Timeline of Disasters and Tragedies

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16 worst since year 1000 listed at end of file.

65 Million BP    An asteroid that struck Earth wiped out the dinosaurs, about 80% of the world’s plants species and all animals bigger than a cat. In 2002 it also was estimated to have wiped out 55-60% of the plant-eating insects. A high oxygen level may have contributed to a worldwide firestorm.
    (SFC, 2/25/02, p.A4)(NH, Jul, p.62)

3000BC-2800BC    The Burckle Crater, an undersea crater, formed during this period by a very large scale comet or meteorite impact event. It is located to the east of Madagascar and west of Western Australia in the southern Indian ocean and is estimated to be about 30 km (18 mi) in diameter. In 2006 the Holocene Impact Working Group believed that it was created when a comet impacted in the ocean, and that enormous megatsunamis created the dune formations which later allowed the crater to be pin-pointed. As not only the Bible, but other ancient writings from various cultures make reference to a 'great flood', it is hypothesized that these legends are associated with this event.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burckle_Crater)

365CE        Jul 21, An earthquake leveled the Egyptian Port of Alexandria and some 50,000 died.
    (MC, 7/21/02)(AM, Mar/Apr 97 p.18)

526CE        May 29, Antioch, Turkey, was struck by an earthquake and about 250,000 died. [see May 20]
    (AM, 11/00, p.69)(SC, 5/29/02)

763        Feb 17, The An Lushan rebellion, begun in 755, ended. It had spanned the reigns of 3 Tang emperors before it was quashed. The rebellion and subsequent disorder resulted in a huge loss of life and large-scale destruction.
    (Econ, 6/9/12, p.87)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/An_Lushan_Rebellion)

1190        Mar 17, Crusaders completed the massacre of Jews of York, England.
    (MC, 3/17/02)

1201        Jul 5, An earthquake in Syria and upper Egypt killed some 1.1 million people.
    (www.geohaz.org/member/news/signif.htm)

1219        Jan 16, Floods followed a storm in Northern Netherlands and thousands were killed.
    (MC, 1/16/02)

1287        Dec 14, The Zuider Zee seawall collapsed with the loss of 50,000 lives.
    (MC, 12/14/01)

1456        Dec 5, Earthquake struck Naples and 35,000 died.
    (MC, 12/5/01)

1531        Jan 26, Lisbon was hit by an earthquake and some about 30,000 died.
    (MC, 1/26/02)

1556        Feb 2, The worst earthquake in history devastated China’s Shanxi Province, killing 830,000 people.
    (PCh, 1992, p.190)(www.kepu.ac.cn/english/quake/ruins/rns03.html)

1570        Nov 2, A tidal wave in the North Sea destroyed the sea walls from Holland to Jutland. Over a thousand people are killed.
    (HN, 11/2/98)

1607        Jan 30, A sudden flood around the Bristol Channel in southwest Britain killed at least 2,000 people. It was the worst natural disaster ever recorded in Britain.
    (Econ, 5/5/07, p.101)

1626        Mar 15, In Bolivia the Potosi (San Ildefonso) dam collapsed. It was one of the major hydraulic disasters in the world with some 4,000 human lives lost.
    (http://tinyurl.com/pgorcx2)

1626        Jul 30, An earthquake hit Naples and some 10,000 died.
    (MC, 7/30/02)

1630        Nov 30, 16,000 inhabitants of Venice died this month of plague.
    (MC, 11/30/01)

1648        Jul 22, Some 10,000 Jews of Polannoe were murdered in a massacre led by Cossack Bogdan Chmielnicki (55).
    (PC, 1992, p.241)(MC, 7/22/02)

1669        Mar 11, Mount Etna in Sicily erupted  killing 15,000. [see Mar 25]
    (MC, 3/12/02)

1669        Mar 25, Mount Etna, Sicily, erupted and destroyed Nicolosi, killing 20,000. [see Mar 11]
    (MC, 3/25/02)

1687        Oct 20, In Peru a massive earthquake leveled most of Lima. It triggered a tsunami and overall about 5,000 people died.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1687_Peru_earthquake)(SSFC, 11/3/13, p.A6)

1703        Nov 26-27, Heavy storms hit England and 1000s were killed. Bristol, England, was damaged by the hurricane. The Royal Navy lost 15 warships.
    (MC, 11/26/01)

1703        Dec 30, Tokyo was hit by Earthquake and some 37,000 people died.
    (MC, 12/30/01)

1709        Jan 5, Sudden extreme cold killed 1000s of Europeans.
    (MC, 1/5/02)

1737         Sep 19, In India’s Bay of Bengal a cyclone destroyed some 20,000 ships. It was estimated that more than 300,000 people died in the densely populated area called the Sundarbans. Later research indicated the population of Calcutta at the time to be around 20,000. An estimate of the number of deaths was revised down to about 3,000.
    (http://cires.colorado.edu/~bilham/gif_images/1737Calcutta.pdf)

1746        Oct 28, The Peruvian cities of Lima and Callao were demolished by an earthquake. 18,000 died.
    (MC, 10/28/01)

1755        Nov 1, An 8.7 earthquake hit Lisbon, Portugal, and killed some 70,000 people. Heavy damage resulted from ensuing fires and tsunami flooding in Morocco and nearly a quarter of a million people were killed.
    (SFEC, 4/26/98, p.T7)(HN, 11/1/98)(http://neic.usgs.gov/neis/eqlists/eqsmosde.html)

1769        Aug 18, Gunpowder in Brescia, Italy, church exploded and some 3,000 were killed.
    (MC, 8/18/02)

1772        Aug 11, An explosive eruption blew 4,000 feet off Papandayan, Java, and 3,000 people were killed.
    (MC, 8/11/02)

1775        Mar 19, In Italy 4 people were buried by avalanche for 37 days and 3 survived. [not clear if this was the date of the avalanche or the recovery date.]
    (MC, 3/19/02)

1789        Dec, In India’s city of Coringa 3 tidal waves caused by a cyclone destroyed the harbor city at the mouth of the Ganges river. Most ships were sunk and some 20,000 people drowned.
    (www.emergency-management.net/cyclone.htm)

1797        Feb 4, Earthquake in Quito, Ecuador, killed 41,000.
    (MC, 2/4/02)

1800        Mar 17, English warship Queen Charlotte caught fire and 700 people died.
    (MC, 3/17/02)

1804        Mar 29, Thousands of whites were massacred in Haiti.
    (MC, 3/29/02)

1805        Jul 26, Naples and Calabria were struck by an earthquake and some 26,000 died.
    (MC, 7/26/02)

1810        Dec 22, British frigate Minotaur sank killing 480.
    (MC, 12/22/01)

1812        Mar 26, Earthquake destroyed 90% of Caracas; about 20,000 died.
    (SS, 3/26/02)

1815        Apr 5, Mount Tambora on Sumbawa Island, Indonesia, in the Java Sea erupted. One-third of the 13,000 foot mountain was blasted into the air. Some 50,000 islanders were killed and the whole planet was shrouded in a debris of sulfuric droplets.
    (NOHY, 3/90, p.41)(www.britannica.com/eb/article?tocId=9071099)

1835        Feb 20, Concepcion, Chile, was destroyed by earthquake and some 5,000 died.
    (MC, 2/20/02)

1837        Jan 22, An earthquake in southern Syria killed thousands.
    (MC, 1/22/02)

1837        May 9, "Sherrod" burned in Mississippi River below Natchez, Miss., and 175 died.
    (MC, 5/9/02)

1839        Nov, In India’s city Coringa a gigantic 40-foot tidal wave caused by an enormous cyclone wiped out the harbor city that was never entirely rebuilt; 20,000 vessels in the bay were destroyed and some 300,000 people died.
    (www.emergency-management.net/cyclone.htm)

1840        May 7, A tornado struck Natchez, Miss., and killed 317.
    (MC, 5/7/02)

1841        Sep 9, The Great Lakes steamer "Erie" sank off Silver Creek, NY., and 300 people died.
    (MC, 9/9/01)

1847        Nov 21, Steamer "Phoenix" was lost on Lake Michigan. 200 people were killed.
    (MC, 11/21/01)

1850        Mar 29, Ireland's SS Royal Adelaide sank in storm and 200 people died.
    (MC, 3/29/02)

1850        Sep 22, An earthquake in Sichuan, China, killed some 300,000 people.
    (www.geohaz.org/member/news/signif.htm)

1852        Aug 20, The steamer "Atlantic" collided on Lake Erie with the fishing boat Ogdensburg, and sank. An estimated 150-250 people were drowned.
    (MC, 8/20/02)(Internet)

1853        Apr 11, A steam line burst on SF Bay ferry Jenny Lind as it made its way from Alviso to San Francisco. 31 passengers were killed.
    (SFC, 4/13/13, p.A1)

1853        May 6, The 1st major US rail disaster killed 46 at Norwalk, Connecticut.
    (MC, 5/6/02)

1854        Jan 5, The steamship San Francisco wrecked and 300 died.
    (MC, 1/5/02)

1854        Mar 1, The SS City of Glasgow left Liverpool harbor and was never seen again.
    (SC, 3/1/02)

1854        Apr 15, The immigrant steamer ship "Powchattan" (Powhattan) struck Brigantine Shoals and sank off Long Beach, NY. Over 300 people died.
    (www.maritimeheritage.org/PassLists/js051854.html)

1854        Sep 27, The first great disaster involving an ocean liner in the Atlantic occurred when the steamship Arctic sank off the coast of Newfoundland with 300 people aboard. It had collided in heavy fog with the French ship Vesta.
    (AP, 9/27/97)(Arch, 7/02, p.7)(Arch, 9/02, p.6)

1854        Nov 13, The "New Era" ship sank off New Jersey coast. The New Era, an emigrant ship of 1328 tons, was recently built in Bath, Maine, and this was her first voyage. She sailed on September 28 and was nearly two months on the way. There were 425 on board, nearly all German. 40 were lost on the trip from cholera. There were 385 passengers and crew when the ship struck. 163 were saved. The cargo consisted of 500 tons of chalk, dry goods and hardware. The ship was insured for $60,000 in Philadelphia, $60,000 in Boston, $25,000 in Bath and $6,000 in New York.
    (http://ursula.foster.cc/page20.html)

1855        Jan 9, The clipper ship Guiding Star disappeared in Atlantic and 480 died.
    (MC, 1/9/02)

1856        Apr 3, Gunpowder in church exploded killing 4,000 in Rhodes.
    (MC, 4/3/02)

1857        Mar 21, An earthquake hit Tokyo and about 107,000 died.
    (MC, 3/21/02)

1857        Sep 12, A wooden-hulled steamship, the SS Central America under Capt. William L. Herndon, sank off the coast of Georgia. The ship carried 21 tons of gold from California to New York. The brig Marine and the Norwegian bark Ellen rescued some 141 people. 425 (428) of 528 (578) passengers were drowned. The survivors included Ansel Ives Easton (d.1868) and his new wife Adeline. The wreck was in 8,000 feet of water and in 1987-1988 salvage operations were begun by Tommy Thompson. He hauled in $500 million worth of gold bars, coins and nuggets. After a court battle he was awarded 92% of the gold. The story is told in the 1998 book "Ship of Gold in the Deep Blue sea" by Gary Kinder. The loss of the gold sparked "The Panic of 1857." The SS Central America sank off Cape Romain, SC.
    (WSJ, 5/22/98, p.W3)(WSJ, 6/19/98, p.W9)(SFEC, 6/28/98, BR p.3)(WSJ, 12/3/99, p.W16)(WSJ, 1/28/00, p.B1)(ON, 7/01, p.2)(MC, 9/12/01)(Ind, 12/1/01, 5A)

1859        Apr 27, "Pomona" sank in North Atlantic drowning all 400 aboard.
    (MC, 4/27/02)

1863        Dec 8, A Jesuit church in Chile caught fire and 2,500 died in a panic.
    (MC, 12/8/01)

1864        Mar 18, The Dale Dike on Humber River, England, crumbled drowning some 240.
    (MC, 3/18/02)

1864        Jun 29, In Canada the St-Hilaire train disaster occurred near the town of Mont-Saint-Hilaire, Quebec. The train, which had been carrying many German and Polish immigrants, failed to acknowledge a stop signal and fell through an open swing bridge into the Richelieu River. The widely accepted death toll was 99 persons.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St-Hilaire_train_disaster)

1864        Sep 5, In California boilers on the steamer Washoe exploded on its voyage from San Francisco to Sacramento. An estimated 175 people were onboard. Reporter Mark Twain estimated as many as 100 people were killed and 75 wounded or missing.
    (www.twainquotes.com/18640907b.html)

1864        Oct 5, Calcutta, India, was denuded by a cyclone and some 70,000 people were killed.
    (www.emergency-management.net/cyclone.htm)

1865        Apr 27, The steamer Sultana caught fire and burned after one of its boilers exploded on the Mississippi River near Memphis, Tenn., killing more than 1,400 paroled Union prisoners on their way home. One account reported 1,547 people dead. At least 1,238 of the 2,031 passengers, mostly former Union POWs, were killed.
    (AP, 4/27/97)(SFC, 3/13/99, p.E6)(HN, 4/27/99)(MC, 4/27/02)

1865        Jul 30, The worst US steamship disaster occurred. The Brother Jonathon, a paddle wheel steamer, sank off the coast of Northern California near Crescent City. 225 people died after the ship hit a rock near Crescent City. There were 19 survivors. The 220-foot, side-wheeled steamer was on route to Puget Sound and reportedly carried as much as $2 million in gold. In the 1990s Deep Sea Research found and salvaged 1,207 gold coins from the ship. California received 20% of the treasure and the rest was put up for auction in 1999.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brother_Jonathan_%28steamer%29)(SFC, 7/18/96, p.A18)(SFC, 6/10/97, p.A4)(SFC, 4/23/98, p.A6)(SFC, 5/28/99, p.D7)(SSFC, 4/21/02, p.A27)

1866        Jan 11, Steamship London sank in storm off Land's End England and 220 people died.
    (MC, 1/11/02)

1866        Mar 19, The immigrant ship Monarch of the Seas sank in Liverpool; 738 died.
    (MC, 3/19/02)

1869        Sep 6, 110 miners, a number of them young boys, were killed in coal mine disaster which occurred early in the morning in Avondale, Pennsylvania, when a fire broke out in a mineshaft, cutting off the miners' escape route and their only source of air.
    (MC, 9/6/01)

1869        A fire at Yellow Jacket Mine near Virginia City, Nevada, killed 45 people.
    (SFEC, 6/25/00, p.T7)

1870        Jun 5, A fire in Constantinople killed some 900 people.
    (MC, 6/5/02)

1870        Oct 19, The British SS Cambria left for the North Sea coast. 196 were killed.
    (MC, 10/19/01)

1871        Aug 26, The Boston Revere Railroad Depot collision left 32 people dead on a single track railroad with no telegraph communications.
    (THC, 12/2/97)

1871         Oct 8, Around 9 p.m. on Sunday a fire broke out in or near Patrick and Catherine O'Leary's barn in the crowded southwestern section of Chicago. The fire may or may not have been started by the O'Learys' cow kicking over a lantern. Fanned by high winds, the fire burned out of control in the tinder-dry city for more than 24 hours, until rain on Tuesday morning finally extinguished the flames. Three and a half square miles were leveled wiping out one-third of the city. The business district, the courthouse and the central water pumping station, burned to the ground. Thousands of Chicagoans fled the flames over the Randolph Street Bridge. Approximately 250 people were killed in the fire; 98,500 people were left homeless; 17,450 buildings were destroyed. The original Emancipation Proclamation was destroyed. Yet in spite of the devastation, the city was so quickly rebuilt that by 1875, few traces of the fire remained. Evidence suggests it was not Mrs. O'Leary's cow that started the blaze.  Many people still believe that Mrs. O'Leary's cow kicked over a lantern which started the fire. The Chicago City Council once passed a resolution exonerating the cow and apologizing to the O'Leary family.
    (HNPD, 10/8/98)(HN, 10/8/98)(MC, 10/8/01)

1871        Oct 8-14, In Peshtigo, Wisc., some 1,500 people were killed in the nation’s worst forest fire, which burned across six counties and into Michigan.
    (WSJ, 9/13/01, p.B11)(WSJ, 8/4/04, p.B1)(SSFC, 9/4/05, p.A7)

1872        At a Memphis warehouse, a cask of molasses burst open on a loading dock and a wall of goo eight feet tall slowly surged downhill toward the Mississippi River. It caught a dozen slow-moving pedestrians unawares.
    (HFA, ‘96, p.71)

1872-1874    More than 4 million buffalo were killed by white hunters.
    (HNPD, 8/21/98)

1873        Apr 1, The British White Star steamship Atlantic, enroute to NYC from Liverpool with 811 passengers under Capt. James Agnew Williams (33), sank off Nova Scotia killing 565 people, mostly women and children. A court of inquiry suspended Williams for 2 years.
    (ON, 4/03, p.7)

1875        May 7, German SS Schiller sank near Scilly Islands and 312 were killed.
    (MC, 5/7/02)

1875        Nov 4, "Pacific" collided with "Orpheus" off Cape Flattery, Wash., and 236 people died.
    (MC, 11/4/01)

1876        Oct 31, In India’s Megna River Delta a tidal wave caused by a cyclone flooded the river delta and the city of Backergunge. Some areas became covered with 40 feet of water. 100,000 people drowned and another 100,000 were reported to have perished from subsequent diseases caused by polluted water.
    (www.emergency-management.net/cyclone.htm)

1876        Dec 5, In NYC a fire in the Brooklyn Theater killed over 300 people. The fire left 295 people trampled or burned to death.
    (WSJ, 9/13/01, p.B11)(MC, 12/5/01)

1876        Dec 29, In the Ashtabula train disaster a Pacific Express, carrying some 159 passengers and crew, was traveling over a bridge near Ashtabula, Ohio. Only the first engine of the train made it to the other side at 7:28 p.m. as the bridge began to collapse. The rest of the train broke away and plummeted to the bottom of the ravine below. Approximately 92 men, women and children were killed. The bridge was owned by the Lake Shore and Michigan railroad, and was the joint creation of Charles Collins, Engineer, and Amasa Stone, Chief Architect and Designer. After testifying before an investigative jury, Charles Collins quietly went home and shot himself in the head. He was also buried in the Chestnut Grove Cemetery, several feet from the mass grave. Amasa Stone (1818-1883) committed suicide approximately 7 years later.  Stone was held partly responsible for the disaster by the same investigative jury before which Collins had testified, and was publicly scorned for many years.
    (http://deadohio.com/AshTrain.htm)

1877-1879    India experienced a devastating famine that left 6-12 million people dead.
    (http://sharpgary.org/1864-1895.html)(Econ, 1/29/05, p.74)

1881        Mar 23, Gas lamp set fire to Nice, France, opera house and 70 died.
    (SS, 3/23/02)

1881        Apr 11, River ferry "Princess Victoria" sank in Thames River, Ontario, and 180 died. [see May 24]
    (MC, 4/11/02)

1881        May 24, Some 200 people died when the Canadian ferry Princess Victoria sank near London, Ontario. [see Apr 11]
    (AP, 5/24/97)

1881        Aug 27, A hurricane hit Florida and the Carolinas; about 700 died.
    (MC, 8/27/01)

1881        Dec 8, Vienna's Ring Theater was destroyed by fire and 640-850 people were killed.
    (MC, 12/8/01)

1881-1919    Some 59 laborers, mostly Chinese immigrants, were killed in explosions at the California Powder Works in Hercules. They were paid 12.5 cents per hour.
    (SFEC, 9/20/98, Z1 p.4)

1882        Jun 6, Cyclone in Arabian Sea (Bombay India) drowned 100,000.
    (MC, 6/6/02)

1883        Jan 13, Fire in circus Ferroni in Berditschoft, Poland, killed 430.
    (MC, 1/13/02)

1883        Jul 3, SS Daphne sank on Clyde River in Scotland and 195 died.
    (MC, 7/3/02)

1883        Jul 28, Shocks, triggered by the volcano Epomeo (Isle of Ischia, Italy), destroyed 1,200 houses at Casamicciola killing 2,000.
    (SC, 7/28/02)

1883        Aug 26, The island volcano Krakatoa in Indonesia began erupting with increasingly large explosions and killed some 36,000 people, both on the island itself and from the resulting 131-foot tidal waves that obliterated 163 villages on the shores of nearby Java and Sumatra. A book by Ian Thornton: "Krakatau: The Destruction and Reassembly of an Island Ecosystem" was published in 1996. [see Aug 27] The history of hundreds of volcanoes is at a Volcano World Web page: (www.volcano.und.nodak.edu/vw.html)
    (AP, 8/26/97)(Nat. Hist, 3/96, p.6)(HN, 8/26/02)

1883        Aug 27, The island volcano Krakatoa erupted; the resulting tidal waves in Indonesia's Sunda Strait claimed some 36,417 lives in Java and Sumatra. In 2003 Simon Winchester authored Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded: Aug 27, 1883." [see Aug 26]
    (AP, 8/27/97)(SSFC, 4/6/03, p.M2)

1884        Feb 19, A series of tornadoes left an estimated 800 people dead in 7 US states (Miss, Ala, NC, SC, Tenn., Ky & In).
    (WSJ, 9/13/01, p.B11)(MC, 2/19/02)

1886        Aug 31, South Carolina bore the brunt of the largest-ever earthquake on the East Coast, a 7.3 magnitude earth-shaker that killed at least 60 people in post-Civil War Charleston.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1886_Charleston_earthquake)

1887        May 25, Gas lamp at Paris Opera caught fire and 200 died.
    (SC, 5/25/02)

1887        China’s Huang Ho (Huang He, Yellow River) flooded and killed about 900,000 people.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death_toll)

1888        Mar 11-14, The famous "Blizzard of ‘88" struck the northeastern United States, resulting in some 400 deaths. New York, Boston, Philadelphia and Washington were cut off for days.
    (AP, 3/11/98)(WSJ, 9/13/01, p.B11)(SSFC, 9/4/05, p.A7)

1888        Apr 20, 246 people were reported killed by hail in Moradabad, India.
    (MC, 4/20/02)

1888        Aug 22, The City of Chester, a 202-foot passenger steamship, sank as it left the San Francisco Bay after colliding with the incoming ocean line Oceanic. 16 people died including 3 crew members and 13 men, women and children. Wreckage of the Chester was found in May, 2013, in 217 feet of water near the Golden Gate Bridge.
    (SFC, 4/24/14, p.A10)(http://tinyurl.com/m2fdxwe)

1889        May 31, A damn across a tributary of the Little Conemaugh River collapsed under pressure from the rain-swollen Lake Conemaugh. Water slammed into Johnstown, Pa., 55 miles southeast of Pittsburgh and killed 2,209 people in a flood and related fire.
    (HFA, '96, p.30)(AHD, p.706)(SFC, 3/24/97, p.C2)
1889        May 31, Johnstown, Pennsylvania was destroyed by a massive flood. The South Fork Dam gave way, sending a wall of water rushing downstream toward Johnstown, Pa. Torrential rains had weakened the poorly constructed dam, located 14 miles upstream from the city. By the afternoon of May 31, after desperate efforts to shore up the earthen dam had failed, it broke and unleashed a 40-foot-high wave of water and debris into Johnstown with the force of Niagara Falls. Buildings and trees, along with animals and people--both dead and alive--piled up against the Pennsylvania Railroad Company's Stone Bridge. The mountain of debris then caught fire, trapping hundreds. More than 2,000 people lost their lives in the devastating Johnstown Flood. The South Fork Dam had been constructed to create Lake Conemaugh, a playground for the wealthy members of the South Fork Fishing and Hunting Club.
    (AP, 5/31/97)(HN, 5/31/98)

1892        Jan 8, Coal mine explosion killed 100 in McAlister, Okla.
    (HN, 1/8/99)

1893         The Russalka, a 19th century ironclad, Russian vessel sank in the Baltic Sea with 177 sailors aboard. In 2003 it was discovered off the Finnish coast.
    (AP, 7/26/03)

1896        Jun 15, The Meiji Sanriku tsunami struck Japan and caused some 27,000 deaths.
    (CW, Spring ‘99, p.28)(http://eklektikos.org/Science.html)

1898        Nov 26, The SS Portland, a 280-foot side-wheeler, left Boston for Cape Cod. A major storm arose that killed over 400 people in the next 36 hours [see Nov 27].
    (AH, 6/02, p.53)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portland_Gale)

1898        Nov 27, The SS Portland, under Capt. Hollis H. Blanchard, sank overnight in the Portland Gale off New England and all 192 people aboard were killed. In 2002 John Rousmaniere authored “After the Storm: True Stories of Disaster and Recovery at Sea.”
    (AH, 6/02, p.55)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portland_Gale)

1900        Sep 8, Some 6,000-8,000 people were killed in Galveston by flying debris, collapsing buildings and drowning. The storm let up around midnight, leaving in its wake $30 million in damage and thousands of bodies. Many of the dead had to be hastily dumped in the ocean for fear of spreading disease. Bishop's Palace in Galveston, Texas, remained standing amid piles of rubble after the island city suffered the greatest natural disaster in U.S. history. By nightfall, winds reached 125 mph and the city was under 15 feet of water. The storm battered Galveston for 18 hours. In 1999 Erik Larson published "Isaac's Storm."
    (AP, 9/8/97)(HNPD, 9/8/98)(SFC, 11/30/98, p.A2)(WSJ, 9/3/99, p.W8)

1901        Feb 22, The steamer Rio de Janeiro piled up on rocks at Fort Point at the bay entrance of San Francisco and some 130 people died. 80 people were rescued, mostly by Italian fishing boats and many of the dead were Chinese immigrants.  The ship was being guided by bar pilot Frederick W. Jordan when it hit submerged rock near Lime Point and 128 of 210 passengers drowned in 300 feet of water.
    (PacDis, Fall/’96, p.14)(SFEC, 2/23/96, z-1 p.5)(SFEC, 12/26/99, p.W2)(SFC, 2/21/01, p.A17)

1902        May 6, British SS Camorta sank off Rangoon and 739 died.
    (MC, 5/6/02)

1902        On the French Island of Martinique in the east W. Indies, the Mt. Pelee volcano blew its top and wiped out the town of St. Pierre. A pyroclastic flow killed  29-40 thousand people.
    (Hem., 12/96, p.30)(SFC, 8/13/01, p.A4)(SFC, 1/19/02, p.A14)

1902        The Soufriere volcano erupted on St. Vincent and 1,680 people were killed.
    (SFC, 1/19/02, p.A14)

1903        Dec 30, The Iraquois Theater Fire of Chicago killed 602 people. Matinee patrons panicked despite efforts by comedian Eddie Foy (47) to calm the crowd.
    (HFA, '96, p.70)(AP, 12/30/97)(PCh, 1992, p.652)

1894        Sep 1-2, Forest fires ravaged over 160,000 acres and destroyed Hinckley, Minnesota. About 600 people died.
    (MC, 9/2/01)(WSJ, 9/13/01, p.B11)

1896        May 15, A tornado killed 78 in Texas.
    (MC, 5/15/02)

1896        May 27, 255 people were killed when a tornado struck St. Louis, Mo., and East St. Louis, Ill.
    (AP, 5/27/97)

1901        Feb 21, The steamer City of Rio de Janeiro piled up on rocks at Fort Point at the bay entrance of San Francisco. Only 82 of some 210 people were rescued, mostly by Italian fishing boats. Many of the dead were Chinese immigrants. The ship was being guided by bar pilot Frederick W. Jordan when it hit submerged rock near Lime Point in 320 feet of water. The remains of the ship were reportedly discovered in 1987 and a consortium hoped to salvage an alleged secret cargo of $2 million in silver bars. The wreck of the ship has never since been located.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SS_City_of_Rio_de_Janeiro)(SFEC, 2/23/96, Z1 p.5)(SFEC, 12/26/99, p.W2)(SFC, 2/21/01, p.A17)(SSFC, 8/5/12,  DB p.42)(SFC, 6/29/13, p.C2)

1904        Jun 15, Some 1,021 people died when fire erupted aboard the steamboat General Slocum in New York City’s East River.
    (AP, 6/15/97)(www.newyorkhistory.info)

1905        Feb 8, A cyclone hit Tahiti and adjacent islands killing some 10,000 people.
    (MC, 2/8/02)

1906        Mar 10, A coal dust explosion killed 1,060 at Courrieres, France.
    (MC, 3/10/02)

1907        Feb 11, The passenger ship Larchmont was steaming through a winter storm in heavy seas, 4 miles southwest of Watch Hill, Rhode Island when she was rammed by the coal carrying schooner Harry P. Knowles, which had drifted off course in the blizzard. The Larchmont sank in 10 minutes and only 19 men including the captain, George McVey survived the ordeal.
    (http://rhodeisland-philatelic.com/rhodeisland/postcard120.htm)

1907        Feb 12, Bodies continued to wash ashore from the steamer Larchmont, which had collided the previous with a schooner off New England's Block Island. The vessel's quartermaster, James E. Staples, claimed a loss of 332.
    (AP, 2/12/98)

1907        Dec 6, Worst mining disaster in American history took place in West Virginia's Marion County. An explosion at a mine owned by the Fairmont Coal Company in Monongah killed 361 coal miners.
    (MC, 12/6/01)

1907        Dec 19, A gas explosion killed 239 workers in a coal mine in Jacobs Creek, Pa.
    (AP, 12/19/97)(MC, 12/19/01)

1907        A great cantilever bridge collapsed in Quebec killing 75 workers.
    (MT, Summer/04, p.7)

1908        Mar 8, Collingwood Elementary in Cleveland burned. 173 kids and 2 teachers were killed.
    (MC, 3/8/02)

1908        Apr 12, Fire left 17,000 homeless in Chelsea, Massachusetts.
    (MC, 4/12/02)

1908        Dec 28, Some 70,000-100,000 people died in the Messina earthquake in Sicily. The government hired a number of steamships, including the Florida, to ship survivors to America.
    (WUD, 1994, p.899)(WSJ, 2/8/99, p.A21)(http://neic.usgs.gov/neis/eqlists/eqsmosde.html)

1909        Jul 26, The SS Waratah left Durban, South Africa, with 211 passengers and crew. The steamship, enroute from Melbourne to London, was due in Cape Town 3 days later, but never arrived.
    (Econ, 9/19/09, p.94)

1909        Nov 13, In Pennsylvania the Cherry Mine disaster killed 259 men and boys. In 2002 Karen Tintori authored “Trapped: The 1909 Cherry Mine Disaster.”
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1909_Cherry_Mine_disaster)(AH, 2/03, p.61)

1910        Mar 1, The worst snow slide in US history buried 3 passenger trains at Steven's Pass in the Cascade Range and 118 died.
    (SC, 3/1/02)

1910        Dec 21, Explosion in coal mine in Hulton, England killed 344 mine workers.
    (MC, 12/21/01)

1910        Dec 22, In Chicago, Ill., 21 firefighters died when a wall collapsed at the Union Stock Yards fire.
    (www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-ap-il-exchange-1910fire,0,4327692.story)

1911        Mar 25, The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire killed 146 immigrant workers. 13 girls survived the fire that broke out on the top three floors of the 10-story New York’s Asch Building as the workday was ending. No one knows what caused the fire, but it spread quickly, fueled by the fabric scraps and sewing machine oil used in the manufacture women’s blouses. The three avenues of escape were almost immediately clogged with panicked workers, mostly young immigrant women. Then, to the horror of spectators seven stories below, the desperate women began to jump to their deaths. Appalled by the tragedy, the New York State legislature formed a commission whose findings led to the creation of new fire and building codes that were soon adopted in cities throughout America.
    (HNPD, 3/25/00)(SFC, 4/27/98, p.A8)(SFC, 2/24/99, p.C4)(AP, 3/23/08)

1911        In the Philippines the Taal volcano erupted and 1,335 people were killed.
    (SFC, 1/19/02, p.A14)

1912        Mar 5, Spanish steamer "Principe de Asturias" sank NE of Spain and 500 died.
    (MC, 3/5/02)

1912        Apr 8, Steamers collided in Nile, drowning 200.
    (MC, 4/8/02)

1912        Apr 15, At 2:20 a.m., two hours and 40 minutes after impact, the luxury liner RMS Titanic sank in the North Atlantic Ocean off Newfoundland with the loss of about 1,522 lives. About 1,500 [1517] people died. Because there were lifeboats for only half those on board, only 705 passengers and crew survived the disaster. Among the survivors was J. Bruce Ismay, president of the White Star Line, who telegraphed his New York office, "Deeply regret advise you Titanic sank this morning after collision with iceberg, resulting in serious loss of life. Full particulars later." Nearly a third of the passengers died. The ship’s band played the waltz “Songe d’Automne” as it sank. The accident killed 1,523 [1503] people and 705 survived. By 1996 only 8 were still alive. Nearly 60% of the first-class passengers survived. There were 214 staff members of the 685 survivors. It was later discovered that Harland & Wolff, the ship’s builder, had used a lower quality rivet on the ship that likely contributed to the rapid sinking. The last night on the ship was described by Rick Archbold and Dana McCauley in their book: “Last Dinner on the Titanic.” The steamer Carpathia rescued 705 of the 2,358 people onboard. Prof. Steven Biel of Brandeis Univ. wrote “A Cultural History of the Titanic” in 1997.
    (AP, 4/15/97)(SFC, 7/5/96, PM, p.16)(SFC, 9/22/96, Par p.25)(WSJ, 4/9/97, p.A1)(SFC, 4/14/97, p.E8)(SFC, 4/19/97, p.A3)(SFEC,12/797, DB p.37)(SFC, 4/15/08, p.A6)

1913        Feb 9-18, The 10 Day Tragedy of Mexico City when 3,000 died.
    (MC, 2/9/02)

1913        Nov 9, Storm "Freshwater Fury" sank 8 ore-carriers on Great Lakes.
    (MC, 11/9/01)

1914        Apr 28,  At Eccles, WV, 181 died in coal mine collapse.
    (MC, 4/28/02)

1914        May 29, The Canadian ship Empress of Ireland sank while enroute to Quebec City to Liverpool after colliding with the Norwegian coal freighter Storstad. 1,012 (1,024) of the 1,500 passengers and crew were killed. The site of the tragedy was proclaimed a protected historic and archeological site by Quebec in 1999.
    (SFC, 4/23/99, p.D3)(SC, 5/29/02)

1915        Jan 13, An earthquake in Avezzano, Italy, killed 29,800.
    (MC, 1/13/02)

1915        Jan 18, A train derailed on a steep incline at Colima-Guadalajara, Mexico, and some 600 people were killed.
    (MC, 1/18/02)(http://www.emergency-management.net/pass_train.htm)

