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B. 01-12 Brisbane flood levels reach peak Brisbane, Queensland
C. 01-13 Thousands in peril in Brazil flooding Rio de Janeiro
D. 02-21 Deadly quake strikes New Zealand Christchurch, New Zealand
03-11 Massive quake, tsunami hit Japan Sendai, Northern Japan
5. 03-14 Meltdown alert at Japan reactor Fukushima, Northern Japan
6. 03-28 Radioactive water found outside plant Fukushima, Northern Japan
7. 04-05 Water radiation millions of times over limit Northern Japan
8. 04-12 Japan disaster now on Chernobyl level Northern Japan
J. 04-28 Death toll from storms in South nears 300 Alabama

Summary.     Click for More > Massive quake, tsunami hit Japan Map of Sendai Japan
Brisbane flood levels reach peak   The city of Brisbane has woken to widespread flooding, although the peak level is a meter lower than feared Thousands in peril in Brazil flooding Deadly quake strikes New Zealand Map of Christchurch New Zealand
Jan.1  Queensland  Australia facing 'biblical' flood
Jan.3  Yemen  80 African migrants feared drowned
Jan.4  Queensland  City Rockhampton hitting flood peak
Jan.9  Iran  Plane with 105 aboard crashes in Iran
Jan.12   Queensland
Jan.13   Rio de Janeiro
Feb.2  Queensland  Powerful cyclone slams into Queensland
Feb.21   New Zealand
  A 6.3-magnitude earthquake ripped through Christchurch, causing multiple fatalities as it toppled buildings onto buses, buckled streets.    The quake caused widespread damage and several power outages, particularly in the city of Christchurch...
Feb.22  New Zealand  City in ruins after quake kills at least 75
Feb.23  New Zealand  Hopes fade for NZ quake missing
Mar.2  New Zealand  'No more survivors' from NZ quake
Mar.11   Northern Japan
  A 8.9 earthquakeis causing a tsunami that swept debris miles inland. Dozens of nations, including the U.S., are under a tsunami warning
 The most powerful earthquake to hit Japan in 100 years unleashed walls of water that swept across rice fields, engulfing towns, dragging houses onto highways and tossing cars and boats, killing hundreds and forcing the evaucations of tens of thousands
 Northern Japan  Huge blast at nuclear power plant Mar.12  Northern Japan  Exodus from Japan nuclear plant  Northern Japan  3,000 rescued; many more missing Mar.14   Northern Japan Meltdown alert at Japan reactor  Northern Japan  New blast at Japan nuclear plant Mar.15  Northern Japan  New fire fuels nuclear fears in Japan Mar.16  Northern Japan  Water dumped on Japan nuclear plant Mar.18  Northern Japan  Japan raises threat level at nuclear plant Mar.20  Northern Japan  Rescue in Japan as 2 pulled from rubble  Northern Japan  Food products limited from nuclear area Mar.25  Northern Japan  Reactor core might be leaking Mar.28   Northern Japan Radioactive water found outside plant Apr.4  Northern Japan  Japan dumps radioactive water in sea Apr.5   Northern Japan Water radiation millions of times over limit
  An attempt to plug a leak of highly radioactive water from a nuclear reactor has shown a significant difference, despite the material not setting.    Tokyo Electric: an attempt to plug the leak had shown a 'significant difference,' despite the material n...
 Northern Japan  Radioactive water leak stopped Apr.6  Malta  150 missing after boat capsizes off Italy Apr.7  Northern Japan  New quake triggers tsunami warning Apr.12   Northern Japan Japan disaster now on Chernobyl level
Apr.17  North Carolina  Dozens dead as tornadoes hit US Apr.28   Alabama Death toll from storms in South nears 300   A barrage of storms claimed nearly 300 lives and reduced once-familiar neighborhoods to piles of bricks and lumber May.8  North Mexico  Search teams recover 14 bodies from mine May.21  Iceland  Iceland volcano starts erupting May.23   Missouri 89 killed by Missouri tornado May.24  Hamburg  Volcano ash shuts German airports May.27  Paris  Air France crash pilots lost speed data May.30   Hamburg E. coli infections kill 6, sicken hundreds Jun.2  Germany  Outbreak is new form of E. coli Jun.5  Germany  Beansprouts 'likely E.coli cause' Jun.11  New Zealand  Chile volcano affects NZ flights Jun.17  Southern China  Deadly floods hit China Jun.20  Russia  Northwestern Russia jet crash kills dozens   Australia Ash cloud grounds Australian flights Jul.10   Volga Region Cruise ship sinks with 182 aboard Jul.14  Indonesia  Indonesians flee volcano eruption Jul.19   Somalia UN to declare famine in Somalia Jul.22  New York  Intense heat bakes US and Canada Jul.23   Southern China Bullet train derails, cars fall off bridge Jul.27   South Korea Landslide leaves 32 dead, dozens injured Jul.30  Northern Japan  Earthquake hits off Japan coast Aug.3  Somalia  Somalia's famine reaches into Mogadishu Aug.5  Norway  Polar bear kills 1 Briton, injures 4 Aug.27  North Carolina  Hurricane Irene lashes US coast Aug.28   New York Huge storm tears across New York Aug.29  New England  Death toll from Irene keeps rising Sep.5  Somalia  Somalia famine 'may kill 750,000' Sep.7   Russia Airliner with ice hockey team in fatal crash Sep.10  Tanzania  Scores die as Zanzibar ship sinks Sep.12  Kenya  Dozens die in pipeline fire Sep.13   Pakistan Floods kill more than 200 in Pakistan Sep.16  Nevada  Air race crash: 9 people killed, 52 injured Sep.18  Nepal  16 dead in India, Nepal after 6.9 quake Sep.26  Philippines  Powerful typhoon hits Philippines Oct.10  New Zealand  NZ ship oil spill 'significant' Oct.19  Ohio  Ohio police hunt escaped animals Oct.20   Thailand   Thai flooding threatens capital   Thais waded through flooded streets, their belongings and children perched on their shoulders Oct.23   Turkey   7.2 quake strikes eastern Turkey   In the most powerful earthquake in a decade, citizens were using flashlights and shovels as they clambered over the rubble of collapsed buil... Oct.24  Turkey  Death toll rises after Turkish quake Oct.27  Turkey  Pulled alive 100 hours after earthquake Nov.4  China  Dozens rescued from Chinese mine Nov.9   Turkey Turkish earthquake topples hotel Nov.11  Mexico  Mexican interior minister killed in crash Dec.8   India At least 89 died in fire in Calcutta hospital fire Dec.15  Northern Japan  Japan declares Fukushima stable Dec.17   Southern Philippines Philippines storm kills hundreds   A tropical storm has killed at least 430 people in the Philippines, with flash floods leaving many others missing. Tens of thousands of people... Dec.22  Southern Philippines  Floods: More than 1,000 remain missing Dec.29  Russia  Nuclear submarine in dock fire



