19  Kandahar  Copter crash kills 16 Jul.21   India     Darkness envelops Asia during eclipse   Darkness fell across parts of China and India as a total solar eclipse passed across the world's most populous countries Jul.24   Iran 17 die as plane skids, bursts into flames Jul.28  Haiti  Dozens missing as boat capsizes

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Aug.2  Paris  Scientists find new strain of HIV Aug.7   Taiwan Typhoon Morakot lashes Taiwan
Aug.8   Manhattan   Helicopter and plane collide, 9 died  A tour helicopter and a light aircraft have collided over the Hudson River near New York City. Both aircraft crashed into the river after the... Aug.9  Southern China  Typhoon Morakot slams into China  Southern China  Millions displaced as typhoon blasts China Aug.10   Taiwan   'Hundreds lost' in typhoon
  Morakot triggered a mudslide that buried an entire Shiao Lin village on the south-west coast after part of the mountain collapsed on sleeping homes.    The typhoon struck at the weekend, dumping record amounts of rain and washing out roads and bridges. Mo...
  Southern China Landslide crushes buildings
Aug.11   Taiwan Mudslide hundreds 'alive' Aug.12  Taiwan  Typhoon death toll mounts Aug.13  Taiwan  Mudslide death toll rises Aug.15  Taiwan  1,300 still trapped after typhoon Aug.18   Siberia   62 still missing after blast at plant   An explosion at Russia's the Sayano-Shushenskaya hydroelectric plant, Russia's largest hydroelectric plant, killed 12 people Aug.23   Athens   Fire threat empties Athens suburb Map of Agios Stefanos Greece
  Residents of an entire Agios Stefanos have been ordered from their homes as out-of-control wildfires blaze around the Greek capital
Aug.24  Greece  Firefighters get brief respite Aug.28  Comoros  Crash flight recorder found Aug.31   Los Angeles Heat fuelling California wildfire

September 2009 ... more > Top ^
Sep.2   Indonesia Powerful earthquake kills 34
 Indonesia  Quake search stepped up Sep.3  Arctic  1990s temps warmest in 2,000 years Sep.5  Southern Philippines  Hundreds saved from doomed ferry Sep.8   West Africa     600,000 hit by flooding  U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs: The worst hit have been Burkina Faso, Senegal, Ghana and Niger Sep.12  Brazil  Severe weather displaces thousands Sep.20  Ivory Coast  Firm agrees Ivorian waste payouts Sep.23  Thailand  HIV/Aids trial offer vaccine hope Sep.26   Manila   Dozens dead in floods   At least 40 people have been killed and thousands more evacuated as floods caused by heavy rain brought chaos Sep.29   Samoa   85 deaths reported after quake
  A tsunami warning for the South Pacific was called off hours after a magnitude 8.0 earthquake was recorded near American Samoa.    A tsunami triggered by a strong quake has killed at least 65 people in Samoa an...
Sep.30   Sumatra   Indonesia quake death kills thousands
Map of Padang Indonesia
  Thousands more trapped by collapsed buildings and houses. The quake caused widespread power and phone outages
 Buildings, including at least two hospitals, were brought down by the 7.6 magnitude quake
 Sumatra  New quake hits stricken Sumatra  Samoa  Scores dead, villages flattened in tsunami

October 2009 ... more > Top ^
Oct.1   Sumatra   Quake deaths pass 1,000
Map of Padang Indonesia
  Corpses lay stacked outside hospitals, as night fell casting nearly the entire city in darkness hours after the region's second strong earthquake.    Rescuers free man trapped in 'pancaked' Indonesian hotel. Rescuers are working i...
Oct.2   Sumatra Thousands still trapped by quake   Sumatra Entire villages buried by quakes Oct.3  Sumatra  Up to 4,000 buried in quake rubble Oct.7   Melanesia Tsunami warning in south Pacific Oct.8  Philippines  Landslides kill more than 120 Oct.10   Philippines Days of flooding, landslides kill 186  Tropical depression Parma, known locally as Pepeng, dumped as much as 36 inches of rain. Another 93 people have been injured Oct.15   Colorado   'Balloon boy' found alive at home
  6-year-old Falcon Heene thought to have been carried away by a helium balloon was in fact hiding in a box in an attic at home
Oct.22  North Korea  N Korea food shortage 'desperate' Oct.23   Puerto Rico     Fire rages at fuel depot   It could take a week to extinguish a massive fire that sending a thick black cloud of smoke over large parts of metro San Juan Oct.24   Washington US declares swine flu 'emergency'
Oct.26   Western Afghanistan DEA among 14 dead in copter crashes Oct.31  Philippines  Fourth typhoon in month hits Philippines