1915        May 7, In the 2nd year of WWI, the British Cunard ocean liner Lusitania, on a voyage from New York to Liverpool, sank off the coast of Ireland in only 18-21 minutes after being struck by a torpedo fired by the German U-boat U-20. Of 1,959 [1,978] passengers and crew, 1,195 died. Of the fatalities, 123 were Americans. Even though the Germans maintained the liner was carrying arms purchased in America to Britain, the sinking of a passenger ship aroused intense anger against the German policy of unrestricted submarine warfare and hastened America's entrance into the war. In 2002 Diana Preston authored "Lusitania: An Epic Tragedy" and David Ramsay authored "Lusitania: Saga and Myth."
    (CFA, '96, p.46)(AP, 5/7/97)(HN, 5/7/98)(HNPD, 5/7/99)(HN, 5/7/99)(WSJ, 5/8/02, p.AD9)

1915        May 22, Near Gretna, Scotland, a passenger train collided with a troop train, killing 227 people.
    (SFC, 6/4/98, p.A15)(AP, 2/18/04)

1915        Jul 24, Excursion ship Eastland capsized in Lake Michigan and 852 die.
    (MC, 7/24/02)

1916        Aug 29, Transport ship Hsin-Yu & cruiser Hai-Yung collided and 1000 people were killed.
    (MC, 8/29/01)

1916        Dec 12, Worst train disaster ever took place in Modane, France, 543 French Soldiers were killed.
    (MC, 12/12/01)

1917        Jan 19, Silvertown Essex's ammunition factory exploded and 300 died.
    (MC, 1/19/02)

1917        Feb 20, Ammunitions ship exploded in Archangel harbor, Russia, and about 1,500 died.
    (MC, 2/20/02)

1917        Mar 23, A 4 day series of tornadoes killed 211 in Midwest US.
    (SS, 3/23/02)

1917        Jul 9, British warship "Vanguard" exploded at Scapa Flow killing 804.
    (MC, 7/9/02)

1917        Dec 6, In Nova Scotia some 2000 people were killed and thousands wounded following an explosion in Halifax harbor. The Imo, a Norwegian freighter ship, had collided with the French munitions ship Mont Blanc and a fire soon caused a massive explosion. A local court found Captain Le Medec of the Mont Blanc and other defendants guilty of the collision. Canada’s Supreme Court ruled that the captains of both ships were equally to blame. A Privy Council in London ruled that Le Medec had done nothing illegal.
    (EWH, 4th ed, p.1054)(ON, 7/05, p.7)

1917         Dec 12, In Modane, France, a troop train derailed near the entrance of Mt. Cenis tunnel and 543 people were killed.
    (SFC, 6/4/98, p.A15)(AP, 2/18/04)

1918        Apr 13, Electrical fire killed 38 mental patients at Oklahoma State Hospital.
    (MC, 4/13/02)

1918        May 18, A TNT explosion in chemical factory in Oakdale, PA, killed 200.
    (SC, 5/18/02)

1918        Jul 9, 101 people were killed as an inbound local train collided with an outbound express in Nashville, Tenn.
    (AP, 7/9/97)

1918        Jul 12, A Japanese battleship exploded in the Bay of Tokayama and some 500 people were killed.
    (MC, 7/12/02)

1918        Nov 1, 102 died in a NYC BMT subway derailment at Malbone Street Brooklyn.
    (MC, 11/1/01)

1919        Jan 5, In Boston an explosion opened a tank of molasses and the cylindrical sides toppled outward knocking down 10 nearby buildings. 2 million gallons of molasses oozed onto the streets and killed 21 people. Another 50 were injured. [see 1872]
    (SFC, 12/5/98, p.E4)

1919        May 1, The Kelut volcano erupted and 5,110 people were killed. Mount Kelud (Indonesia) erupted and a boiling crater lake broke through the crater wall killing 5,000 people in 104 small villages.
    (SFC, 1/19/02, p.A14)(MC, 5/1/02)

1920        Dec 16, In China an 8.6 earthquake in the northwestern provinces of Gansu and Shanxi caused massive landslides and the deaths of 100,000- 200,000 people.
    (SFC, 1/800, p.A8)(www.ig.utexas.edu/research/projects/eq/faq/world.htm)

1921        Feb 19, The U.S. Red Cross reported that approximately 20,000 children died yearly in auto accidents.
    (HN, 2/19/98)

1921        Mar 18, Steamer "Hong Koh" ran aground off Swatow China killing 1,000.
    (MC, 3/18/02)

1921        Sep 21, In Oppau, Germany, an explosion at the Bradishe Aniline chemical works, a nitrate manufacturing plant, destroyed the plant and a nearby village with 561 deaths and over 1500 persons injured.
    (HSAB, 1994, p.46)(MC, 9/21/01)

1922        Feb 21, Airship Rome exploded at Hampton Roads, Virginia, and 34 died.
    (MC, 2/21/02)

1922        Aug 2, China was hit by a typhoon and some 60,000 died.
    (MC, 8/2/02)

1923        Sep 1, The Japanese cities of Tokyo and Yokohama were devastated by the Great Kanto earthquake that claimed 99,000-143,000 lives. The 7.9-8.3 quake off Tokyo's shoreline killed some 99,300 people.
    (AP, 9/1/97)(www.ig.utexas.edu/research/projects/eq/faq/world.htm)

1924        Mar 8, Coal mine explosion killed 171 at Castle Gate, Utah.
    (MC, 3/8/02)

1924        Jun 28, A tornado struck Sandusky & Lorain, Ohio, killing 93.
    (MC, 6/28/02)

1925        Mar 18, The great Tri-State Tornado killed 695 people in Illinois, Indiana and Missouri and injured some 13,000 people, and causing $17 million in property damage. Several other destructive tornadoes in Tennessee, Kentucky, and Indiana, as well as tornadoes in Alabama and Kansas brought the total to at least 747 dead.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tri-State_Tornado)(SSFC, 5/11/03, Par p.A11)(AP, 5/24/11)

1926        Sep 18, A hurricane hit South Florida killing about 400 people and leaving some 50,000 homeless. The category 4 storm became known as the Great Miami Hurricane.
    (Econ, 12/20/08, p.116)(Econ, 6/15/13, p.27)

1927        Jan 9, Fire in Laurier Palace cinema in Montreal killed 78 children.
    (MC, 1/9/02)

1927        Feb 17, The death toll reached 24 with some 3,000 left homeless after a fierce storm hit the Pacific Coast.
    (SFC, 2/15/02, p.G8)

1927        May 24, The final levee breach of the 1927 flood occurred at McCrea, Louisiana, on the east bank of the Atchafalaya levee. The flood along the Mississippi killed some 500 people and displaced thousands. The levee system broke in 145 places and caused 27,000 square miles of flooding in Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee. In 1997 the book "Rising Tide" by John M. Barry described the catastrophe. It was also the subject of the Randy Newman song "Louisiana 1927."
    (www.rms.com/publications/1927_MississippiFlood.pdf)(WSJ, 2/6/97, p.A12)(SFC, 11/28/03, p.C7)(SSFC, 9/4/05, p.A7)(WSJ, 11/2/05, p.A2)(Econ, 5/21/11, p.30)

1927        Nov 2, Vermont began experiencing 3 days of severe flooding. Floods took out 1285 bridges, miles and miles of roads and railroads, and countless homes and buildings. 84 people died in the flood, including Lt. Governor S. Hollister Jackson.
    (www.uvm.edu/landscape/1927_flood/about_1927_flood.htm)

1928        Mar 12, The 3-year-old St. Francis dam collapsed and some 450 people were killed in Santa Paula, Ventura County, Ca.
    (SFC, 9/22/01, p.A3)(PCh, 1992, p.791)

1928        May 19, "Firedamp" exploded in a Mather, Pennsylvania, coal mine killing 195 of 273 miners.
    (DTnet, 5/19/97)

1928        Aug 27, 16 people died in NYC’s 2nd worst subway accident.
    (MC, 8/27/01)

1928        Sep 12, A hurricane in Florida killed 6,000 people.
    (MC, 9/12/01)

1929        May 15, Fire in X-ray film stock killed 125 at Crile Clinic, Cleveland.
    (MC, 5/15/02)

1930        Apr 21, In Columbus, Ohio, 322 people were killed at the Ohio Penitentiary after a fire started on scaffolding. Most died of smoke inhalation when breakdown in command kept guards from unlocking cell doors. This was the worst prison fire in US history.
    (AP, 2/16/12)

1930        Nov 25, An earthquake in Shizouka, Japan, killed 187.
    (HN, 11/25/98)

1931        Jul-Nov, The Huang He River (Huang Ho, Yellow River) in China flooded more than 40,000 sq. miles and more than a million people were killed.
    (HFA, '96, p.71)(http://socialstudiesforkids.com/articles/geography/huangheriver.htm)

1932        Dec 16, An 8.6 earthquake ravaged Kansu, China. Some 70,000 were killed. [see Dec 26]
    (MC, 12/16/01)

1932        Dec 26, Some 70,000 were killed in a massive earthquake in Kansu, China. [see Dec 16]
    (HN, 12/26/98)(MC, 12/26/01)

1933        Dec 24, A Paris express train derailed and killed 160. Some 300 were injured.
    (MC, 12/24/01)

1934        Sep 7-8, The luxury liner "Morro Castle," enroute from Havana to NYC, caught fire and ran aground at Asbury Park, NJ. 134 people were killed. [see Sep 8]
    (www.jerseyboardwalk.com/morro.htm)

1934        Sep 8, 134 people lost their lives in a fire aboard the liner Morro Castle off the New Jersey coast. The crew of the cruise ship let a small blaze get out of control and commandeered most of the spots in the lifeboats. Only 15 passengers survived as compared to 119 crew. 124 people died. The event was part of a 1999 TV documentary "Escape, Because Accident Happen" for a NOVA miniseries. [see Sep 7]
    (AP, 9/8/97)(WSJ, 2/8/99, p.A21)

1935        Sep 2, A hurricane slammed into the Florida Keys, claiming more than 400 lives. Estimates of the dead reached 500-800. Some 260 WW I veterans were killed in the Labor Day hurricane as well as over 160 permanent residents. In 2002 Willie Drye authored “The Storm of the Century: The Labor Day Hurricane of 1935.”
    (WSJ, 4/2/07, p.B1)(AP, 9/2/07)(AH, 2/03, p.59)

1936        Apr 5, Tupelo, Mississippi, was virtually annihilated by a tornado and 216 died.
    (MC, 4/5/02)

1936        Apr 6, A tornado killed 203 and injures 1,800 in Gainesville, Georgia.
    (MC, 4/6/02)

1937        Mar 18, Some 300 people, mostly children, were killed in a gas explosion at a school in New London, Texas.
    (AP, 3/18/08)

1937        Mar 24, A bus blew a tire, went out of control and 18 people were killed in Salem, Illinois.
    (MC, 3/24/02)

1937        May 6, At 7:25 p.m. the giant German airship (dirigible or zeppelin) Hindenburg burst into flames and crashed to the ground as it attempted to dock with a mooring mast at Lakehurst Naval Air Station in New Jersey. Carrying 36 passengers and 61 crew, Hindenburg left Frankfurt on May 4 for its first transatlantic voyage of the 1937 season. A total of 36 died when the fire ignited the 16 hydrogen-filled cells and destroyed the zeppelin in only 34 seconds. This included 13 passengers, 22 crew members and one of the ground crew. The airship was 803 feet long and had private rooms for 50 passengers. It had an 11,000 mile range. A newsreel film of the Hindenburg Disaster was made. The true cause of the disaster remains a mystery, although crash investigators considered claims that Hindenburg was lost due to sabotage or an accidental charge of static electricity.
     (Hem., 1/96, p.108)(AP, 5/6/97)(SFC,11/21/97, p.C17)(ON, 8/12, p.11)

1938        Mar 2, Landslides and floods cause over 200 deaths in Los Angeles, CA.
    (SC, 3/2/02)

1938        Sep 21, A Category 3 hurricane struck parts of New York and New England, causing widespread damage and claiming up to 800 lives. Winds hit 183 MPH in New England. The storm hit Long Island and Connecticut and caused $308 million in damage.
    (AP, 9/21/97)(WSJ, 5/31/06, p.B1)(Econ, 11/3/12, p.27)

1939        Dec 22, 99 died in 2nd train wreck at Friedrichshafen, Germany.
    (MC, 12/22/01)
1939        Dec 22, 125 died in train wreck at Magdeburg, Germany.
    (MC, 12/22/01)

1939        In Erzincan, Turkey, an earthquake killed 30,000 people.
    (SFEC, 8/22/99, p.A17)

1940        Mar 14, A truck full of migrant workers collided with a train outside McAllen, Texas. 27 people were killed and 15 injured.
    (MC, 3/14/02)

1940        Apr 23, Some 198 people died in a dance-hall fire in Natchez, Miss.
    (AP, 4/23/97)(MC, 4/23/02)

1940        Nov 11, Blizzard struck midwestern US killing over 100.
    (MC, 11/11/01)

1941        Mar 15, A blizzard in North Dakota killed 151.
    (MC, 3/15/02)

1941        May 25, Some 5,000 drowned in a storm at Ganges Delta region in India.
    (SC, 5/25/02)

1942        Mar 26, 20 tons of gelignite killed 21 in a stone quarry in Easton, PA.
    (SS, 3/26/02)

1942        Apr 27, Tornado destroyed Pryor, Oklahoma, killing 100 and injuring 300.
    (MC, 4/27/02)

1942        Feb 24, The SS Struma was sunk in the Black Sea by a Soviet torpedo. The ship with over 750 Jewish passengers fleeing Romania, had docked in Istanbul, but was denied entry to Palestinian territory by colonial power Britain. On Feb 23 Turkey towed the vessel to the Black Sea and set it adrift. Only one person survived.
    (AP, 2/24/12)

1942        Jul 28, Nazis liquidated 10,000 Jews in Minsk, Russia.
    (SC, 7/28/02)

1942        Oct 16, In India a cyclone devastated Bengal and about 40,000 lives were lost.
.    (www.emergency-management.net/cyclone.htm)

1942        Nov 28, 491 people died in a fire that destroyed the Cocoanut Grove nightclub in Boston. The cause of the fire was never officially determined, though many blamed a busboy who had survived the blaze.
    (AP, 11/28/97)(DT net, 11/28/97)

1943        Mar 31, US errantly bombed Rotterdam, killed 326.
    (MC, 3/31/02)

1944         Jan 16, In Leon Province, Spain, train wrecks in the Torro Tunnel killed more than 500 people.
    (AP, 2/18/04)(SFC, 6/4/98, p.A15)

1944        Mar 2, In Salerno, Italy, fumes from a locomotive stalled in a tunnel suffocated 521 people.
    (SFC, 6/4/98, p.A15)(AP, 2/18/04)

1944        May 21, In Hawaii the tank landing ship LST-353 exploded at West Loch while handling ammunition. In a short space of time, six LSTs were so damaged that they sank. Two others were severely damaged. The total casualties from the tragedy were 163 dead and 396 injured.
    (www.nps.gov/archive/usar/scrs/scrs2z.htm)

1944        Jul 6, In Hartford, Conn., 168 people died when fire broke out in the main tent of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. In 2000 Stewart O’Nan authored "The Circus Fire: A True Story."
    (AP, 7/6/04)(SFEC, 8/20/00, BR p.3)

1944        Aug 23, A US B-24 crashed into a school in Freckelton, England, and 76 were killed.
    (MC, 8/23/02)

1945        Mar 10, Some 300 American B-29s bombed Tokyo at night with almost 2,000 tons of incendiaries killing 100,000.
    (HN, 3/10/98)(MC, 3/10/02)

1945        May 3, German ship "Cap Arcona" sank and 5,800 were killed.
    (MC, 5/3/02)

1945        Nov 8, A riverboat sank off Hong Kong and 1,550 were killed.
    (MC, 11/8/01)

1946        Apr 1, An Aleutian Islands earthquake triggered a Pacific-wide tsunami that killed 165 people and caused over $26 million in damage. Tidal waves struck the Hawaiian islands, resulting in more than 170 deaths. 91 people were killed in Hilo.
    (AP, 4/1/98)(Ind, 6/8/02, 5A)(SSFC, 8/25/02, p.C14)

1946        Apr 25, A train crash at Napierville, Illinois, killed 45-48. The "Exposition Flyer" was rammed.
    (SS, 4/25/02)

1946        Aug 16, A riot in Calcutta left some 3-4,000 Moslems and Hindus dead.
    (MC, 8/16/02)

1946        Nov 23, French Navy fire in Haiphong, Vietnam, killed 6,000.
    (MC, 11/23/01)

1946        Dec 7, A fire broke out at the Winecoff Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia, killing 119 people, including hotel founder W. Frank Winecoff.
    (AP, 12/7/04)

1947        Mar 25, A coal mine explosion in Centralia, Ill., claimed 111 lives.
    (AP, 3/25/97)

1947        Apr 9, A series of tornadoes struck Kansas, West Texas and Oklahoma. 181 were killed and some 1,300 injured. The Woodward tornado ranked as the deadliest ever to hit Oklahoma.
    (AP, 4/9/08)(AH, 4/07, p.55)

1947        Apr 16, The French ship Grandcamp, carrying ammonium nitrate fertilizer, caught fire and blew up, devastating Texas City, Texas. It was America's worst harbor explosion. Another ship, the Highflyer, exploded the following day. The final death toll was 576, and more than 3,000 Texas City residents were left homeless. Property damage ran into  the millions.
    (SFC, 5/4/96, p.E-4)(AP, 4/16/97)(HNPD, 4/17/00)

1947        Aug 18, Naval torpedo and mine factory exploded at Cadiz, Spain, killing 300.
    (MC, 8/18/02)

1948        May 30, Vanport, Oregon, was dramatically destroyed when a 200-foot (61 m) section of the dike holding back the Columbia River collapsed during a flood, killing 15. The city was underwater by nightfall leaving its inhabitants homeless.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vanport,_Oregon)

1948        Jul 28, In Ludwigshafen, Germany, a vapor explosion from dimethyl ether left 209 people dead.
    (HSAB, 1994, p.46)

1948        Oct 6, A 7.3 earthquake hit Ashgebat, Turkmenistan, and killed an estimated 110,000 people. Stalinist media at the time claimed only 35,000 deaths.
    (http://neic.usgs.gov/neis/eqlists/eqsmosde.html)

1948        Dec 3, Chinese refugee ship "Kiangya" exploded in East China Sea killing 1,100. [see Dec 4]
    (MC, 12/3/01)

1948        Dec 4, SS Kiangya hit a mine in Whangpoo River, China. It sank and 2,750 were killed. [see Dec 3]
    (MC, 12/4/01)

1949        Apr 5, The 60 year old St. Anthony's Hospital burned and killed 77 in Effingham, Ill.
    (MC, 4/5/02)

1949        Oct 22, In Dwor, Poland, the Danzig-Warsaw express derailed and more than 200 people were killed.
    (SFC, 6/4/98, p.A15)(AP, 2/18/04)

1949        Nov 29, Uranium mine explosions in East Germany killed 3,700.
    (MC, 11/29/01)

1950        Feb 17, 31 people died in a train crash in Rockville Center,  NY.
    (MC, 2/17/02)

1950        Aug 25, The navy hospital ship USS Benevolence sank after it was struck by the SS Mary Luckenbach in dense fog in the Golden Gate. 23 crew members of the Benevolence died. San Francisco fisherman John A. Napoli single-handedly rescued 70 people from the Benevolence. Napoli hurt his back wand was forced to sell his crab boat. In 1961 US Congress passed a bill to pay Napoli for his efforts.
    (SSFC, 5/15/11, DB p.46)

1950        Sep 4, A heavy typhoon struck Japan and killed about 250 people.
    (MC, 9/4/01)

1950        Nov 22, 79 died in a train crash in Richmond Hills, NY.
    (MC, 11/22/01)

1951        Aug 6, Typhoon floods killed 4,800 in Manchuria.
    (MC, 8/6/02)

1951        Dec 4, Superheated gases rolled down Mount Catarman (Philippines), killing 500.
    (MC, 12/4/01)

1951        In Papua New Guinea the Lamington volcano erupted and 2,942 people were killed.
    (SFC, 1/19/02, p.A14)

1952        Apr 26, US minesweeper "Hobson" rammed the aircraft carrier "Wasp," and 176 were killed.
    (MC, 4/26/02)

1952        Dec 5-8, A  4-day London smog killed 4,703 people. Oxides of sulfur and other irritants from coal smoke were blamed. [see Dec 4]
    (PCh, 1992, p.937)(MC, 12/5/01)

1952-1954    In the Netherlands 34 boys under 18 during this period died in a Catholic institute for the mentally disabled in the Roermond Diocese. A Dutch Catholic institute for disabled girls in the same town of Heel experienced 40 deaths during the same period. In 2011 prosecutors opened an investigation on the unusually high death rate. In 2012  Dutch prosecutors said Brother Andreas, now dead, may have been involved in the suspicious deaths of 37 patients. The deaths sharply declined after he was transferred to another institution.
    (AP, 8/16/11)(AP, 8/18/11)(AP, 6/28/12)

1953        Jan 5, In South Korea the Changgyeong ferry sank as it was cruising from Yeosu to Busan.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_South_Korean_ferry_disasters)

1953        Jan 31-1953 Feb 1, A powerful storm breached sea dikes in the south of the Netherlands, killing more than 1,800 people and cementing a deep resolve among the Dutch that their ancient enemy, water, would never kill again. 307 people died in eastern England.
    (SSFC, 3/25/01, p.C3)(www.metoffice.com/education/secondary/students/flood.html)

1953        May 11, A tornado his downtown Waco, Texas, killing 114 people with 597 injured.
    (SSFC, 5/11/03, Par p.11)

1953        Jun 8, A killer tornado hit Flint, Mich. It killed 116 people and injured more than 850 in Ohio and Michigan.
    (SSFC, 5/11/03, Par p.A11)(Hartford Courant, 6/9/63, p.23A)

1953        Jun 9, About 100 people died when a tornado struck Worcester, Mass. The tornado from the Midwest roared into Massachusetts. By the time it left, 94 people were dead, and more than $58 million in property damage occurred. It was the worst tornado in New England history.
    (AP, 6/9/97)(http://tinyurl.com/yg8dhcd)

1953        Dec 24, 2 speeding express trains crashed head-on killing 103 in Czechoslovakia.
    (MC, 12/24/01)

1954        Jan 12, Austria's worst avalanche killed 200. 9hrs later a 2nd one killed 115.
    (MC, 1/12/02)

1954        Oct 15, Hurricane Hazel struck US and Canada and 348 people died. 81 people were killed in Ontario where damages were estimated at $24 million.
    (AP, 10/16/04)

1955        Apr 3, In Guadalajara, Mexico, a night train plunged into a canyon and some 300 people were killed.
    (SFC, 6/4/98, p.A15)(AP, 2/18/04)

1955        Aug 17, Hurricane Diane followed hurricane Connie and flooded the Connecticut River killing 190 and doing $1.8 billion in damage.
    (SC, 8/17/02)

1956        May 26, Aircraft carrier "Bennington" burned off RI, killing 103.
    (MC, 5/26/02)

1956        Jul 7, Seven Army trucks loaded with dynamite exploded in middle of Cali, Columbia, killing 1,100-1,200. 2000 buildings were destroyed.
    (MC, 7/7/02)

1956        Jul 25, The Italian luxury liner Andrea Doria sank after colliding with the Swedish ship Stockholm in 200 feet of water 50 miles southeast of Nantucket Island, Mass. 46 people of its 1,706 passengers and crew were killed. The Dorea was headed from Genoa, Italy, to NY, and sank eleven hours after the crash.
    (WSJ, 5/30/97, p.A1)(AP, 7/25/97)(SFC, 1/1/99, p.A16)(SFC, 7/30/99, p.D5)(AP, 1/14/12)

1957        Jul 14, Soviet steamer "Eshghbad" sank in Caspian Sea and 270 drowned.
    (MC, 7/14/02)

1957        Sep 29, In Montgomery, West Pakistan (later renamed to Sahiwal, Pakistan), an express train collided with stationary oil train and 250 people were killed.
    (SFC, 6/4/98, p.A15)(AP, 2/18/04)

1958        Sep 15, A commuter train crashed through a drawbridge, killing 48 in Newark, NJ.
    (http://www.emergency-management.net/traincrash.htm)

1958        Dec 1, In Chicago Our Lady of Angels School burned. 92 students and 3 nuns were killed.
    (MC, 12/1/01)

1959        May 8, A 3-deck Nile excursion steamer sprang a leak panicking passengers who capsized  the ship. 200 drowned just yards from shore.
    (MC, 5/8/02)

1960        Jan 22, The Johnburg coal mine caved in and 417 die.
    (MC, 1/22/02)

1960        Mar 28, In Glasgow, Scotland, a factory exploded burying 20 fire fighters.
    (MC, 3/28/02)

1960        Jul 14, Fire raging through a Guatemala City, Guatemala, insane asylum and 225 were killed with 300 severely injured.
    (MC, 7/14/02)

1960        Oct 10, A cyclone and tidal wave hit the Gulf of Bengal and killed about 6,000 in East Pakistan.
    (www.emergency-management.net/cyclone.htm)

1960        Nov 13, Fire in movie theater killed 152 children in Amude, Spain.
    (MC, 11/13/01)

1961        Jan 6, in San Francisco a fire swept through the buck-a-night Thomas Hotel at 971 Mission St. killing 19 people and injuring 38.
    (SSFC, 1/2/11, p.42)

1961        Jan 15, The hurricane weakened Texas Tower No. 4, a Cold War radar tower, collapsed in the North Atlantic 85 miles southeast of NYC. In 2011 Pres. Obama wrote letter honoring the 28 men killed in the collapse.
    (www.radomes.org/museum/documents/TexasTower.html)(SFC, 2/10/11, p.A4)

1962        Mar 16, US Lockheed Super-Constellation disappeared above Pacific Ocean and 167 were killed.
    (MC, 3/16/02)

1963        Mar 17, Eruptions of Mount Agung volcano on Bali killed 1,900 Balinese. The Agung eruption killed 1,184 people.
    (SFC, 1/19/02, p.A14)(MC, 3/17/02)

1963        Apr 10, The USS Thresher nuclear-powered submarine failed to surface 220 miles east of Boston, Mass. The disaster claimed 129 lives.
    (www.history.navy.mil/photos/sh-usn/usnsh-t/ssn593.htm)

1963        May 20-23, In East Pakistan a cyclone killed about 22,000 along coast of the Bay of Bengal.
    (www.emergency-management.net/cyclone.htm)

1963        May 28, An estimated 22,000 died in another cyclone in Bay of Bengal, India.
    (MC, 5/28/02)

1963        Jul 26, Skopje, Yugoslavia, was destroyed by earthquake and over 1,000 were killed.
    (MC, 7/26/02)

1963        Sep 9, In Italy a landslide into Vaiont Dam emptied a lake and killed 3-4,000 people. [see Oct 9]
    (MC, 9/9/01)

1963        Oct 4-1963 Oct 8, Hurricane Flora, killed some 7-8,000 people in Cuba and Haiti.
    (SFC, 11/30/98, p.A2)

1963        Nov 23, Sixty-three elderly people, most of them sleeping, were killed by a fire destroying the one-story Golden Age Nursing Home near Fitchville, Ohio.
    (AP, 11/23/02)

1963        Dec 8, Three fuel tanks exploded when a jetliner, struck by lightning, crashed near Elkton, Maryland. 81 people died. This was the only case of a lightning caused crash.
    (MC, 12/8/01)

1964        Mar 27-1964 Mar 28, Good Friday, Valdez, Alaska, in Prince William Sound was rocked by an 8.6 earthquake, the largest ever recorded in North America. In 1977 seismologists pegged the quake at 9.2. It lasted 4 minutes and was followed by tsunamis and fires and 131 people were killed. Survivors moved 4 miles west to solid bedrock and rebuilt the town. Much of Crescent City, Ca., was demolished by a resulting tsunami and 11 people were killed.
    (AP, 3/27/97)(SFEC, 2/8/98, p.T5)(SFEC, 4/5/98, Z1 p.8)(SFEC, 10/17/99, p.A3)(SFC, 11/26/99, p.C21)(WSJ, 9/13/01, p.B11)(SFC, 2/15/02, p.G8)(AP, 3/11/11)

1964        May 23, In San Francisco 6 people died in a fire at All Hallows Catholic Church. Panic seized some 250 people after a Samoan fire dancer’s pan of gasoline exploded from a cigarette lighter.
    (SSFC, 5/25/14, DB p.42)

1964        Sep 12, Typhoon Gloria struck Taiwan killing 330, with $17.5 million damage.
    (MC, 9/12/01)

1964        In Vietnam a major flood killed 10,000 people.
    (SFC, 11/8/99, p.A12)

1965        Mar 1, Gas explosion killed 28 in apartment complex at La Salle, Quebec, Canada.
    (SC, 3/1/02)

1965        Apr 11, A series of tornados left 256 people dead in the US Midwest.
    (WSJ, 9/13/01, p.B11)

1965        May 11-12, In East Pakistan a cyclone killed some 12,000.
    (www.emergency-management.net/cyclone.htm)

1965        Jun 1-2, The 2nd of 2 cyclones in less than a month killed 35,000 along the Ganges River in East Pakistan.
    (www.emergency-management.net/cyclone.htm)

1965        Dec 15, In Karachi, Pakistan, a cyclone killed about 10,000.
    (www.emergency-management.net/cyclone.htm)

1966        Jan 11, In Brazil 550 died in landslides in mountains behind Rio de Janeiro after rain.
    (MC, 1/11/02)

1966        Jan 29, A snow storm in north east US killed 165.
    (MC, 1/29/02)

1966        Mar 3, A twister hit Jackson, MS, just 3 minutes after 1st sighting and 57 were killed.
    (SC, 3/3/02)

1966        Mar 5, 75 MPH air currents caused a BOAC 707 to crash into Mount Fuji and 124 died.
    (MC, 3/5/02)

1966        Aug 19, An earthquake struck Varko, Turkey, and some 2,400 were killed.
    (MC, 8/19/02)

1966        Nov 4, In Florence, Italy the River Arno overflowed and damaged the Uffizi Gallery. Whole libraries of valuable ancient documents were soaked. 113 people were killed.
    (WSJ, 10/29/96, p.A21)(SFC, 4/6/01, p.D4)(MC, 11/4/01)

1967        Oct 12, In India a massive cyclone struck the rural Orissa state consisting of small villages. Basically all life (human and animal) and each structure was wiped out; the precise number of fatalities and destruction is unknown.
    (www.emergency-management.net/cyclone.htm)

1967        Nov 26, Cloudburst over Lisbon killed 450.
    (MC, 11/26/01)

1968        Mar 10, A ferry boat sank in harbor of Wellington, NZ, and 200 were killed.
    (MC, 3/10/02)

1968        Apr 6, Gunpowder stocks at a sporting-goods store exploded and 43 were killed in Va.
    (MC, 4/6/02)

1968        May 27, The US nuclear submarine Scorpion was lost.
    (MC, 5/27/02)

1969        Apr 14, Tornado struck Dacca in East Pakistan killing 540.
    (MC, 4/14/02)

1969        Aug 17, Hurricane Camille hit the Gulf Coast at Pass Christian, Miss., leaving 256 people killed in Louisiana and Mississippi. 21 people were killed in an apartment complex in Pass Christian, where they had taken refuge. Damage was later estimated at $3.8 billion.
    (AP, 8/17/97)(SFEC, 6/6/99, p.A17)(AP, 8/30/05)(Econ, 1/14/12, p.61)

1970        Feb 1, In Buenos Aires, Argentina, an express train rammed stationary commuter train and 236 people were killed.
    (SFC, 6/4/98, p.A15)(AP, 2/18/04)

1970        Feb 24, 29 Swiss Army officers died in avalanche at Reckingen, Switzerland.
    (MC, 2/24/02)

1970        May 31, A 7.7 slab earthquake and debris flow in Peru killed 67,000, injured 50,000 and destroyed 186,000 buildings.
    (AP, 5/31/97)(http://landslides.usgs.gov/html_files/landslides/slides/slide5.htm)

1970        Nov 1, A discotheque in Grenoble, France, burned. All exits were padlocked and 142 died.
    (MC, 11/1/01)

1970        Nov 13, The Bhola Cyclone killed an estimated 300,000 in East Pakistan (Bangladesh). The highest loss of life and destruction occurred on the low lying islands of the Ganges Delta south of Dhaka. In particular the island and district of Bhola, where casualties may have exceeded 100,000 alone, with the towns of Charfasson and Tazumuddin being devastated. The city of Chittagong was also badly affected. The official death toll was put at 150,000, with 100,000 people missing. However many estimates put the true figure as high as 500,000.
    (SFEC, 9/5/04, p.6)(http://banglapedia.search.com.bd/HT/C_0397.htm)

1970        Dec 14, In South Korea the Namyoung ferry sank killing 323 people.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_South_Korean_ferry_disasters)

1971        Feb 21, A series of tornadoes cut through Miss and La killing 117.
    (MC, 2/21/02)

1971        Aug 20-21, In Vietnam heavy rains flooded the Red River delta and some 100,000 people were killed.
    (www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0001440.html)

1971        Sep 29, In India a cyclone and tidal wave off Bay of Bengal killed as many as 10,000 in Orissa state.
    (www.emergency-management.net/cyclone.htm)

1972        May 13,  In Osaka, Japan, 118 died in a nightclub atop the 7-story Sennichi dept store.
    (http://shippai.jst.go.jp/en/Detail?fn=0&id=CD1000133)

1972        Oct 6, In Saltillo, Mexico, a 22-car train carrying 2,000 religious pilgrims derailed and caught fire. 208 people were killed.
    (SFC, 6/4/98, p.A15)(AP, 2/18/04)

1972        Dec 29, Eastern Tri-Star Jumbo Jet crashed near Everglades killing 101.
    (MC, 12/29/01)

1972        The Tutsi-led government in Burundi killed some 100,000 Hutus.
    (SFC, 8/31/99, p.A14)(SSFC, 4/7/02, p.A19)
1972        In southwest Spain a train collided with a bus killing 86 people and injuring 112.
    {Spain, Train Crash, Disaster}
    (AP, 7/25/13)

1973        Jan 10, An empty liquefied natural gas (LNG) tank in Bloomfield on Staten Island exploded and 40 workers were killed.
    (www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nyrichmo/history.shtml)

1973        Aug 2, A flash fire killed 51 at the Summerland leisure center on the Isle of Man, UK.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Summerland_disaster)

1974        Apr 3, A series of 148 deadly tornadoes struck wide parts of the South and Midwest before jumping across the border into Canada; some 330 people were killed in 13 states: Alabama, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. Total property damage was estimated at $600 million. In 2007 Mark Levine authored “F5: Devastation, Survival, and the Most Violent Tornado Outbreak of the 20th Century.”
    (AP, 4/3/99)(WSJ, 9/13/01, p.B11)(SSFC, 9/4/05, p.A7)(WSJ, 6/16/07, p.P10)

1974        Aug 30, In Yugoslavia an express train ran full speed into a Zagreb, Croatia, rail yard killing 152.
    (www.cmj.hr/2001/42/6/12.htm)

1974        Aug, Monsoon floods ravaged Bangladesh and some 2,500 were killed.
    (http://library.thinkquest.org/C003603/english/flooding/casestudies.shtml#49)