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Location Disasters Earthquake Environmental
Japan
03/11 Massive quake, tsunami hit Japan
03/11 Huge blast at nuclear power plant
03/12 Exodus from Japan nuclear plant
03/14 Meltdown alert at Japan reactor
03/16 Water dumped on Japan nuclear plant
03/18 Japan raises threat level at nuclear plant
03/20 Food products limited from nuclear area
03/25 Reactor core might be leaking
03/28 Radioactive water found outside plant
04/05 Water radiation millions of times over limit
04/05 Radioactive water leak stopped
04/07 New quake triggers tsunami warning
04/12 Japan disaster now on Chernobyl level
03/11 Massive quake, tsunami hit Japan
03/11 Huge blast at nuclear power plant
03/12 Exodus from Japan nuclear plant
03/12 3,000 rescued; many more missing
03/14 New blast at Japan nuclear plant
03/20 Rescue in Japan as 2 pulled from rubble
04/07 New quake triggers tsunami warning
03/14 Meltdown alert at Japan reactor
03/16 Water dumped on Japan nuclear plant
03/18 Japan raises threat level at nuclear plant
03/20 Food products limited from nuclear area
03/25 Reactor core might be leaking
03/28 Radioactive water found outside plant
04/05 Water radiation millions of times over limit
04/05 Radioactive water leak stopped
04/12 Japan disaster now on Chernobyl level
Fukushima
03/11 Huge blast at nuclear power plant
03/12 Exodus from Japan nuclear plant
03/14 Meltdown alert at Japan reactor
03/16 Water dumped on Japan nuclear plant
03/18 Japan raises threat level at nuclear plant
03/20 Food products limited from nuclear area
03/25 Reactor core might be leaking
03/28 Radioactive water found outside plant
03/11 Huge blast at nuclear power plant
03/12 Exodus from Japan nuclear plant
03/14 New blast at Japan nuclear plant
03/14 Meltdown alert at Japan reactor
03/16 Water dumped on Japan nuclear plant
03/18 Japan raises threat level at nuclear plant
03/20 Food products limited from nuclear area
03/25 Reactor core might be leaking
03/28 Radioactive water found outside plant
Oceania
01/01 Australia facing 'biblical' flood
01/04 City Rockhampton hitting flood peak
01/12 Brisbane flood levels reach peak
02/02 Powerful cyclone slams into Queensland
02/21 Deadly quake strikes New Zealand
06/11 Chile volcano affects NZ flights
06/20 Ash cloud grounds Australian flights
10/10 NZ ship oil spill 'significant'
02/21 Deadly quake strikes New Zealand
02/22 City in ruins after quake kills at least 75
02/23 Hopes fade for NZ quake missing
03/02 'No more survivors' from NZ quake
10/10 NZ ship oil spill 'significant'
Europe
05/30 E. coli infections kill 6, sicken hundreds
07/10 Cruise ship sinks with 182 aboard
09/07 Airliner with ice hockey team in fatal crash
10/23 7.2 quake strikes eastern Turkey
11/09 Turkish earthquake topples hotel
10/23 7.2 quake strikes eastern Turkey
11/09 Turkish earthquake topples hotel
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East Asia
06/17 Deadly floods hit China
07/23 Bullet train derails, cars fall off bridge
07/27 Landslide leaves 32 dead, dozens injured
10/20 Thai flooding threatens capital
12/17 Philippines storm kills hundreds
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New Zealand
02/21 Deadly quake strikes New Zealand
02/22 City in ruins after quake kills at least 75
02/23 Hopes fade for NZ quake missing
06/11 Chile volcano affects NZ flights
10/10 NZ ship oil spill 'significant'
02/21 Deadly quake strikes New Zealand
02/22 City in ruins after quake kills at least 75
02/23 Hopes fade for NZ quake missing
03/02 'No more survivors' from NZ quake
10/10 NZ ship oil spill 'significant'
Australia
01/01 Australia facing 'biblical' flood
01/04 City Rockhampton hitting flood peak
01/12 Brisbane flood levels reach peak
06/20 Ash cloud grounds Australian flights
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Queensland
01/01 Australia facing 'biblical' flood
01/04 City Rockhampton hitting flood peak
01/12 Brisbane flood levels reach peak
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Christchurch
02/21 Deadly quake strikes New Zealand
02/22 City in ruins after quake kills at least 75
02/23 Hopes fade for NZ quake missing
02/21 Deadly quake strikes New Zealand
02/22 City in ruins after quake kills at least 75
02/23 Hopes fade for NZ quake missing
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USA
04/28 Death toll from storms in South nears 300
05/23 89 killed by Missouri tornado
08/28 Huge storm tears across New York
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Southeast Asia
10/20 Thai flooding threatens capital
12/17 Philippines storm kills hundreds
12/22 Floods: More than 1,000 remain missing
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Arab Countries
01/03 80 African migrants feared drowned
07/19 UN to declare famine in Somalia
09/05 Somalia famine 'may kill 750,000'
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Russia
06/20 Northwestern Russia jet crash kills dozens
07/10 Cruise ship sinks with 182 aboard
09/07 Airliner with ice hockey team in fatal crash
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January 2011 ... more > Top ^
Jan.1   Queensland
 Siberia  Russian band in plane fire drama
Jan.2  Chile  Major earthquake strikes central Chile
 Queensland  Supplies flown to Queensland city
Jan.3  Queensland  Australian floods 'to last weeks'
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Jan.9   Iran
Jan.10  Queensland  8 dead, 70 missing in flash flood
 Queensland  Australia floods menace Brisbane
Jan.12   Queensland  
  The city of Brisbane has woken to widespread flooding, although the peak level is a meter lower than feared
 Dozens of suburbs and thousands of properties are inundated. The death toll went up to 15; dozens more reported missing. In Brisbane a 24-year-old man was killed after being sucked into a storm water drain as he tried to check his father's property
 Rio de Janeiro  Flooding reportedly claims 260 lives Jan.13   Rio de Janeiro   Thousands in peril in Brazil flooding
  Thousands of families living on mountain slopes face risk of being washed away in the heavy rains and flooding that have killed nearly 500 people.    Rescuers are trying to find survivors in cut-off areas of south-eastern...
Jan.14  Southern India  Stampede kills 100 Jan.15  Rio de Janeiro  Death toll rises to 549 in Brazil flooding Jan.18  Pakistan  Major quake hits southwestern Pakistan Jan.29  Eastern Germany  Train collision in Germany kills 10