November 2009 ... more > Top ^
Nov.8  El Salvador  Flooding kills at least 124 Nov.10  West Germany  Enke's death apparent suicide   Brazil Dam failure triggers huge blackout
Nov.21  Northeast China  Coal mine blast death toll reaches 87 Nov.22   Sumatra 29 dead as ferry sinks Nov.27  Russia  Train derails, 26 died Nov.28   Russia   Train wreck 'an act of terror'
  Investigators have found 'elements of an explosive device' at the site of the derailment of an express train.    A bomb blast caused th...
Nov.29  Bangladesh  54 bodies recovered from ferry disaster

December 2009 ... more > Top ^
Dec.4   Ural 152 killed in nightclub blast and fire Map of Perm Russia
  An explosion at a nightclub killed at least 101 people and injured at least 140 others. The preliminary theory was use of pyrotechnical devices.    Most victims at the Lame Horse club died from smoke inhalation. President Dmitry...
Dec.5  Ural  Five held as investigators probe club fire Dec.16   Philippines 30,000 flee volcano Dec.18   England   Eurostar trains stuck in tunnel  4 trains have broken down in the Channel Tunnel due to cold weather, as more snow is expected to cause disruption in Britain Dec.19   Virginia Snowstorm strikes US East Coast Dec.21   Poland 80 dead in European winter weather  Lebanon  UN ends search for ship survivors Dec.22  European Union  Weather causes travel chaos in Europe Dec.23  Manila  27 missing after boats collide Dec.26   Aceh Fifth anniversary of tsunami marked Dec.29  Western Australia  Homes burn in West Australia fires


  Toll from bush fires claimed 181 Map of Victoria Australia




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2009
Jan.31  Kenya  At least 100 people killed in oil fire
Feb.7  Australia  Raging bushfires kill at least 65
Feb.8  Australia  Bush fires kill at least 93 people
Feb.8  Melbourne  Raging wildfires killed at least 130 people
Feb.9   Melbourne
  Some people died in their cars trying to escape the fires. Some of the fires in the state of Victoria were started deliberately
 The Victorian bushfires are a series of bushfires that were ignited on 7 February 2009, resulting in Australia's highest ever loss of life from a bushfire. Over 500 people injuried. The fires have destroyed at least 1,834 homes in towns north-east of Melbourn. The fires have left an estimated 7,500 people homeless
Feb.10  Melbourne  Winds continue to spread wildfires Feb.21  Melbourne  Australia mourns bushfire victims Jun.5   North Mexico 29 children die in day care center fire   More than 100 others were injured when their day care center caught fire in the northwestern state. The victims were from 1 to 5 years old Aug.23   Athens Fire threat empties Athens suburb
Map of Agios Stefanos Greece
  Residents of an entire Agios Stefanos have been ordered from their homes as out-of-control wildfires blaze around the Greek capital
Aug.24  Greece  Firefighters get brief respite Aug.31   Los Angeles Heat fuelling California wildfire Oct.23   Puerto Rico   Fire rages at fuel depot   It could take a week to extinguish a massive fire that sending a thick black cloud of smoke over large parts of metro San Juan Dec.5  Ural  Five held as investigators probe club fire Dec.29  Western Australia  Homes burn in West Australia fires



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2009 Jul.3  Tribal Areas  Deadly military crash Jul.21   India   Darkness envelops Asia during eclipse   Darkness fell across parts of China and India as a total solar eclipse passed across the world's most populous countries Oct.26   Western Afghanistan DEA among 14 dead in copter crashes