1974        Sep 18, Hurricane Fifi struck Honduras with 110 mph winds and killed about 8,000. The hurricane made landfall as a Category 2 storm in Belize on the next day, and continued through Guatemala and Mexico as a tropical system. After weakening to a depression, Fifi emerged into the Pacific Ocean, becoming the first crossover storm since Hurricane Irene-Olivia in 1971.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hurricane_Fifi-Orlene)

1974        Dec 25, Cyclone Tracy reduced 90% of Darwin, Australia, to rubble. 65 people died including 49 in the city and 16 at sea.
    (SFEC, 9/10/00, p.T10)(www.emergency-management.net/cyclone.htm)

1974        A South Korean ship sank off the southeast coast in stormy weather, killing 159 sailors and coast guard personnel.
    (AP, 3/27/10)

1975        Feb 28, A London subway train smashed into the end of a tunnel at Moorgate Underground station and 43 people were killed.
    (AP, 1/23/06)

1975        Aug 7, In China a dam collapse in Henan province killed tens of thousands of people. The event was covered up for many years. A typhoon from the South China Sea brought three successive days of enormous rain storms to the area of southern Henan Province. Altogether 62 dams failed in one night, including two major dams. As a result of this catastrophe 85,600 people died according to the official government figures but others place the toll at 230 thousand.
    (WSJ, 8/29/07, p.A12)(www.sjsu.edu/faculty/watkins/3gorges.htm)

1975        Dec 28, An earthquake in Pakistan killed some 4,000 people.
    (MC, 12/28/01)

1976        Jun 5, The Teton Dam in Idaho burst catastrophically and water blasted through a narrow canyon and onto Sugar City. It released nearly 300,000 acre feet of water, then flooded farmland and towns downstream with the eventual loss of 14 lives, directly or indirectly, and with a cost estimated to be nearly $1 billion.
    (AP, 6/5/00)(www.geol.ucsb.edu/faculty/sylvester/Teton%20Dam/welcome_dam.html)

1976        Jul 28, In China a 7.8-8.2 earthquake in the northern city of Tangshan killed at least 242,000 people. This was reported as the deadliest earthquake in the last 100 years.
    (AP, 7/28/97)(http://history1900s.about.com/od/horribledisasters/a/tangshan.htm)

1976        Dec 25, 100 Moslems, returning from a pilgrimage to Mecca, died when their boat, the Egyptian SS Patria, sank in the Red Sea.
    (HN, 12/25/98)(MC, 12/25/01)

1977        May 18, A nightclub fire in Cincinnati killed 164.
    (SC, 5/18/02)

1977        May 28, 165 people were killed when fire raced through the Beverly Hills Supper Club in Southgate, Ky.
    (AP, 5/28/97)

1977        Jul 20, A flash flood hit Johnstown, Pa., killing more than 80 people and causing $350 million worth of damage.
    (AP, 7/20/08)

1977        Nov 6, 39 people were killed when an earthen dam burst, sending a wall of water through Toccoa Falls Bible College in Georgia.
    (AP, 11/6/97)

1977        Nov 19, A cyclone and tidal wave hit Andhra Pradesh, India. Entire villages were submerged by tidal waves with an estimated 10-20 thousand people killed.
    (www.emergency-management.net/cyclone.htm)(SFC, 11/1/99, p.A11)(AP, 11/21/02)

1977        Dec 22, Three dozen people were killed when a 250-foot-high grain elevator at the Continental Grain Co. plant in Westwego, La., exploded.
    (AP, 12/22/97)

1978        Apr 16, A tornado struck in Orissa, India, and killed 500-600 people.
    (WUD, 1994, p.1691)

1978        Apr 27, In West Virginia 51 construction workers plunged to their deaths when a scaffold inside a cooling tower at the nuclear Pleasants Power Station on Willow Island fell 168 feet to the ground.
    (AP, 4/27/98)(MC, 4/27/02)

1978        Jul 11, 216 people were killed at a camping site when a tanker truck overfilled with propylene gas exploded on a coastal highway south of Tarragona, Spain.
    (WUD, 1994, p.1691)(AP, 7/11/97)

1978        Aug 19, The Cinema Rex in Abadan, Iran, was set ablaze, killing over 400 individuals. The ruling government of Iran reported that Islamic militants set the fire, while the anti-Shah protesters blamed the intelligence service of the nation, SAVAK for setting the fire. Later it was disclosed that Islamic militants set the Cinema Rex fire.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cinema_Rex_fire)

1978        Nov 5, Floods in Tamil Nadu and Kerala, India, killed 125 people.
    (WUD, 1994, p.1691)

1978        Nov 18, In Jonestown, Guyana, California Rep. Leo J. Ryan and four other people, investigating the Jim Jones cult, were killed by members of the Peoples Temple. Greg Robinson, a SF Examiner photographer, Don Harris, NBC correspondent, Bob Brown, NBC cameraman, and Patricia Parks, a temple defector, were shot dead. Congressional aide Jackie Speier survived 5 bullets. The killings were followed by a night of mass murder and suicide. 918 people died at Jonestown, including 260 children. In 1982 John Jacobs and Tim Reiterman authored "Raven: The Untold Story of the Rev. Jim Jones and His People." In 2010 Laura Johnston Kohl authored “Jonestown Survivor: An Insider’s Look.” In 2011 survivors unveiled a memorial at Evergreen Cemetery in Oakland, Ca., with the names of all the dead.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_Jones)(SFEM, 11/17/96, p.22)(AP, 11/18/97)(SFEC, 11/8/98, p.A18)(SFC, 5/25/00, p.C2)(SSFC, 11/16/03, p.D1)(http://tinyurl.com/4ync97m)(SFC, 5/30/11, p.C1)

1979        Aug 30, Hurricane David devastated the tiny Caribbean island of Dominica as it began a rampage through the Caribbean and up the eastern seaboard of the United States that claimed some 1,100 lives.
    (AP, 8/30/97)

1980        Mar 27, The Alexander L. Kielland, a North Sea Norwegian floating oil field platform, capsized during a storm killing 123 workers. It was owned by the Stavanger Drilling Company of Norway and was on hire to the US company Phillips Petroleum at the time of the disaster.
    (AP, 3/27/02)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexander_L._Kielland_%28platform%29)

1980        May 9, In Florida 35 motorists were killed when a Liberian-flagged freighter rammed the Sunshine Skyway Bridge over Tampa Bay. The freighter MV Summit Venture collided with a pier (support column) during a blinding thunderstorm, sending over 1200 feet (366m) of the bridge plummeting into Tampa Bay. The collision caused six cars, a truck, and a Greyhound bus to fall 150 feet (46 m) into the water.
    (AP, 5/9/97)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sunshine_Skyway_Bridge)

1980        May 20, Fire in nursing home in Kingston, Jamaica, killed 157.
    (MC, 5/20/02)

1980        Aug 19, In Poland 65 people were killed when a freight train collided with a passenger train near Otloczyn. An additional two died later.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ot%C5%82oczyn_railway_accident)

1980        Nov 21, 87 people died in a fire at the MGM Grand Hotel-Casino in Las Vegas, Nev.
    (AP, 11/21/97)

1980        Nov 23, In Europe's biggest earthquake since 1915, 3,000 were killed in Italy. Some 4,800 people were killed by a series of earthquakes that devastated southern Italy.
    (WSJ, 6/17/96, p.A12)(TMC, 1994, p.1980)(AP, 11/23/97) (HN, 11/23/98)

1981        Jan 27, The Indonesian passenger ship Tamponas II caught fire and sank in Java sea killing 580 people.
    (AP, 2/3/06)

1981        Apr 29, In Sydney, Australia, 16 patients died in a nursing home fire in suburban Sylvania Heights.
    (AP, 11/19/11)(http://tinyurl.com/6sq3xp8)

1981        Jun 6, In Bihar, India, a train crashed after a bridge collapsed in flash floods during the monsoon and some 400-800 people were killed in what was reportedly world's worst train disaster.
    (SFC, 6/4/98, p.A15)(SFC, 8/3/99, p.A8)(AP, 4/23/04)

1982        Jul 18, In Guatemala soldiers and paramilitary troops massacred 267 people in the remote hamlet of Plan de Sanchez. In 2001 local communities filed genocide charges against  congressional head Efrain Rios Montt, who was the dictator at the time of the massacre.
    (SFC, 6/6/01, p.C3)

1983        May 25, Fire in Nassermeer, Egypt, killed 357.
    (SC, 5/25/02)

1983        Nov 27, 183 people were killed when a Colombian Avianca Airlines Boeing 747 crashed near Madrid's Barajas airport.
    (AP, 11/27/97)

1984        Mar, A storm system spawned 22 twisters in the Carolinas that killed 57 people, including 42 in North Carolina, and injured hundreds.
    (AP, 4/17/11)

1984        Nov 19, Near Mexico City, Mexico, 5 million liters of liquefied butane exploded at a storage facility with more than 400 deaths.
    (HSAB, 1994, p.46)

1984        Dec 3, More than 4,000 people died and 200,000 were injured after a gas escaped from a pesticide plant operated by a Union Carbide subsidiary in Bhopal, India. 40 tons of vaporous methyl isocyanate, hydrogen cyanide, monomethyl amine, carbon monoxide and possibly 20 other chemicals were released after an explosion. Over the years, according to the Indian government, some 15,000 people have died from effects of the gas. In 2011 India issued notices to Dow seeking payment of $1.7 billion, on top of $470 million already paid, due to the lingering effects of the poison.
    (WSJ, 11/27/96, p.A1)(HN, 12/3/98)(SFEC, 3/5/00, p.A23)(AP, 12/3/04)(SFC, 3/1/11, p.A2)

1985        Jan 13, An express train derailed in Ethiopia and killed at least 428.
    (MC, 1/13/02)

1985        May 11, More than 50 people died when a flash fire swept a jam-packed soccer stadium in Bradford, England.
    (AP, 5/11/97)

1985        May 25, A cyclone ravaged the Meghna River delta of Bangladesh. Some 10,000 people and 500,000 head of cattle died; hundreds of thousands were left homeless.
    (www.emergency-management.net/cyclone.htm)

1985        May 31, 41 tornadoes hit the Northeast US, killing 88.
    (MC, 5/31/02)

1985        Nov 6, In Columbia some 35 leftist M-19 rebels took over the Palace of Justice. A military raid to liberate hostages held by M-19 guerrillas at the Supreme Court followed and cost more than 100 lives, including 11 Supreme Court justices and all 30 guerrillas.
    (WSJ, 1/3/97, p.A6)(WSJ, 1/8/97, p.A12)(SFEC, 4/20/98, p.A8)

1985        Nov 13, Some 23,000 residents of Armero, Colombia, died when a mudslide, triggered by the Nevado del Ruiz volcano, buried the city under 30 feet of mud.
    (PacDisc. Spring/’96, p.27)(AP, 11/13/97)(SFEC, 7/12/98, p.A22)

1986        Apr 14, Double-decker ferry sank in stormy weather in Bangladesh killing 200.
    (MC, 4/14/02)

1986        May 25, Ferry boat Shamia sank on Maghna River in Bangladesh and some 600 were killed.
    (SC, 5/25/02)

1986        Aug 21, In Cameroon 1,746 people died when toxic gas, an invisible bubble of CO2, erupted [seeped out] from a volcano under Lake Nyos. Venting of the lake began in 2001.
    (AP, 8/21/97)(WSJ, 11/17/97, p.B1)(SFC, 8/14/99, p.A6)(SC, 8/21/02)(AP, 2/15/03)

1986        Aug 31, The Soviet passenger ship Admiral Nakhimov collided with a merchant vessel in the Black Sea, causing both vessels to sink; up to 448 people reportedly died.
    (AP, 8/31/97)

1987        Mar 6, The British ferry Herald of Free Enterprise capsized in the Channel off the coast of Belgium. At least 26 were dead. 189 (192) people died when a British ferry capsized off the Belgian port of Zeebrugge.
    (HN, 3/6/98)(AP, 3/6/98)(MC, 3/6/02)

1987        May 23, Rescue workers and survivors searched through the rubble of a killer tornado in Saragosa, Texas, that had claimed 30 lives. Texas Gov. Bill Clements expressed his sorrow, and pledged all possible help.
    (AP, 5/23/97)

1987        Nov 26, Powerful typhoon whipped across Philippines, killing 270 people and damaging or destroying 14,000 homes.
    (AP, 11/26/02)

1987        Dec 20, The Dona Paz, a Philippine passenger ship, collided with the tanker Vector off Mindoro island, setting off a double explosion. 4,375 people on the ferry were killed as well as 11 of the tanker's 13-man crew. The passenger ship was owned by  Sulpicio Lines Inc.
    (AP, 2/3/06)(Reuters, 8/17/13)

1988        Feb 20, Some 500 people died in heavy rains in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
    (MC, 2/20/02)

1988        May 14, Twenty-seven people, most of them teen-agers, were killed when their church bus collided with a pickup truck going the wrong way on a highway near Carrollton, Ky. The driver of the truck, Larry Mahoney, was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to 16 years' imprisonment.
    (AP, 5/14/98)

1988        Jul 6, A series of explosions and fires destroyed the Piper Alpha North Sea oil drilling platform. 167 North Sea oil workers were killed.
    (AP, 7/6/98)(SFC, 8/9/04, p.B6)

1988        Aug 28, Seventy [33] people were killed when three Italian stunt planes collided during an air show at the U.S. Air Base in Ramstein, West Germany, sending flaming debris into the crowd of spectators.
    (AP, 8/28/98)(RTH, 8/28/99)

1988        Sep 12, Hurricane Gilbert, called the storm of the century, smashed into the Gulf coast. It slammed into Jamaica with torrential rains and winds of 145 mph, killing 45 people and causing damage estimated at up to $1 billion. It also devastated the Yucatan peninsula and left 225 people dead.
    (NOHY, 3/90, p.181)(AP, 9/12/97)(SFC, 10/10/97, p.A15)

1988        Dec 1, 596 were killed after a cyclone hit Bangladesh. Half a million were left homeless.
    (MC, 12/1/01)

1988        Dec 7, A magnitude 6.9-8.0 earthquake devastated Spitak in northern Armenia; an estimated 25,000 people died with some $14 billion in losses.
    (AP, 12/7/97)(AP, 6/22/02)(www.who.int/archives/inf-pr-1997/en/pr97-08.html)

1988        Dec 14, Sixty more survivors were pulled from rubble of earthquake that rocked Armenia.
    (AP, 12/14/02)

1988         In Bangladesh monsoon floods left over 3,000 dead this year.
    (SFC, 8/13/02, p.A15)

1989        Apr 7, A Soviet nuclear-powered submarine, the Komsomolets, caught fire and sank in the Norwegian Sea, claiming 42 of 69 lives.
    (AP, 4/7/99)(SFC, 8/14/00, p.A13)

1989        Apr 15, In Sheffield, England, 96 people died in a crush of soccer fans at Hillsborough Stadium after police allowed spectators to pour onto a crowded terrace. On Sep 12, 2012, secret documents were released that said British police tried to blame soccer fans to cover up mistakes that contributed to the deaths of those who were crushed at a stadium.
    (AP, 4/15/08)(Econ, 4/18/09, p.61)(AP, 9/12/12)

1989        Apr 27, A hurricane in Bangladesh killed 500.
    (MC, 4/27/02)

1989        Jun 3, An explosion of a liquefied gas pipeline engulfed two Trans-Siberian Railroad trains parked outside the Central Asian city of Ufa in the Soviet Union. 575 people were killed.
    (AP, 4/23/04)

1989        Aug 13, Thirteen people were killed when their hot air balloon collided with another over the Australian outback near the town of Alice Springs. The two balloons were flying at an altitude of 600 meters when one plunged to the ground after the collision.
    (AP, 2/26/13)

1989        Nov 27, 107 people were killed when a bomb blamed by police on drug traffickers destroyed a Colombian jetliner minutes after takeoff from Bogota's international airport.
    (AP, 11/27/99)

1990        Jan 4, In Sindh Province, Pakistan, an overcrowded 16-car passenger train collided with standing freight train and more than 210 people were killed.
    (SFC, 6/4/98, p.A15)(AP, 2/18/04)

1990        Mar 25, Eighty-seven people, most of them Honduran and Dominican immigrants, were killed when an arson fire raced through the illegal Happy Land Social Club in New York City. Julio Gonzalez, 36, was charged with arson and murder.
    (AP, 3/25/97)(SFC, 3/31/99, p.A3)(MC, 3/25/02)

1990        Apr 7, An arson fire aboard a ferry enroute from Norway to Denmark killed 159 people.
    (AP, 4/7/00)(AP, 1/14/12)

1990        Jul 16, 1600 die in a 7.7 earthquake in Philippines.
    (MC, 7/16/02)

1990        Aug 20, In Poland 16 people were killed in a collision involving two trains in the Warsaw suburb of Ursus.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Poland_disasters_by_death_toll)

1990        Dec 22, Twenty-one sailors returning from shore leave to the aircraft carrier USS "Saratoga" drowned when the Israeli ferry they were traveling on capsized.
    (AP, 12/22/00)

1990-2001    Over 1,000 Jammu-Kashmir civilians were killed by land mines over this period along with nearly 9,000 injuries.
    (SSFC, 1/13/02, p.A18)

1991        Apr 26, Twenty-three people were killed as four dozen tornadoes raked Kansas and Oklahoma.
    (AP, 4/26/01)

1991        Apr 29, Cyclone struck Bangladesh. [see Apr 30]
    (MC, 4/29/02)
1991        Apr 29, More than 100 people were killed and some 100,000 were left homeless when a strong earthquake struck Soviet Georgia.
    (AP, 4/29/01)

1991        Apr 30-31, A cyclone in Bangladesh killed an estimated 131,000 people. 9 million were left homeless. Thousands of survivors died from hunger and water borne disease.
    (AP, 4/30/97)(SFC, 5/19/97, p.A13)(www.emergency-management.net/cyclone.htm)

1991        May 14, Forty-two people were killed in a train collision in western Japan.
    (AP, 5/14/01)

1991        Jun 15, In the Philippines Mount Pinatubo (4,750 feet high) erupted. Due to early warning 56,000 people were evacuated and only 450 people died. The eruption forced the closure of Clark Air Force Base in Angeles City and displaced hundreds of families of the Aeta tribe. [see June 1,12]
    (PacDisc. Spring/’96, p.27)(SSFC, 11/11/01, p.F4)

1991        Nov 5, Nearly 7,000 people were killed in floods in the Philippines.
    (AP, 11/5/01)

1991        Dec 28, Nine people died in a crush to get into a basketball game at City College in New York. The game was promoted by rapper Sean "Puff Daddy" Combs. Combs later testified that security at the Nat Holman facility was supposed to be provided by NYCC.
    (AP, 12/28/97)(SFC, 3/24/98, p.A3)

1992        Mar 3, In Turkey a gas explosion in underground coal mine in Kozlu, near the Black Sea port of Zonguldak, claimed 263 lives.
    (AP, 3/3/02)(AP, 5/17/10)

1992        Mar 8, Ninety people were killed when a ferry carrying pilgrims to a Buddhist shrine collided with an oil tanker in the Gulf of Thailand.
    (AP, 3/8/02)

1992        Mar 13, 570 died in a Turkish earthquake.
    (MC, 3/13/02)

1992        Aug 31, A dynamite explosion in Philippines mine killed 500 people.
    (MC, 8/31/01)

1993        Feb 17, A ferry carrying up to 1,500 people sank off Haiti; only 285 people were known to have survived.
    (AP, 2/17/98)

1993        May 10, At least 188 workers were killed in a doll factory fire in Bangkok, Thailand.
    (AP, 5/10/98)

1993        Oct 10, In South Korea the Seohae ferry sank killing 292 people.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sinking_of_the_MV_Seohae)

1994        Jan 3, In Maracaibo, Venezuela, a riot and fire at the Sabaneta Prison left 108 inmates dead.
    (SFC, 10/24/96, p.C4)(AP, 1/3/04)

1994        Feb 5, Sixty-eight people were killed when a mortar shell exploded in a marketplace in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina.
    (WSJ, 6/11/96, p.A14)(SFC,10/16/97, p.A12)(AP, 2/5/99)

1994        Mar 13, The oil tanker Nassia collided with an empty cargo ship at the entrance of the Bosporus. 27-29 people lost their lives. 9,000 tons of petroleum spilled and 20,000 tons burned for four days long affecting the marine environment.
    (www.bosphorusstrait.com/the-bosporus-strait/incidents/)(AP, 4/27/11)

1994        Apr 13, President guard at Kigali Rwanda, chopped 1,200 church members to death.
    (MC, 4/13/02)

1994        Apr 22, In Butare gasoline was used to set ablaze a building where 500 Tutsis were hiding. In 2001 Benedictine Sister Maria Kisito stood trial in Belgium for providing the gasoline. 7,000 Tutsi's were slaughtered in stadium of Kibuye, Rwanda.
    (SFC, 4/18/01, p.A12)(MC, 4/22/02)

1994        Apr 29, Ferry boat smashed into Mombasa Harbor, Kenya, and over 300 were killed.
    (MC, 4/29/02)

1994        Sep 22, In Tolunda, Angola, faulty brakes caused a train to plunge into a ravine and some 300 people were killed.
    (SFC, 6/4/98, p.A15)(AP, 2/18/04)

1994        Sep 28, More than 900 (909) people died when the ferry Estonia capsized and sank off the Finnish coast in the Baltic sea. 852 people of 989 onboard were killed. In 1999 evidence was reported that 3 explosive devices had been placed on the ship's visor-like bow door.
    (AP, 9/28/99)(SFC, 12/31/99, p.A16)(MC, 9/28/01)

1994        Nov 14, Heavy rains and flooding from Tropical Storm Gordon swept across Haiti, killing several hundred people.
    (AP, 11/14/99)

1995        Apr 22, In Africa, Rwandan government troops killed thousands of Hutu refugees in Kibeho. The Tutsi-led government troops cleared a huge refugee camp that they said was full of Hutu extremists. Human rights officials said that at least 4,000 Hutus were killed, many shot, and many trampled. Tutsi officers involved received only token punishments.
    (SFC, 4/8/99, p.C3)(HN, 4/22/99)(SFC, 4/8/02, p.A6)

1995         Aug 20, In Firozabad, India, a speeding passenger train crashed into a train that had stalled after hitting a cow and some 358 people were killed.
    (SFC, 6/4/98, p.A15)(SFC, 8/3/99, p.A8)(AP, 8/20/00)

1995        Dec 14, Heavy fighting erupts in Gudermes, Chechnya, when rebels disrupted Kremlin-imposed elections. At least 267 Chechen civilians were reported killed in the following 10 days.
    (AP, 12/14/02)

1995        Dec 26, Floods in eastern South Africa killed at least 130.
    (WSJ, 12/27/95, p. A-1)

1996        Jan 8, A Russian-made Antonov-32 skidded into a crowded marketplace shortly after take-off in Kinshasa in Zaire (Congo) and killed at least 350 people. The twin-turboprop was owned by African Air and was overweight when it took off. At least 470 people were injured.
    (WSJ, 1/9/96, p.A-1) (SFC, 5/12/96, p.A-14)(WSJ, 11/13/01, p.A14)

1996        Mar 19, A fire at a Quezon City nightclub in the Philippines killed at least 149 young people celebrating the end of their school year.
    (WSJ, 3/19/96, p.A-1)

1996        Apr 2, More than 100 Haitians died when a ferry sank.
    (WSJ, 4/3/96, p.A-1)

1996        May 21, A Tanzanian ferry sank on Lake Victoria and at least 615 people, many of whom were students, were killed. Pres. Mkapa called the sinking a national disaster. The ferry, MV Bukoba with capacity for 441, was traveling from Bukoba to Mwanza. 563 of the 663 aboard were presumed dead.
    (WSJ, 5/22/96, p.A-1)(SFC, 5/22/96, p.A8)(WSJ, 5/23/96, p.A-1)(AP, 5/21/97)

1996        May 23, In Bangladesh as many as 77 people were feared drowned in a sunken ferry after a collision on the Jamuna River. More than 50 ferries have sunk since 1981 killing more than 1,000 people.
    (SFC, 5/25/96, p.A11)

1996        Jul 19, In China the Yangtze River threatened to burst its banks. Workers used 500 tons of rice in sacks to fill gaps in the banks. Millions were left homeless and 716 were reported dead.
    (SFC, 7/20/96, p.A8)

1996        Jul 27, A ship carrying 69 people sank in the Indian Ocean off the Comoro islands near the island of Mwali. 5 survivors were found.
    (WSJ, 7/29/96, p.A1)

1996        Nov 6, In India cyclone 07B struck Andhra Pradesh state. [see Nov 7]
    (www.emergency-management.net/cyclone.htm)

1996        Nov 7, In India cyclone 07B killed some 2000 in Andhra Pradesh state. Damage was estimated at $1.5 billion.
    (WSJ, 11/8/96, p.A1)(SFC, 11/12/96, p.A11)(www.emergency-management.net/cyclone.htm)

1996        Nov 19, Fourteen people were killed when a commuter plane collided with a private plane at Baldwin Municipal Airport in Quincy, Ill.
    (SFC, 11/20/96, p.A4)(AP, 11/19/97)

1996        Nov 20, In Hong Kong a fire raged in the 16-story Garley Building and 39 people died.
    (SFC, 11/21/96, p.C3)(SFC, 11/22/96, p.A22)(AP, 11/20/97)

1996        Nov 21, Thirty-three people were killed, and more than 100 injured, when an explosion blamed on leaking gas ripped through a six-story building in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
    (AP, 11/21/97)

1996        Nov 23, An Ethiopian Boeing 767 airliner crashed into the Indian ocean near Grand Comore Island. It had been hijacked after takeoff from Addis Ababa and ran out of fuel under hijacker demands to fly to Australia. 125 of 175 people died. The plane was destined for the Ivory Coast with stops along the way.
    (SFEC, 11/24/96, p.A1,10)(SFC, 11/26/96, p.B3)(AP, 11/23/97)

1996        Dec 22, Eight workers were killed in an explosion at the Wyman Gordon Forgings metal-fabricating plant in northwest Houston. They had been doing maintenance on 9-story pressurized tanks.
    (SFC, 12/24/96, p.A3)(AP, 12/22/97)

1996        Dec 25, In Malaysia tropical storm Greg killed at least 163 people in the northern Borneo state of Sabah.
    (WSJ, 12/27/96, p.A1)(SFC, 12/30/96, p.A8)
1996        Dec 25, Some 280 migrants form India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka were suspected of having drowned in the Mediterranean while being transshipped in the Malta-Sicily channel.
    (SFEC, 1/5/97, p.A13)

1997        Feb 18, In Peru at least 33 people were killed and a hundred were missing after an Andean mountain collapsed and buried the villages of Choch and Pumaranra near Abancay. Total killed reached 250-300. Only 50 bodies were recovered.
    (SFC, 2/19/97, p.A11)(SFC, 2/25/97, p.a14)

1997        Feb 23, In eastern India A fire in Baripada killed 190 worshippers at the 46th annual festival in honor of the late Swami Nigamananda.
    (SFC, 2/24/97, p.A10)(SFC, 2/25/97, p.a14)(AP, 2/23/98)

1997        May 5, In Poland 12 people were killed in a train crash in Reptowo.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Poland_disasters_by_death_toll)

1997        May 13, In the Congo rebel troops reached Wendji and Mbandaka and proceeded to kill Hutu refugees. Estimates of deaths varied from 550-2000.
    (WSJ, 6/6/97, p.A11)(SFC, 9/23/97, p.A11)

1997        May 18-19, In Bangladesh a cyclone pounded the country and 50,000 people were evacuated from the flat coastal region. 350 [67] [112] people were reported killed.
    (SFC, 5/19/97, p.A13)(SFC, 5/20/97, p.A12)(SFC, 5/21/97, p.A8)(SFC, 5/22/97, p.A3)

1997        Jul 11, In Thailand a kitchen fire went out of control at the 450-room Royal Jomtien Hotel in Pattaya and killed 90 people with 64 injured.
    (SFC, 7/12/97, p.A10)(WSJ, 7/11/97, p.A12)

1997        Nov 6, In Cuba a train-bus crash killed at least 56 people at Urbano Rey in the eastern sugar province of Holguin.
    (WSJ, 11/7/97, p.A1)

1998        Feb 3, A US surveillance aircraft cut a ski cable in Italy and caused the death of 20 skiers in a gondola cable car running from Cavalese to the Alpe Cermis. The EA-6B aircraft was normally used for patrols over Bosnia and was only slightly damaged. Lt. Col. Steven Watters was later relieved of command for telling crew members of a related squadron to destroy evidence in the investigation. The pilot did not have Italian military maps that identified the ski lift. Four crewmen were later charged by the Marine Corps with negligent homicide, involuntary manslaughter and dereliction of duty. The pilot and navigator faced trial for manslaughter. Pilot Richard J. Ashby was acquitted of all charges in 1999. Navigator Joseph Schweitzer was acquitted of manslaughter and negligent homicide charges. Schweitzer later pleaded guilty to obstruction and conspiracy charges for destroying a videotape made during the flight. The tape indicated that the plane had been flying upside down. Schweitzer was sentenced to dismissal from the Marine Corps. Capt. Ashby (32) was found guilty of obstruction of justice and conspiracy in May, 1999 and was sentenced to 6 months in prison and dismissed from the Marine Corps. Families of the victims settled for $2 million apiece in 2000.
    (SFC, 2/4/98, p.A7)(SFC, 2/11/98, p.A11)(SFC, 2/19/98, p.B10)(SFC, 3/27/98, p.A14)(SFC, 7/11/98, p.A2)(SFC, 3/5/99, p.A1)(WSJ, 3/16/99, p.A1)(WSJ, 3/30/99, p.A1)(SFC, 4/3/99, p.A3)(SFC, 5/1/99, p.A4)(SFC, 5/8/99, p.A4)(SFC, 5/11/99, p.A4)(SFC, 4/26/00, p.A4)

1998        Feb 23, In Florida 6-10 tornadoes killed forty-two people. Some 2,600 homes and businesses damaged or destroyed, by tornadoes in Seminole, Osceola, Orange, Brevard and Volusia counties Florida.
    (SFC, 2/24/98, p.A1)(WSJ, 2/24/98, p.A1)(AP, 2/23/99)

1998        Mar 22, In Miles Township, Pa., 11 students were killed in a cabin fire while on a camping trip.
    (SFC, 3/23/98, p.A2)(AP, 3/22/99)

1998        Mar 24, In India a tornado killed 105 people and some 500 were missing. At least 80 died in the Midnapore district of West Bengal state and some 1,100 were injured. At least 200 people were killed and thousands injured from a tornado in West Bengal and Orissa states.
    (SFC, 3/25/98, p.C3)(SFC, 3/28/98, p.A5)

1998        Mar 26, In Kenya a fire at a school near Mombasa killed 25 teenage girls in their dormitory.
    (WSJ, 3/26/98, p.A1)

1998        Apr 4, In the Ukraine a gas explosion at the Skochinsky coal mine outside Donetsk killed 63 men.
    (SFEC, 4/5/98, p.A20)(AP, 4/4/08)

1998        May 15, Trapped in blazing shopping malls, hundreds of looters burned to death in rioting that laid smoking waste to Indonesia's capital, Jakarta.
    (AP, 5/15/99)

1998        Jul 17, In Papua New Guinea a tidal wave followed a 7.0 earthquake at the Solomon Islands and killed at 2,500-3,000 people. The villages of Malol, Arop, Otto, Warupu and Sissano were turned into barren strips of sand.
    (SFC, 7/18/98, p.A10)(SFEC, 7/20/98, p.A1)(SFC, 8/4/99, p.A10)

1998        Jul 18, Residents along the northern coast of Papua New Guinea were left reeling after a 23-foot-high tidal wave hit the night before, killing an estimated 3,000.
    (AP, 7/18/99)

1998        Aug 7, In China the death toll from the summer floods passed 2,000 and the Jingjiang flood plain was ordered evacuated.
    (SFC, 8/8/98, p.A14)

1998        Aug 26, In China the government revised its death toll from the floods to over 3,000 [4,150] people.
    (SFC, 8/27/98, p.a14)(SFC, 8/6/99, p.A12)

1998        Nov 2, The death toll from Hurricane Mitch continued to rise with 174 killed in El Salvador, 100 in Guatemala, 0ver 1,500 in Nicaragua and over 5,500 in Honduras. Central American officials estimated more than 7,000 people had died in floods and mudslides triggered by Hurricane Mitch.
    (SFC, 11/3/98, p.A1,11)(AP, 11/2/99)

1998        Nov 5, The death toll from Hurricane Mitch was reduced to 6,076 in Honduras and increased to 4,000 in Nicaragua. Aid of $66 mil was ordered from the US, $8 mil from the EU, $11.6 mil from Spain along with pledges from other countries and private organizations.
    (SFC, 11/6/98, p.A14)

1998        Nov 17, In Angola renewed fighting had created some 331,000 refugees since April.
    (WSJ, 11/18/98, p.A1)

1998        Nov 23, An Arctic cold wave was reported to have killed 71 people across Europe over the last 3 days. 36 deaths were in Poland and 24 in Romania and Bulgaria.
    (SFC, 11/24/98, p.A14)

1998        Nov 26, In the Punjab state of India a passenger train derailed near Khanna in the path of an express train in the northwest and at least 108 [211] people were killed.
    (SFC, 11/26/98, p.B5)(WSJ, 11/27/98, p.A1)(AP, 11/26/99)

1998        Dec 3, In the Philippines a fire burned the Catholic Bahay Kalinga orphanage in Manila and at least 28 people were killed including 23 children.
    (SFC, 12/3/98, p.A21)(WSJ, 12/4/98, p.A1)

1998        Dec 25, In Lima, Peru, a tear gas bomb caused a stampede in a disco and 9 young people, 13-21, were crushed to death. The bomb was said to have been thrown by members of a youth gang.
    (SFC, 12/26/98, p.A14)

1999        Mar 24, In the 7-mile Mt. Blanc tunnel between France and Italy a fire killed 4 people with smoke a burning truck transporting flour. The death toll was raised to 9 with 24 injured. The fire was extinguished after 3 days and the death toll rose to 35. Identification of the remains of at least 40 people began Mar 28. Thirty-nine people were killed when fire erupted in the Mont Blanc tunnel in France and burned for two days. It re-opened in 2002.
    (WSJ, 3/25/99, p.A1)(SFC, 3/26/99, p.A14)(SFC, 3/27/99, p.A10)(SFC, 3/29/99, p.A8)(AP, 3/24/00)(SSFC, 3/17/02, p.C4)

1999        Apr 27, A NATO bomb missed a targeted army barracks and killed at 20 people, half of them children, in a residential area of Surdulica, Serbia.
    (SFC, 4/28/99, p.A10)(SFC, 4/28/99, p.A14)

1999        May 30, In Belarus at least 54 people, mostly teen-age girls, were killed in a stampede near an underground passageway in Minsk as they left a concert by a local beer company due to a sudden heavy rain.
    (SFC, 5/31/99, p.A10)