February 2011 ... more > Top ^
Feb.1  Queensland  Evacuations urged ahead of Cyclone Yasi Feb.2   Queensland Powerful cyclone slams into Queensland
 Wisconsin  Massive winter storm blitzes U.S. Feb.14  Ecuador  Huge fine in Amazon pollution case Feb.17  Antarctica  Japan to bring whaling boats home Feb.21   New Zealand   Deadly quake strikes New Zealand Map of Christchurch New Zealand
  A 6.3-magnitude earthquake ripped through Christchurch, causing multiple fatalities as it toppled buildings onto buses, buckled streets
 The quake caused widespread damage and several power outages, particularly in the city of Christchurch. The epicentre was 40 kilometers west of Christchurch. The hypocentre was at a shallow depth of 10 km
 New Zealand  Earthquake leaves 65 dead Feb.22   New Zealand City in ruins after quake kills at least 75 Feb.23  New Zealand  Rescue offers ray of hope after quake   New Zealand Hopes fade for NZ quake missing Feb.26  New Zealand  Central Christchurch 'faces demolition'

March 2011 ... more > Top ^
Mar.2   New Zealand 'No more survivors' from NZ quake
Mar.11   Northern Japan     Massive quake, tsunami hit Japan Map of Sendai Japan
  A 8.9 earthquakeis causing a tsunami that swept debris miles inland. Dozens of nations, including the U.S., are under a tsunami warning
 The most powerful earthquake to hit Japan in 100 years unleashed walls of water that swept across rice fields, engulfing towns, dragging houses onto highways and tossing cars and boats, killing hundreds and forcing the evaucations of tens of thousands
 Northern Japan  Radioactive fears rise at Japan plants   Northern Japan   Huge blast at nuclear power plant   A massive explosion has struck a Japanese nuclear power plant after devastating earthquake. Officials fear a meltdown at one of the reactors Mar.12  Northern Japan  Japan scrambles to reach trapped victims   Northern Japan     Exodus from Japan nuclear plant   An estimated 170,000 people have been evacuated from the area around a quake-damaged nuclear power station hat was hit by an explosion   Northern Japan 3,000 rescued; many more missing Mar.13  Japan  PM: Japan crisis 'worst since WWII'  Northern Japan  Explosion at Japan nuclear plant Mar.14   Northern Japan   Meltdown alert at Japan reactor Map of Fukushima Japan
  Technicians are battling to stabilise a third reactor at a quake-stricken Japanese nuclear plant, which has been rocked by a second blast in three days.
  Northern Japan New blast at Japan nuclear plant  Northern Japan  Radiation fears after Japan blast Mar.15  Northern Japan  Staff withdrawn from Japan plant   Northern Japan New fire fuels nuclear fears in Japan Mar.16   Northern Japan   Water dumped on Japan nuclear plant   Helicopters dumped water on and near the Nos. 3 and 4 units at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant to halt the nuclear accident Mar.18   Northern Japan   Japan raises threat level at nuclear plant   Japan's Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency raised the level for the crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant Friday from a 4 to 5  Northern Japan  Nuclear plant's power restoration closer Mar.20   Northern Japan Rescue in Japan as 2 pulled from rubble   Northern Japan Food products limited from nuclear area   Japan slapped restrictions on some food produced in two provinces around the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant Mar.21  Northern Japan  Work resumes at Japanese reactor Mar.22  Libya  U.S. aviators rescued Mar.25   Northern Japan   Reactor core might be leaking   Authorities raised the prospect of a likely breach in the all-important containment vessel of the No. 3 reactor at the stricken nuclear power... Mar.26  Northern Japan  Sea radiation 1,250 times normal Mar.27  Northern Japan  Japan quake prompts tsunami alert Mar.28   Northern Japan   Radioactive water found outside plant Map of Fukushima Japan
  Water found in a tunnel at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant has alarmingly high radiation readings
 Yemen  Ammo factory blast kills at least 121 Mar.29  Northern Japan  Workers scramble to prevent water leak