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2009 Jan.11  Costa Rica  34 dead, dozens missing from quake Apr.5   Italy About 300 dead in strong quake
Map of L%27Aquila Italy
  A 6.3-magnitude earthquake jolted central Italy, after a series of about a hundred minor tremors since January
 This quake was caused by movement on a NW-SE trending normal fault. The majority of the damage occurred in the medieval capital city of the Abruzzo region and the surrounding villages Silvio Berlusconi refused foreign aid, saying that Italians were 'proud people' and had sufficient resources; However he singled out the United States
Apr.6  Italy  90 dead in earthquake Apr.7   Italy Death toll rises to 207 in quake   100 residents critically injured; 150 people had been rescued alive so far, and the operation would continue for a further 48 hours Apr.8  Italy  Aftershocks rattle quake rescue efforts Apr.9   Italy Italy mourns earthquake victims Apr.28  Italy  Pope visits quake zone Sep.2   Indonesia Powerful earthquake kills 34 Sep.2  Indonesia  Quake search stepped up Sep.29   Samoa 85 deaths reported after quake
  A tsunami warning for the South Pacific was called off hours after a magnitude 8.0 earthquake was recorded near American Samoa.    A tsunami triggered by a strong quake has killed at least 65 people in Samoa an...
Sep.30   Sumatra Indonesia quake death kills thousands
Map of Padang Indonesia
  Thousands more trapped by collapsed buildings and houses. The quake caused widespread power and phone outages
 Buildings, including at least two hospitals, were brought down by the 7.6 magnitude quake
Sep.30  Sumatra  New quake hits stricken Sumatra Sep.30  Samoa  Scores dead, villages flattened in tsunami Oct.1   Sumatra Quake deaths pass 1,000 Map of Padang Indonesia
  Corpses lay stacked outside hospitals, as night fell casting nearly the entire city in darkness hours after the region's second strong earthquake.    Rescuers free man trapped in 'pancaked' Indonesian hotel. Rescuers are working i...
Oct.2   Sumatra Thousands still trapped by quake Oct.2   Sumatra Entire villages buried by quakes Oct.3  Sumatra  Up to 4,000 buried in quake rubble Oct.7   Melanesia Tsunami warning in south Pacific Dec.26   Aceh Fifth anniversary of tsunami marked



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2009 Mar.6   Zimbabwe PM's wife killed in car crash   Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai was in stable condition and recovering from head injuries after a car wreck that killed his wife, Susan Nov.10  West Germany  Enke's death apparent suicide



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2009 Jan.5  Gaza  Doctor in Gaza: Patients lying everywhere Jan.19   China China confirms 3rd bird flu death this year
Apr.24   Mexico   'Swine flu' kills 60 Map of Mexico City Mexico
  The World Health Organization says it suspects flu has killed 60 people and infected 800 others; majority of the cases were in the capital
 The new virus strain is a type of influenza A (H1N1) virus, commonly called the swine flu. By the end of April, 300 schools had closed across the U.S. and the Mexican government ordered a multi-day shutdown of all non-essential activities in the government and private sector, amounting to a shutdown of most of the economy
Apr.24  New York  Swine flu viruses in Mexico, U.S. match Apr.25   Mexico   WHO: Mexico flu 'a potential pandemic'   The presence of swine flu in Mexico and the U.S. is 'a serious situation' that could develop into a pandemic Apr.25  Mexico  Suspected Mexico flu toll hits 81 Apr.27  European Union  Countries take steps to prevent outbreak Apr.27   Global WHO raises swine flu alert level Apr.28  Mexico  152 swine flu deaths Apr.28  Mexico  City shuts down venues due to swine flu Apr.29   Texas   First U.S. swine flu death confirmed   A 2-year-old child became the first fatality in the United States, while more European countries announced confirmed cases of the disease Apr.29   Geneva   WHO raises pandemic alert   The World Health Organization raised its pandemic alert to 5, its second-highest level, warning of widespread human infection from the outbr... Apr.30   Mexico Mexico shuts down to control flu
  Mexico is beginning a 5-day shutdown of parts of its economy in a bid to slow the spread.    Non-essential government ...
Apr.30   Global Confirmed swine flu cases leap
May.1   Hong Kong 'Flu' hotel sealed off  About 300 people have been placed under quarantine after a guest there became China's first confirmed swine flu case May.2  Global  Number of confirmed H1N1 cases soars May.2  Mexico  Mexico plea as virus 'stabilises' May.3   Global WHO: cases of H1N1 virus now at 787
  The number of swine flu cases worldwide now stands at 787 with two additional deaths reported in Mexico.    The pigs may have been infected by a Canadian fa...
May.3  Global  WHO warns against flu complacency May.4  UN  U.N. wary of second wave of swine flu May.9  Global  WHO reports big jump in swine flu cases Jun.11   Global WHO declares swine flu pandemic
  The World Health Organization raised the alert to its highest level, saying the virus has spread to enough countries to be considered a global pandemic
 30,000 cases globally and 141 deaths with figures rising daily. The swine flu virus is spreading in at least two regions of the world with rising cases being seen in the UK, Australia, Japan and Chile
Sep.23  Thailand  HIV/Aids trial offer vaccine hope Oct.24   Washington US declares swine flu 'emergency'