1999        Aug 2, In India the Brahmputra Mail train from Gauhati collided with the Awadh-Assam Express from New Delhi at Gaisan Station. Over 285 people were killed and a 1000 injured. A faulty switch was suspected.
     (SFC, 8/3/99, p.A8)(SFC, 8/4/99, p.A9)(SFC, 8/5/99, p.A14)(AP, 2/18/04)

1999        Sep 20, In Taiwan a 7.6 earthquake killed an estimated 2,161 people and injured over 3,500. 2,600 people were believed to be buried alive. Aftershocks the next day registered at 6.8 and 100,000 people were homeless.
    (SFC, 9/21/99, p.A1)(SFC, 9/22/99, p.A1)(WSJ, 9/22/99, p.A1)(WSJ, 9/22/99, p.A1) (http://nisee.berkeley.edu/taiwan/)

1999        Oct 29, In eastern India hundreds of people in Orissa state and the Bay of Bengal region were feared dead from 05B, the 2nd cyclone in 2 weeks. The number of dead was estimated to reach 3,000 and 1.5 million people were homeless. The official dead toll reached 924 on Nov 4. At least 8,000 people were killed around the port city of Paradeep, where the storm made first landfall. The death toll was predicted to climb past 10,000. 9,813 death were recorded and the government stopped free rice distribution after about 3 weeks.
    (SFC, 10/30/99, p.A14)(SFC, 11/1/99, p.A11)(SFC, 11/5/99, p.D4)(SFC, 11/6/99, p.A24)(SFC, 11/10/99, p.A11)(SFC, 11/25/99, p.D6)

1999        Nov 12, In Turkey a 7.2 [7.1] earthquake was centered at Duzce and 549 [834] people were killed and 3000 injured. Damage from the last 2 quakes was later estimated at $10-25 billion.
    (SFC, 11/13/99, p.A1)(SFEC, 11/14/99, p.A1)(SFC, 11/15/99, p.A14)(WSJ, 11/17/99, p.A1)(SFC, 4/28/00, p.D6)(AP, 11/12/00)

1999        Nov 19, In Hyderabad, India (Reuters), an outbreak of Japanese encephalitis has killed 133 people, all of them children, in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, health officials said after reporting 10 new deaths.
    (Excite, 11/20/99)

1999        Nov 25, The Chinese ferry, Dashun, with 312 passengers caught fire and sank in stormy seas on the Bohai Strait near Yantai in Shandong province. Only 22 passengers were rescued. [see Nov 24]
    (SFC, 11/26/99, p.A1)(WSJ, 11/26/99, p.A1)(SFC, 11/27/99, p.A14)

1999        Dec 26, In Europe heavy winds and rain killed at least 79 people with 44 dead in France, 17 dead in Germany and 13 dead in Switzerland. A 2nd storm hit a day later. Damages from the storms were later estimated to be at least $4 billion with 90 people dead. The storms destroyed an estimated 400 million trees across France.
    (SFC, 12/27/99, p.A12)(WSJ, 12/27/99, p.A1)(SFC, 12/28/99, p.A8)(SFC, 1/4/00, p.A11)(SFC, 1/15/00, p.A1)

2000        May 13, In the Netherlands a fireworks depot exploded in Enschede and 20 people were killed with 589 injured. An estimated 100 tons of fireworks exploded and flattened some 400 houses.
    (SFEC, 5/14/00, p.A12)(SFC, 5/15/00, p.A13)

2000        Nov 5, In Nigeria at least 96 people were killed when an oil tanker truck slammed into a line of parked vehicles at a police check point between Ife and Ibadan.
    (SFC, 11/7/00, p.B2)

2000        Nov 11, In Austria a fire consumed a train in an Alpine tunnel at Kitzsteinhorn mountain near Kaprun. 155 people, mostly children and teenagers, were killed.
    (SFEC, 11/12/00, p.A1)(WSJ, 11/15/00, p.A1)(WSJ, 11/16/00, p.A1)

2000        Nov 17, In South Africa 11 workers died from a fire while apparently locked in a floor polish factory in Lenasia.
    (SFEC, 11/19/00, p.C16)

2000        Nov 25, In Bangladesh 52 people were killed in a fire at the Chowdhury Knitwear Garments factory at Shibpur.
    (SSFC, 11/26/00, p.D9)(SSFC, 4/15/01, p.D1)

2000        Dec 25, In central China as many as 309 young people were killed at an unlicensed disco fire in Louyang city.
    (SFC, 12/26/00, p.C6)(AP, 12/25/01)

2001        Mar 6, In Nigeria 30 girls died from a fire at the Gindiri Girls School in Jos. They were reportedly locked in for the night so as not to mix with boys.
    (WSJ, 3/8/01, p.A1)

2001        Apr 5, Dutch driver Perry Wacker was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to 14 years in prison in the deaths of 58 Chinese immigrants who suffocated in his truck in Dover, England.
    (AP, 4/5/02)

2001        Nov 5, Baxter said its dialysis filters appear to have played a role in the deaths of 53 patients in Texas, Nebraska, and 6 countries in Europe, south America and Asia.
    (WSJ, 11/6/01, p.A3)

2001        Nov 12, American Airlines Flight 587, bound for the Dominican Republic, crashed in Belle Harbor in the Far Rockaway district of Queens just after takeoff from JFK Airport. All 260 crew and passengers were killed as well as a number of people on the ground. The plane appeared to have fallen apart. The vertical tail section cracked off when composite fittings failed possibly due to turbulence from a preceding 747.
    (SFC, 11/13/01, p.A1)(WSJ, 11/13/01, p.A1)(SFC, 11/14/01, p.A14)(SFC, 11/15/01, p.A19)

2001        Nov 22, In the Gaza Strip 5 Palestinian boys (6-14) were killed when a bomb exploded beneath them as a walked to school.
    (SFC, 11/23/01, p.A17)

2001        Dec 26, In Brazil rescue workers searched for victims of earth slides and flooding that killed at least 49 people in Rio de Janeiro state.
    (SFC, 12/27/01, p.A5)

2002        Feb 19, In Cairo, Egypt, an overcrowded train en route from Cairo to the southern city of Luxor burst into flames from a gas cannister. It then traveled 2 1/2 miles before the driver stopped. 361 people were killed.
    (SFC, 2/20/02, p.A9)(SFC, 2/21/02, p.A8)(AFP, 5/27/04)

2002        Feb 27, In India Muslim attackers allegedly set fire to a train carrying Hindu nationalists and 58 were killed as the Sabarmati Express left Godhra in Gujarat state. Hindu nationalists went rampaging and at least 5 Muslims were killed in other towns. 3 months of rioting followed with some 2000 dead in revenge attacks. In 2005 a government panel said the fire was not set by a Muslim mob. Narendra Modi, chief minister of Gujarat, was later blamed for the violence. On Feb 22, 2011, 31 people were convicted on conspiracy and murder charges over the deadly train fire. On Feb 28, 2011, an Indian court handed 11 death sentences and 20 life terms to Muslims convicted of burning Hindus alive in the train fire.
    (SFC, 2/28/02, p.A7)(SFC, 6/28/03, p.A3)(WSJ, 1/18/05, p.A1)(Econ, 3/26/05, p.44)(AFP, 2/22/11)(AFP, 3/1/11)

2002        May 25, In India at least 60 people, on their way to a wedding, were electrocuted when their bus hit a high-voltage power wire in Uttar Pradesh state.
    (SSFC, 5/26/02, p.A14)
2002        May 25, In Tenga, Mozambique, a passenger and freight train collided and 196 people were killed.
    (SSFC, 5/26/02, p.A14)(SFC, 5/27/02, p.A7)

2002        Jul 27, In Lviv, Ukraine, a fighter jet slammed onto the tarmac and sliced through a crowd watching an air show, killing 85 people and injured 116.
    (AP, 7/28/02)(WSJ, 8/8/02, p.A1)

2002        Sep 20, A riot in an overcrowded Dominican prison left 30 inmates dead and 48 others injured, 12 critically. Most of the deaths were by smoke inhalation.
    (AP, 9/20/02)(AP, 2/16/12)

2002        Sep 25-2002 Sep 26, Over 760 passengers and crew were believed to have perished when the crowded MS Joola, a state-run Senegalese ferry, heaved to its side shortly before midnight in a fierce storm off the coast of Gambia. There were only 62 known survivors. The toll was later raised to 1,863 dead.
    (SSFC, 9/29/02, p.A18)(WSJ, 9/30/02, p.A1)(AP, 2/3/03)(SFC, 3/24/06, p.A12)

2002        Sep 29, In Guatemala a bus carrying at least 45 passengers plunged into the Selegua River, and authorities feared that most of them drowned.
    (AP, 9/30/02)

2002        Oct 29, In Vietnam a fire believed to have started in a disco swept through a five-storey commercial building in south Vietnam's Ho Chi Minh City killing at least 48 people.
    (Reuters, 10/29/02)

2002        Nov 1, In Morocco a fire erupted at an overcrowded Sidi Moussa jail in coastal El Jadida, killing 50 inmates and injuring dozens of other people. Authorities blamed electrical short circuit for Morocco's worst prison fire.
    (AP, 11/1/02)(AP, 2/16/12)

2003        Jan 6, In Mexico a bus with failing brakes swerved off a mountain highway and into a deep ravine in Zacatecas state, killing 18 people and injuring 23.
    (AP, 1/7/03)

2003        Apr 5, A prison riot in northern Honduras left 86 prisoners dead and dozens more injured at the 1,600-inmate El Porvenir prison outside of La Ceiba. Soldiers and police searched for escaped inmates. Honduras' 26 prisons were built to house 5,500 inmates but are crammed with 13,000 prisoners. In 2008 a court sentenced 22 soldiers and police to a combined 740 years in prison for the massacre. In 2008 a Honduran court sentenced Dimas Antonio Benitez, a former prison official, to 1,051 years in jail for the deaths in the prison massacre.
    (AP, 4/6/03)(SFC, 4/7/03, p.A8)(AP, 6/4/08)(AP, 9/7/08)(AP, 2/16/12)

2003        Sep 15, In Saudi Arabia a fire that swept through el-Haer prison in Riyadh and 94 were initially reported killed. 67 inmates died in the worst prison fire in Saudi Arabian history.
    (AP, 9/16/03)(AP, 2/16/12)

2003        Dec 26, A 6.6 earthquake devastated the southeastern Iranian city of Bam, 630 miles southeast of the capital Tehran. It leveled more than half the city's houses and its historic mud-brick fortress. Some 31,000 people were killed and over 10,000 injured. Iran appealed for international help and promised to waive visas for foreign relief workers.
    (AP, 12/27/03)(SFC, 12/30/03, p.A3)(AP, 1/2/04)(AP, 12/26/04)(AFP, 8/12/12)

2003        Dr. James Gee of the Univ. of Wisconsin authored “What Video Games Have to Teach Us About learning and Literacy.”
    (Econ, 9/5/09, p.86)

2004        Feb 18, In Neyshabur, northeastern Iran, a 51-car train, carrying fuel, fertilizer and industrial chemicals, derailed and exploded. It rolled out of a switchyard and eventually reach a speed of more than 90 mph before it derailed, caught fire and exploded. The explosions destroyed five villages killing at least 200 people and injuring hundreds more.
    (AP, 2/19/04)(AP, 4/23/04)

2004        Apr 22, As many as 3,000 people were killed or injured when two trains carrying oil and liquefied petroleum gas collided and exploded in a North Korean train station.
    (AP, 4/22/04)

2004        Apr 28, In Colombia a construction crew's backhoe tumbled down a hillside onto a school bus on the highway below, killing 21 children and two adults and injuring 36 others.
    (AP, 4/29/04)

2004        May 17, In northern Honduras authorities said a short-circuit caused a fire that killed 103 inmates before dawn. Survivors of the fire claimed that the inferno was intentionally set by fellow inmates. The prison at San Pedro Sula, designed for 800, was crammed with 2,200.
    (AP, 5/18/04)(SFC, 5/18/04, p.A8)(Econ, 5/22/04, p.31)

2004        Jul 15, In Kumbakonam, southern India, a short circuit ignited a thatched roof and fire raged through the Lord Krishna Middle School, killing 94 children and injuring more than 100. The children were trapped inside a locked building. In 2006 an inquiry commission found that a mixture of avarice, dishonesty and a blatant disregard of safety standards caused the devastating fire. In 2014 the owner of the primary school was sentenced to life in prison on charges including culpable homicide and endangerment, while his wife, the headmistress, the cook and the meal planner were each imprisoned for five years.
    (AP, 7/17/04)(SFC, 7/17/04, p.A3)(Reuters, 9/4/06)(AP, 7/30/14)

2004        Jul 22, In northwestern Turkey a new high-speed passenger train derailed killing 36 people and injuring 81 others.
    (AP, 7/23/04)

2004        Jul 25, The death toll from monsoon flooding in South Asia reached 944.
    (AP, 7/26/04)

2004        Jul 28, Deaths from monsoon rains across South Asia reached 1,238.
    (AP, 7/28/04)

2004        Aug 1, In Paraguay a fast-spreading fire killed 420 people. Survivors of the inferno in a crowded supermarket on the outskirts of Asuncion said that locked doors slowed their escape. In 2008 a father and son who owned the supermarket were sentenced to prison for manslaughter and endangerment. In 2009 Supreme Court voted 2-1 in favor of a sentence of 12 years for Juan Pio Paiva and 10 years for his son Daniel Paiva. In 2009 a court upheld a two-year prison sentence for architect Bernardo Ismachowiez, designer of the supermarket.
    (AP, 8/2/04)(AP, 8/6/04)(AP, 2/3/08)(AP, 8/6/09)(AP, 8/29/09)

2004        Sep 3, Commandos stormed a school in southern Russia and battled Chechen separatist rebels holding hundreds of hostages, as crying children, some naked and covered in blood, fled through explosions and gunfire. Over 330 people, including 155 children, were killed in the violence that ended a hostage standoff with militants in Beslan, Russia. 31 of 32 hostage takers were killed. 6 Chechens and 4 Ingush were identified among the hostage takers. In 2006 a woman died from her injuries in Beslan bringing the total deaths to 334.
    (SFC, 9/4/04, p.A1)(SFC, 9/7/04, p.A3)(WSJ, 9/10/04, p.A1)(AP, 12/9/07)

2004        Nov 28, In central China an explosion tore through a coal mine, sending smoke from air vents and trapping at least 166 miners in tunnels and shafts below without communications. The death toll was later confirmed at 166.
    (AP, 12/1/04)(Econ, 12/4/04, p.43)

2004        Dec 26, The world's most powerful earthquake in 40 years triggered massive tidal waves that slammed into villages and seaside resorts across southern and southeast Asia. The initial estimated death toll of 9,000 soon rose to some 230,000 people in 14 countries. The magnitude 9.0 earthquake was the world's fifth-largest since 1900 and the largest since a 9.2 temblor hit Prince William Sound Alaska in 1964. The epicenter was located 155 miles south-southeast of Banda Aceh, the capital of Aceh province on Sumatra, and six miles under the seabed of the Indian Ocean. In Indonesia at least 166,320 people were killed.
    Bangladesh reported 2 killed; India: at least 9,691 deaths: thousands were missing and possibly dead in India's remote Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Indonesia: At least 101,318 people were killed on Sumatra island and small islands off its coast. Kenya reported 1 killed. Malaysia: At least 68 people, including an unknown number of foreign tourists, were dead. Myanmar: At least 90 people were killed. Sri Lanka: At least 30,680 were killed in government and rebel controlled areas. The Maldives, an archipelago of 1,190 low-lying coral islands and a tiny population of 280,000, at least 82 people were killed and missing. At least 42 islands were flattened in the low-lying atoll nation. Somalia: At least 298 were killed. Tanzania: At least 10 killed. Thailand: The confirmed death toll for Thailand reached 5,322, but many suspected Myanmar migrants were not counted. Some 230,000 people were killed in a dozen countries.
    (SFC, 12/28/04, p.A1)(AP, 12/30/04)(SSFC, 1/2/05, p.A12)(AP, 1/7/05)(Econ, 1/22/05, p.41)(AP, 12/25/09)(AP, 11/12/13)

2004        Dec 30, In Argentina a flare lit during a rock concert ignited the foam ceiling of the Cromagnon Republic nightclub in Buenos Aires packed with teenagers, starting an inferno that killed 194 people. Omar Chaban, promoter and owner of the club, later faced charges of manslaughter. In 2006 the Buenos Aires city council sacked Mayor Anibal Ibarra for failing to root out a culture of bribery and bureaucratic sloth. In 2009 judges convicted the concert promoter, three city officials and a band manager in the fire. The court absolved the Callejeros band of criminal responsibility for the blaze caused by fans' fireworks.
    (AP, 12/31/04)(AP, 12/30/05)(Econ, 3/11/06, p.35)(AP, 8/20/09)

2005        Feb 14, A gas explosion in China's northeast Sunjiawan mine killed 203 people in the deadliest mining disaster reported since communist rule began in 1949.
    (AP, 2/15/05)

2005        Mar 7, In the Dominican Republic rival gangs fighting for control of a provincial prison set pillows and sheets ablaze, starting a fire that killed 136 inmates after rescuers were thwarted by a jammed entrance.
    (AP, 3/11/05)

2005        Aug 29, Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast near Buras, La., as a Category 3 storm. Katrina ripped two holes in the curved roof of the Louisiana Superdome, letting in rain as thousands of storm refugees huddled inside. In Mississippi many of the 13 floating casinos in Biloxi and Gulfport smashed historic homes and buildings. The Grand Casino Biloxi destroyed the historic Hotel Tivoli. Storm surges and winds from Katrina unleashed at least 40 oil spills and some 193,000 barrels of oil and other petrochemicals were driven across fragile marshy ecosystems southeast of New Orleans. The death toll from Katrina eventually reached at least 1,600. An estimated 300 Louisiana residents died out of state; some 230 people perished in Mississippi. Property damage estimates were in the hundreds of billions of dollars.
    (SFC, 9/6/05, p.A1)(WSJ, 9/23/05, p.A1)(WSJ, 3/21/06, p.A1)(AP, 8/29/06)(Econ, 9/6/08, p.36)
2005        Aug 29, In New Orleans 34 people died at a Tenet Healthcare hospital after Hurricane Katrina knocked out power and the temperature inside the building rose to more than 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 degrees Celsius). The hospital’s windows couldn’t be opened.  On July 22, 2011, a judge approved a $25 million class-action settlement over the deaths of the patients. The Dallas-based company settled 11 other cases over Katrina.
    (SFC, 7/23/11, p.A4)(http://tinyurl.com/4kbb8dp)

2006        Feb 3, An Egyptian passenger ferry carrying 1,408 people, mostly Egyptian workers returning from Saudi Arabia, sank in the Red Sea overnight. The 35-year-old ship, "Al-Salam Boccaccio 98," went down 40 miles off the Egyptian port of Hurghada between midnight and 2 a.m. Rescue boats picked up at least 362 survivors from the ferry that caught fire and sank in the Red Sea, apparently so fast there was no time for a distress signal. But more than 1,000 missing passengers and crew were feared drowned. The report into the sinking found the ship was overloaded and using forged documents to hide a shortage of safety equipment. In 2008 an Egyptian court acquitted in absentia Mamdouh Ismail, the owner of the ferry and his son, of negligence and corruption. Ismail, is a member of parliament's upper house, and his son Amr was a top executive in the ferry company. In 2009 Mamdouh Ismail was convicted of involuntary manslaughter and negligence and sentenced to seven years in prison.
    (AP, 2/3/06)(AP, 2/4/06)(AP, 4/19/06)(AP, 7/27/08)(AP, 3/11/09)

2007        Feb 3, Indonesia’s Environment Minister Rachmat Witoelar said Indonesia will pursue its plans to develop nuclear power as part of efforts to find alternative energy sources to address its growing needs. Officials said flooding has killed at least 44 people and left more than 340,000 others homeless in Jakarta, as neck-high waters submerged large sections of the city. The flooding in Jakarta eventually left 52 people dead.
    (AP, 2/3/07)(AP, 2/6/07)(Econ, 3/17/12, p.48)

2009        Feb 7, In Australia searing temperatures and wind blasts created a firestorm that swept across a swath of the country's Victoria state. On “Black Saturday” some 2298 homes were destroyed with a death toll of 173. The town of Marysville and several hamlets in the Kinglake district, both about 50 miles (100 km) north of Melbourne, were utterly devastated. In 2012 James Sokaluk was jailed for at least 14 years for starting a blaze that killed 10 people and destroyed more than 150 homes at Churchill.
    (AFP, 2/8/09)(Econ, 1/14/12, p.61)(AFP, 4/27/12)

2008        Apr 28, In eastern China a high-speed passenger train jumped its tracks and slammed into another train, killing 72 people and injuring 416 in China's worst train accident in a decade.
    (AP, 4/28/08)(AP, 7/24/11)

2008        May 3, A tropical cyclone slammed into Myanmar's main city of Yangon, ripping off roofs, felling trees and raising fears of major casualties. Within days the death toll soared above 22,000 and more than 41,000 others were missing as foreign countries mobilized to rush in aid after the country's deadliest storm on record.
    (AP, 5/4/08)(AP, 5/6/08)

2008        May 7, The international relief effort for hundreds of thousands of Myanmar cyclone victims picked up speed as India dispatched two planeloads of aid and Myanmar authorized the UN to send its own air shipment.
    (AP, 5/7/08)

2008        May 12, Myanmar state television put the death toll for Cyclone Nargis at 31,938 with 29,770 people missing. The US White House said it was extending an extra 13 million dollars in aid as the first US flight of emergency supplies landed in the country.
    (AP, 5/12/08)(SFC, 5/13/08, p.A3)

2008        Jun 21, In the Philippines the Princess of Stars, carrying 862 passengers and crew, ran aground and capsized 3 km (2 miles) from Sibuyan island in the center of the archipelago. Nearly 800 passengers were missing as Typhoon Fengshen killed scores and left a trail of destruction across the archipelago. Only 48 survivors of the ferry were found, including 28 rescued the next day.
    (Reuters, 6/22/08)(AP, 6/23/08)(Econ, 6/28/08, p.49)

2008        Sep 6, In Egypt massive boulders fell from the towering Muqattam cliffs onto a shanty town outside Cairo and buried dozens of homes. The death toll rose on a daily basis and reached 103 on Sep 19. According to residents, there could be up to 500 people buried under the hundreds of tons of rock that fell. In 2010 a court convicted the Cairo deputy governor for the rock slide that killed 119 people and sentenced him to five years in prison. The court found Mahmoud Yassin and seven lesser officials guilty of manslaughter.
    (AP, 9/6/08)(AP, 9/13/08)(AP, 9/20/08)(AP, 5/26/10)

2008        Dec 16, In Israel a bus filled with 49 passengers plunged into a desert ravine near the resort town of Eilat. 24 Russian travel agents were killed. In 2014 the bus driver was sentenced to 8 years in prison.
    (AP, 12/16/08)(SFC, 12/17/08, p.A8)(Reuters, 2/23/14)

2009        Apr 6, In central Italy a magnitude 6.3 earthquake knocked down whole blocks of buildings as residents slept, killing 309 people in L'Aquila, capital of the Abruzzo region, which was near the epicenter. It was the country's deadliest quake in nearly three decades. Tens of thousands were homeless and 1,500 were injured. 8 students were killed when their dorm collapsed  in L'Aquila. Investigations into shoddy construction soon followed.
    (AFP, 4/6/09)(AP, 4/6/09)(AP, 4/9/09)(AP, 10/19/09)(Econ, 10/27/12, p.80)

2009        Apr 29, In Tanzania huge blasts rocked an ammunition dump at an army camp in the coastal city of Dar es Salaam. More than a dozen people were killed.
    (AP, 4/29/09)(SFC, 2/18/11, p.A2)

2009        Jun 5, In southwestern China at least 26 people were buried when part of a mountain collapsed in a massive landslide in a remote area of Wulong county in Chongqing municipality. 74 people were missing, including 47 workers at an iron ore mine, 21 local residents, two telecom company workers and four passers-by. 27 people died and dozens were hurt when a packed commuter bus burst into flames and was destroyed within minutes during the morning rush hour in the southwestern city of Chengdu. Police later said a 62-year-old unemployed man set the fire after carrying a bucket of gasoline onto the bus.
    (AP, 6/5/09)(AP, 6/6/09)(AP, 7/3/09)
2009        Jun 5, In Mexico a fast-moving fire killed 49 babies and toddlers at the ABC day care in the city of Hermosillo, Sonora state, despite desperate attempts of firefighters, who punched through the walls and fought their way through flames to rescue babies, toddlers and others trapped inside. No fire alarm or sprinkler system had gone off, according to witnesses. One mother said a second door to the day care was bolted shut and nobody could find the key. In 2011 federal police arrested Arturo Leyva Lizarraga, a former government official, on homicide and abuse of authority charges tied to a day care center fire.
    (AP, 6/6/09)(AP, 6/7/09)(AP, 6/8/09)(AP, 6/23/09)(AP, 5/10/11)

2009        Aug 6, Rescue workers searched for missing people after the Princess Ashika ferry, carrying 149 passengers and crew, sank overnight off the coast of Tonga. 93 people were missing and feared dead.
    (SFC, 8/6/09, p.A2)(AP, 8/9/09)

2009        Aug 9, In southern Taiwan Typhoon Morakot spawned a mudslide engulfing the mountain village of Shiao Lin, burying up to 600 people. The official death toll from Morakot stood at 14. Another 51, not including the people in Shiao Lin.
    (AP, 8/10/09)

2009        Aug 14, Taiwan's president said floods and mudslides unleashed by Typhoon Morakot last weekend have killed about 500 people on the island, as he called on rescue crews to step up their efforts. Ma said the death toll includes 120 confirmed deaths, and about 380 people believed to be buried in the debris of a landslide in Shiao Lin, the hardest-hit village.
    (AP, 8/14/09)

2009        Aug 15, In Kuwait a fire at a wedding tent killed 41 women and children consumed the structure in a blazing inferno lasting just three minutes. A Kuwaiti spokesman later said the fire was a criminal act by a perpetrator motivated by personal reasons as 4 more victims died from their wounds. Local newspapers said the bridegroom’s ex-wife was the arsonist.
    (AP, 8/16/09)(AP, 8/18/09)(SFC, 8/18/09, p.A4)

2009        Aug 17, In Russia powerful explosion took place during repair work at the Sayano-Shushinskaya hydroelectric plant in southern Siberia. The death toll soon reached 47 with 28 others missing and feared dead after an engine room was suddenly flooded. The accident produced an oil spill and the slick that floated down the Yenisei River.
    (AP, 8/17/09)(AP, 8/18/09)(AP, 8/21/09)

2009        Aug 20, Italian customs found a boat with five Eritrean survivors of what it called a "shocking tragedy. Around 75 African migrants died in the Mediterranean after their stranded boat ran out of food and water.
    (Reuters, 8/21/09)

2009        Aug 28, In Indonesia the overcrowded ferry Sari Mulia capsized in the Negara River in the South Kalimantan province, leaving at least 19 people dead and 15 others missing.
    (AP, 8/29/09)(AP, 8/30/09)

2009        Sep 5, The sightseeing boat Ilinden, carrying 55 Bulgarian tourists, sank in Lake Ohrid on Macedonia's western border, and 15 people drowned.
    (AP, 9/5/09)(AFP, 9/6/09)

2009        Sep 6, In the southern Philippines the Superferry 9, carrying nearly 1,000 passengers, sank leaving at least 9 people dead. After rescue efforts one passenger was left unaccounted.
    (AFP, 9/6/09)(AP, 9/7/09)

2009        Sep 9, In Sierra Leone at least 221 people, including many schoolchildren returning from holidays, remained missing a day after the wooden Teh Teh ferry capsized at sea. 39 people survived. 30 bodies were recovered and all the missing were feared dead.
    (AP, 9/10/09)(AP, 9/12/09)

2009        Sep 10, In India hundreds of students, who were jammed into a narrow New Delhi school staircase, panicked and set off a stampede that left five girls dead and 31 other students injured. Mohammed Shahabuddin, a 12-year old snack vendor, had to have his left leg amputated after Bihar state railway police threw him out of a moving train when he failed to pay them 10 rupees (20 cents) as a bribe. The boy had offered the policemen five rupees, which was all the money he had.
    (AP, 9/10/09)(AP, 9/11/09)

2009        Sep 14, In Pakistan at least 18 women and girls were killed in a stampede which broke out as charity workers were handing out free flour to the poor in a crowded neighborhood of Pakistan's financial capital Karachi.
    (AP, 9/15/09)

2009        Sep 23, In central India an 820-foot (250m) chimney collapsed during bad weather killing at least 26 people. More than 100 workers were feared dead at the site in Korba, Chhattisgarh state, where the giant chimney came crashing down on the plant's cafeteria as the workers had tea.
    (AP, 9/24/09)(AFP, 9/24/09)

2009        Sep 29, A magnitude 8.0-8.3 earthquake struck about 120 miles south of the islands of Samoa, which has about 180,000 people, and American Samoa, a US territory of 65,000. Four tsunami waves 15 to 20 feet (4 to 6 meters) high roared ashore on American Samoa, reaching up to a mile (1.5 kilometers) inland. At least 136 were killed in Samoa and at least 32 on American Samoa and leaving dozens missing. Authorities in Tonga, south of the Samoas, confirmed at least 9 dead.
    (AP, 9/30/09)(AFP, 10/1/09)(AP, 10/5/09)

2009        Oct 2, In southern India flash floods and heavy rains killed at least 172 people in the state of Karnataka and 50 in neighboring Andhra Pradesh. One more person was killed in the southern seaside resort state of Goa as heavy rains resulted in the collapse of 250 houses. Fifty of the victims drowned when a rescue boat capsized.
    (AFP, 10/3/09)(AP, 10/4/09)(AP, 10/5/09)

2009        Oct 9, In the northern Philippines driving rain on the heels of back-to-back storms triggered dozens of landslides across, burying more than 160 people, washing away villages and leaving almost an entire province under water.
    (AP, 10/9/09)

2009        Oct 16, In southern India a blaze erupted at a fireworks warehouse in Pallipat near Chennai, killing at least 32 people and injuring 10 others as millions of Hindus prepared to celebrate Deepavali, the festival of lights.
    (AP, 10/17/09)

2009        Nov 21, In northern China a gas explosion tore through the state-run Xinxing coal mine in Heilongjiang province, killing at least 92 people and 16 missing as rescuers worked hastily to save them.
    (AP, 11/21/09)(AP, 11/22/09)

2009        Nov 22, Nearly 250 people were pulled from the sea after the Dumai Express went down in heavy rain and huge swells off Karimun island in the north of the Indonesian archipelago. At least 29 people were killed.
    (AFP, 11/22/09)

2009        Nov 25, In western Democratic Republic of Congo at least 73 people were killed and others missing after a logging boat sank in Lake Mai Ndombe in Bandundu province.
    (Reuters, 11/28/09)

2009        Nov 27, In southern Bangladesh the MV Coco-4, a triple-deck ferry packed with hundreds of travelers heading home for an Islamic festival, capsized on the Tetulia River as passengers disembarked, leaving at least 77 dead and dozens missing.
    (AP, 11/28/09)(AFP, 11/30/09)

2009        Dec 4, In northern Bangladesh an overcrowded passenger boat capsized after being hit by a small ferry, leaving at least 46 people dead.
    (AP, 12/4/09)

2009        Dec 5, In Russia a blaze sparked by onstage fireworks tore through the Lame Horse nightclub ceiling covered in decorative twigs and plastic sheeting, killing at least 136 people and critically injuring about 90 in the industrial city of Perm in the Ural Mountains. It was the country’s deadliest fire since the fall of the Soviet Union. By late December the death toll reached 152 with 74 people still hospitalized. In 2013 club owner Anatoly Zak was convicted of creating conditions that violate safety regulations. He was  sentenced to nine years and 10 months in prison.
    (AP, 12/5/09)(AP, 12/10/09)(AP, 12/25/09)(AP, 4/30/13)

2009        Dec 7, In China 8 children died in a crush after someone stumbled while hundreds of children leaving their evening classes raced down the narrow stairway closest to their dormitory in Xiangxiang city, Hunan province.
    (AP, 12/8/09)

2009        Dec 14, In Nigeria 23 people burned to death when a bus carrying mourners to a funeral collided with a truck on a road in southwest Oyo state.
    (AFP, 12/14/09)

2009        Dec 24, In southern India police with bamboo batons clashed with crowds of protesters as outrage over a delay in creating a new state (Telangana) erupted into violent demonstrations in several cities in Andhra Pradesh. Over 40 people were feared dead after the bridge under construction over the Chambal river collapsed on the outskirts of Kota city in western Rajasthan state. 12 bodies were recovered and 30 others remained missing.
    (AP, 12/24/09)(AFP, 12/25/09)(AP, 12/26/09)

2009        Dec 26, In the Philippines a roll-on, roll-off ferry, carrying at least 88 people and nine cargo trucks, sank in the late evening off Verde Island. 6 people were confirmed dead and at least 22 were missing.
    (AP, 12/27/09)

2010        Jan 1, In Brazil a rain-loosened slab of hillside collapsed on 3 houses and an upscale lodge after New Year celebrations at a resort on the island of Ilha Grande near Rio de Janeiro, killing at least 26 people. On the mainland, a torrent of reddish mud cascaded into the Carioca slum in the nearby coastal city of Angra dos Reis, killing at least 18 people and reducing rickety shacks to rubble. 10 people died in Sao Paulo state. 3 people died in Minas Gerais as heavy rains triggered flooding and landslides. Nearly 80 other mudslides have been reported throughout the region in recent days. Together with flooding, they have killed at least 76 people.
    (AP, 1/1/10)(AP, 1/2/10)(Reuters, 1/3/10)

2010        Feb 9, Afghan officials said massive avalanches roaring down a mountain pass north of Kabul may have killed more than 60 people, as rescuers evacuated about 400 injured victims.
    (AP, 2/9/10)
 2010        Feb 9, In South Africa a fire raged through the Hope in Christ Home orphanage at Newcastle in the eastern province of KwaZulu-Natal,  killing 15 people, including 13 children.
    (AFP, 2/9/10)

2010        Jan 12, A powerful 7.0 earthquake hit Haiti and crushed thousands of structures, from schools and shacks to the National Palace. Thousands of people were believed dead and untold numbers were trapped. An estimated 3 million people were in need of emergency aid. The quake left over 200,000 people dead. Some 4,500 prison inmates escaped during the earthquake. By April they were terrorizing neighborhoods and fighting turf battles. The UN later estimated 222,570 people were killed and 300,572 injured.
    (AP, 1/13/10)(SFC, 3/11/10, p.A2)(SFC, 4/8/10, p.A2)(Econ, 3/19/11, p.46)

2010        Feb 18, In northern Pakistan up to 37 people were feared dead after an avalanche slammed into a remote mountain village in Kohistan district.
    (AFP, 2/18/10)

2010        Feb 20, On Portugal’s Madeira Islands torrential flash floods and mudslides killed at least 42 people. 13 people remained missing.
    (AP, 2/21/10)(AP, 2/22/10)(AP, 2/23/10)