April 2011 ... more > Top ^
Apr.4   Northern Japan Japan dumps radioactive water in sea
Apr.5   Northern Japan   Water radiation millions of times over limit
  An attempt to plug a leak of highly radioactive water from a nuclear reactor has shown a significant difference, despite the material not setting
 Tokyo Electric: an attempt to plug the leak had shown a 'significant difference,' despite the material not setting as hoped. The company had injected a silica-based polymer, 'liquid glass' to reduce the leak
  Northern Japan   Radioactive water leak stopped   The leak of highly radioactive water into the Pacific from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant has stopped Apr.6   Malta 150 missing after boat capsizes off Italy
Apr.7   Northern Japan New quake triggers tsunami warning   A powerful 7.4 earthquake struck Japan, triggering a tsunami warning for one prefecture and advisories in others Apr.11  Japan  Japan raises nuclear crisis level Apr.12   Northern Japan   Japan disaster now on Chernobyl level
  Japanese authorities 'provisionally' declared the country's nuclear accident a level-7 event on the international scale for nuclear disasters.    The amount of radioactive iodine released by the reactors at the Fukushima nuclear plant was ...
Apr.17  Northern Japan  Reactors could take 9 months to stop   North Carolina Dozens dead as tornadoes hit US
Apr.19  Washington  U.S. first lady's plane aborts landing Apr.27  Alabama  Dozens dead from storms in Southern U.S. Apr.28   Alabama   Death toll from storms in South nears 300
  A barrage of storms claimed nearly 300 lives and reduced once-familiar neighborhoods to piles of bricks and lumber
 The vast majority of fatalities occurred in Alabama, where at least 198 people died
Apr.29  Alabama  Obama visits tornado-ravaged zone

May 2011 ... more > Top ^
May.3  North Mexico  Search under way for 14 Mexican miners May.4  Northern Japan  Workers enter Fukushima reactor May.8   North Mexico Search teams recover 14 bodies from mine
May.11  Spain  Quake hits southeastern Spain May.14  Louisiana  Key Mississippi floodgates opened May.21  Malaysia  Landslide hits orphanage   Iceland   Iceland volcano starts erupting   Iceland's most active volcano, Grimsvotn, lies under the Vatnajokull glacier in south-east Iceland May.23   Missouri   89 killed by Missouri tornado Map of Joplin Missouri
  Hundreds more injured after a tornado tore through oplin. The storm cut a path six miles long. Homes and businesses were flattened.    A damaged hospital had to be evacuated. The Governor of...
May.24  Scotland  Ash flight delays hit thousands   Hamburg Volcano ash shuts German airports May.27   Paris Air France crash pilots lost speed data May.30   Hamburg   E. coli infections kill 6, sicken hundreds
  An E. coli outbreak in northern Germany was likely caused by consuming raw tomatoes, cucumbers and lettuce.    A rare strain of E. coli that has spread to 10 ...


June 2011 ... more > Top ^
Jun.2   Germany   Outbreak is new form of E. coli   Infectious disease detectives worldwide rushed to find the cause of an outbreak of a rare strain of E. coli that has spread to 10 countries Jun.4  Germany  Death toll rises from E. coli outbreak Jun.5   Germany Beansprouts 'likely E.coli cause'
 Hamburg  E. coli 'linked' to German farm Jun.6  Luxembourg  EU to hold E.coli crisis meeting Jun.11   New Zealand Chile volcano affects NZ flights  Flights to and from Tasmania and parts of New Zealand have been cancelled as ash from a volcano erupting in Chile drifts across the region Jun.17   Southern China   Deadly floods hit China   Another round of torrential rains has flooded a once drought-stricken region, killing 25 people and leaving 25 missing Jun.20   Russia   Northwestern Russia jet crash kills dozens   At least 44 people died when twin-engine Tupolev-134 crashed onto a highway outside the northwestern city of Petrozavodsk   Australia Ash cloud grounds Australian flights Map of Adelaide Australia
  An ash cloud is drifting around the world for a second time after spewing from a Chilean volcano more than two weeks ago.    All scheduled international flights in and out of Sydney and Melbourne were c...
Jun.26  Southern France  6 bodies found in French Alps

July 2011 ... more > Top ^
Jul.4  North Mexico  Tourist boat capsizes off Mexico coast Jul.5  Sudan  Red Sea boat sinking 'kills 197' Jul.10   Volga Region Cruise ship sinks with 182 aboard
Map of Tatarstan Russia
  A cruise ship carrying 182 people sank in Russia's Volga River, leaving at least one person dead and large numbers missing
 Cyprus  Blast at Zygi naval base munitions dump Jul.14   Indonesia Indonesians flee volcano eruption Jul.19   Somalia   UN to declare famine in Somalia
  The United Nations is set to declare a famine in parts of Somalia as it suffers the worst drought in more than half a century
Jul.21  USA  Deadly heat-wave spreads across US Jul.22   New York Intense heat bakes US and Canada
Jul.23   Southern China   Bullet train derails, cars fall off bridge Map of Zhejiang China
  At least two cars of a high-speed bullet train fell off a bridge late Saturday after a derailment in eastern Zhejiang province.    At least 32 people have die...
Jul.26  Morocco  Plane crash kills 78 in Morocco Jul.27   South Korea     Landslide leaves 32 dead, dozens injured Map of Chuncheon South Korea
  More than 750 rescue workers had been dispatched to the site after the collapse occurred at midnight
Jul.30   Northern Japan Earthquake hits off Japan coast

August 2011 ... more > Top ^
Aug.3   Somalia Somalia's famine reaches into Mogadishu
Aug.5   Norway Polar bear kills 1 Briton, injures 4  Haiti  Rains, flooding threaten Haiti Aug.23  Virginia  Earthquake strikes US east coast Aug.24  Bahamas  Irene batters Bahamas Aug.27   North Carolina Hurricane Irene lashes US coast  New York  Hurricane Irene lashes New York Aug.28   New York   Huge storm tears across New York
  Seawater surged into flood-prone areas as Tropical Storm Irene hit the city, downgraded from a hurricane but still bringing fierce winds and rain.    370,000 people were ordered to...
Aug.29   New England Death toll from Irene keeps rising
Aug.31  Washington  Obama declares floods disaster in NC & NY