World, Disasters, 2009 Sea Disaster Timeline ... See World Sea Disaster timeline Top ^
2009 Jan.11   Sulawesi Ferry disaster leaves 246 missing
Map of Sulawesi Indonesia
  21 have been rescued. Rescue crews continued their search for the missing a day after The Teratai Prima capsized off the coast of Majena
Feb.16   United Kingdom British, French nuclear submarines collide Feb.16   United Kingdom British, French nuclear submarines collide Mar.30  Libya  Fishing boats sink off Libyan coast Mar.31   Libya Hundreds feared drowned off Libya Jul.28  Haiti  Dozens missing as boat capsizes Sep.5  Southern Philippines  Hundreds saved from doomed ferry Nov.22   Sumatra 29 dead as ferry sinks Nov.29  Bangladesh  54 bodies recovered from ferry disaster Dec.21  Lebanon  UN ends search for ship survivors Dec.23  Manila  27 missing after boats collide



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2009 Nov.10   Brazil Dam failure triggers huge blackout




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2009 Dec.16   Philippines 30,000 flee volcano




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2009 Feb.21  China  74 dead in mine blast Nov.21  Northeast China  Coal mine blast death toll reaches 87



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2009 Jan.24   Barcelona Four boys killed as storms collapsed roof
Jan.29  Iceland  Arctic thaw raises security concerns Feb.2   London Heaviest UK snow in 18 years hits flights Feb.6   China China suffering worst drought in 50 years Aug.7   Taiwan Typhoon Morakot lashes Taiwan Aug.9  Southern China  Typhoon Morakot slams into China Aug.9  Southern China  Millions displaced as typhoon blasts China Aug.10   Taiwan 'Hundreds lost' in typhoon
  Morakot triggered a mudslide that buried an entire Shiao Lin village on the south-west coast after part of the mountain collapsed on sleeping homes.    The typhoon struck at the weekend, dumping record amounts of rain and washing out roads and bridges. Mo...
Aug.12  Taiwan  Typhoon death toll mounts Aug.15  Taiwan  1,300 still trapped after typhoon Sep.3  Arctic  1990s temps warmest in 2,000 years Sep.12  Brazil  Severe weather displaces thousands Oct.10   Philippines Days of flooding, landslides kill 186  Tropical depression Parma, known locally as Pepeng, dumped as much as 36 inches of rain. Another 93 people have been injured Oct.31  Philippines  Fourth typhoon in month hits Philippines Dec.19   Virginia Snowstorm strikes US East Coast
Dec.21   Poland 80 dead in European winter weather Dec.22  European Union  Weather causes travel chaos in Europe Dec.26   Aceh Fifth anniversary of tsunami marked



World, Disasters, 2009 AIDS Timeline ... See World AIDS timeline Top ^
2009 Aug.2  Paris  Scientists find new strain of HIV Sep.23  Thailand  HIV/Aids trial offer vaccine hope



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2009 Apr.30   Mexico Mexico shuts down to control flu
  Mexico is beginning a 5-day shutdown of parts of its economy in a bid to slow the spread.    Non-essential government ...
Aug.10   Southern China Landslide crushes buildings Aug.11   Taiwan Mudslide hundreds 'alive' Aug.13  Taiwan  Mudslide death toll rises Oct.8  Philippines  Landslides kill more than 120



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2009 Sep.20  Ivory Coast  Firm agrees Ivorian waste payouts