2010        Feb 23, In Indonesia a rain-triggered landslide at a tea plantation on the main island of Java buried scores of workers. At least five people were confirmed dead.
    (AP, 2/23/10)

2010        Mar 26, A South Korean naval ship sank leaving 46 marines missing near Baengnyeong Island. An explosion at the rear of the Cheonan shut down its engine, wiped out power and caused the ship to sink a little over three hours later. 58 of the crew of 104 were rescued.
    (AP, 3/27/10)

2010        Apr 5, In West Virginia a huge underground explosion blamed on methane gas killed 25 coal miners at Massey Energy Co.'s sprawling Upper Big Branch mine, about 30 miles south of Charleston. It was the worst US mining disaster since 1984. Four missing miners were found dead on April 10. In 2009 the US Mine Safety and health Administration (MHSA) had cited the mine 515 times, often for problems with its ventilation and escape route plans. On Feb 22, 2012, mine superintendent Gary May (43) was charged with conspiracy to defraud the federal government. May became the 2nd employee of Massey to face prosecution in the case.
    (AP, 4/6/10)(AP, 4/10/10)(Econ, 4/10/10, p.32)(SFC, 2/23/12, p.A9)

2010        Apr 6, In Brazil 14 straight hours of rain swamped Rio de Janeiro and killed at least eight people in the city. 3 more died in Rio de Janeiro state. 5 were also are missing in a mudslide. The death toll eventually reached 246.
    (AP, 4/6/10)(AP, 4/9/10)(AP, 4/13/10)

2010        Apr 8, In Brazil authorities said at least 200 people were buried and feared dead under the latest landslide in the Morro Bumba slum in Niteroi, neighboring Rio de Janeiro. 205 people were already known to have died this week in slides triggered by the record rains.
    (AP, 4/8/10)(AP, 4/9/10)

2010        Apr 14, In western China a series of strong earthquakes struck a mountainous area of Tibet, killing at least 1944 people and injuring more than 10,000, as houses made of mud and wood collapsed. 5 days later 3 people were pulled alive from the rubble.
    (AP, 4/14/10)(AP, 4/15/10)(AP, 4/16/10)(AP, 4/19/10)
2010        Apr 14, In India a cyclone packing winds of more than 100 mph (160 kph) demolished ten of thousands of mud huts, killing at least 131 villagers in the northeastern parts of West Bengal and Bihar states.
    (AP, 4/14/10)(AP, 4/15/10)

2010        May 8, In western Siberia 2 explosions tore through the Raspadskaya mine just before midnight, killing at least 66 workers and injuring 41 others. A further 24 people remained trapped in the mine, Russia's largest underground coal mine, including rescue workers.
    (AP, 5/9/10)(AP, 5/10/10)(AP, 5/11/10)(AP, 5/12/10)(AP, 5/13/10)

2010        May 14, In central India a bus carrying wedding guests hit a high-tension electricity line, killing 28 people on board, mostly women and children, who were on their way back from the ceremony in the Mandla district of Madhya Pradesh state.
    (Reuters, 5/14/10)

2010        May 30, Authorities in Central America struggled to clear roads of debris and reach cut-off communities due to landslides and flooding triggered by the year's first tropical storm. The death toll soon reached 205, including 172 people in Guatemala, with some 100 missing; in Honduras at least 18 deaths were linked to the storm; El Salvador President Mauricio Funes warned that the danger had not yet passed and reported 10 deaths.
    (AP, 5/30/10)(AP, 5/31/10)(AP, 6/1/10)(AP, 6/2/10)(AP, 6/6/10)

2010        Jun 3, In Bangladesh an illegal chemical warehouse fuelled a toxic blaze that ripped through one of Dhaka's most densely populated areas, killing at least 117 people.
    (AP, 6/4/10)

2010        Jun 15, In southeastern Bangladesh powerful landslides triggered by heavy rains killed at least 53 people, striking a coastal area as people slept and burying many alive inside their homes.
    (AP, 6/15/10)(AP, 6/16/10)

2010        Jun 16, In China at least 90 people died and 50 were missing after torrential downpours in southern China triggered heavy floods. The provinces of Fujian and Sichuan, in the southeast and southwest respectively, as well as the southern region of Guangxi were the hardest hit.
    (AFP, 6/16/10)(AFP, 6/18/10)(AP, 6/19/10)

2010        Jun 20, China’s government said major rivers have burst their banks in southern China, triggering massive floods and forcing 860,000 to flee their homes. Dozens were missing with more storms forecast. The death toll soon rose to 211.
    (AP, 6/20/10)(AP, 6/21/10)(AP, 6/23/10)

2010        Jun 21, In the Congo Republic at least 76 people were killed and 745 injured after a train accident in the southern part of the country.
    (Reuters, 6/23/10)

2010        Jun 22, Brazilian authorities said floods after days of driving rain have killed at least 45 people in the northeast, and left 600 missing for and another 120,000 people homeless.
    (AP, 6/22/10)(AFP, 6/23/10)

2010        Jul 2, In eastern Congo a fuel tanker overturned and burst into flames, sparking a massive fire that killed at least 219 villagers and wounded more than 200 — some of whom had rushed to siphon leaking liquid from the vehicle illegally.
    (AP, 7/3/10)(SSFC, 7/4/10, p.A5)

2010        Jul 24, In Germany a stampede at the Love Parade techno music festival in Duisberg ended with at least 19 young people dead and more than 300 injured. Within days the death toll rose to 21 as more died from their injuries.
    (Reuters, 7/25/10)(http://tinyurl.com/27m7e9l)(Reuters, 7/28/10)

2010        Jul 27, In CongoDRC a boat ferrying about 200 passengers to Kinshasa capsized after hitting a rock. As many as 138 people were killed with 80 confirmed dead.
    (Reuters, 7/29/10)

2010        Aug 2, In Louisiana 6 Shreveport teenagers wading in the shallows of the Red River drowned in front of their horrified families after falling into deep water. None of the teens or nearby adults could swim.
    (AP, 8/3/10)

2010        Aug 5, In Missouri 2 people, a pickup driver and a 15-year-old student on a bus, were killed and 38 others were injured in an accident on the interstate highway near Gray Summit. In 2011 it was reported that a pickup driver (19) was texting just before his pickup truck, two school buses and a tractor truck collided in the deadly pileup.
    (AP, 12/12/11)
2010        Aug 5, In Tanzania 20 school children were feared drowned and 20 rescued after a boat they were traveling in capsized on the Tanzanian side of Lake Victoria.
    (AP, 8/6/10)

2010        Aug 8, In China landslides in the northwestern province of Gansu left at least 337 people dead in the deadliest incident so far in the country's worst flooding in a decade. More than 1,148 were missing.
    (AP, 8/10/10)

2010        Aug 10, Pakistan’s President Asif Ali Zardari returned to his flood-ravaged country, where he faced a storm of criticism for visiting Europe as his country was gripped by what his government called the nation's worst natural disaster. The UN said the Pakistan’ government's estimate of 13.8 million people affected by the country's worst-ever floods exceeded the combined total of three recent megadisasters, the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, the 2005 Kashmir earthquake and the 2010 Haiti earthquake.
    (AP, 8/10/10)
2010        Aug 10, Rescuers in mountainous Indian-controlled Kashmir raced to save dozens of stranded foreign trekkers and find 500 people still missing in flash floods that have killed 140.
    (AP, 8/10/10)

2010        Aug 11, Chinese rescuers raced against a potential new deluge in northwest Gansu province and hurried to drain an unstable lake formed by the country’s worst mudslides in decades. The mudslide left about 1500 people dead.
    (AFP, 8/11/10)(AFP, 5/13/12)

2010        Aug 13, In northwest China new landslides killed 24 people and left 24 missing in Gansu province as downpours threatened more devastation and made rescue work nearly impossible in a region where more than 1,100 people have died.
    (AP, 8/13/10)

2010        Aug 15, UN chief Ban Ki-moon urged the world to quicken aid for up to 20 million people hit by Pakistan's worst humanitarian crisis as he flew in to visit areas ravaged by record floods.
    (AFP, 8/15/10)

2010        Aug 16, In northeast China a massive explosion ripped through a fireworks factory, killing 19 workers, damaging nearby buildings and causing secondary blasts.
    (AP, 8/16/10)
2010        Aug 16, In China at least 36 more people have died and 23 others were missing in fresh flooding from torrential rains in Gansu province.
    (AP, 8/17/10)

2010        Aug 18, In the Philippines a packed passenger bus negotiating a downhill curve plunged off a Philippine mountain highway into a 100-foot (30-meter) ravine, killing 41 people.
    (AP, 8/18/10)

2010        Aug 19, The UN said more than 4 million Pakistanis have been made homeless by nearly 3 weeks of floods, making the critical task of securing greater amounts of aid more urgent.
    (Reuters, 8/19/10)

2010        Aug 21, About 150,000 Pakistanis were forced to move to higher ground over the last 24 hours as floodwaters from a freshly swollen Indus River submerged dozens more towns and villages in the south. The floods have affected about one-fifth of Pakistan's territory, straining its civilian government as it also struggles against al-Qaida and Taliban violence. At least 6 million people have been made homeless and 20 million affected overall. The economic cost is expected to run into billions of dollars.
    (AP, 8/21/10)

2010        Aug 23, China’s state media said flooding has forced the evacuation of more than a quarter-million people in northern China along its border with North Korea.
    (AP, 8/23/10)

2010        Aug 25, In South Africa a driver taking children to school went around a closed railroad crossing gate and was hit by an oncoming train that killed 10 pupils and injured 5 others. Driver Jacob Humphreys was convicted of murder in 2011 and in 2012 was sentenced to an effective 20 years in prison.
    (AP, 8/25/10)(AFP, 2/28/12)

2010        Sep 4, In southern Congo at least 200 people were feared dead after a boat engine caught fire and led the vessel to overturn on the Kasai River. Survivors who swam to safety  said nearby fishermen refused to help drowning passengers in the dark of night, instead looting the goods aboard the burning vessel and beating people with oars. Earlier the same day, a boat on a river in northwest Equateur Province hit a rock and capsized. More than 70 people were believed dead among 100 estimated passengers.
    (AP, 9/5/10)(AP, 9/6/10)
2010        Sep 4, In Guatemala torrential rains from a tropical depression caused mudslides killed at least 48 people, most of them in separate disasters along the same highway.
    (AP, 9/5/10)(AP, 9/6/10)

2010        Sep 7, The UN said more than 10 million people have been left without shelter in Pakistan's floods for the past 6 weeks, in "one of the worst humanitarian disasters" in UN history.
    (AFP, 9/7/10)

2010        Sep 9, A massive explosion, apparently triggered by a broken gas line, sent flames roaring through San Bruno, a neighborhood near San Francisco, Ca., destroying 37 homes and badly damaged 8 others. At least 7 people were killed and over 50 injured. On Sep 27 the death toll rose to 8 as another victim died of injuries from the blast.
    (AP, 9/10/10)(SFC, 9/10/10, p.A1)(SFC, 9/11/10, p.A1)(SSFC, 9/12/10, p.A1)(SFC, 9/23/10, p.C5)(SFC, 9/29/10, p.C4)

2010        Sep 27, In Colombia a mudslide swept over people changing from one bus to another because an earlier slide was blocking a mountain road, and at least 20 people were buried.
    (AP, 9/27/10)

2010        Sep 28, In Mexico a hillside collapsed on the rural community of Santa Maria de Tlahuitoltepec, Oaxaca state. Although hundreds of people were initially feared dead only 11 people were missing and likely dead.
    (AP, 9/28/10)(AP, 9/29/10)(AP, 9/30/10)

2010        Sep 29, Jamaica was hit by Tropical Storm Nicole causing flooding and mudslides that left at least 5 people dead and 14 missing.
    (SFC, 9/30/10, p.A2)(AP, 9/30/10)
2010        Sep 29, In Mexico a landslide surged into a community in Chiapas state, killing 16 people and injuring 13, while another avalanche left three people missing in a nearby town.
    (AP, 9/30/10)

2010        Sep 30, In Mexico rescuers found more bodies buried by earlier landslides, raising the death toll from a series of slides in the south to at least 36. Another landslide in the town of Villa Hidalgo Yalalag in Oaxaca state buried an 80-year-old man and his 68-year-old wife.
    (AFP, 9/30/10)(AP, 10/1/10)

2010        Oct 2, In central Indonesia a train crashed into another parked at a railway station, killing at least 36 people and injuring dozens, many seriously.
    (AP, 10/2/10)

2010        Oct 4, In Hungary a torrent of toxic red sludge from an alumina plant tore through Kolontar and two other villages. The next day Hungary declared a state of emergency in three counties. After some days 9 people were reported killed and some 150 injured.
    (Reuters, 10/5/10)(AFP, 10/8/10)(AP, 10/11/10)(Econ, 10/16/10, p.63)
2010        Oct 4, In Indonesia heavy rain unleashed flash floods and mudslides, killing at least 83 people in West Papua province's village of Wasior. Rescuers struggled to reach the area.
    (AP, 10/5/10)(AP, 10/6/10)

2010        Oct 6, Hungary scrambled to contain a toxic mud spill that left four people dead and more than 100 injured in what is being described as an ecological catastrophe. The spill raised fears that pollution leeching from it could reach the Danube River, which courses through Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Romania and Ukraine before flowing into the Black Sea.
    (AFP, 10/6/10)
2010        Oct 6, In Indonesia helicopters dropped food to isolated villages and security forces helped clear debris and search for survivors as the number of people killed by floods and landslides across Asia climbed to nearly 110. Three-quarters of the deaths were in eastern Indonesia. In Vietnam 11 bodies were recovered in the worst-hit province of Quang Binh, where authorities were also searching for five sailors from a sunken barge. At least seven other bodies were found in Ha Tinh province, five in Nghe An and three in Quang Tri. On China's nearby island province of Hainan, seven straight days of heavy rains left two people missing and forced 64,000 to evacuate.
    (AP, 10/6/10)

2010        Oct 7, In Vietnam the death toll from vicious rains nearly doubled to 48 after disaster officials were finally able to access areas that had been cut off by high waters. Another 23 people remained missing as villagers started returning to areas where the water was receding.
    (AP, 10/7/10)

2010        Oct 9, In central Vietnam the death toll in devastating floods rose to 62 as authorities rushed aid to about 100,000 people facing food shortages.
    (AP, 10/9/10)

2010        Oct 10, In Bangladesh a speeding bus veered off the road and into the water. Many of some 50 passengers swam to safety after the crash. 11 bodies were soon recovered and the search continued for more.
    (AP, 10/12/10)

2010        Oct 11, Chinese state media reported that more than 440,000 people have been evacuated in Hainan after the heaviest rains for decades inundated 90 percent of the Chinese island in the South China Sea.
    (AFP, 10/11/10)

2010        Oct 12, In central Poland a van crammed with farm workers crashed head-on into a truck after apparently trying to overtake another vehicle in dense fog, killing all 18 people on board.
    (AP, 10/12/10)
2010        Oct 12, In eastern Ukraine a train crashed into a crowded bus, killing 42 people on the bus, including two children, and injuring nearly a dozen others. PM Mykola Azarov ordered his government to pay the family of each of the dead victims 100,000 hryvna ($12,600). He also instructed transport officials to install automated crossing gates at all the nation's railway crossings to prevent cars, buses and trucks from ignoring the siren.
    (AP, 10/12/10)

2010        Oct 18, In Mexico a bus has crashed into the back of a trailer truck and caught fire, killing 19 people outside the city of Queretaro.
    (AP, 10/18/10)
2010        Oct 18, In Vietnam 20 people on a bus were swept away by strong currents from a flooded river. They were presumed dead. Another 17 managed to save themselves by swimming or clinging to trees or power poles.
    (AP, 10/18/10)

2010        Oct 19, The UN said that 377 people had died in flooding in central and west Africa, with nearly 1.5 million people affected since the start of the rainy season in June. The highest toll was in Nigeria with 118, followed by Ghana (52), Sudan (50), Benin (43), Chad (24), Mauritania (21), Burkina Faso (16), Cameroon (13), Gambia (12), with other countries reporting less than 10 dead.
    (AFP, 10/19/10)

2010        Oct 22, In eastern Indonesia the Tersanjung, a small passenger ship, sank off the cape of Watumanuk on Flores island. It was reportedly carrying 66 people. 44 people were rescued and 22 remained missing.
    (AP, 10/22/10)(AP, 10/23/10)
2010        Oct 22, In Vietnam disaster officials said the death toll from severe flooding in four central provinces had climbed to 75, including 14 victims from a bus swept off a road by strong currents, with six passengers still missing.
    (AP, 10/23/10)

2010        Oct 27, President Karzai said Afghanistan will extend a deadline for private security firms to disband through early next year in a face-saving compromise that could preserve foreign reconstruction projects worth billions of dollars.  A roof collapsed at an Afghan wedding party, killing more than 40 women and children in Warchi village of Jalga district of Baghlan province. The international military coalition said nine insurgents were killed in a battle in the southern province.
    (AP, 10/27/10)(AFP, 10/27/10)
2010        Oct 27, In Indonesia helicopters with emergency supplies finally landed on the remote islands slammed by a tsunami that killed at least 272 people. Elsewhere in the archipelago the toll from a volcanic eruption rose to 30, including the mountain's spiritual caretaker.
    (AP, 10/27/10)

2010        Oct 30, In eastern India rescuers battled to find survivors after a ferry overcrowded with Muslim pilgrims capsized and sank in the Hooghly River near the Bay of Bengal. The 60 person capacity boat was carrying around 224 people. After 3 days 69 bodies were recovered.
    (AFP, 10/30/10)(AFP, 11/1/10)(SFC, 11/3/10, p.A2)
2010        Oct 30, In Indonesia clouds of gray ash rumbled down the slopes of Mount Merapi in its most powerful eruption of a deadly week, prompting soldiers to force reluctant villagers to evacuate amid fears of a larger blast as the death toll reached 36. Storms again prevented aid deliveries to increasingly desperate survivors of a tsunami, including a teenage girl with an open chest wound, that killed 413 people in the Mentawai islands. The number of missing dropped by half to 163 as searchers discovered survivors who had fled to the hills.
    (AP, 10/30/10)

2010        Nov 4, In Costa Rica a rain-sodden hillside collapsed on homes in the suburb of San Antonio de Escazu, killing at least 20 people, many as they slept. At least 14 people were missing.
    (AP, 11/5/10)

2010        Nov 5, In Indonesia searing gas avalanched down the Mount Merapi volcano with a thunderous roar, torching houses and trees and incinerating villagers as they fled. About 70 more people were killed raising the death toll to 122.
    (AP, 11/5/10)(Econ, 11/13/10, p.50)

2010        Nov 8, In south-central Congo at least 42 people were killed when a truck overturned on the country's poorly maintained roads. 16 children were among the dead from the crash in Kasai-Oriental province.
    (AP, 11/9/10)

2010        Nov 13, In California a gold Honda Accord tried to pass a group of motorcycles and caused a Dodge car to lose control on two-lane Route 98, a desert highway near Ocotillo, triggering a crash that killed five people and injured six others. Authorities were looking for the driver of the Accord. The driver of the dodge was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.
    (AP, 11/14/10)(SFC, 11/15/10, p.A8)

2010        Nov 15, In China a fire engulfed a Shanghai high-rise building, killing 58 and injuring 70, as panicked residents fled and thick smoke spread over China's commercial hub. Police the next day detained 8 welders on suspicion of accidentally starting the fire. 3 government officials were later detained for allowing illegal construction activities at the site.
    (AP, 11/15/10)(AP, 11/16/10)(SFC, 11/17/10, p.A3)(SFC, 12/25/10, p.A2)

2010        Nov 21, In Indonesia the death toll from the Mount Merapi volcano rose to 304 after more victims succumbed to severe burns and illnesses.
    (SFC, 11/22/10, p.A2)

2010        Nov 22, In Cambodia a stampede by thousands of festival-goers left at least 378 dead and hundreds injured. A panic-stricken crowd, celebrating the end of the rainy season on an island in a river, tried to flee over a narrow bridge in the capital of Phnom Penh.
    (AP, 11/23/10)

2010        Nov 23, In northwestern Pakistan the concrete cover of a sewage tank collapsed during a funeral, causing 14 people in Jhor village to plunge to their death.
    (AP, 11/23/10)

2010        Nov 24, In New Zealand a second explosion occurred in the Pike River mine, almost exactly five days after the first blast there. All 29 workers missing underground were believed to have died after a second explosion.
    (SFC, 11/24/10, p.A2)

2010        Nov 26, In South Africa lightning and a storm killed seven people and injured 67 at a Christmas party at a nursery school in KwaZulu Natal.
    (AFP, 11/27/10)

2010        Nov 30, In Morocco a bus carrying workers plunged off a road into a ravine during heavy rain, killing at least 20 passengers and injuring three others.
    (AFP, 11/30/10)

2010        Dec 2, In northern Israel at least 41 people were killed in a massive forest fire. Most of the dead were prison guards on board a bus, who had been trying to evacuate prisoners from a facility in the forest.
    (AP, 12/2/10)(AFP, 12/3/10)
2010        Dec 2, Venezuelan authorities say flooding and landslides unleashed by torrential rains have killed at least 30 people and forced thousands from their homes.
    (AP, 11/30/10)(AP, 12/2/10)

2010        Dec 3, A Chinese cargo ship with 24 Chinese passengers and crew members sank off the coast of the Philippines. At least 14 crewmen were rescued and 10 were missing.
    (www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE6B30U120101204)(SFC, 12/6/10, p.A2)
2010        Dec 3, In Iraq 24 people, including 22 Iranian pilgrims visiting Shiite holy sites, died when two buses collided head-on south of Baghdad.
    (AP, 12/3/10)

2010        Dec 4, In Haiti 17 people died when a group taxi slammed into a truck on a blind curve in the southern peninsula town of Aquin.
    (AP, 12/5/10)

2010        Dec 5, In southwest China at least 22 people died and one person was severely burned when a spreading grassland fire swept through a mountainous Tibetan region.
    (Reuters, 12/5/10)
2010        Dec 5, Colombian officials said a landslide following weeks of drenching rains has buried more than 50 homes in the northwest. Rescue workers soon recovered 47 bodies. As many as 80 people remained missing and feared dead.
    (AP, 12/5/10)(AP, 12/6/10)(AP, 12/8/10)
2010        Dec 5, In southern Italy a speeding car plowed head-on into a group of cyclists, killing eight of them. Police said the driver had been smoking marijuana.
    (AP, 12/5/10)

2010        Dec 6, A motorboat overloaded with mostly Haitian migrants slammed into a reef off the British Virgin Islands and capsized as it tried to evade authorities. At least 8 people were killed, including two infants. 25 people were rescued. Police in St. Maarten arrested three Haitians and said they will be charged with human smuggling in the case.
    (AP, 12/7/10)(AP, 12/8/10)

2010        Dec 7, In central China an explosion at a coal mine killed 26 miners who were working despite an order to halt production, while a mine tunnel collapse elsewhere left four dead in the latest accidents to strike the country's mining industry.
    (AP, 12/8/10)

2010        Dec 8, In eastern Bangladesh a speeding train slammed into another moving slowly through a station, killing as many as 19 people and injuring scores more.
    (AP, 12/8/10)
2010        Dec 8, In Chile a fire set off by rioting inmates in a severely overcrowded prison killed at least 81 prisoners and seriously injured at least 14 others at the San Miguel prison south of Santiago. In March, 2011, a Chilean court ordered three prison guards held on negligent homicide charges for the deaths of 66 of the 81 inmates. 5 senior officers were charged with manslaughter and ordered to remain in the country.
    (AP, 12/8/10)(AFP, 3/28/11)

2010        Dec 13, Egyptian officials said rain and sandstorms that battered the country at the weekend killed at least 31 people, adding the toll could rise as rescue workers were still sifting through two collapsed buildings.
    (AFP, 12/13/10)
2010        Dec 13, A South Korean fishing boat sank in the Antarctic Ocean's frigid waters, with 22 sailors feared killed in the open sea where vessels trawl for deep-water fish. 20 survivors were rescued shortly after the 614-ton vessel went down some 1,400 miles (2,250 km) south of New Zealand.
    (AP, 12/13/10)

2010        Dec 14, In Bangladesh a devastating blaze raced through a garment factory near the capital, killing at least 29 people and injuring more than 100.
    (AP, 12/14/10)(AP, 12/15/10)

2010        Dec 15, In violent seas off Australia’s Christmas Island at least 48 refugees, thought to be from Iran and Iraq, died after their wooden boat shattered before horrified witnesses. 42 survivors, including 9 children were rescued. On January 24, 2011, Australian authorities charged three Indonesian men with people smuggling. Iranian-born Ali Khorram Heydarkhani (40) was detained by Indonesian authorities on January 25 but only sent to Australia after overstaying his visa. On May 12, 2011, he was charged in Sydney with offences relating to the boatpeople disaster.
    (AFP, 12/15/10)(AP, 12/16/10)(AP, 12/20/10)(AP, 1/25/11)(AFP, 5/12/11)

2010        Dec 16, A Vietnam-registered fishing boat, named Phu Tan, capsized off the Chinese coast leaving 27 fishermen missing.
    (AP, 12/16/10)

2010        Dec 18, In northeastern Bangladesh a boat packed with passengers capsized on the Surma River. Rescuers the next day said at least 37 people died and 18 more were missing.
    (AP, 12/19/10)

2010        Dec 19, In Mexico a massive oil pipeline explosion lay waste to parts of in San Martin Texmelucan, incinerating people, cars, houses and trees as gushing crude turned streets into flaming rivers. At least 29 people were killed, 14 of them children. Authorities blamed oil thieves after investigators found a hole in the pipeline and equipment for extracting crude. On Jan 10 a police officer died of his injuries bringing the death toll to 30.
    (AP, 12/19/10)(AP, 12/22/10)(AP, 1/10/11)
2010        Dec 19, In the northern Philippines a fire rapidly swept through a 5-storey budget hotel in Tuguegarao burning to death 15 people, several crammed in bathrooms where they fled in panic. Nine of the victims were nursing students in town to take a licensing exam. The death toll rose to 16 after one person died in a hospital
    (AP, 12/19/10)(AP, 12/20/10)

2010        Dec 20, In Malaysia a double-decker bus carrying Thai tourists overturned on a highway, killing 28 people on their way back from a hill resort.
    (AP, 12/20/10)

2010        Dec 21, In Zimbabwe 9 people died and 25 were injured when a speeding bus slammed into a truck in Harare. 3 infants were among the dead.
    (AP, 12/22/10)

2010        Dec 23, In southwestern Colombia a landslide caused by weeks of rains buried 4-5 houses killing at least 12 people. The government and Red Cross said the year's heavy rains have killed at least 312 people in the country.
    (AP, 12/24/10)(Econ, 1/15/11, p.40)

2010        Dec 24, In Ecuador an overcrowded bus plunged into a 1,100-foot (350m) ravine leaving 38 people dead and 46 injured.
    (AP, 12/25/10)

2010        Dec 25, In northern India a bus collided head-on with a van that was carrying mourners returning from a funeral, killing 35 people.
    (AP, 12/26/10)

2010        Dec 27, In China 14 children died when the vehicle taking them to school plunged into a creek in the central province of Hunan. In Guizhou province 7 people died and 15 were injured after a truck crashed into a gas station in fog, causing a pileup involving more than 100 cars.
    (AP, 12/27/10)

2010        Dec 28, In New Orleans, La., a fire in an abandoned warehouse killed 8 homeless squatters.
    (SFC, 12/29/10, p.A5)

2010        Dec 29, In Egypt flood waters caused by torrential rains earlier this week swept a bus packed with 77 schoolgirls and their teachers off a highway in the country's south, ending in the tragic death of 15 people, most of them students. The last two survivors were pulled out of the waters in the early hours Dec 31.
    (AP, 12/31/10)

2011        Jan 2, In the Philippines a bus has collided with a passenger jeep in a province south of Manila, killing 7 members of a family who were returning home from a Christmas vacation. Landslides and floods, after days of heavy rain, killed at least 17 people including 8 children.
    (AP, 1/2/11)(AP, 1/3/11)(AP, 1/4/11)
2011        Jan 2, Off southern Yemen at least one boat of African migrants capsized and dozens were feared drowned. The boat capsized near the Bab al-Mandab strait which links the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden. 5 migrants survived.
    (AFP, 1/4/11)

2011        Jan 5, Indian officials said near-freezing temperatures and icy Himalayan winds have killed dozens of people in northern India over the past two weeks and forced schools to close in the capital. A sightseeing bus overturned and plunged into a gorge, killing 22 Indian tourists and injuring 12 others who were visiting Mussoorie at the foot of the Himalayas. The driver fled the scene but was arrested the next day.
    (AP, 1/5/11)(AP, 1/6/11)

2011        Jan 12, Brazilian authorities in Rio de Janeiro said at least 350 people died in three towns north of Rio following early morning mudslides.
    (AP, 1/12/11)(AP, 1/13/11)

2011        Jan 14, In San Bernadino, Ca., 3 people were electrocuted, one after the other, as a wife and son attempted to rescue Steven Vego (43), each coming in contact with a 12,000-volt power line that had fallen over in their backyard.
    (AP, 1/15/11)
2011        Jan 14, In Brazil grieving mudslide survivors carried the bodies of loved ones for hours down washed-out mountainsides as the death toll hit 514.
    (AP, 1/14/11)
2011        Jan 14, In southern India more 102 pilgrims were killed and 44 injured in a stampede following a religious festival in Kerala state.
    (AP, 1/14/11)(AP, 1/15/11)
2011        Jan 14, Sri Lanka’s Disaster Management Center said 27 people have died in the floods and mudslides, including four whose deaths were reported today. 12 more were missing. The UN said it will appeal for emergency flood aid for Sri Lanka.
    (AP, 1/14/11)(AP, 1/15/11)

2011        Jan 15, In Hungary three young women died in a stampede at the West-Balkan nightclub in downtown Budapest. Thousands of people were caught up in the stampede and the victims may have been trampled by the rushing crowd.
    (AP, 1/16/11)
2011        Jan 15, In central South Africa 20 people died when a burst tire sent a passenger bus out of control and caused it to veer into a muddy stream.
    (AP, 1/15/11)
2011        Jan 15, Sri Lanka’s Disaster Management Center said 11 more people were reported dead, raising the death toll to 38 with four others missing and 51 injured.
    (AP, 1/15/11)

2011        Jan 16, In Brazil survivors of mudslides that have killed 611 carried food, water and blankets to friends, neighbors and relatives still stranded in remote, stricken villages.
    (AP, 1/16/11)
2011        Jan 16, Greek authorities said a ship carrying a reported 263 migrants has sunk west of the island of Corfu and 22 passengers are missing. The passengers in the ship were rescued by a Dutch cargo ship about seven hours after the call that alerted the coast guard. The ship's captain reported he took 241 people on board and that the Italy-bound Hasan Reis sank.
    (AP, 1/16/11)

2011        Jan 17, Brazil's army on sent 700 soldiers to help throw a lifeline to desperate neighborhoods that have been cut off from food, water or help in recovering bodies since mudslides killed at least 700 people.
    (AP, 1/17/11)(Reuters, 1/17/11)(AP, 1/18/11)
2011        Jan 17, South Africa's Cooperative Governance Ministry said at least 40 people have been killed or gone missing following heavy rains from late December through most of January and that thousands of homes in neighboring Mozambique have been destroyed.
    (Reuters, 1/17/11)

2011        Jan 18, In Australia the city of Horsham, Victoria state, resembled a lake after the Wimmera River overflowed its banks and bisected the community before starting to recede. The weekslong flooding crisis has left 30 people dead.
    (AP, 1/18/11)
2011        Jan 18, Philippine disaster authorities said stormy weather since late December has killed 56 people and left at least 19 missing, mostly fishermen lost in rough seas.
    (AP, 1/18/11)

2011        Jan 21, Brazilian officials said about 400 people were registered as missing after mudslides last week that killed at least 806 people.
    (AP, 1/21/11)(Reuters, 1/23/11)

2011        Jan 27, In the Philippines a temporary elevator at a building construction site in Manila plunged 25 floors, killing 10 workers.
    (AP, 1/27/11)

2011        Jan 28, In Bolivia the raging Molle Punku River swept at least 30 people to their deaths after swamping a bus and a truck that tried to cross.
    (AP, 1/30/11)
2011        Jan 28, Two Indonesian passenger trains crashed killing 3 people in West Java province. A crowded ferry burst into flames off Java, killing at least 18 people and sending hundreds to the hospital, many in critical condition.
    (AP, 1/28/11)(AP, 1/31/11)

2011        Feb 3, In the Philippines President Benigno Aquino III ordered a logging moratorium in the country, blaming devastating floods on unmitigated logging and deforestation. A weeklong downpour culminated in raging flash floods that surged through the streets of Jolo's coastal provincial capital, sweeping away stilt houses and damaging hundreds of homes killing at least 5 people. Disaster officials said at least 9 other people have died in floods elsewhere in the Philippines this week, adding to more than 70 lives lost in heavy rainfall between late December and the end of January.
    (AP, 2/4/11)

2011        Feb 13, Fifty illegal Somali migrants and a Tanzanian captain died after a ship sank off the coast of northern Mozambique. Mozambican marines sent 89 Somali and Ethiopian survivors to a refugee camp which holds about 3,000 illegal migrants.
    (AP, 2/16/11)

2011        Feb 17, In Tanzania an ammunition depot exploded in Dar Es Salaam killing at least 25 people and sent thousands into a stadium for safety.
    (SFC, 2/18/11, p.A2)

2011        Feb 20, In Estonia 8 disabled children (7-16) and 2 adults (20-21) were killed in an orphanage fire in the coastal town of Haapsalu. The orphanage was built in 1996 with help from Swedish and Finnish donations.
    (AP, 2/20/11)(AP, 2/21/11)

2011        Feb 21, In Mali a stampede at a football stadium in Bamako killed 35 people. Thousands had gathered there for a blessing by a well-known Imam.
    (SFC, 2/23/11, p.A2)

2011        Feb 22, Christchurch, New Zealand, lay in ruins after a magnitude 6.3 earthquake toppled tall buildings and churches. The earthquake left at least 166 dead, including 21 Chinese students. The earthquake also caused some 30 million tons of ice to break off from New Zealand's biggest glacier. The final death toll was later estimated at about 240. On Feb 3 rescuers officially gave up hope of finding more survivors. On May 16 nine final victims of the earthquake were declared dead, ending an agonizing wait for families of people whose remains have never been identified in the wreckage.
    (AFP, 2/23/11)(AP, 2/24/11)(AFP, 2/25/11)(AP, 3/4/11)(AP, 3/5/11)(AP, 5/16/11)

2011        Feb 24, In Texas a fire at a Houston home used for daycare killed 4 children. Jessica Tata (22), accused of leaving the children unattended while a stovetop burner was on, was later charged with reckless injury to a child. She fled to her native Nigeria. On March 19 Tata was arrested in Nigeria and was returned to the US on March 21. On Nov 20, 2012, Tata was sentenced to 80 years in prison.
    (www.click2houston.com/news/26995237/detail.html)(AP, 3/1/11)(SFC, 3/22/11, p.A5)(SFC, 11/21/12, p.A8)