September 2011 ... more > Top ^
Sep.4  Japan  Typhoon Talas kills 19 in Japan Sep.5   Somalia     Somalia famine 'may kill 750,000'  As many as 750,000 people could die as Somalia's drought worsens in the coming months, the UN has warned, declaring a famine in a new area Sep.6  Texas  Texas wildfires torch 1,000 homes Sep.7   Russia   Airliner with ice hockey team in fatal crash
Map of Yaroslavl Russia
  An airliner carrying members of a major league ice hockey team has crashed shortly after taking off killing 43 people.    2 people survived with serious injuries. The Yak-42 burst into flames shortly after leavin...
Sep.10   Tanzania Scores die as Zanzibar ship sinks Sep.12   Kenya Dozens die in pipeline fire  Southern France  Explosion reported at French nuclear site Sep.13   Pakistan   Floods kill more than 200 in Pakistan Map of Sindh Pakistan
  Heavy rains and flooding in Pakistan's southeastern Sindh province has killed some 226 people over the past month
Sep.16   Nevada   Air race crash: 9 people killed, 52 injured   9 people have died after vintage World War II-era P-51 Mustang crashed near a grandstand at an air race near Reno Sep.18   Nepal 16 dead in India, Nepal after 6.9 quake Sep.24  Nepal  Tourist plane crashes near Kathmandu Sep.26   Philippines Powerful typhoon hits Philippines Sep.28  Colorado  Tainted US melons kill up to 16

October 2011 ... more > Top ^
Oct.10   New Zealand NZ ship oil spill 'significant'   Efforts to recover oil from a ship carrying nearly a half million gallons of heavy fuel that ran aground after striking a reef  New Zealand  Spill NZ 'worst marine disaster' Oct.12  New Zealand  'Massive' oil spill clean-up underway Oct.19   Ohio Ohio police hunt escaped animals
Oct.20   Thailand     Thai flooding threatens capital
  Thais waded through flooded streets, their belongings and children perched on their shoulders
 Officials ordered floodgates opened to relieve pressure on dams and levees as enormous amounts of water flowed towards the sea in Thailand's worst flood in half a century. Government workers fought to contain flooding inching towards the capital
Oct.23   Turkey     7.2 quake strikes eastern Turkey
Map of Van Turkey
  In the most powerful earthquake in a decade, citizens were using flashlights and shovels as they clambered over the rubble of collapsed buildings
 At least 45 people are reported to have been killed as a 7.2-magnitude earthquake causes buildings to collapse
Oct.24   Turkey Death toll rises after Turkish quake  Turkey  Cold night for Turkish survivors Oct.25  Turkey  Baby rescued from Turkish quake rubble Oct.26  Thailand  Floodwaters force closure of airport Oct.27   Turkey Pulled alive 100 hours after earthquake Oct.28  Thailand  Bangkok facing 'perfect storm'

November 2011 ... more > Top ^
Nov.4   China Dozens rescued from Chinese mine
Nov.6  Thailand  Death toll in Thailand floods passes 500 Nov.9   Turkey   Turkish earthquake topples hotel Map of Van Turkey
  At least four people died and 50 more were buried under rubble from an earthquake in eastern Turkey. 16 people were rescued from under rubble
 Turkey  Search for Turkey quake survivors Nov.11   Mexico Mexican interior minister killed in crash Nov.14  Northern Japan  Japan radiation 'unsafe for farming'

December 2011 ... more > Top ^
Dec.3  West Germany  WWII bomb evacuation on the Rhine Dec.8   India   At least 89 died in fire in Calcutta hospital fire
Map of Calcutta India
  Investigators have arrested six hospital managers after a fire. A majority of the bed-ridden patients were abandoned by most of the staff on duty
Dec.15   Northern Japan Japan declares Fukushima stable Dec.17   Southern Philippines   Philippines storm kills hundreds
Map of Mindanao Philippines
  A tropical storm has killed at least 430 people in the Philippines, with flash floods leaving many others missing. Tens of thousands of people have fled
 Many villagers on the coast of Mindanao were swept into the sea after Tropical Storm Washi brought heavy rain. Victims asleep as the floods swept into their homes. Tens of thousands have fled to higher ground
Dec.18  Southern Philippines  Death toll from storm tops 650 Dec.22   Southern Philippines     Floods: More than 1,000 remain missing   The Philippines government says 1,079 people are still missing in the wake of the devastating Typhoon Washi Dec.29   Russia Nuclear submarine in dock fire


New fire fuels nuclear fears in Japan Dozens die in pipeline fire At least 89 died in fire in Calcutta hospital fire Map of Calcutta India




World, Disasters, 2011 Fire Timeline ... See World Fire timeline Top ^
2011
Mar.15   Northern Japan
Sep.6  Texas  Texas wildfires torch 1,000 homes
Sep.12   Kenya
Dec.8   India
  Investigators have arrested six hospital managers after a fire. A majority of the bed-ridden patients were abandoned by most of the staff on duty
Dec.29   Russia Nuclear submarine in dock fire



World, Disasters, 2011 Food Timeline ... See World Food timeline Top ^
2011 Feb.17  Antarctica  Japan to bring whaling boats home Mar.20   Northern Japan Food products limited from nuclear area   Japan slapped restrictions on some food produced in two provinces around the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant Jun.5   Germany Beansprouts 'likely E.coli cause'
Jun.5  Hamburg  E. coli 'linked' to German farm Jul.26  Morocco  Plane crash kills 78 in Morocco Sep.28  Colorado  Tainted US melons kill up to 16