World, Disasters, 2009 Flood Timeline ... See World Flood timeline Top ^
2009 Mar.26  Jakarta  28 dead after dam bursts Mar.27   Jakarta Suburban 'tsunami' kills 77
Mar.27  U. S. Midwest  Flood fear forces evacuations May.28   Brazil Dam bursts after more rain   A dam burst in the northeastern village of Cocal left a girl dead and three people missing. 800 to 2,000 homes near the dam were inundated Sep.8   West Africa   600,000 hit by flooding  U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs: The worst hit have been Burkina Faso, Senegal, Ghana and Niger Sep.26   Manila Dozens dead in floods   At least 40 people have been killed and thousands more evacuated as floods caused by heavy rain brought chaos Nov.8  El Salvador  Flooding kills at least 124



World, Disasters, 2009 Aviation Disasters Timeline ... See World Aviation Disasters timeline Top ^
2009 Jan.15   New York Airplane crash-lands into Hudson River
  A US Airways plane with 155 people on board went into a chilly river, apparently after striking birds upon takeoff from LaGuardia Airport
 The flight's captain was Chesley B. Sullenberger III, 57, of Danville, California, a former U.S. Air Force captain. All 150 passengers, 3 flight attendants and 2 pilots were rescued, with a number later treated for minor injuries. The Airbus A320 was heading for Charlotte. Rescue boats plucked passengers, who were wearing life jackets, from the wings of the plane
Feb.12   Upstate New York 50 die after plane crashes into house Map of Buffalo USA
  A Continental Airlines plane crashed in suburban Buffalo. There were 44 passengers, 4 crew members killed on board and one on the ground.    Flight 3407, operated by Colgan Air, was en route from Newark when it went...
Feb.25   Netherlands Nine killed as Turkish plane crashes   A passenger jet crashed as it tried to land at the airport, killing at least nine people and injuring more than 50 -- 25 seriously Mar.22  Japan  2 die as cargo plane crash lands Mar.22   Mountain States 'Children die' in plane crash Mar.26  Turkey  Ultra-nationalist in chopper crash Mar.27   Turkey Bodies found at helicopter crash site Apr.28  Italy  Pope visits quake zone May.19   Jakarta Nearly 100 dead in military plane crash   112 people were thought to be aboard when the Hercules transport plane crashed into a residential area in east Java May.19   Jakarta Nearly 100 dead in military plane crash   112 people were thought to be aboard when the Hercules transport plane crashed into a residential area in east Java Jun.1   Northeastern Brazil Air France plane crashed
  The Airbus A330-200 with 228 people aboard reported electrical problems in stormy weather before it lost contact
 The plane sent an automatic message signaling an electric circuit failure as it hit turbulence
Jun.1  Brazil  Atlantic searched for lost plane Jun.2  Brazil  Plane searchers spot ocean debris Jun.3  Paris  Plane's recorders may never be found Jun.4  Brazil  Debris found not from Air France plane Jun.7   Northeastern Brazil Bodies found from missing Air France plane
Jun.8   Northeastern Brazil Air France tail section recovered Jun.9  Northeastern Brazil  Air France bodies returned to land Jun.18   New Jersey Jetliner lands safely after pilot dies   Continental Flight 61, Boeing 777 , whose pilot died while flying from Brussels to Newark, New Jersey, has landed safely Jun.29   Comoros Yemeni plane crashes with 154 aboard
  A Yemeni jetliner en route to Moroni has crashed in the Indian Ocean an hour before reaching its destination, Moroni, the capital of Comoros.    The Airbus 310 was operated by the state carrier Ye...
Jun.30   Comoros Child found alive after Indian Ocean plane crash  A massive rescue effort was under way after a young child was found among the wreckage of a downed Yemeni jet off the coast of Comoros Jul.1  Comoros  Teen plane survivor recovers in hospital Jul.2  Paris  Air France jet 'broke on impact' Jul.3  Tribal Areas  Deadly military crash Jul.15   Iran 168 feared dead as plane crashes Map of Qazvin Iran
  An Iranian airliner en route to Armenia crashed killing all passengers and crew plunged into the ground and disintegrated on impact.    10 members of the country's youth judo team were aboard the Caspian Airlines plane. A ...
Jul.15  Iran  Plane black boxes 'damaged' Jul.19  Kandahar  Copter crash kills 16 Jul.24   Iran 17 die as plane skids, bursts into flames Aug.8   Manhattan   Helicopter and plane collide, 9 died  A tour helicopter and a light aircraft have collided over the Hudson River near New York City. Both aircraft crashed into the river after the... Aug.28  Comoros  Crash flight recorder found Oct.15   Colorado 'Balloon boy' found alive at home
  6-year-old Falcon Heene thought to have been carried away by a helium balloon was in fact hiding in a box in an attic at home
Oct.26   Western Afghanistan DEA among 14 dead in copter crashes