2011        Feb 27, In Brazil at least 16 people were electrocuted when a power line fell atop a packed pre-Carnival street parade in the town of Bandeira do Sul in Minas Gerais state.
    (AP, 2/28/11)

2011        Mar 4, In Cambodia a speeding truck crashed into a tour bus in the southwest, leaving at least 20 dead and eight seriously injured.
    (AP, 3/4/11)

2011        Mar 5, In Brazil a passenger bus collided head-on with a lumber truck in the southern state of Santa Catarina, killing at least 25 people. More than 20 were seriously injured.
    (AP, 3/5/11)

2011        Mar 8, In central Pennsylvania a farmhouse fire killed 7 of 8 children of Theodore and Janelle Clouse. A propane heater was suspected as the cause.
    (SFC, 3/10/11, p.A8)

2011        Mar 11, A ferocious tsunami spawned by an 8.9 earthquake, one of the largest ever recorded, slammed Japan's eastern coast, killing hundreds of people as it swept away boats, cars and homes while widespread fires burned out of control. At least 574 people were killed including 74 elementary school students and 10 teachers at the Okawa primary school. Estimates put the toll as high as 1300. At least 10,000 people were missing. Japan declared states of emergency for five nuclear reactors at two power plants after the units lost cooling ability in the aftermath of the earthquake. The quake (the fourth-largest recorded since 1900) was caused when the Pacific tectonic plate dove under the North American plate, which shifted Eastern Japan towards North America by about 13 feet. The disaster, which became known as 3/11, killed 180 villagers at Ukedo. It killed 15,856 people and left another 2,643 missing.
    (AP, 3/11/11)(AP, 3/12/11)(http://tinyurl.com/5sphrbr)(SFC, 1/25/12, p.A3)(Econ, 3/10/12, p.35)(Econ, 3/9/13, p.86)(Econ, 1/18/14, p.81)

2011        Mar 12, In NYC 13 people died when a bus returning from a casino flipped onto its side on a major highway in the Bronx and was sliced in half by the support pole for a large sign.
    (AP, 3/12/11)
2011        Mar 12, In China 19-21 people were killed in a collision between a passenger bus and a truck in Wanlang township on the outskirts of Baishan city in northeast Jilin province.
    (AP, 3/12/11)

2011        Mar 13, People across a devastated swath of Japan suffered for a third day without water, electricity and proper food, as the country grappled with the enormity of a massive earthquake and tsunami that left more than 10,000 people dead in one area alone. Japanese officials raised their estimate of the quake's magnitude to 9.0. Japan also fought to avert a meltdown at three earthquake-crippled nuclear reactors.
    (AP, 3/13/11)(Reuters, 3/13/11)

2011        Mar 17, Japan tried high-pressure water cannons, fire trucks and even helicopters that dropped batches of seawater in increasingly frantic attempts to cool an overheated nuclear complex as US officials warned the situation was deteriorating. More than 5,300 people were officially listed as dead, but officials believed the toll will climb to well over 10,000.
    (AP, 3/17/11)

2011        Mar 18, The Japanese government acknowledged that it was overwhelmed by the scale of last week's twin natural disasters. The earthquake and tsunami has now officially left more than 6,900 dead and more than 10,700 missing.  Japanese engineers conceded that burying a crippled nuclear plant in sand and concrete may be a last resort to prevent a catastrophic radiation release. Authorities raised the rating of the nuclear crisis to a Level 5 from a Level 4 on a seven-point international scale. Radiation at the crippled Fukushima No.2 nuclear reactor was recorded at 500 microsieverts per hour.
    (AP, 3/18/11)(Reuters, 3/18/11)(Reuters, 3/23/11)

2011        Mar 19, In northeastern India a fire raged through a refugee camp in Nifingpara camp in Tripura state, killing 21 people and injuring about 100. The camp was home to some 5,000 families from the minority Bru ethnic group, which in 1997 fled alleged persecution in neighboring Mizoram state.
    (AP, 3/19/11)
2011        Mar 19, One of Japan's six tsunami-crippled nuclear reactors appeared to stabilize but the country suffered another blow after discovering traces of radiation in food and water from near the stricken power plant. Crews fighting to cool reactors managed to connect a power line. Japan halted sales of food products near Fukushima because of contamination by a radioactive element which can pose a short-term health risk. Japan's police agency said 7,348 are dead and 10,947 are missing after last week's earthquake and tsunami.
    (AP, 3/19/11)(AFP, 3/19/11)(Reuters, 3/19/11)

2011        Mar 20, Japan’s ministry official Yoshifumi Kaji said that tests found excess amounts of radioactive elements on canola and chrysanthemum greens, in addition to spinach. He said the areas where the tainted produce was found included three prefectures that previously had not recorded such contamination. Tokyo Electric Power Company said two of the six reactor units are now safely under control after their fuel storage pools cooled down. The toll of dead or missing from Japan's worst natural disaster in almost a century neared 21,000.
    (AP, 3/20/11)(Reuters, 3/20/11)(AFP, 3/20/11)

2011        Mar 22, Japanese crews connected all six reactors at the troubled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant to the electrical grid, a day after smoke triggered an evacuation from the facility. But the plant's operator cautioned that pumps, motors and other equipment must be checked before the power can be turned on. It's likely to be days or weeks before cooling systems can resume functioning. A Japanese nuclear safety official said a pool for storing spent fuel at the crippled nuclear plant is heating up, with temperatures around the boiling point. Police said nearly 9,100 people are dead after an earthquake and tsunami with almost 13,800 are missing.
    (AP, 3/22/11)

2011        Mar 23, Japan said the cost of rebuilding the country after its biggest recorded earthquake could be as much as 25 trillion yen ($309 billion). A spike in radiation levels in Tokyo tap water, twice the level acceptable for infants, spurred new fears about food safety. Rising smoke forced another evacuation of workers trying to stabilize the Fukushima nuclear plant. Police said nearly 9,500 people are dead after an earthquake and tsunami with over 16,000 still missing.
    (AFP, 3/23/11)(AP, 3/23/11)

2011        Mar 25, Japanese officials said a suspected breach in Unit 3 reactor at the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant could mean more serious radioactive contamination, as PM Naoto Kan called the country's ongoing fight to stabilize the plant "very grave and serious." The official death toll jumped past 10,000. With the cleanup and recovery operations continuing and more than 17,400 listed as missing, the final number of dead was expected to surpass 18,000.
    (AP, 3/25/11)
2011        Mar 25, A boat left Tripoli carrying 72 people. It drifted for more than two weeks after it ran out of fuel, water and food. Only 9 people survived. The survivors were arrested by pro-Gadhafi forces after their boat came ashore in Libya, but managed to flee again.
    (AFP, 5/13/11)(AP, 5/13/11)

2011        Mar 26, In Switzerland 7 people were missing after an avalanche swept away 11 people near the southern border with Italy.
    (AP, 3/26/11)

2011        Mar 27, In Japan emergency workers struggling to pump contaminated water from the stricken Fukushima nuclear complex fled from one of the troubled reactors after reporting a huge increase in radioactivity, a spike that officials later apologetically said was inaccurate. Police said the death toll from earthquake and tsunami stood at 10,668, with more than 16,574 people missing. Hundreds of thousands of people remained homeless.
    (AP, 3/27/11)

2011        Mar 28, In southern Yemen a powerful blast at a factory making explosives and weapons killed at least 110 people after the facility was briefly taken over by Islamic militants and then looted by residents of the area.
    (AP, 3/28/11)(SFC, 3/29/11, p.A3)

2011        Apr 1, In central Nigeria a fuel tanker overturned at an army checkpoint, sparking an inferno in which 17 vehicles were engulfed in flames. Some 50 people were killed.
    (AFP, 4/2/11)

2011        Apr 4, Myanmar reported that nearly 700 fishermen were missing after a three-day burst of unseasonable storms that ripped apart rickety fishing boats in the Andaman Sea. The March 14-17 storms had whipped up 70 mph (112 kph) winds.
    (AP, 4/4/11)

2011        Apr 6, Between 130 and 250 people were missing and at least 15 appeared to be dead after a boat carrying refugees from Libya capsized south of Sicily.
    (Reuters, 4/6/11)
2011        Apr 6, The United Nations said 62 people have been killed and thousands forced from their homes since the start of the year by flooding in northern Namibia. More rains in northern Namibia were forecast for the coming days.
    (AP, 4/6/11)

2011        Apr 8, In Hawaii a storage bunker exploded killing 5 workers as they dismantled pyrotechnics at Donaldson Enterprises in Honolulu.
    (SFC, 4/11/11, p.A4)(SFC, 4/15/11, p.A8)

2011        Apr 13, In Colombia a river swollen with heavy rains swept a passenger bus off a highway in the mountainous northwest, killing at least 16 people and leaving 4 others missing.
    (AP, 4/14/11)

2011        Apr 17, A furious storm system that kicked up tornadoes, flash floods and hail as big as softballs has left at least 40 people dead on a rampage that stretched for days as it barreled from Oklahoma to North Carolina and Virginia. 11 people were confirmed dead in Bertie County, NC, bringing the state's death toll to at least 18 people. Authorities have said 7 died in Arkansas; 7 in Alabama; 2 in Oklahoma; one in Mississippi and at least 5 in Virginia.
    (AP, 4/17/11)

2011        Apr 18, In CongoDRC at least 23 people died when a truck crashed into an area where young girls were collecting water outside the eastern city of Goma.
    (AP, 4/19/11)

2011        Apr 21, In eastern Bangladesh a crowded ferry carrying about 100 passengers capsized in a river, leaving at least 28 people dead and more feared missing.
    (AP, 4/21/11)

2011        Apr 22, In the Philippines at least 21 people were missing and three confirmed dead after a night-time landslide ravaged a gold mining village in a mountainous area of Mindanao.
    (AP, 4/22/11)

2011        Apr 25, In China an illegal garment shop in southern Beijing caught fire, killing 17 migrant workers and their family members who may not have been able to escape the four-story building because of bars on the windows.
    (AP, 4/25/11)
2011        Apr 25, In eastern Congo a boat owner said 72 people are missing after his boat capsized on Lake Kivu, possibly because of bad weather and high winds.
    (AP, 4/25/11)
2011        Apr 25, Japan sent nearly 25,000 soldiers to recover bodies killed in last month’s earthquake and tsunami. Some 14,300 were confirmed dead with 12,000 still missing.
    (SFC, 4/25/11, p.A2)

2011        Apr 27, Dozens of tornadoes spawned by a powerful storm system wiped out neighborhoods across a wide swath of the South, killing at least 214 people in the deadliest outbreak in nearly 40 years. Alabama had 131 deaths, 32 in Mississippi, 29 in Tennessee, 13 in Georgia, 8 in Virginia and one in Kentucky.
    (AP, 4/28/11)

2011        Apr 29, An Egyptian bus fell off a ferry into the Nile River and at least 22 people drowned in the accident.
    (AFP, 4/29/11)

2011        May 1, In northeastern China a fire at a hotel killed 11 people and injured 35, in Tonghua, an industrial city by the North Korean border. Arson was suspected at the hotel owned by the Nasdaq-listed Chinese budget chain Home Inns & Hotels Management Inc.
    (AFP, 5/1/11)(AP, 5/2/11)(AFP, 3/29/12)

2011        May 2, In CongoDRC at least 106 people were missing after an overloaded boat capsized overnight on the Kasai River.
    (Reuters, 5/3/11)(SFC, 5/3/11, p.AA2)

2011        May 3, In Mexico a gas explosion that ripped through a primitive, vertical-shaft coal mine trapping 14 miners in San Juan de Sabinas, Coahuila state. Over the next few days 9 bodies were recovered and 5 remained missing.
    (AP, 5/4/11)(AP, 5/6/11)
2011        May 3, In central Nepal a crowded bus skidded off a mountain road, killing at least 12 people and injuring many others.
    (AP, 5/3/11)

2011        May 4, In western Nepal a bus veered off a mountain road, killing at least 16 people and injuring 20 others in the country's second serious bus accident in two days.
    (AP, 5/4/11)

2011        May 6, A ship carrying up to 600 migrants trying to flee Libya sank off the coast of the North African country. At least three other boats that departed Libya in late March have disappeared, bringing to 800 the number of people believed to have perished at sea trying to reach European shores.
    (AP, 5/9/11)
2011        May 6, In Poland one miner and one rescuer were already confirmed dead after methane ignited some 2,700 feet (820 meters) underground at the Krupinski mine near Katowice. The body of a missing rescuer was found on May 12, bringing the death toll to 3.
    (AP, 5/12/11)

2011        May 7, In Rwanda a bus crash outside the capital of Kigali left 16 passengers dead.
    (AFP, 5/8/11)

2011        May 8, In Kenya four children were killed and one seriously injured after playing with unexploded ordnance they found near a military training ground near the village of Ole Maroroi.
    (AP, 5/8/11)
2011        May 8, In Togo seven boats capsized in a storm on lake Togo, leaving at least 36 people dead.
    (AFP, 5/9/11)

2011        May 15, In Illinois a fire in an apartment building in Aurora, a suburb of Chicago, killed 6 people, including 3 children.
    (SFC, 5/16/11, p.A4)

2011        May 18, In the Gulf of Mexico off the Mississippi coast the Eurus London, a 660-foot commercial cargo boat, and the Sandy Point, a 163-foot fishing boat, collided about eight miles south of Gulfport between Cat Island and Ship Island around 8:50 p.m. The Sandy Point sank after the collision with 16 people aboard. 3 Sandy Point crew members drowned in the accident.
    (AP, 5/19/11)(AP, 5/23/11)

2011        May 20, Mexican federal police captured Gilberto Barragan Balderas (41), a leading member of the Gulf drug cartel, at what appeared to have been his birthday party. In Zacatecas state at least 10 people were killed in a gunbattle apparently involving the Zetas and a rival front of gangs known as the "United Cartels." In the north a fire killed 14 inmates at a prison in the town of Apodaca, Nuevo Leon state. Police in the Pacific coast state of Guerrero reported they found the decapitated bodies of four men in the township of Tecpan de Galeana.
    (AP, 5/20/11)
2011        May 20, In southern Vietnam a tour boat cruising the Saigon River to celebrate a 3-year-old's birthday capsized during a violent storm, killing the boy, four other children and 10 adults.
    (AP, 5/21/11)

2011        May 21, In Malaysia a landslide left 15 boys and one adult dead at an orphanage for ethnic Malay Muslim boys in a village in central Selangor state. 9 people survived.
    (AP, 5/21/11)(AP, 5/22/11)

2011        May 22, A massive tornado that tore a 6-mile path across southwestern Missouri killed at least 117 people as it slammed into the city of Joplin leaving a forest of splintered tree trunks behind where entire neighborhoods once stood. The National Weather Service said it was the single deadliest twister in the past 60 years. In June death toll reached 154.
    (AP, 5/23/11)(AP, 5/24/11)(Reuters, 6/5/11)(SSFC, 6/19/11, p.A8)
2011        May 22, In Brazil a boat carrying more than 100 passengers sank in a lake in Rio de Janeiro. Rescue workers said a baby was dead and seven people were missing.
    {Brazil, Tragedy}
    (AP, 5/23/11)

2011        May 25, The death toll from the May 22 tornado that savaged Joplin, Missouri, rose to 125. A violent storm system across a wide swath of the Midwest and South spawned tornadoes and powerful winds. 9 people were killed in Oklahoma, 2 in Kansas and 4 in Arkansas.
    (Reuters, 5/25/11)

2011        May 27, In northern Pakistan a bus slid off a mountain road and plunged 200 feet deep into a swollen river, and at least 25 people on board were believed to have died.
    (AP, 5/27/11)

2011        May 28, The death toll from the May 22 tornado in Joplin, Missouri, rose to 139. State officials said 100 people were still missing.
    (AP, 5/29/11)

2011        May 30, In India a would-be groom and several relatives going to a wedding were among the 28 people killed when a wooden bridge collapsed near Hayo, Assam state, and sent a bus crashing into a lake in the remote northeast.
    (AP, 5/31/11)

2011        Jun 1, In Massachusetts at least two late-afternoon tornadoes shocked emergency officials with their suddenness and violence. At least 3 people were killed in the state's first tornado-related deaths in 16 years.
    (AP, 6/2/11)
2011        Jun 1, Tunisia's coast guard launched operations to rescue would-be immigrants trapped on a fishing boat that stalled off the country's coast. The boat was believed to have set sail from Libya and was en route to Italy with an estimated 800 would-be immigrants. At least 583 of the estimated 800 people on board survived the sinking.
    (AP, 6/1/11)(AP, 6/2/11)(AP, 6/3/11)(SFC, 6/6/11, p.A2)

2011        Jun 2, In Britain an explosion at a Chevron oil refinery in Pembroke, Wales, killed four contractors.
    (SFC, 6/3/11, p.A2)

2011           Jun 5, Officials in Joplin, MO, revised the death toll from May 22’s severe tornado, increasing the number to 141.
            (Reuters, 6/5/11)

2011        Jun 10, The death toll from the tornado in Joplin, Missouri, has risen to 151. A number of survivors were now returning to the hospital suffering from severe fungal infections, called zygomycosis, in their wounds.
            (AP, 6/10/11)

2011            Jun 13, At a photo opportunity in Hessen, Germany, a quick-thinking pilot of the Goodyear Blimp saved lives as he lost his own in a fiery crash. Pilot Mike Nerandzic was in the air allowing journalists to take pictures for a road safety campaign when the blimp began to experience problems. Nerandzic flew low enough for journalists in the blimp to escape, but then the blimp burst into flames; the pilot managed to direct it away from onlookers and camera crews before it crashed, killing him.
    (Yahoo News, 6/14/11)

2011        Jun 24, In Nevada a tractor-trailer slammed into an Amtrak’s California Zephyr train on Highway 95 killing at least 6 people including rig driver Lawrence Valli II and a train conductor.
    (SFC, 6/25/11, p.A1)(SFC, 6/27/11, p.A1)(SFC, 6/28/11, p.A1)
2011        Jun 24, In CongoDRC 19 people were believed dead after a boat capsized overnight on Lake Albert.
    (AP, 6/27/11)

2011        Jun 26, In Bolivia a bus ran off a foggy mountain road, killing at least 28 people.
    (AFP, 6/27/11)
2011        Jun 26, An English climber found the bodies of six mountaineers in the French Alps who appeared to have died after a fall caused by an avalanche of snow and stones.
    (AFP, 6/26/11)
2011        Jun 26, In South Africa a head-on collision between two mini-bus taxis on a rural road in the northern province of Limpopo killed 15 people and seriously injured 10.
    (AFP, 6/27/11)

2011        Jun 27, In Haiti high waves flipped the ferry over after it left La Gonave about 50 miles (80 km) west of Port-au-Prince. 5 people died, 7 people were missing, and five people were rescued.
    (AP, 6/28/11)

2011        Jun 28, In northeastern Nigeria lightning strikes in Gombe and Yobe states killed eight men, four women and three children.
    (AP, 6/29/11)
2011        Jun 28, In Uganda 18 students and a teacher died after lightning struck their school in the country's midwest. In the past few weeks, lightning strikes around the country have killed at least 34 people.
    (AP, 6/29/11)

2011        Jun 29, In the southern Philippines flashfloods left at least 25 people dead, mostly children. Another 15 people were missing.
    (SSFC, 7/3/11, p.A4)

2011        Jun 30, India’s media reported that at least 17 infants have died in the last 48 hours at the government-run B.C. Roy Hospital for Children in Kolkata, West Bengal. In 2006, 22 infants died in three days at the same hospital because of prematurity or acute forms of either meningitis, encephalitis or septicemia.
    (AP, 6/30/11)

2011        Jul 1, In Mexico remnants of Tropical Storm Arlene continued dumping rain over the country's central highlands. 22 deaths due to the storm were soon confirmed.
    (AP, 7/2/11)(AP, 7/5/11)

2011        Jul 2, China suffered two mining accidents that left three workers dead and 42 trapped underground. The cave-in and flood occurred in the Guangxi region of Guizhou province.
    (AFP, 7/2/11)(SFC, 7/4/11, p.A2)

2011        Jul 3, The Erik, a 100-foot (32-meter) tourist fishing boat, capsized about 60 miles (100 km) south of the Baja California port of San Felipe. A US tourist died and 7 US tourists were missing along with one Mexican crew member.
    (AP, 7/4/11)
2011        Jul 3, In Uganda at least 19 people were reported missing after their boat capsized on the Ugandan side of Lake Albert.
    (AFP, 7/5/11)

2011        Jul 5, In Nigeria 11 people were killed and 30 rescued when a four-storey building collapsed in the central business district of Lagos.
    (AFP, 7/6/11)(AFP, 7/16/11)
2011        Jul 5, A boat caught fire of Sudan’s northeastern coast and almost 200 African migrants, on their way to Saudi Arabia, were feared drowned. 3 migrants were rescued.
    (SFC, 7/6/11, p.A2)

2011        Jul 7, In China 4 miners were killed in a gas explosion in a mine in the western-most Xinjiang region. The death toll in a mine that flooded on July 2 in Guangxi province rose to four, with 18 still trapped. In eastern Shandong province, the number of miners trapped in a coal mine in Zaozhuang city dropped to 28 following a fire the previous evening. 23 miners remained trapped in a coal mine in southwest Guizhou province that also flooded on July 2.
    (AFP, 7/7/11)
2011        Jul 7, In northern India a train hit a stopped bus at a railway crossing, killing at least 35 people returning from a wedding party in Uttar Pradesh state.
    (AP, 7/7/11)

2011        Jul 8, In India heavy monsoon rains caused a stone wall to collapse, killing 10 construction workers, on the outskirts of Mumbai.
    (AP, 7/8/11)

2011        Jul 10, In the Republic of Congo 7 people died as security forces failed to control a stampede outside the Felix Eboue stadium in Brazzaville, the venue for the 8th Pan-African Music Festival (Fespam).
    (AFP, 7/11/11)
2011        Jul 10, In Honduras a bus crash near the Copan archaeological ruin killed 10 people and injured 25. Among the dead were two Americans, a Canadian, three Salvadorans and three Hondurans. Another victim has yet to be identified.
    (AP, 7/11/11)
2011        Jul 10, In northern India rescuers searched through the wreckage of a packed express train for people trapped inside after it derailed in Uttar Pradesh state, killing 68 people and injuring 239 others.
    (AP, 7/10/11)(AP, 7/11/11)
2011        Jul 10, In Russia a 55-year-old double-decker boat, called Bulgaria, sank on the Volga River in the Tatarstan region, killing at least 100 people with 29 missing. A total of 208 people are believed to have sailed on the boat. Officials said it was overloaded when it sank.
    (AP, 7/10/11)(AP, 7/11/11)(AP, 7/13/11)
2011        Jul 10,  In western Ukraine a fire tore through a home for the elderly, killing 16 people in the village of Bile.
    (AP, 7/10/11)
2011        Jul 10, The head of the UN refugee agency said that drought-ridden Somalia is the "worst humanitarian disaster" in the world. The World Food Program estimated that 10 million people already need humanitarian aid. More than 380,000 refugees had moved into Kenya’s Dabaab refugee camp.
    (AP, 7/10/11)

2011        Jul 11, In southeastern Bangladesh a vehicle packed with schoolchildren returning home from a soccer tournament crashed into a canal, killing 44 students.
    (AP, 7/11/11)(AP, 7/12/11)
2011        Jul 11, In Cyprus a massive explosion ripped through a naval base after a brush fire detonated gunpowder stored in containers, killing 13 people, wounding 62. The Vasilikos power station was destroyed taking out half the country’s electricity supply. Defense Minister Costas Papacostas and the country's top military official, National Guard chief Brig. Gen. Petros Tsalikides, resigned over the incident. On Aug 2, 2013, Papacostas (74) was sentenced to 5 years in prison after he was found guilty of manslaughter and causing death through negligence.
    (AP, 7/11/11)(AP, 7/15/11)(Econ, 8/6/11, p.63)(Reuters, 8/2/13)
2011        Jul 11, In Nigeria numerous roads and highways were flooded following the heavy downpour which a day earlier and continued in Lagos, a city of some 15 million people. At least 29 people died from flooding in Katsina and Lagos. An explosive went off under a van as its driver slowed down at a military checkpoint in the city of Maiduguri. 3 people were killed.
    (AFP, 7/11/11)(AP, 7/12/11)

2011        Jul 13, In Salem, NY, 4 people were killed in a blast that destroyed a 2-story house. A 5th person, a baby girl, died the next day. A propane gas leak was suspected.
    (SFC, 7/15/11, p.A7)

2011        Jul 22, In China a fire on an overcrowded bus carrying flammable materials killed 41 passengers in Xinyang, Hunan province.
    (AFP, 7/22/11)

2011        Jul 23, In eastern China a crash involving two high-speed trains in Wenzhou city killed 40 people with 171 others injured. Rail officials later admitted that a Chinese-made signaling system was to blame and said the company that built it has apologized. 3 days after the crash legal authorities ordered lawyers not to take on cases from the families of victims. On Dec 28 a government report found 54 officials responsible for the crash.
    (AP, 7/24/11)(AFP, 7/30/11)(AFP, 8/11/11)(Econ, 8/6/11, p.34)(AP, 12/28/11)

2011        Jul 26, In Haiti a sailboat that sank off the country's northern coast killing at least 12 people. Police rescued at least 19 people, but 21 passengers remained missing.
    (AP, 7/29/11)

2011        Jul 27, In the Philippines heavy rains and floods battered the northeast for a third day, swamping homes of about a half million people. Tropical Storm Nock-ten was expected to blow out of the country to the South China Sea by July 28 after cutting through the heart of Luzon Island. The death toll reached 52 with 27 still missing.
    (AP, 7/27/11)(AFP, 7/31/11)
2011        Jul 27, In South Korea walls of mud buried 10 college students sleeping in a resort cabin and flash floods submerged the streets and subway stations in Seoul, killing at least 32 people in the country’s heaviest rains this year.
    (AP, 7/27/11)

2011        Jul 28, In CongoDRC at least 50 people drowned and some 35 are reported missing after a boat accident on the Tshuapa river in the northwest.
    (AFP, 7/29/11)

2011        Jul 29, In eastern Ukraine a pre-dawn methane explosion at the notoriously dangerous Suhodilska-Eastern mine in the Luhansk region killed 20 workers. Hours later an elevator used to transport miners and equipment into and out of the Bazhanova mine in the eastern Donetsk region collapsed, killing 7 workers. 10 miners all told remained missing.
    (AP, 7/29/11)(AP, 7/30/11)

2011        Jul 31, In Russia an overloaded motor boat crashed into the docked Oka barge on the Moscow River in pre-dawn darkness, killing nine of the 16 people on board.
    (AP, 7/31/11)
2011        Jul 31, In northern Zimbabwe 19 people were reported killed when the commuter bus they were traveling in lost a wheel and veered off the road in the town of Mvurwi.
    (AFP, 7/31/11)

2011        Aug 1, Italian officials said 25 African migrants trying to reach Italy from Libya died in the hold of a rickety boat so packed with people that the migrants could not get out as they struggled to breathe.
    (AP, 8/1/11)

2011        Aug 2, In Sudan a heavy rain storm in West Darfur caused two buildings housing Sudanese soldiers to collapse, killing 20 and injuring another 30.
    (AFP, 8/3/11)
2011        Aug 2, In Zimbabwe at least 14 people were killed after a minibus crashed 120 miles east of Harare, the second deadly accident involving an overcrowded bus in the southern African country in recent days.
    (AP, 8/3/11)

2011        Aug 3, The drought and famine in Somalia have killed more than 29,000 children under the age of 5, according to US estimates, the first time such a precise death toll has been released related to the Horn of Africa crisis.
    (AP, 8/4/11)

2011        Aug 9, A Comorian shuttle boat, the Madjiriha, sank killing 60 people off the coast of the Indian Ocean island nation the Comoros.
    (AP, 8/10/11)

2011        Aug 13, In Indiana a wind gust toppled a stage at the state fair in Indianapolis killing 5 people and injuring dozens of fans waiting for the country band Sugarland to perform. A 6th person died of her injuries on Aug 19. The death toll reached 7 people in the disaster with 58 injured. A government in 2012 blamed fair officials, a stagehands union and a company that built the roof and lights rigging for the stage collapse.
    (SFC, 8/15/11, p.A4)(SFC, 8/20/11, p.A6)(SFC, 2/9/12, p.A7)

2011        Aug 16, In southern Nepal an overcrowded boat carrying at least 35 people capsized in the rain-swollen Kamala river. At least 20 people were missing.
    (AP, 8/16/11)

2011        Aug 20, In southern Afghanistan a passenger bus careened off a road, killing 35 people. A string of insurgent attacks across the country killed five people.
    (AP, 8/20/11)

2011        Aug 23, In China at least 15 people were killed when a blaze ripped through a dormitory building belonging to a ceramics factory in the Shengfeng Ceramics Factory in Foshan city.
    (AFP, 8/23/11)

2011        Aug 27, In Iraq at least 25 people, all but one of them women and children, were killed when a bus caught fire after being hit by a car in the northern city of Kirkuk.
    (AFP, 8/27/11)

2011        Aug 28, A Nigerian emergency management agency spokesman said heavy rains that caused a dam to overflow in the southwestern and led to houses being submerged has killed 23 people and displaced thousands. Most of the victims were children who drowned in the southwestern city of Ibadan.
    (AP, 8/28/11)(AP, 8/29/11)

2011        Aug 29,  In eastern Uganda landslides killed at least 29 people, including children buried in their homes in Mabono village. Two weeks ago seven people were killed by landslides in the northeastern Karamoja region.
    (AP, 8/29/11)

2011        Aug 31, In western Myanmar 7 people, including 2 children, were killed when a World War II bomb they found in a river exploded in Rakhine state.
    (AP, 9/1/11)

2011        Sep 4, In Japan record rain and mudslides from powerful Typhoon Talas left at least 37 people dead as the storm moved slowly northward past the country's western coast. Over 50 others remained missing.
    (AP, 9/4/11)(AFP, 9/5/11)

2011        Sep 5, A Pakistani relief official said monsoon rains have killed 136 people since Aug 12 and destroyed crops and houses in the flood-prone south of the country.
    (AP, 9/5/11)

2011        Sep 9, In southern China 12 people, including 9 schoolchildren, died when a ferry carrying 50 people capsized in a river in Shaoyang city, Hunan province. The ferry, designed to carry 14, sank after it cut across dredging cables that appeared to then become wrapped around its propeller.
    (AFP, 9/10/11)(AFP, 9/11/11)

2011        Sep 10, The Tanzania ferry, M.V. Spice Islanders, overcrowded and carrying over 800 people sank in deep sea between the mainland and Pemba Island, leaving at least 240 people dead. Some 600 people were rescued.
    (AP, 9/10/11)(AP, 9/11/11)

2011        Sep 12, In Kenya a leaking gasoline pipeline in Nairobi exploded, turning part of a slum into an inferno in which at least 61 people were killed and more than 100 hurt.
    (AP, 9/12/11)

2011        Sep 13, In Indian-administered Kashmir at least 22 people were killed and 18 others injured when an overcrowded passenger minibus plunged into a deep gorge.
    (AFP, 9/13/11)

2011        Sep 16, In Reno, Nevada, a World War II-era P-51 Mustang fighter plane competing in an event described as a car race in the sky suddenly pitched upward, rolled and did a nose-dive toward a crowded grandstand. 9 people were killed and more than 60 injured. Pilot Jimmy Leeward (74) was among those killed. A 10th victim died on Sep 19.
    (AP, 9/17/11)(AP, 9/18/11)(SFC, 9/20/11, p.A6)

2011        Sep 17, In southwestern China a crowded tourist bus overturned on a mountainous road, killing seven people and injuring 30 others in Sichuan province. In the northwest a landslide caused by heavy rain plowed into two small factories, killing at least 10 people and leaving 22 others missing in Shaanxi province.
    (AP, 9/17/11)(AP, 9/18/11)

2011        Sep 18, The UN made an emergency appeal for funding for Pakistan. Monsoon rains since early August have killed more than 220 people, damaged or destroyed some 665,000 homes and displaced more than 1.8 million people in the southern Sindh province.
    (AP, 9/19/11)

2011        Sep 21, Twenty aid agencies warned that drought and famine-blighted Somalia is at a "turning point" as conditions decline with hundreds of thousands more people likely to die in coming months.
    (AFP, 9/21/11)

2011        Sep 22, In west Nepal a landslide buried workers building a canal in a mountain village, killing at least four people and leaving several people missing.
    (AP, 9/22/11)

2011        Sep 25, In CongoDRC 19 people died when a truck crashed while carrying goods and people 180 km outside Kinshasa.
    (AP, 9/25/11)
2011        Sep 25, In India 5 young men traveling on top of an overnight train in Rajasthan state were killed when they slammed into a bridge.
    (AFP, 9/25/11)

2011        Sep 27, Indian air force helicopters dropped food parcels and hundreds of boats shuttled stranded people to safer ground as surging floodwaters hit eastern India. 5 people were missing in addition to the 27 killed in Orissa state since Sep 23. Flooding also killed at least 44 since Sep 23 in northern Uttar Pradesh and Bihar states.
    (AP, 9/27/11)

2011        Sep 28, In France a fire in an abandoned building, set for demolition in the city-owned building in the Paris suburb of Pantin, killed six suspected illegal immigrants.
    (AP, 9/28/11)

2011        Oct 3, In Nigeria a tanker truck collided with a 16-seat minibus along the Damaturu-Potiskum road in Yobe state. 11 people were killed.
    (AP, 10/3/11)

2011        Oct 5, A Cambodia disaster official said the worst floods in over a decade have killed 167 people, as efforts intensified to provide aid to tens of thousands of families.
    (AFP, 10/5/11)

2011        Oct 11, Thailand workers raced to complete three critical flood walls with only one or two days to go before the already swollen river that winds through the capital bursts its banks. Nationwide flooding has already killed nearly 270 people. A preliminary estimate by the central bank showed economic losses from flooding that began in late July range from baht 60 billion to baht 80 billion ($1.9 billion to $2.6 billion).
    (AP, 10/11/11)

2011        Oct 9, In South Sudan an anti-tank mine reportedly blew up a civilian bus killing 20 people, including four children, in central Unity state.
    (AFP, 10/13/11)

2011        Oct 14, Heavy rains generated by a low-pressure system hammered Central America for a third day. Mudslides and swollen rivers have already killed 36 people. At least 21 people have been killed in Guatemala, 6 in Honduras, and 4 in Nicaragua.
    (AP, 10/14/11)

2011        Oct 15, Flooding in Cambodia was reported to have killed at least 247 people as China began delivering the first of some $7.8 million in flood relief aid.
    (AP, 10/15/11)
2011        Oct 15, Thailand PM Yingluck in a radio address called current flooding "the worst in Thai history." The government said the floods, which have killed 297 people, are the worst to hit the Southeast Asian kingdom in half a century.
    (AP, 10/15/11)