World, Disasters, 2011 Earthquake Timeline ... See World Earthquake timeline Top ^
2011 Jan.2  Chile  Major earthquake strikes central Chile Jan.18  Pakistan  Major quake hits southwestern Pakistan Feb.21   New Zealand Deadly quake strikes New Zealand
Map of Christchurch New Zealand
  A 6.3-magnitude earthquake ripped through Christchurch, causing multiple fatalities as it toppled buildings onto buses, buckled streets
 The quake caused widespread damage and several power outages, particularly in the city of Christchurch. The epicentre was 40 kilometers west of Christchurch. The hypocentre was at a shallow depth of 10 km
Feb.21  New Zealand  Earthquake leaves 65 dead Feb.22   New Zealand City in ruins after quake kills at least 75 Feb.23   New Zealand Hopes fade for NZ quake missing Feb.26  New Zealand  Central Christchurch 'faces demolition' Mar.2   New Zealand 'No more survivors' from NZ quake Mar.11   Northern Japan   Massive quake, tsunami hit Japan Map of Sendai Japan
  A 8.9 earthquakeis causing a tsunami that swept debris miles inland. Dozens of nations, including the U.S., are under a tsunami warning
 The most powerful earthquake to hit Japan in 100 years unleashed walls of water that swept across rice fields, engulfing towns, dragging houses onto highways and tossing cars and boats, killing hundreds and forcing the evaucations of tens of thousands
Mar.12  Northern Japan  Japan scrambles to reach trapped victims Mar.12   Northern Japan   Exodus from Japan nuclear plant   An estimated 170,000 people have been evacuated from the area around a quake-damaged nuclear power station hat was hit by an explosion Mar.13  Japan  PM: Japan crisis 'worst since WWII' Mar.20   Northern Japan Rescue in Japan as 2 pulled from rubble Mar.27  Northern Japan  Japan quake prompts tsunami alert Mar.28  Yemen  Ammo factory blast kills at least 121 Apr.7   Northern Japan New quake triggers tsunami warning   A powerful 7.4 earthquake struck Japan, triggering a tsunami warning for one prefecture and advisories in others May.11  Spain  Quake hits southeastern Spain Jul.10  Cyprus  Blast at Zygi naval base munitions dump Jul.30   Northern Japan Earthquake hits off Japan coast Aug.23  Virginia  Earthquake strikes US east coast Sep.18   Nepal 16 dead in India, Nepal after 6.9 quake Oct.23   Turkey   7.2 quake strikes eastern Turkey
Map of Van Turkey
  In the most powerful earthquake in a decade, citizens were using flashlights and shovels as they clambered over the rubble of collapsed buildings
 At least 45 people are reported to have been killed as a 7.2-magnitude earthquake causes buildings to collapse
Oct.24   Turkey Death toll rises after Turkish quake Oct.24  Turkey  Cold night for Turkish survivors Oct.25  Turkey  Baby rescued from Turkish quake rubble Oct.27   Turkey Pulled alive 100 hours after earthquake Nov.9   Turkey Turkish earthquake topples hotel Map of Van Turkey
  At least four people died and 50 more were buried under rubble from an earthquake in eastern Turkey. 16 people were rescued from under rubble
Nov.9  Turkey  Search for Turkey quake survivors Dec.3  West Germany  WWII bomb evacuation on the Rhine



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2011 May.30   Hamburg E. coli infections kill 6, sicken hundreds
  An E. coli outbreak in northern Germany was likely caused by consuming raw tomatoes, cucumbers and lettuce.    A rare strain of E. coli that has spread to 10 ...
Jun.2   Germany Outbreak is new form of E. coli   Infectious disease detectives worldwide rushed to find the cause of an outbreak of a rare strain of E. coli that has spread to 10 countries Jun.4  Germany  Death toll rises from E. coli outbreak Jun.5   Germany Beansprouts 'likely E.coli cause'
Jun.5  Hamburg  E. coli 'linked' to German farm Jun.6  Luxembourg  EU to hold E.coli crisis meeting Sep.28  Colorado  Tainted US melons kill up to 16



World, Disasters, 2011 Sea Disasters Timeline ... See World Sea Disasters timeline Top ^
2011 Jan.3   Yemen 80 African migrants feared drowned
Apr.6   Malta 150 missing after boat capsizes off Italy Jul.4  North Mexico  Tourist boat capsizes off Mexico coast Jul.5  Sudan  Red Sea boat sinking 'kills 197' Jul.10   Volga Region Cruise ship sinks with 182 aboard Map of Tatarstan Russia
  A cruise ship carrying 182 people sank in Russia's Volga River, leaving at least one person dead and large numbers missing
Sep.10   Tanzania Scores die as Zanzibar ship sinks Dec.29   Russia Nuclear submarine in dock fire



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2011 May.21   Iceland Iceland volcano starts erupting   Iceland's most active volcano, Grimsvotn, lies under the Vatnajokull glacier in south-east Iceland May.24  Scotland  Ash flight delays hit thousands May.24   Hamburg Volcano ash shuts German airports
Jun.11   New Zealand Chile volcano affects NZ flights  Flights to and from Tasmania and parts of New Zealand have been cancelled as ash from a volcano erupting in Chile drifts across the region Jun.20   Australia Ash cloud grounds Australian flights Map of Adelaide Australia
  An ash cloud is drifting around the world for a second time after spewing from a Chilean volcano more than two weeks ago.    All scheduled international flights in and out of Sydney and Melbourne were c...
Jul.14   Indonesia Indonesians flee volcano eruption



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2011 May.3  North Mexico  Search under way for 14 Mexican miners May.8   North Mexico Search teams recover 14 bodies from mine
Nov.4   China Dozens rescued from Chinese mine