World, Disasters, 2009 Arrest Timeline ... See World Arrest timeline Top ^
2009 Dec.5  Ural  Five held as investigators probe club fire Dec.22  European Union  Weather causes travel chaos in Europe



World, Disasters, 2009 Environmental Timeline ... See World Environmental timeline Top ^
2009 May.19  Washington  Obama to curb vehicle emissions Sep.20  Ivory Coast  Firm agrees Ivorian waste payouts



World, Disasters, 2009 Famine Timeline ... See World Famine timeline Top ^
2009 Mar.24  Darfur  U.N.: One million people at risk in Darfur Jun.19  UN  World hunger 'hits one billion' Oct.22  North Korea  N Korea food shortage 'desperate'



World, Disasters, 2009 Business Leaders Timeline ... See World Business Leaders timeline Top ^
2009 Jan.6  West Germany  Billionaire Adolf Merckle kills self Jan.6  West Germany  Billionaire Adolf Merckle kills self Mar.6   Zimbabwe PM's wife killed in car crash   Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai was in stable condition and recovering from head injuries after a car wreck that killed his wife, Susan May.19  Washington  Obama to curb vehicle emissions May.22   South Korea Ex-S Korea leader 'kills himself'
  Roh Moo-hyun , 62, had been under investigation for alleged corruption, has apparently committed suicide by jumping into a ravine.    He was mountain climbing near his home and had left a brief suicide note and had left a brief suicide not...
Nov.10  West Germany  Enke's death apparent suicide



World, Disasters, 2009 Railroad Disasters Timeline ... See World Railroad Disasters timeline Top ^
2009 Jun.22   Washington Fatal crash on subway system Jun.29   Northern Italy 14 die in Italian Riviera train-gas blast   A gas explosion from a cargo train carrying fuel tanks killed at least five people and injured 35 others in a town in the west coastal town of... Nov.27  Russia  Train derails, 26 died Nov.28   Russia   Train wreck 'an act of terror'
  Investigators have found 'elements of an explosive device' at the site of the derailment of an express train.    A bomb blast caused th...
Dec.18   England Eurostar trains stuck in tunnel  4 trains have broken down in the Channel Tunnel due to cold weather, as more snow is expected to cause disruption in Britain



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2009 Apr.6  Italy  Rescuers work into night



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2009 Feb.11   Siberia Russian and US satellites collide  The communications satellites have collided in space in the first such reported mishap at high speed nearly 780km over Siberia Apr.5   North Korea Space launch 'fails' Nov.27  Russia  Train derails, 26 died Nov.28   Russia   Train wreck 'an act of terror'
  Investigators have found 'elements of an explosive device' at the site of the derailment of an express train.    A bomb blast caused th...




World, Disasters, 2009 Obituary Timeline ... See World Obituary timeline Top ^
2009 Feb.21  Melbourne  Australia mourns bushfire victims Apr.9   Italy Italy mourns earthquake victims May.22   South Korea Ex-S Korea leader 'kills himself'
  Roh Moo-hyun , 62, had been under investigation for alleged corruption, has apparently committed suicide by jumping into a ravine.    He was mountain climbing near his home and had left a brief suicide note and had left a brief suicide not...




World, Disasters, 2009 Explosion Timeline ... See World Explosion timeline Top ^
2009 Aug.18   Siberia 62 still missing after blast at plant   An explosion at Russia's the Sayano-Shushenskaya hydroelectric plant, Russia's largest hydroelectric plant, killed 12 people Dec.4   Ural 152 killed in nightclub blast and fire Map of Perm Russia
  An explosion at a nightclub killed at least 101 people and injured at least 140 others. The preliminary theory was use of pyrotechnical devices.    Most victims at the Lame Horse club died from smoke inhalation. President Dmitry...