2011        Oct 20, Heavy rains generated by a low-pressure system hammered Central America for 10 days. Mudslides and swollen rivers killed at least 105 people including 38 in Guatemala, 34 in El Salvador, 15 in Honduras, 13 in Nicaragua and 5 in Costa Rica.
    (AP, 10/20/11)
2011        Oct 20, Iran reported that 13 divers, part of a team installing an underwater oil pipeline, were inside a pressurized diving chamber when their Koosha-1 ship sank in the Persian Gulf in stormy seas. The 7 Indians, 5 Iranians and one Ukrainian had about 72 hours of oxygen. 8 of the 13 divers were reported dead on Oct 23.
    (AP, 10/22/11)(AP, 10/23/11)

2011        Oct 23, A powerful 7.2-magnitude earthquake struck eastern Turkey, collapsing about 45 buildings. It was estimated that up to 1,000 people could have been killed. The worst damage was caused to the town of Ercis, in the mountainous eastern province of Van where 80 multi-story buildings collapsed with people trapped in 40 of them. By Oct 30 the death toll reached 596 with some 2500 injured and thousands homeless.
    (AP, 10/23/11)(AP, 10/24/11)(AP, 10/30/11)

2011        Oct 27, In Indiana 7 people in a minivan full of relatives were killed when their vehicle hit a deer and then was slammed from behind by a semitrailer about 10 miles east of South Bend.
    (SFC, 10/29/11, p.A5)
2011        Oct 27, In Thailand thousands of Bangkok residents flocked to bus, rail and air terminals while heavy traffic snaked out of the sprawling Thai capital in an exodus from a mass of approaching floodwater. The flooding has left more than 370 people dead and millions of homes and livelihoods damaged.
    (AFP, 10/27/11)

2011        Oct 29, In northeast India a foot bridge spanning the Kameng River collapsed. Arunachal Pradesh state police said 30 people were feared drowned.
    (AP, 10/29/11)

2011        Nov 2, In Argentina a bus crash killed six schoolgirls and two teachers and injured 35 people. Witnesses reported that the driver of a bus carrying students and teachers was listening to music over earphones when he crossed in front of a train. The driver jumped from the bus to save himself and left his passengers behind.
    (AP, 11/3/11)
2011        Nov 2, The Thai government said the flood disaster has now killed 427 people, an increase of 42 from the figure reported a day earlier. While drowning was the most common cause of death, dozens have also been electrocuted. Suspected Muslim insurgents in southern Thailand killed six civilians in a bomb attack on their vehicle in the south.
    (AFP, 11/2/11)(AP, 11/2/11)

2011        Nov 3, Chinese rescuers began battling against the clock to save coal miners trapped underground in Henan province after a sudden explosion of rocks killed 8 of their colleagues. The rock burst in Henan happened moments after a 2.9 magnitude earthquake shook Sanmenxia city, where the mine is located. 52 miners were rescued over the next 2 days. Day later 2 miners died from their wounds raising the death toll to 10.
    (AP, 11/4/11)(AP, 11/5/11)(AFP, 11/8/11)

2011        Nov 5, In northwest Colombia a landslide caused by heavy rains left at least 29 people dead and 20-40 more missing in the city of Manizales, Caldas state.
    (AP, 11/5/11)(AP, 11/6/11)

2011        Nov 7, In Puerto Rico eight shackled prisoners drowned after a van they were being transported in was engulfed by muddy floodwaters in the northern coastal city of Arecibo. On Nov 10 prosecutors charged prison guard Hector Cruz Santiago with eight counts of negligent homicide over the drowning deaths of the inmates.
    (AP, 11/7/11)(AP, 11/10/11)

2011        Nov 8, In northern India a stampede killed 16 Hindu pilgrims and injured about 50 during a religious ceremony on the banks of the Ganges River at Haridwar in Uttrakhand state.
    (AP, 11/8/11)

2011        Nov 10, In China hundreds of rescuers took turns descending into an illegally operated coal mine to search for Chinese miners trapped by a gas leak that killed 34 others at the Sizhuang Coal Mine in Qujing city in Yunnan. 9 remained missing.
    (AP, 11/10/11)(AFP, 11/13/11)
2011        Nov 10, In St. Lucia a minibus carrying mourners from a funeral plunged off a cliff into the ocean leaving 16 people dead and one person missing.
    (AP, 11/11/11)

2011        Nov 12, In Iran an accidental explosion at a Revolutionary Guard ammunition depot west of Tehran killed at least 27 soldiers.
    (AP, 11/12/11)

2011        Nov 16, In western China an overloaded school minibus crashed head-on with a truck, killing 21 people including 19 kindergarten children on their way to class in Gansu province.
    (AP, 11/16/11)(AFP, 11/17/11)

2011        Nov 18, In Australia 4 people died as fires ravaged a nursing home in Sydney's suburban Quakers Hill neighborhood. A 5th died the next day and Nurse Roger Dean (35), who said he rescued patients from a fire, was charged with murder. On May 27, 2013 Dean pleaded guilty to murdering 11 elderly people by setting fire to their nursing home. On Aug 31, 2013, Dean was sentenced to life in prison.
    (AP, 11/19/11)(SFC, 5/28/13, p.A2)(AP, 8/1/13)

2011        Nov 19, Thailand's Premier Yingluck Shinawatra declared central Bangkok safe from the kingdom's devastating floods, as the death toll passed 600 and President Barack Obama vowed the US will give whatever help it can.
    (AFP, 11/19/11)

2011        Nov 20, In India a fire blazed through a makeshift tent in east Delhi where eunuchs, a community of castrated men, transvestites and transsexuals, had gathered to honor deceased friends. 15 people were killed.
    (AP, 11/21/11)

2011        Nov 26, In central Indonesia a busy bridge collapsed in East Kalimantan province, killing at least 4 people and injuring 17 others as a bus, cars and motorcycles crashed into the Mahakam river. 40 people were missing.
    (AP, 11/26/11)(AP, 11/27/11)

2011        Dec 3, In Brazil a tractor-trailer slammed into a bus carrying sugarcane cutters, killing at least 33 people and injuring 13 others in the northeastern state of Bahia.
    (AP, 12/3/11)

2011        Dec 9, In India at least 89 people were killed when a fire engulfed patients at a hospital in the city of Kolkata. Police arrested 6 hospital officials on charges of culpable homicide.
    (AFP, 12/9/11)(AP, 12/9/11)

2011        Dec 10,  In central Pakistan at least 13 people, including three children, were killed and another 15 injured when a road collision led to a gas cylinder explosion.
    (AFP, 12/10/11)
2011        Dec 10, In central South Africa the driver of an overloaded van lost control, veered into the oncoming lane and collided with a truck, leaving 30 people dead.
    (AP, 12/10/11)

2011        Dec 11, Christopher Artes (25) and Medeana Hendershot (22), were found dead under a mound of coal at a Florida power plant. The young couple shared a passion for illegally hopping freight trains and traveling the country without a set plan.
    {Florida, Tragedy, USA}
    (AP, 12/16/11)

2011        Dec 12, In eastern China a school bus taking primary students home slipped off a country road into an irrigation ditch, killing 15 children in Jiangsu province.
    (AP, 12/13/11)

2011        Dec 13, In Nigeria a boat  capsized carrying as many as 55 people going from Eagle Island to Mgbuodohia in Rivers state. At least 30 people died. 14 others were feared dead.
    (AP, 12/16/11)

2011        Dec 14, In NYC advertising executive Suzanne Hart (41) was killed in a freak elevator mishap at 285 Madison Avenue. Hart was stepping onto the elevator on the first floor when either her foot or leg became caught in the closing doors. The car then rose abruptly, dragging her body into the shaft and killing her. Investigators later found that a key safety mechanism was turned off.
    (AP, 12/15/11)(SFC, 12/15/11, p.A9)(SFC, 2/28/12, p.A5)

2011        Dec 17, Tropical storm Washi whipped the southern Philippines, unleashing mammoth floods across vast areas that left 440 people dead and nearly 200 missing.
    (AP, 12/17/11)

2011        Dec 17, An overcrowded ship of asylum seekers sank off the island of Java. Indonesian rescuers battled high waves as they searched for survivors. Nearly 250 people fleeing economic and political hardship in Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran and Turkey were trying to reach Australia in search of a better life when their fiberglass ship broke apart. Only 47 people survived.
    (AP, 12/18/11)(AFP, 12/20/11)

2011        Dec 18, In the southern Philippines rescuers struggled to help survivors and a ravaged city prepared for a mass burial as the death toll from devastating flash floods rose past 650. Some 900 people were missing.
    (AFP, 12/18/11)
2011        Dec 18, Russia’s Kolskaya oil drilling platform capsized and later sank amid fierce storms off the coast of Sakhalin Island, plunging dozens of workers into the churning, icy waters. Four were confirmed dead and 49 were missing.
    (AP, 12/18/11)

2011        Dec 19, In the southern Philippines the death toll from devastating flash floods rose to 927 and was expected to climb higher as relief workers recovered more bodies from Mindanao.
    (AFP, 12/19/11)

2011        Dec 20, Philippines’ President Benigno Aquino flew to Mindanao to survey the devastation by air, coordinate the relief effort. Some 957 people were killed and 49 others left missing after tropical storm Washi lashed the southern island of Mindanao.
    (AFP, 12/20/11)

2011        Dec 21, In southeast Turkey a passenger bus collided with a truck on a single lane road, killing 25 people.
    (AP, 12/21/11)

2011        Dec 24, A boat carrying Haitian migrants sank off Cuba's eastern coast. 38 migrants were killed and 87 others rescued by Cuban civil defense forces.
    (AP, 12/24/11)

2011        Dec 25, The Vinalines Queen disappeared on Christmas Day after passing the island of Luzon in the Philippines. The Vietnamese ship had capsized, apparently without sending a distress signal. A Vietnamese seaman survived five days floating in open ocean with only a life jacket for protection after his cargo ship sank and all his 22 crew mates died. The ship was carrying more than 54,000 tons of nickel ore and was traveling from Indonesia to China when it lost contact. Global ship owners association Intercargo issued a statement in December 2010 warning of the hazards of transporting nickel ore which, it said, may liquefy and cause a ship to list if not loaded to international standards.
    (AFP, 12/30/11)
2011        Dec 25, In Zimbabwe a pleasure boat capsized at Lake Chivero, drowning 11 of 19 people, most of them children.
    (AP, 12/26/11)

2011        Dec 29, In Myanmar a fire followed by several explosions engulfed many state warehouses and neighboring homes, killing at least 16 people and injuring 108 in the main city of Yangon.
    (AP, 12/29/11)
2011        Dec 29, In Venezuela a PDVSA tanker truck filled with gasoline crashed and burst into flames, engulfing several cars and a bus. 15 people were killed.
    (AP, 12/29/11)(Econ, 2/18/12, p.38)

2011        Dec 30, In India a severe cyclone packing winds of 135 km (83 miles) an hour tore into the southeastern coast. At 42 people died when Cyclone Thane hit coastal southern India near the former French colony of Pondicherry.
    (AFP, 12/30/11)(Reuters, 12/31/11)(AP, 1/1/12)

2011        In Somalia at least 80,000 people died this year of famine. A large amount of food sent by the UN to Mogadishu during the famine never reached the starving people it was intended for. Some of the World Food Program supplies went to the black market, some to feed livestock. One warehouse full of rations was looted in its entirety by a government official. Across the city, feeding sites handed out far less food than records indicate they should have. A report in 2013 raised the number of Somali deaths due to famine in 2011 to 260,000, half of them under age 5.
    (Econ, 2/25/12, p.58)(AP, 3/17/12)(AP, 5/6/13)

2012        Jan 1, In Kenya at least eight people drowned after a boat capsized in rough seas off the Kenyan tourist island of Lamu. More than 20 of the over 80 passengers on board were unaccounted for.
    (AFP, 1/2/12)

2012        Jan 3, In China 13 people were killed in Hunan province when a truck crossed a highway divider and crashed head-on into a bus traveling in the opposite direction.
    (AP, 1/4/12)

2012        Jan 4, In southern China a bus went out of control and slipped from a snow-covered bridge, killing at least 18 people in Guizhou province.
    (AP, 1/4/12)(AP, 1/5/12)

2012        Jan 5, In the southern Philippines a landslide tore through a tiny gold-mining village, killing at least 31 people in Napnapan village, Mindanao island. Up to 39 people were still missing.
    (AP, 1/5/12)(AFP, 1/6/12)(AFP, 1/8/12)
2012        Jan 7, In New Zealand a hot air balloon burst into flames and crashed after hitting a power line, killing all 11 people on board as their families watched on in horror.
    (AFP, 1/7/12)

2012        Jan 13, The cruise ship Costa Concordia ran aground off the tiny island of Giglio, off the coast of Tuscany, with more than 4,200 people aboard. Captain Francesco Schettino (52) was soon detained on charges of manslaughter. The final death toll was put at 30 dead and 2 missing.  
    (AP, 1/14/12)(AP, 1/15/12)(SFC, 1/16/12, p.A3)(AP, 1/17/12)(SFC, 3/23/12, p.A2)

2012        Jan 15, In Lebanon a five-story residential building collapsed after days of heavy rains, killing 27 people, mostly foreign workers. The building's owner, Michel Saadeh, was arrested the next day.
    (AP, 1/16/12)(AFP, 1/18/12)

2012        Jan 16, In Haiti 29 people died and 67 were injured after a truck's brakes failed and the vehicle crashed on Route Delmas, one of the busiest streets of  Port-au-Prince.
    (AP, 1/17/12)

2012        Jan 21, An Iranian boat sank while sailing between Hormuz Island and the port city of Bandar Abbas on the mainland. 17 people died after a storm capsized the passenger boat.
    (AP, 1/22/12)

2012        Jan 24, Afghan officials said heavy snow and avalanches in Afghanistan's far northeast have killed at least 46 people since last week.
    (AP, 1/24/12)

2012        Jan 24, In Papua New Guinea as many as 60 people were feared dead after a massive landslide wiped out an entire village in the rugged Southern Highlands.
    (AFP, 1/25/12)

2012        Jan 25, In Brazil a building of some 20 stories collapsed in Rio de Janeiro causing 2 other smaller buildings to also come down. At least 17 people were killed and after 3 days 7 people remained missing.
    (AP, 1/26/12)(AP, 1/28/12)
2012        Jan 25, In northwest Pakistan nine phosphate miners were feared dead after they were buried by a large landslide in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
    (AP, 1/25/12)
2012        Jan 25, At least 15 Somali migrants were killed and 40 left missing after their boat capsized off the coast of Libya. The boat had been carrying 55 Somalis and the other passengers were still missing.
    (AFP, 1/28/12)

2012        Jan 28, In Peru a fire swept through a two-story private rehabilitation center for addicts in a poor part of Lima, killing 27 people and critically injuring five. The "Christ is Love" center for drug and alcohol addicts was unlicensed and overcrowded and its residents were apparently kept locked inside.
    (AP, 1/29/12)

2012        Jan 29, In Florida a long line of cars and trucks collided one after another on a dark highway so shrouded in haze and smoke that drivers were instantly blinded. At least 10 people were killed south of Gainesville on Interstate 75.
    (AP, 1/30/12)

2012        Feb 2, A Papua New Guinea ferry sank with 351 passengers and 12 crew on board. Rescuers plucked 246 survivors from the sea off PNG’s east coast. Some 117 people remained missing.
    (AP, 2/2/12)(AP, 2/3/12)(AFP, 2/5/12)
2012        Feb 2, At least 11,000 villagers have been trapped by heavy snow and blizzards in Serbia's mountains, as the death toll from Eastern Europe's weeklong deep freeze rose to 122, many of them homeless people.
    (AP, 2/2/12)

2012        Feb 3, The death toll from a severe cold spell in Eastern Europe rose to 222, including 101 in the Ukraine, 37 in Poland, 24 in Romania and 16 in Bulgaria.
    (AFP, 2/1/12)

2012        Feb 4, In Australia celebrated filmmakers Andrew Wight (52) and Mike deGruy (60)  died in a helicopter crash at Jasper's Brush. They were working on a documentary with Oscar-winning director James Cameron and National Geographic.
    (AFP, 2/5/12)
2012        Feb 4, An overloaded boat carrying 70 migrants from the Dominican Republic to Puerto Rico overturned in the pre-dawn darkness off the coast of the Caribbean country. 13 people survived. 51 bodies were recovered by Feb 9 and the rest remained missing.
    (AP, 2/4/12)(AP, 2/5/12)(AP, 2/7/12)(AP, 2/9/12)

2012        Feb 5, Bosnia used helicopters to evacuate people and deliver food to those stranded by heavy snowfall. The cold snap across Eastern Europe has left at least 280 people dead including 131 in Ukraine.
    (SFC, 2/6/12, p.A2)

2012        Feb 6, In southern Bulgaria a 2.5-meter (8-foot) flood hit 700 houses in the village of Bisser, near the Greek border, after the dam on the Ivanovo reservoir collapsed. 8 people were killed in the flooding and 10 others were missing.
    (AP, 2/6/12)
2012        Feb 6, In Brazil a 13-story building partially collapsed in an industrial suburb outside Sao Paulo, killing a 3-year-old girl in Sao Bernardo do Campo. One person was missing.
    (AP, 2/7/12)
2012        Feb 6, In Canada a crash between a flatbed truck and a van carrying migrant farm workers on a rural crossroads in southwestern Ontario killed 11 people, in one of the most deadly vehicle accidents in Canadian history.
    (Reuters, 2/7/12)
2012        Feb 6, In Pakistan rescue workers struggled to reach dozens of people trapped in the rubble of a factory that collapsed in Lahore, killing at least 21. At least 30 people were still believed to be trapped. The illegal factory was owned by a local politician, who used his influence to keep it open despite complaints from neighbors.
    (AP, 2/6/12)(AP, 2/7/12)(AP, 2/8/12)

2012        Feb 8, In Afghanistan a NATO airstrike reportedly killed 8 children in Kapisa province.
    (AFP, 2/9/12)
2012        Feb 8, Eleven Somalis drowned and another 34 were missing after a smugglers' boat headed for Yemen capsized in the Gulf of Aden. Survivors told how the three smugglers crewmen forced 22 people overboard when the boat's engine failed soon after departure.
    (AFP, 2/10/12)

2012        Feb 11, In Europe snow drifts reaching up to rooftops kept tens of thousands of villagers prisoners in their own homes as the death toll from the big freeze rose past 550. On the French Mediterranean island of Corsica snow was up to one meter thick in the higher villages and all flights were cancelled from Bastia airport.
    (AFP, 2/11/12)
2012        Feb 11, In Kosovo at least nine members of one family died in an avalanche that hit the village of Restelica near the border with Macedonia. Ansera Reka (5) was pulled from the rubble of one house after being buried for over 10 hours.
    (AP, 2/12/12)

2012        Feb 14, In Honduras a fire swept through a prison in the town of Comayagua in one of the world's deadliest fires in decades. Many of the survivors escaped. 852 people had been crowded into the prison built for half that number. The prisoners whose scorched bodies were carried out piece by piece had been locked inside. Most inmates had never been charged, let alone convicted. The final death toll numbered 362 people.
    (AP, 2/15/12)(AP, 2/16/12)(AP, 2/18/12)(Econ, 2/18/12, p.40)(AP, 2/14/13)

2012        Feb 15, In China 15 miners were killed and three others hurt when the mine carriages they were in plunged into a tunnel in Hunan province.
    (AP, 2/16/12)(AFP, 3/23/12)

2012        Feb 16, Palestinian police said a truck lost control in slick, rainy weather and barreled into a school bus in the West Bank, killing at least seven children and a teacher.
    (AP, 2/16/12)

2012        Feb 18, In India a school bus plunged into a river and at least seven people, including 6 children, were killed in the west-coast resort state of Goa. The driver and conductor both jumped from the vehicle as it was falling and were unharmed.
    (AP, 2/18/12)

2012        Feb 19, In Washington state 4 people were killed in avalanches at two ski resorts.
    (SFC, 2/20/12, p.A6)
2012        Feb 19, In northern Ecuador a bus toppled over a cliff killing 27 adults and 2 children near the town of Quajara.
    (SFC, 2/20/12, p.A2)
2012        Feb 19, In northern France a coach taking 47 British holidaymakers home from a school skiing trip rolled into a ditch, killing a teacher and injuring 23 people.
    (AFP, 2/19/12)

2012        Feb 20, In Alabama Savannah Hardin (9) died at Children's Hospital in Birmingham from dehydration and low sodium. On Feb 22 her stepmother and grandmother, Joyce Hardin Garrard, were accused of murder for allegedly killing the young girl by forcing her to run for three hours without stopping as punishment for lying about eating candy bars.
    (Reuters, 2/23/12)(SFC, 3/2/12, p.A8)
2012        Feb 20, In northeastern China an explosion at a steel plant killed 13 people and injured another 17, in Liaoning province's Anshan city.
    (AFP, 2/21/12)

2012        Feb 22, In Argentina a packed train slammed into the end of the line in Buenos Aires' busy Once station, killing 50 people and injuring hundreds of morning commuters.
    (AP, 2/22/12)(AP, 2/23/12)
2012        Feb 22, In Kashmir at least 16 Indian soldiers on duty in the mountains were killed and three others were missing in massive avalanches.
    (AFP, 2/23/12)

2012        Feb 26, In Canada a passenger train derailed near Burlington in southern Ontario, killing at least 3 VIA Rail employees.
    (Reuters, 2/27/12)

2012        Feb 28, In China an explosion at a chemical plant near Shijiazhuang city, capital of Hebei province, left 25 people dead and 46 injured.
    (AFP, 3/4/12)
2012        Feb 28, In southern Russia at least 8 people were reported killed and 12 injured after a section of a nine-story apartment building collapsed following a natural gas explosion.
    (AP, 2/28/12)

2012        Feb 29, At least 16 tornadoes ravaged the Midwest and South. 13 people were killed including 6 in Harrisburg, Illinois, 3 in Missouri, 3 in Tennessee and one in Kansas.
    (SFC, 3/1/12, p.A6)(SFC, 3/2/12, p.A8)(http://tinyurl.com/7hrqnq4)

2012        Mar 2, A string of violent storms scratched away small towns in the South and Midwest as an early season tornado outbreak left 39 people in 5 states, including 14 in Indiana, 19 in Kentucky, 3 in Ohio and one each in Alabama and Georgia.
    (AP, 3/3/12)(http://tinyurl.com/6u9f2bp)(SFC, 3/5/12, p.A9)

2012        Mar 3, In eastern Guinea 50 people traveling to a weekly market were killed and 27 others injured when the lorry they were travelling in crashed.
    (AFP, 3/3/12)
2012        Mar 3, In Nepal 6 people were killed as a fire tore through the main vegetable market in Kathmandu destroying more than 100 stalls.
    (AFP, 3/4/12)
2012        Mar 3, In southern Poland 2 trains running on the same track collided head-on in a shower of sparks, killing 16 people and injuring 58 in the country's worst train disaster in more than 20 years.
    (AP, 3/4/12)

2012        Mar 4, In northeastern Afghanistan an avalanche buried a village of about 200 people in Badakhshan province. At least 50 people were killed with dozens trapped under the snow. At least 145 people were missing and "presumed dead" after an avalanche.
    (AFP, 3/6/12)(AP, 3/7/12)(AFP, 3/10/12)
2012        Mar 4, In the Republic of Congo blasts rocked Brazzaville after a weapons depot caught fire, killing over 200 people, wounding over 1300 and forcing 2,000 to flee their homes. Small detonations continued the next day. The death toll was later set at 223. In May 23 people were charged and detained in connection with a blast.
    (AFP, 3/4/12)(AFP, 3/5/12)(AP, 3/7/12)(AFP, 3/11/12)(AFP, 5/12/12)

2012        Mar 5, In South Africa a miner escaped from underground mine collapse at the Grootvlei mine near Johannesburg and alerted police. At least 20 illegal miners were killed in the rockfall. A search was called off after 5 days. The mine, owned by President Jacob Zuma's nephew and a grandson of Nelson Mandela, had been officially closed but not made secure.
    (AFP, 3/12/12)

2012        Mar 6, Madagascar authorities said Tropical Storm Irina killed at least 65 people, most of them residents of the Ifanadiana district in the southeast of the island, when the storm passed over the country last week.
    (AFP, 3/6/12)

2012        Mar 7, In Colombia an accident at a small coal mine, named "El Desespero" (Desperation), killed at least four miners and five others were still missing.
    (AP, 3/8/12)

2012        Mar 12, In northeast Afghanistan an avalanche struck two remote villages and 45 people were feared trapped in the snow.
    (AP, 3/12/12)
2012        Mar 12, Egyptian police said 10 people were killed when the soil caved in on them as they were illegally digging for ancient treasures under a house in the village of Arab al-Manasra, north of Luxor.
    (AFP, 3/12/12)

2012        Mar 13, In Bangladesh a ferry packed with about 200 people collided with a cargo boat and capsized in the Meghna River, killing 142 people and over a dozen more missing.
    (AP, 3/13/12)(AP, 3/14/12)(AP, 3/16/12)
2012        Mar 13, In Switzerland a bus carrying Belgian students returning from a ski holiday crashed into a wall in a tunnel near Sierre, killing 22 Belgian 12-year-olds and six adults. Another 24 students were hospitalized with injuries.
    (AP, 3/14/12)

2012        Mar 18, In Indonesia at least 10 members of one family were killed, as their minivan spun out of control after colliding with a moving train and flipped over in a nearby rice field in West Java province.
    (AFP, 3/18/12)

2012        Mar 20, In India 15 people were killed when a train collided with an overcrowded taxi minivan at an unmanned railroad crossing in northern Uttar Pradesh state.
    (AP, 3/20/12)

2012        Mar 25, Six South African rugby players from a local club in Port Elizabeth drowned after a rip-current pulled 21 people out to sea. 7 lifeguards rescued 15 people.
    (AFP, 3/26/12)
2012        Mar 25, Twenty people from DR Congo drowned when their boats capsized while crossing the river border with Zambia enroute to a soccer game.
    (AFP, 3/27/12)

2012        Mar 31, Five Egyptian Copts, including two teenage girls, were crushed to death at the tomb of their spiritual leader Pope Shenuda III who died last week. Monastery officials had allowed visitors to visit Shenuda's tomb, prompting a rush to the desert monastery.
    (AFP, 3/31/12)

2012        Apr 1, In northern Nigeria a petrol tanker crashed then later exploded and caught fire, killing at least 12 people who had rushed to the scene to scoop fuel from the damaged vehicle.
    (AFP, 4/2/12)
2012        Apr 1, Three Palestinian children were found dead in a fire in their room caused by a candle being used due to lack of electricity in Gaza.
    (AFP, 4/1/12)
2012        Apr 1, In Serbia a fire at the Contrast nightclub in Novi Sad left six people dead. The owner of a nightclub, Alojz G., was detained by police.
    (AP, 4/1/12)

2012        Apr 3, In Russia a blaze at Moscow’s Kachalovsky market killed 17 migrant workers who were unable to escape from the metal shed where they were sleeping. All were citizens of former Soviet nations in Central Asia.
    (AP, 4/3/12)

2012        Apr 7, In Nigeria 22 people were killed and 31 others were injured in Benue state when their St Robert's Catholic Church caved in on them during Easter vigil in Adamgbe.
    (AFP, 4/8/12)
2012        Apr 7, In Pakistan 140 people, including 129 soldiers, were buried when the wall of snow engulfed a military complex on the northern tip of the divided Kashmir region.
    (AFP, 4/7/12)(AP, 12/1/12)

2012        Apr 9, In Spain four people died in a fire that destroyed a makeshift hut in which they were living in the northeastern city of Barcelona. Spanish National Radio cited police at the scene as saying they were Romanians.
    (AP, 4/9/12)

2012        Apr 12, In Japan 8 people died when an apparently epileptic driver crashed his minivan into a crowd of pedestrians in the temple-spotted ancient capital of Kyoto.
    (AFP, 4/12/12)

2012        Apr 14, In the Full Crew Farallones Race outside San Francisco 5 sailors were lost as a towering wave washed them overboard as their boar rounded the Farallon Islands.
    (SFC, 4/17/12, p.A1)

2012        Apr 15, In the area of Woodward, Oklahoma, tornadoes killed at least 5 people and left at least 29 injured. At least 8,000 were without power in the region.
    (AP, 4/14/12)

2012        Apr 16, In southern Zimbabwe at least 21 people were killed early today when a speeding bus overturned while traveling towards Beitbridge.
    (AFP, 4/16/12)

2012        Apr 20, In Mexico a truck trailer came loose and hit a passenger bus killing at least 43 people in Veracruz state.
    (SFC, 4/21/12, p.A2)

2012        Apr 30, In India a ferry packed with 280 passengers capsized on the Brahmaputra River in Assam state. 103 bodies were soon recovered, but dozens of others were feared swept by the current to neighboring Bangladesh. Over 160 people were feared drowned or missing.
    (AP, 5/1/12)(SFC, 5/2/12, p.A3)

2012        May 5, In northern Italy a bus bringing retired police officers to a national convention veered off a highway and plunged into a canal, killing at least five people.
    (AP, 5/5/12)
2012        May 5, In Japan 8 elderly mountaineers who went missing in Japan's Northern Alps following a snowstorm were confirmed dead after some of them were evacuated by helicopter.
    (AFP, 5/5/12)
2012        May 5, In Nepal at least 15 people were killed and 43 left missing, including 3 tourists from Ukraine, when the Seti River near Mount Annapurna burst its banks and swept away a village.
    (AFP, 5/5/12)(AFP, 5/6/12)
2012        May 5, In Peru a predawn fire swept through a drug rehabilitation center in a town on Lima's outskirts, killing 14 people in the second blaze in Peru this year to claim the lives of addicts trapped behind locked doors in a private treatment residence.
    (AP, 5/5/12)
2012        May 5, In South Korea a fierce blaze swept through a karaoke lounge in a busy commercial district of Busan, killing nine people including three Sri Lankans.
    (AFP, 5/6/12)
2012        May 5, In eastern Thailand a large blaze at a chemical factory killed 12 people, injured more than 100 and spewed toxic smoke into the air in Rayong province.
    (AFP, 5/6/12)

2012        May 6, In northern Afghanistan a flash flood swept through a village, killing 21 people, many of them members of a wedding party in Dhy Marda village in Sari Pul province. Floods overnight in two other districts in the province killed three people.
    (AFP, 5/7/12)

2012        May 9, In the southern Philippines an inferno at a three-story clothing store killed 17 employees, all women who were sleeping on the top floor in downtown Butuan city.
    (AP, 5/9/12)

2012        May 10, In northwestern China 40 people were killed when a brief but violent hailstorm and torrential rain swept through a mountainous region of Gansu province.
    (AFP, 5/13/12)

2012        May 11, In northern Afghanistan a flash flood swept through villages in a mountainous area, killing at least 17 people in Takhar province.
    (AP, 5/11/12)
2012        May 11, British police arrested two people on suspicion of murder after five children died in a house fire in the central English city of Derby. A 6th child died soon after at Birmingham Children's Hospital. The suspects were released on may with no charges. Investigators later said the fire was sparked by petrol poured through the letterbox. On May 29 parents Mick Philpott (55) and his wife Mairead (31) were arrested on suspicion of murder. In 2013 the parents and a family friend were convicted of manslaughter. On April 4 the Philpots and Paul Mosley were sentenced to 17 years in prison.
    (AFP, 5/11/12)(AFP, 5/14/12)(AFP, 5/16/12)(AFP, 5/29/12)(AP, 4/4/13)

2012        May 12, In New Zealand 3 Boston University students, who were studying in New Zealand, were killed when their minivan crashed. At least five other students from the university were injured in the accident. On May 18 BU student Stephen Houseman (20) was charged with careless driving.
    (AP, 5/12/12)(SFC, 5/19/12, p.A2)

2012        May 13, In Chicago 4 mothers were pronounced dead this morning after their speeding car hit a support beam of an elevated train track around midnight, crashing with enough force for the vehicle to split in two.
    (AP, 5/14/12)
2012        May 13, In southwestern Japan 6 people were killed when a fire swept through their hotel in Fukuyama.
    (AFP, 5/13/12)
2012        May 13, In the northern Philippines 11 people died and 10 others were injured when a bus fell into a ravine. A bag had fallen off the vehicle as it labored up a hill and the driver stopped for it. The bus then rolled backwards until it pitched down a 150-m (500-foot) cliff.
    (AFP, 5/14/12)

2012        May 17, In central Vietnam a crowded overnight bus plunged off a bridge into the Serepok River, killing 34 people and injuring 21 others in one of the country's deadliest road accidents.
    (AFP, 5/18/12)

2012        May 19, In northern Afghanistan flood waters ravaged a provincial capital, killing at least 19 people and destroying hundreds of homes. About 60 other people were missing.
    (AFP, 5/20/12)

2012        May 21, In Albania a bus carrying university students on a pre-graduation trip toppled off a cliff near Saranda killing 12 people and injuring another 21.
    (SFC, 5/22/12, p.A2)

2012        May 22, In northern India at least 24 Hindu pilgrims were killed when a packed bus plunged into the fast-flowing Alaknanda river after colliding with a truck near the town of Byasi.
    (AFP, 5/22/12)
2012        May 22, In southern India a passenger train rammed into a parked freight train and caught fire before dawn, killing at least 25 people and injuring dozens more in southwestern Andhra Pradesh state.
    (AP, 5/22/12)
2012        May 22, In South Africa 10 illegal diamond miners were killed in a disused mine tunnel in the Northern Cape province.
    (AFP, 5/27/12)

2012        May 24, In Indonesia a landslide killed 8 of 16 people illegally mining for gold, after days of heavy rain hit a mountainous part of western Java, the country's main island.
    (AFP, 5/25/12)

2012        May 28, In Qatar 19 foreigners died in a blaze at a shopping mall. 13 expatriate children were among those killed in the fire at the Villagio Mall in Doha's west end, including two-year-old triplets from New Zealand. On June 20, 2013, five people were convicted over the fire and sentenced to 6 years each.
    (Reuters, 5/29/12)(AP, 6/20/13)

2012        Jun 2, Arizona police said 5 bodies burned beyond recognition were found inside a charred SUV in a desert area known as a smuggling corridor for drugs and illegal immigrants. The SUV was registered to a family of 5, including 3 children, in Tempe.
    (SSFC, 6/3/12, p.A9)(SFC, 6/6/12, p.A5)
2012        Jun 2, In Ghana a Nigerian Allied Air cargo plane overshot an airport runway in Accra and crashed into a passenger bus, killing at least 10 people. The 4 crew members of the plane survived.
    (AFP, 6/3/12)
2012        Jun 2, In the Philippines 30 fishermen were missing and hundreds of travelers were stranded after tropical storm Mawar dumped heavy rains across the country, forcing flight and ship cancellations.
    (AFP, 6/2/12)