World, Disasters, 2011 Weather Related Timeline ... See World Weather Related timeline Top ^
2011 Feb.1  Queensland  Evacuations urged ahead of Cyclone Yasi Feb.2   Queensland Powerful cyclone slams into Queensland
Feb.2  Wisconsin  Massive winter storm blitzes U.S. Apr.17   North Carolina Dozens dead as tornadoes hit US Apr.27  Alabama  Dozens dead from storms in Southern U.S. Apr.28   Alabama Death toll from storms in South nears 300
  A barrage of storms claimed nearly 300 lives and reduced once-familiar neighborhoods to piles of bricks and lumber
 The vast majority of fatalities occurred in Alabama, where at least 198 people died
Apr.29  Alabama  Obama visits tornado-ravaged zone May.23   Missouri 89 killed by Missouri tornado
Map of Joplin Missouri
  Hundreds more injured after a tornado tore through oplin. The storm cut a path six miles long. Homes and businesses were flattened.    A damaged hospital had to be evacuated. The Governor of...
Jul.21  USA  Deadly heat-wave spreads across US Jul.22   New York Intense heat bakes US and Canada Aug.5  Haiti  Rains, flooding threaten Haiti Aug.24  Bahamas  Irene batters Bahamas Aug.27   North Carolina Hurricane Irene lashes US coast Aug.27  New York  Hurricane Irene lashes New York Aug.28   New York Huge storm tears across New York
  Seawater surged into flood-prone areas as Tropical Storm Irene hit the city, downgraded from a hurricane but still bringing fierce winds and rain.    370,000 people were ordered to...
Aug.29   New England Death toll from Irene keeps rising
Sep.4  Japan  Typhoon Talas kills 19 in Japan Sep.7   Russia   Airliner with ice hockey team in fatal crash Map of Yaroslavl Russia
  An airliner carrying members of a major league ice hockey team has crashed shortly after taking off killing 43 people.    2 people survived with serious injuries. The Yak-42 burst into flames shortly after leavin...
Sep.26   Philippines Powerful typhoon hits Philippines Dec.17   Southern Philippines Philippines storm kills hundreds Map of Mindanao Philippines
  A tropical storm has killed at least 430 people in the Philippines, with flash floods leaving many others missing. Tens of thousands of people have fled
 Many villagers on the coast of Mindanao were swept into the sea after Tropical Storm Washi brought heavy rain. Victims asleep as the floods swept into their homes. Tens of thousands have fled to higher ground




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2011 Jun.26  Southern France  6 bodies found in French Alps



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2011 May.21  Malaysia  Landslide hits orphanage Jul.27   South Korea   Landslide leaves 32 dead, dozens injured
Map of Chuncheon South Korea
  More than 750 rescue workers had been dispatched to the site after the collapse occurred at midnight




World, Disasters, 2011 Flood Timeline ... See World Flood timeline Top ^
2011 Jan.1   Queensland Australia facing 'biblical' flood
Jan.3  Queensland  Australian floods 'to last weeks' Jan.4   Queensland City Rockhampton hitting flood peak   Flood preparations in the inundated Australian city of Rockhampton are being put to the test as river Fitzroy levels hit their peak Jan.10  Queensland  8 dead, 70 missing in flash flood Jan.10  Queensland  Australia floods menace Brisbane Jan.12   Queensland Brisbane flood levels reach peak Map of Brisbane Australia
  The city of Brisbane has woken to widespread flooding, although the peak level is a meter lower than feared
 Dozens of suburbs and thousands of properties are inundated. The death toll went up to 15; dozens more reported missing. In Brisbane a 24-year-old man was killed after being sucked into a storm water drain as he tried to check his father's property
Jan.12  Rio de Janeiro  Flooding reportedly claims 260 lives Jan.13   Rio de Janeiro Thousands in peril in Brazil flooding
  Thousands of families living on mountain slopes face risk of being washed away in the heavy rains and flooding that have killed nearly 500 people.    Rescuers are trying to find survivors in cut-off areas of south-eastern...
Jan.15  Rio de Janeiro  Death toll rises to 549 in Brazil flooding May.14  Louisiana  Key Mississippi floodgates opened Jun.17   Southern China Deadly floods hit China   Another round of torrential rains has flooded a once drought-stricken region, killing 25 people and leaving 25 missing Aug.31  Washington  Obama declares floods disaster in NC & NY Sep.13   Pakistan Floods kill more than 200 in Pakistan
Map of Sindh Pakistan
  Heavy rains and flooding in Pakistan's southeastern Sindh province has killed some 226 people over the past month
Oct.20   Thailand   Thai flooding threatens capital
  Thais waded through flooded streets, their belongings and children perched on their shoulders
 Officials ordered floodgates opened to relieve pressure on dams and levees as enormous amounts of water flowed towards the sea in Thailand's worst flood in half a century. Government workers fought to contain flooding inching towards the capital
Oct.26  Thailand  Floodwaters force closure of airport Oct.28  Thailand  Bangkok facing 'perfect storm' Nov.6  Thailand  Death toll in Thailand floods passes 500 Dec.18  Southern Philippines  Death toll from storm tops 650 Dec.22   Southern Philippines   Floods: More than 1,000 remain missing   The Philippines government says 1,079 people are still missing in the wake of the devastating Typhoon Washi



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2011 Jan.14  Southern India  Stampede kills 100 Feb.14  Ecuador  Huge fine in Amazon pollution case



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2011 Aug.5   Norway Polar bear kills 1 Briton, injures 4
Oct.19   Ohio Ohio police hunt escaped animals



World, Disasters, 2011 Aviation Disasters Timeline ... See World Aviation Disasters timeline Top ^
2011 Jan.1  Siberia  Russian band in plane fire drama Jan.9   Iran Plane with 105 aboard crashes in Iran
Mar.22  Libya  U.S. aviators rescued Apr.19  Washington  U.S. first lady's plane aborts landing Apr.29  Alabama  Obama visits tornado-ravaged zone May.24  Scotland  Ash flight delays hit thousands May.24   Hamburg Volcano ash shuts German airports May.27   Paris Air France crash pilots lost speed data Jun.20   Russia Northwestern Russia jet crash kills dozens   At least 44 people died when twin-engine Tupolev-134 crashed onto a highway outside the northwestern city of Petrozavodsk Jul.26  Morocco  Plane crash kills 78 in Morocco Sep.7   Russia   Airliner with ice hockey team in fatal crash Map of Yaroslavl Russia
  An airliner carrying members of a major league ice hockey team has crashed shortly after taking off killing 43 people.    2 people survived with serious injuries. The Yak-42 burst into flames shortly after leavin...
Sep.16   Nevada Air race crash: 9 people killed, 52 injured   9 people have died after vintage World War II-era P-51 Mustang crashed near a grandstand at an air race near Reno Sep.24  Nepal  Tourist plane crashes near Kathmandu Oct.26  Thailand  Floodwaters force closure of airport Nov.11   Mexico Mexican interior minister killed in crash



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2011 Jan.2  Queensland  Supplies flown to Queensland city



World, Disasters, 2011 Environmental Timeline ... See World Environmental timeline Top ^
2011 Feb.14  Ecuador  Huge fine in Amazon pollution case Feb.17  Antarctica  Japan to bring whaling boats home Mar.11  Northern Japan  Radioactive fears rise at Japan plants Mar.14   Northern Japan   Meltdown alert at Japan reactor
Map of Fukushima Japan
  Technicians are battling to stabilise a third reactor at a quake-stricken Japanese nuclear plant, which has been rocked by a second blast in three days.
Mar.14  Northern Japan  Radiation fears after Japan blast Mar.15  Northern Japan  Staff withdrawn from Japan plant Mar.16   Northern Japan Water dumped on Japan nuclear plant   Helicopters dumped water on and near the Nos. 3 and 4 units at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant to halt the nuclear accident Mar.18   Northern Japan Japan raises threat level at nuclear plant   Japan's Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency raised the level for the crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant Friday from a 4 to 5 Mar.20   Northern Japan Food products limited from nuclear area   Japan slapped restrictions on some food produced in two provinces around the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant Mar.25   Northern Japan Reactor core might be leaking   Authorities raised the prospect of a likely breach in the all-important containment vessel of the No. 3 reactor at the stricken nuclear power... Mar.26  Northern Japan  Sea radiation 1,250 times normal Mar.28   Northern Japan Radioactive water found outside plant Map of Fukushima Japan
  Water found in a tunnel at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant has alarmingly high radiation readings
Mar.29  Northern Japan  Workers scramble to prevent water leak Apr.4   Northern Japan Japan dumps radioactive water in sea Apr.5   Northern Japan Water radiation millions of times over limit
  An attempt to plug a leak of highly radioactive water from a nuclear reactor has shown a significant difference, despite the material not setting
 Tokyo Electric: an attempt to plug the leak had shown a 'significant difference,' despite the material not setting as hoped. The company had injected a silica-based polymer, 'liquid glass' to reduce the leak
Apr.5   Northern Japan Radioactive water leak stopped   The leak of highly radioactive water into the Pacific from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant has stopped Apr.11  Japan  Japan raises nuclear crisis level Apr.12   Northern Japan Japan disaster now on Chernobyl level
  Japanese authorities 'provisionally' declared the country's nuclear accident a level-7 event on the international scale for nuclear disasters.    The amount of radioactive iodine released by the reactors at the Fukushima nuclear plant was ...
Apr.17  Northern Japan  Reactors could take 9 months to stop May.4  Northern Japan  Workers enter Fukushima reactor Oct.10   New Zealand NZ ship oil spill 'significant'   Efforts to recover oil from a ship carrying nearly a half million gallons of heavy fuel that ran aground after striking a reef Oct.10  New Zealand  Spill NZ 'worst marine disaster' Oct.12  New Zealand  'Massive' oil spill clean-up underway Nov.14  Northern Japan  Japan radiation 'unsafe for farming' Dec.15   Northern Japan Japan declares Fukushima stable




World, Disasters, 2011 Famine Timeline ... See World Famine timeline Top ^
2011 Jul.19   Somalia UN to declare famine in Somalia
  The United Nations is set to declare a famine in parts of Somalia as it suffers the worst drought in more than half a century
Aug.3   Somalia Somalia's famine reaches into Mogadishu
Sep.5   Somalia   Somalia famine 'may kill 750,000'  As many as 750,000 people could die as Somalia's drought worsens in the coming months, the UN has warned, declaring a famine in a new area



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2011 Jun.6  Luxembourg  EU to hold E.coli crisis meeting



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2011 Jun.26  Southern France  6 bodies found in French Alps



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2011 Mar.13  Japan  PM: Japan crisis 'worst since WWII' Apr.19  Washington  U.S. first lady's plane aborts landing



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2011 Jan.29  Eastern Germany  Train collision in Germany kills 10 Jul.23   Southern China Bullet train derails, cars fall off bridge
Map of Zhejiang China
  At least two cars of a high-speed bullet train fell off a bridge late Saturday after a derailment in eastern Zhejiang province.    At least 32 people have die...




World, Disasters, 2011 Rescue Timeline ... See World Rescue timeline Top ^
2011 Jan.2  Queensland  Supplies flown to Queensland city Feb.23  New Zealand  Rescue offers ray of hope after quake Mar.12   Northern Japan 3,000 rescued; many more missing
Mar.18  Northern Japan  Nuclear plant's power restoration closer Mar.21  Northern Japan  Work resumes at Japanese reactor Mar.22  Libya  U.S. aviators rescued



World, Disasters, 2011 Obituary Timeline ... See World Obituary timeline Top ^
2011 Nov.11   Mexico Mexican interior minister killed in crash




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2011 Mar.14   Northern Japan   Meltdown alert at Japan reactor
Map of Fukushima Japan
  Technicians are battling to stabilise a third reactor at a quake-stricken Japanese nuclear plant, which has been rocked by a second blast in three days.
Apr.17  Northern Japan  Reactors could take 9 months to stop



World, Disasters, 2011 Explosion Timeline ... See World Explosion timeline Top ^
2011 Mar.11   Northern Japan   Huge blast at nuclear power plant   A massive explosion has struck a Japanese nuclear power plant after devastating earthquake. Officials fear a meltdown at one of the reactors Mar.13  Northern Japan  Explosion at Japan nuclear plant Mar.14   Northern Japan New blast at Japan nuclear plant
Mar.28  Yemen  Ammo factory blast kills at least 121 Jul.10  Cyprus  Blast at Zygi naval base munitions dump Sep.12   Kenya Dozens die in pipeline fire Sep.12  Southern France  Explosion reported at French nuclear site