2012        Jun 3, In Ohio a car crash killed 3 students including the drive who was to graduate later in the day. A 4th student about to graduate, died soon after of injuries suffered in the crash. A fifth student was injured.
    (AP, 6/4/12)
2012        Jun 3, In Pakistan a bus carrying a wedding party in Kahuta plunged into a ditch in the country's north, killing 25 people.
    (AFP, 6/4/12)

2012        Jun 11, In Afghanistan 2 shallow earthquakes less than half an hour apart shook the mountainous Hindu Kush region, starting a slide of debris that smashed into a remote village, burying mudbrick houses to a depth of up to 100 meters. Over 70 people were feared killed.
    (AFP, 6/12/12)

2012        Jun 13, In southeast India at least 10 people were killed and several others seriously injured in an explosion at a steel factory in Andhra Pradesh state.
    (AFP, 6/14/12)

2012        Jun 17, In Indonesia a boat carrying at least 70 passengers and crew on board, went down after it was battered by waves up to five meters (16 feet) high in Maluku province. 12 people were rescued and 58 remained missing.
    (AFP, 6/17/12)(AP, 6/19/12)

2012        Jun 18, In Malawi a boat carrying about 60 illegal immigrants from Ethiopia capsized on Lake Malawi. All aboard were feared drowned.
    (AP, 6/21/12)

2012        Jun 19, In southern Haiti a bus overturned in a rain-swollen river. Officials differed about the number of people who died. Local civil protection officials were said to have recovered the bodies of 40 people. The bus owner said there were 27 people aboard and that only eight people are missing.
    (AP, 6/19/12)

2012        Jun 20, In China 17 people were killed and three seriously injured when a long-distance bus overturned and plunged down a deep ravine in Fujian's Ningde city.
    (AP, 6/20/12)

2012        Jun 21, Indonesian and Australian navies launched efforts to rescue survivors after a Sri Lanka refugee boat carrying about 200 people, mostly men from Afghanistan, capsized on its way to Christmas Island. Scores were feared drowned in an apparent attempt to seek asylum. 110 people were rescued and about 90 remained missing. On Jan 28 an Indonesian court sentenced Javaid Mahmood (55), a Pakistani man, for attempting to smuggle the asylum seekers. He was the 2nd man found guilty in the case.
    (AFP, 6/21/12)(AFP, 6/22/12)(SFC, 1/29/14, p.A2)

2012        Jun 24, In Canada a roof collapsed at a shopping mall in Elliot Lake, Ontario. Two bodies were recovered on June 27 and 12 people remained unaccounted for.
    (SFC, 6/25/12, p.A2)(Reuters, 6/28/12)

2012        Jun 25, In South Africa a bus plunged off a bridge killing at least 19 people and injuring 55 in the small town of Meyerton.
    (AP, 6/25/12)

2012        Jun 26, In Uganda rescue workers equipped only with hand-held tools gave up their search and waited for bulldozers to arrive to help find some 100 people who residents said were missing after landslides struck the mountainous east.
    (AP, 6/26/12)

2012        Jun 27, Four people are believed to have died and 130 others were rescued after a crowded boat carrying asylum seekers to Australia capsized and sank between Christmas Island and the main Indonesian island of Java.
    (AP, 6/27/12)

2012        Jun 28, Bangladesh officials said at least 106 people have been killed in landslides in the southeast after three days of rains triggered flash floods and severed transport links.
    (AP, 6/28/12)
2012        Jun 28, Indian officials said at least 27 people have died and 900,000 others forced to leave their homes as monsoon rains swamped wide areas of northeastern Assam state.
    (AFP, 6/28/12)

2012        Jun 29, In southern China a tanker truck filled with gasoline collided with a truck, setting off an explosion and a massive fire that left 20 people dead and 14 others hurt.
    (AP, 6/29/12)

2012        Jul 3, In India officials said at least 95 have died in Assam state under the worst monsoon floods to hit in a decade.
    (SFC, 7/4/12, p.A2)

2012        Jul 4, In China a coal mine in Hunan province flooded trapping 16 miners. Rescue workers pulled 8 miners out of the coal mine in Leiyang city on July 8, but another 3 were believed to be still trapped.
    (AFP, 7/5/12)(AFP, 7/8/12)(SFC, 7/9/12, p.A2)

2012        Jul 7, In Russia overnight rains dumped as much as 28 cm (about 11 inches) of water on parts of the Krasnodar region. Water rushed into the hard-hit town of Krymsk with such speed and volume that residents said they suspected that water had been released from a reservoir in the mountains above. Federal investigators acknowledged that water had been released from the reservoir, but they insisted it did not cause the flooding and the dam had not been breached. The death toll in the southern Black Sea region soon reached 171.
    (AP, 7/7/12)(AP, 7/8/12)(AP, 7/9/12)
2012        Jul 7, In Ukraine a bus carrying Russian religious pilgrims crashed killing 14 of 45 people onboard near Chernihiv.
    (SSFC, 7/8/12, p.A4)

2012        Jul 8, In China a gas blast at a coal mine in the central province of Hunan killed seven people, the latest in a string of accidents in the country's dangerous mining industry.
    (AFP, 7/8/12)

2012        Jul 9, Abbes Settou of Eritrea, who drank sea water to survive, was spotted clinging to a jerry can and the remains of the stricken boat off the Tunisian coast by fishermen who alerted the coast guard. 54 migrants trying to reach Italy died of thirst when their inflatable boat ruptured in the Mediterranean.
    (AFP, 7/11/12)
2012        Jul 9, In Morocco a bus speeding on a mountainous road along the Mediterranean crashed outside the city of Nador, killing 10 people and injuring 33 others. Another bus flipped over on the highway as it traveled between the Atlantic coast tourist destinations of Essaouira and Agadir, killing 17 people including those of a German and a Dutch tourist.
    (AFP, 7/10/12)

2012        Jul 11, The United States Department of Agriculture declared natural disaster areas in more than 1,000 counties and 26 drought-stricken states, making it the largest natural disaster in America ever.
    (http://tinyurl.com/7x7emtz)

2012        Jul 12, A slab of ice broke off high in the French Alps, sparking an avalanche that swept nine Europeans to their deaths as they tried to climb Mont Blanc. 11 other climbers were hospitalized and at least four are still unaccounted for.
    (AP, 7/12/12)
2012        Jul 12, In southern Japan heavy rain triggered flash floods and mudslides, causing at least 20 deaths. At least 6 people remained missing.
    (AP, 7/12/12)(AFP, 7/13/12)
2012        Jul 12, In Nigeria a truck carrying fuel caught fire and exploded after it veered off the road into a ditch in the Niger Delta, killing over 100 who had rushed to the scene to scoop fuel.
    (AP, 7/12/12)(AFP, 7/13/12)

2012        Jul 13, In the Comoros archipelago at least seven people died and six people were missing after a ship carrying illegal immigrants capsized overnight off the Indian Ocean French overseas territory of Mayotte.
    (AFP, 7/13/12)
2012        Jul 13, In eastern South Africa a cargo train loaded with coal collided with a truck carrying farm workers at a crossing, killing at least 25 people in Mpumalanga. The driver of the farm truck was charged the next day with murder.
    (AP, 7/13/12)(AP, 7/14/12)

2012        Jul 14, In Egypt an 11-storey building in the poor Alexandria neighborhood of al-Gomrouk collapsed onto three adjacent buildings, reducing much of the structures to rubble. 10 people were reported killed.
    (AP, 7/15/12)

2012        Jul 15, In Nepal at least 38 pilgrims were killed when an overcrowded bus carrying them from India to a Hindu festival swerved off a highway and plunged into the Gandak river.
    (AFP, 7/15/12)

2012        Jul 16, Heavy rain again lashed southwest Japan, triggering fears of more landslides and hampering the clean-up operation after a record deluge that left at least 32 people dead or missing.
    (AFP, 7/16/12)

2012        Jul 18, In Tanzania at least 104 people died after a ferry capsized between Dar-es-Salaam and Zanzibar. The MV Skagit was officially carrying 290 people when the accident occurred. Emergency workers had rescued 146 people.
    (AFP, 7/18/12)(AFP, 7/20/12)(AP, 7/21/12)(AFP, 7/23/12)(AFP, 7/25/12)

2012        Jul 20, In western Mexico a bus traveling to a beach went off a cliff killing at least 24 people in Tequepexpan.
    (SSFC, 7/22/12, p.A2)

2012        Jul 21, In China at least 54 people died, including 37 in Beijing, during torrential rainstorms which battered much of northern and southwestern China over the last 24 hours. Heavy rainfall was expected to last for another day. On July 26 the toll in Beijing was increased to 77.
    (AFP, 7/21/12)(AP, 7/22/12)(AFP, 7/23/12)(AFP, 7/26/12)
2012        Jul 21, in South Africa two busses collided in the country's southeast killed 18 people near the Eastern Cape town of Cradock. Three of them were elementary school children headed to a sports event.
    (AP, 7/21/12)

2012        Jul 22, In rural South Texas at least 11 people died and another 12 were injured after a pickup truck loaded with passengers left the highway and crashed into trees in Goliad County.
    (AP, 7/23/12)
2012        Jul 22, In Spain a vacationing French family of five jumped off a seaside cliff in a desperate attempt to escape a raging wildfire in Portbou, with the father and one of his children plummeting some 50 meters (165 feet) to their deaths. Two other people were also killed by the weekend fires in northeastern Spain.
    (AP, 7/23/12)

2012        Jul 23, In central Nigeria heavy rainfall overnight forced a dam to overflow, causing flooding that left at least 35 people dead and destroyed or damaged some 200 homes.
    (AFP, 7/23/12)

2012        Jul 27, In southern Nepal at least 14 pilgrims were killed when a jeep carrying them to a sacred Hindu site swerved off a highway and fell 100 meters (330 feet) into a stream below.
    (AFP, 7/28/12)

2012        Jul 28, In Nepal a vehicle crashed in the Palpa district killing 14 people on their way to cremate the body of a relative.
    (SSFC, 7/29/12, p.A6)
2012        Jul 28, North Korea’s state media said flooding across the country this month has killed 88 people, left tens of thousands homeless and devastated swathes of farmland.
    (AFP, 7/28/12)

2012        Jul 30, In southern India a fire swept through a train car packed with sleeping passengers, killing at least 47 people and sending panicked survivors rushing for the only clear exit once the train stopped.
    (AP, 7/30/12)
2012        Jul 30, In the Philippines at least 14 people were killed and millions were left without power as Tropical Storm Saola turned into a typhoon, bringing heavy rains to large parts of the country.
    (AFP, 7/30/12)(AFP, 7/31/12)(AP, 8/1/12)

2012        Jul 31, In central Morocco a collision between a bus and a lorry killed at least 12 people and left one critically injured.
    (AFP, 8/1/12)

2012        Aug 3, Typhoon Saola, which battered Manila and the north for several days, blew away leaving at least 53 people dead.
    (AP, 8/7/12)

2012        Aug 4, In India flash floods in the northern state of Uttarakhand killed at least 34 people and left hundreds of Hindu pilgrims stranded.
    (AFP, 8/5/12)
2012        Aug 4, North Korean state news said floods which hit parts of North Korea in recent weeks killed 169 people and left 400 missing, sharply updating earlier casualty figures. Over 200,000 people reportedly lost their homes.
    (AFP, 8/4/12)(Econ, 8/11/12, p.33)

2012        Aug 7, In the Philippines relentless rains submerged half of Manila, triggered a landslide that killed 8 people and sent emergency crews scrambling to rescue and evacuate tens of thousands of residents.
    (AP, 8/7/12)
2012        Aug 7, In Senegal at least 23 people were killed in a collision between a bus and a truck near the town of Kaffrine.
    (AFP, 8/7/12)

2012        Aug 10, In northeast Bangladesh at least 13 Muslim worshippers were killed and 15 hurt when lightning struck a mosque in a remote village as they held special Ramadan prayers.
    (AFP, 8/11/12)

2012        Aug 11, In northern India at least 52 people were killed and 45 injured when a heavily overloaded bus plunged into a gorge near Chamba town in Himachal Pradesh state.
    (AFP, 8/11/12)
2012        Aug 11, In northwest Iran hundreds of villages were flattened by twin earthquakes (magnitude 6.4 and 6.3), leaving 306 dead and 3,037 injured. Around half the 600 villages located in the zone were damaged or destroyed.
    (AFP, 8/12/12)(AFP, 8/13/12)

2012        Aug 13, In northeast CongoDRC a landslide at a gold mine in remote Pangoyi left at least 60 people dead.
    (AP, 8/16/12)

2012        Aug 17, In Mexico 11 people died when a bus heading to a resort in Mazatlan crashed into a ravine in Durango state.
    (SFC, 8/18/12, p.A2)

2012        Aug 18, In Vietnam at least 17 people were killed as Typhoon Kai-Tak, now downgraded to a tropical depression, barreled across northern Vietnam bringing high winds and floods to several areas including the capital Hanoi. The typhoon had already left 2 dead in China and 4 dead in the Philippines.
    (AFP, 8/18/12)(AFP, 8/19/12)(AFP, 8/20/12)

2012        Aug 23, In Slovenia a hot air balloon carrying 32 people, including children, was swept up in a storm and crashed in a fireball outside Ljubljana, killing 4 people and injuring 28 others.
    (AP, 8/23/12)

2012        Aug 25, In Venezuela a huge explosion rocked the Amuay refinery, killing at least 39 people and injured more than 80 in the deadliest disaster in memory for the country's key oil industry.
    (AP, 8/25/12)(AP, 8/26/12)

2012        Aug 26, In northern China a double-decker bus rammed into a tanker loaded with highly flammable methanol, causing both vehicles to burst into flames and killing 36 people close to the city of Yan'an in Shaanxi province. In the southwest 11 people were killed and another was seriously hurt when a van crashed into a truck Sichuan province.
    (AP, 8/26/12)(AP, 8/27/12)

2012        Aug 27, In northwest China a commercial van slammed into a truck, killing nine people.
    (AP, 8/27/12)
2012        Aug 27, Egypt launched search and rescue operations with the help of Libyan coastal authorities after dozens of people were feared drowned when their boat capsized.
    (AFP, 8/27/12)
2012        Aug 27, In Somalia African Union forces seized the port city of Merca from rebels linked to al-Qaida. At least 5 children were killed and more than 10 others wounded in a blast in a school in Balad, after they played with explosives left over from fighting in the area.
    (AP, 8/27/12)(AFP, 8/27/12)

2012        Aug 29, An asylum-seeker boat heading for Australia disappeared off the Indonesian coast with 150 people aboard. Over the next 24 hours rescuers recovered 55 survivors.
    (AFP, 8/30/12)
2012        Aug 30, In China 154 miners were working underground at the Xiaojiawan coal mine in the city of Panzhihua, Sichuan province, when a blast occurred. At least 26 people were killed and 21 remained trapped.
    (AFP, 8/30/12)

2012        Aug 31, Cameroon’s state-run broadcasting reported that at least 14 people are confirmed dead and over 22,000 other affected by flood waters in the Far-North and North Regions. Prolonged rainfall combined with the release of water by the Lagdo hydroelectricity dam caused the Benoue River to burst its banks into nearby residential areas.
    (AP, 8/31/12)
2012        Aug 31, In Germany Grunenthal chief executive Harald Stock  said in a speech that his company, the maker of thalidomide, was "very sorry" for its silence towards the victims of the drug, which was sold to pregnant women as a cure for morning sickness in the 1950s and early 1960s. An estimated 10,000 children worldwide were born with defects -- including missing limbs. It was pulled from the market in 1961.
    (AFP, 8/31/12)
2012        Aug 31, In Guinea a flat-bottomed boat used by fishermen and for transport, capsized a few minutes after setting off for Kassa Island, several km (miles) from the capital Conakry. About 30 people were believed drowned after the overloaded boat sank. 27 survived.
    (AFP, 9/1/12)
2012        Aug 31, In northern Nigeria 2 speeding buses collided head-on and burst into flames killing at least 29 people and injuring 16 others in Yobe state.
    (AFP, 8/31/12)

2012        Sep 4, In Morocco 42 people were killed when the bus overturned between the desert cities of Marrakesh and Ouarzazate and plunged down a 500-foot (150-meter) ravine. Another 24 people were injured, four of them seriously.
    (AP, 9/4/12)

2012        Sep 5, In southern India a massive blaze swept through a fireworks factory, killing at least 40 workers and injuring 60 others in Sivakasi town, Tamil Nadu state.
    (AP, 9/5/12)
2012        Sep 5, In western Turkey an explosion and blaze triggered by an accidentally dropped hand grenade killed 25 soldiers during a stock check at an ammunition depot near the town of Afyonkarahisar.
    (AP, 9/6/12)

2012        Sep 6, Off the coast of western Turkey some 58 people drowned when a fishing boat carrying migrants that smugglers had promised refuge in Europe sank after hitting rocks. Several dozen survivors, mostly from Iraq and Syria, were able to swim through the Aegean waters to shore 50 meters away.
    (AP, 9/6/12)

2012        Sep 7, In southwest China a series of earthquakes collapsed houses and triggered landslides in a remote mountainous part of the borders of Guizhou and Yunnan provinces, killing at least 64 people with the toll expected to rise.
    (AP, 9/7/12)
2012        Sep 7, Italian and NATO rescue crews searched the waters off the small Mediterranean island of Lampedusa for survivors of an apparently sunken migrant boat after some of the 56 rescued passengers reported that dozens more were missing. One body was recovered.
    (AP, 9/7/12)

2012        Sep 11, In eastern Pakistan a fire broke out in a factory in Lahore killing 25 people when sparks from a generator hit chemicals used to make shoes. In the southern port city of Karachi 259 people were killed when a blaze broke out in a garment factory. This was one of the worst industrial accidents in Pakistan's 65-year history.
    (AP, 9/11/12)(AP, 9/12/12)(AP, 9/14/12)(AP, 11/2/12)

2012        Sep 14, In eastern Afghanistan a bus and truck collided and burst into flames in Ghazni province, killing at least 51 people.
    (AP, 9/14/12)

2012        Sep 23, In northwestern Nepal an avalanche swept away climbers and their camps on the world's eighth highest mountain, killing at least nine people. Six people remained missing.
    (Reuters, 9/23/12)(AP, 9/24/12)

2012        Sep 26, In western India 17 bus passengers died when their vehicle plunged into the Purna river in Maharashtra state.
    (SFC, 9/27/12, p.A2)

2012        Oct 1, In Hong Kong two boats collided in local waters killing 38 holiday revelers. Police the next day arrested seven crew members but offered no theory about how the vessels ran into each other on a clear night in one of the safest and most regulated waterways in Asia.
    (AP, 10/2/12)

2012        Oct 4, In China the Tiantou Elementary School was buried when the hillside collapsed in Zhenhe, a village in Yunnan province. 18 elementary school students were killed. A 19th victim was found the next day.
    (AP, 10/5/12)

2012        Oct 5, In Vietnam two vessels collided in Halong Bay. 18 Taiwanese tourists were plunged into the bay without life jackets and 5 drowned.
    (AP, 10/6/12)

2012        Oct 8, In Egypt a troop carrier overturned on a mountain road in the Sinai Peninsula early today, killing at least 21 members of the security forces stationed on the border with Israel.
    (AP, 10/8/12)

2012        Oct 19, In southwestern Iran a passenger bus carrying female students overturned killing 26.
    (AP, 10/20/12)
2012        Oct 19, In southwest Nigeria a bus carrying women crashed and plunged off a bridge into a river, killing at least 12 people. 6 people remained missing.
    (AP, 10/20/12)

2012        Oct 30, Hurricane Sandy left at least 22 people dead overnight in NYC. Altogether 23 people died on State Island, accounting for more than half of the 43 deaths in NYC.
    (Econ, 11/3/12, p.27)(Econ, 3/16/13, p.32)
2012        Oct 30, In Saudi Arabia celebratory gunfire, common at weddings, brought down a power line that touched off a fire in the Eastern Province, killing at least 23 women and children.
    (AP, 10/31/12)

2012        Nov 1, In Saudi Arabia a fuel truck exploded after hitting portions of a bridge in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, engulfing buildings and cars in flames and killing at least 22 people and injuring more than 110.
    (AP, 11/1/12)
2012        Nov 1, In Spain an early morning stampede at Madrid Arena, where thousands of people were attending a Halloween party, killed 3 women and critically injured 2. Someone had set off a flare or a firework, causing the stampede.
    (AP, 11/1/12)

2012        Nov 5, Nigeria's National Emergency Management Agency said 363 people died over months of flooding across the West African nation and 2.1 million others were displaced.
    (AP, 11/5/12)

2012        Nov 7, A boat capsized off the coast of Bangladesh. Fishermen helped rescue 23 people, but about 50 illegal migrants, mostly Rohingya Muslims, remained missing.
    (SFC, 11/8/12, p.A3)
2012        Nov 7, In Ghana the five-story  Melcom Shopping Center, built earlier this year in a bustling suburb of Accra, collapsed and killed at least 17 people. Authorities the next day blamed faulty construction for the collapse. Authorities soon detained Carl Henry Clerk, a municipal works official accused of allowing the building to be built without a construction permit. 79 people were pulled from the wreckage.
    (AP, 11/7/12)(AP, 11/8/12)(AP, 11/11/12)
2012        Nov 7, Guatemala was struck by a 7.4-magnitude earthquake. It was centered 15 miles off the coastal town of Champerico and 100 miles southwest of Guatemala City. 40 people died in the state of San Marcos, 11 more were killed in the neighboring state of Quetzaltenango, and one in Solola state. 22 people remained missing.
    (AP, 11/7/12)(AP, 11/8/12)

2012        Nov 8, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said damages from Superstorm Sandy could total $33 billion. At least 119 American were killed with damages in 15 states.
    (SFC, 11/9/12, p.A11)(Econ, 11/10/12, p.35)

2012        Nov 15, As China unveiled its new leadership in Beijing with promises of a better life for all, five runaway boys seeking shelter and warmth died of carbon monoxide poisoning in a garbage bin in Bijie city, 25 km from their home village of Caqiangyan.
    (AP, 11/21/12)

2012        Nov 10, In Egypt two trains traveling south of Cairo collided, killing at least four people. An error by a switch operator is believed to have caused the accident.
    (AP, 11/10/12)

2012        Nov 17, In southern Egypt a speeding train crashed into a bus carrying children to their kindergarten, killing 48 children and 3 adults. On Jun2 29, 2013, a court sentenced two railway workers to ten years in prison over the train crash which left 52 people dead.
    (AP, 11/17/12)(AP, 6/29/13)

2012        Nov 19, In India at least 17 people were killed in the eastern state of Bihar. The accident happened when a bamboo bridge collapsed on the banks of Ganges river where Hindu devotees were offering prayers as part of the annual Chhath ritual.
    (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-20405189)

2012        Nov 24, In Bangladesh a fire raced through the seven-story factory operated by Tazreen Fashions just outside of Dhaka. At least 112 people were killed including 12 people who had suffered injuries after jumping from the building to escape the fire. On Dec 31, 2013, a court issued arrest warrants for two of the factory owners and four employees on homicide charges.
    (AP, 11/25/12)(SFC, 1/1/14, p.A3)
2012        Nov 24, In China a coal mine accident in the southwest killed 18 workers and trapped five more in the state-owned Xiangshui coalmine in Guizhou province.
    (AP, 11/24/12)

2012        Nov 26, In Germany 14 people were killed and eight injured when a fire broke out at a workshop for disabled people in Titisee-Neustadt in the Black Forest region. Scores had to be rescued from the building as it quickly filled with smoke.
    (AP, 11/27/12)

2012        Dec 2, In Japan 9 people were killed after about 150 concrete panels fell from a 130-meter stretch of roof of the Sasago Tunnel 80 km (50 miles) outside Tokyo.
    (AP, 12/2/12)(SFC, 12/3/12, p.A2)(Econ, 1/12/12, p.64)

2012        Dec 4, In southern China a fire in a clothing factory apparently caused by arson killed 14 people in Shantou city, Guangdong province. The victims were all women aged 18-20. The next day suspect Liu Shuangyun said he started the fire due a longtime dispute over less than $500 in unpaid wages.
    (AP, 12/4/12)(SFC, 12/6/12, p.A2)

2012        Dec 4, In southern China a fire in a clothing factory apparently caused by arson killed 14 people in Shantou city, Guangdong province. The victims were all women aged 18-20. The next day suspect Liu Shuangyun said he started the fire due a longtime dispute over less than $500 in unpaid wages.
    (AP, 12/4/12)(SFC, 12/6/12, p.A2)
2012        Dec 4, In the southern Philippines at least 78 villagers and soldiers drowned when torrents of water dumped by a powerful typhoon cascaded down a mountain, engulfing emergency shelters and an army truck in Andap village. The deaths toll from Typhoon Bopha (aka Typhoon Pablo), one of the strongest storms to hit the country this year, reached nearly 600 with another 600 missing.
    (AP, 12/4/12)(AP, 12/5/12)(AP, 12/8/12)(SSFC, 12/9/12, p.A4)

2012        Dec 5, The 148m (485-foot) Baltic Ace sank after colliding with the 134m (440-foot) container ship Corvus J in darkness near busy shipping lanes some 65 kilometers (40 miles) off the coast of the southern Netherlands. 5 bodies were recovered and 6 others remained missing.
    (AP, 12/6/12)(SFC, 12/7/12, p.A2)

2012        Dec 9, In the southern Philippines the number of people missing following Typhoon Bopha jumped to nearly 900 after families and fishing companies reported losing contact with more than 300 fishermen at sea.
    (AP, 12/9/12)

2012        Dec 10, In South Africa heavy rains caused a bridge to collapse, killing 14 people in Mpumalanga province.
    (AP, 12/11/12)

2012        Dec 14, Adam Lanza (20) killed 27 people, 18 of them small children, in a shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., about 65 miles northeast of New York City. He killed his mother at home before the rampage at the school.
    (http://tinyurl.com/bun8wgb)(AP, 12/15/12)
2012        Dec 14, In China Min Yingjun (36), a resident of Guangshan, burst into the home of an elderly woman and stabbed her with a kitchen knife. He then took a kitchen knife and hacked at more 22 children as they entered their rural Chenpeng Village Primary School.
    (AP, 12/15/12)
2012        Dec 14, A boat capsized early today off the northeastern island of Lesvos, near the Turkish coast. Greek coast guard officials found the bodies of 18 Asian people who were trying to cross illegally into Greece.
    (AP, 12/15/12)

2012        Dec 17, Benin officials said at least 19 people drowned after a boat capsized on a river near a village in the south.
    (AP, 12/17/12)
2012        Dec 17, In northwest Nigeria 27 people riding atop a truck carrying livestock were killed when it tipped over and crashed.
    (AP, 12/19/12)

2012        Dec 18, In Iran a collapse and explosion in a coal mine killed eight workers near Tabas city in the country's east.
    (AP, 12/19/12)
2012        Dec 18, In the Gulf of Aden 55 people drowned or were missing after an overcrowded boat capsized off the Somali coast.
    (AP, 12/21/12)
2012        Dec 18, Philippine officials said Typhoon Pablo (Bopha) killed 1,043 people with 844 still missing.
    (SSFC, 12/23/12, p.A22)

2012        Dec 21, In Mozambique 14 people died when a tire burst on a speeding minibus, causing the driver to lose control and collide with an oncoming vehicle.
    (AP, 12/22/12)

2012        Dec 25, In the Philippines a Christmas Day fire killed a veterinarian and 6 members of his family in Quezon City. Another blaze left as many as 2,000 people homeless when it hit a residential area in San Juan City.
    (AP, 12/25/12)(SSFC, 12/30/12, p.A6)
2012        Dec 25, Zimbabwe state radio said 18 people headed home for the holidays died when their open truck veered off a mountain road and plunged into a ravine in the northeastern Honde Valley region.
    (AP, 12/25/12)

2012        Dec 28, In China an overloaded minibus fell into a ravine killing 5 children and 5 adults in the Guangxi region.
    (SSFC, 12/30/12, p.A6)

2012        Dec 31, In Angola 10 people, including four children, died in a stampede during a New Year’s Eve religious gathering at a sports stadium in Luanda.
    (AP, 1/2/13)

2013        Jan 1, Ivory Coast at least 64 people, mostly children and teenagers, were killed early today in a stampede following a New Year's fireworks display in Abidjan. Survivors blamedmakeshift barricades.
    (AP, 1/1/13)(AP, 1/2/13)(AP, 1/4/13)
2013        Jan 1, In South Africa three people died and 4,000 were displaced when fires swept through shacks in poor settlements in the Cape Town area on New Year's Day.
    (AP, 1/1/13)

2013        Jan 5, In Zimbabwe eight people died in a bus crash that brought the traffic accident death toll during the holiday period to the highest on record in the country. The central police traffic command said 209 people have died in accidents since Dec. 15.
    (AP, 1/6/13)

2013        Jan 7, In Australia officials searched for bodies among the charred ruins of more than 100 homes and other buildings destroyed by wildfires in the island state of Tasmania. Around 100 residents remained unaccounted for, three days after the fires broke out.
    (AP, 1/7/13)
2013        Jan 7, In northern Turkey a gas leak inside a coal mine killed five workers and injured one. Two other miners are missing and feared dead in Zonguldak province.
    (AP, 1/7/13)

2013        Jan 11, In Bahrain a fire killed 13 people in a migrant labor camp in Manama.
    (AP, 1/12/13)
2013        Jan 11, In China a landslide smothered 14 homes in Zhaojiagou village, Yunnan province. At least 46 people were killed.
    (SSFC, 1/13/13, p.A2)

2013        Jan 12, In west Nepal a bus veered off a mountain road leaving at least 30 people dead and several more injured near Chatiwan village.
    (AP, 1/12/13)

2013        Jan 27, In southern Brazil a fire swept through the crowded Kiss nightclub in Santa Maria early today. The fire broke out after band members lit flares. There was no alarm, no extinguishers, no sprinklers and almost no escape from the nightclub. 3 people were detained the next day in connection with the blaze that left 237 dead. In April the nightclub's two owners and two band members were charged with murder. 4 others were also charged in connection to the fire.
    (SFC, 1/28/13, p.A2)(AP, 1/29/13)(SFC, 2/4/13, p.A2)(Econ, 2/2/13, p.28)
    (AP, 4/2/13)

2013        Jan 15, In Egypt a train wreck killed 19 soldiers and injured over 100 others. The last carriage of the train disconnected, jumped the tracks and crashed into another train 20 km (12 miles) south of Cairo. Three workers were later sentenced to two years of hard labor for the crash.
    (AP, 1/15/13)(SSFC, 5/5/13, p.A5)

2013        Jan 16, In Egypt an 8-story apartment building collapsed, killing 26 people in the Mediterranean port city of Alexandria — the second tragic accident in the country as many days.
    (AP, 1/16/13)(AP, 1/17/13)

2013        Jan 25, In Haiti up to 20 people were killed after their truck plunged into a canal.
    (SSFC, 1/27/13, p.A4)

2013        Jan 26, In Bangladesh  a fire at a garment factory killed seven female workers. An investigation was ordered the next day under allegations that the emergency exit was locked.
    (AP, 1/27/13)
2013        Jan 26, In Russia a fire ripped through a new Moscow building's underground parking lot, killing 10 Tajikistan migrant workers and injuring 13 others who had been working and living there.
    (AP, 1/26/13)

2013        Jan 27, In southern Brazil a fire swept through the crowded Kiss nightclub in Santa Maria early today. The fire broke out after band members lit flares. There was no alarm, no extinguishers, no sprinklers and almost no escape from the nightclub. 3 people were detained the next day in connection with the blaze that left 237 dead.
    (SFC, 1/28/13, p.A2)(AP, 1/29/13)(SFC, 2/4/13, p.A2)
2013        Jan 27, In Indonesia the death toll from two separate landslides in West Sumatra province rose to 16.
    (AP, 1/28/13)

2013        Jan 31, In Mexico City an office building blast killed 37 people and injured 121 at the headquarters of Petroleos Mexicanos, the state-owned oil company. On Feb 4 authorities said the basement explosion in an administrative building next to the 51-story Pemex tower was caused by a gas buildup ignited by an electrical spark or other heat source.
    (AP, 2/1/13)(AP, 2/4/13)

2013        Feb 1, In central China an elevated portion of highway collapsed after a truck loaded with illegal fireworks for Lunar New Year celebrations exploded, killing at least 10 people and sending vehicles plummeting 30 meters to the ground.
    (AP, 2/1/13)(AP, 2/2/13)

2013        Feb 2, China’s Xinhua News reported that 13 people died after an overloaded bus tumbled down a slope. Over 50 people were killed in the last 24 hours in 4 major accidents.
    (SSFC, 2/3/13, p.A6)

2013        Feb 3, In California a tour bus crash with two other vehicles left 7 people dead on Hwy. 38 in San Bernadino County.
    (SFC, 2/4/13, p.A16)(SFC, 2/5/13, p.A5)

2013        Feb 7, In Zambia a bus operated by the postal service, carrying passengers toward its capital Lusaka, smashed into a semi-truck and another car killing at least 53 people in one of the worst traffic crashes in the nation in recent history.
    (AP, 2/7/13)

2013        Feb 9, In Chile a bus carrying fans of a soccer team plunged into a ravine killing 16 people and injuring 21 others.
    (SSFC, 2/10/13, p.A4)

2013        Feb 10, In Allahabad, India, a stampede killed 37 people following the Kumbh Mela religious gathering. Tens of thousands of people were in the station waiting to board a train when railway officials announced a last-minute change in the platform.
    (AP, 2/11/13)

2013        Feb 23, In Pakistan a bus carrying a wedding party plunged into a canal in Peshawar, killing 17 people.
    (AP, 3/16/13)

2013        Feb 26, In Egypt a hot air balloon flying over the ancient city of Luxor caught fire and crashed into a sugar cane field, killing at least 19 foreign tourists.
    (AP, 2/26/13)

2013        Feb 27, In India a fire broke out at an illegal six-story plastics market in Kolkata, killing at least 19 people.
    (AP, 2/27/13)
2013        Feb 27, Kenya police said 32 people have died after the bus they were travelling in rolled in the Tulimani area.
    (AP, 2/27/13)

2013        Feb 28, In Iraq a one-story boat moored to the shore of the Tigris River as part of the popular Lebanese Club restaurant complex, sank leaving 8 people dead in Baghdad.
    (AP, 3/1/13)

2013        Mar 3, In Senegal 9 children, aged 7-12, died in a fire in a Quranic school.
    (AP, 3/5/13)

2013        Mar 9, In Kentucky 2 adults and 5 children were killed in a house fire in Gray, Knox County.
    (SSFC, 3/10/13, p.A8)

2013        Mar 10, In Warren, Ohio, a stolen SUV with 8 teenagers flipped over into a pond, killing six of them.
    (AP, 3/11/13)
2013        Mar 10, In Germany an early-morning fire at an apartment building left 8 people dead, 7 of them children in Backnang, a town near Stuttgart.
    (AP, 3/10/13)

2013        Mar 15, In central Lebanon at least eight Syrians were killed and 29 were injured when the bus they were traveling in from Syria overturned in the mountains.
    (AP, 3/15/13)
2013        Mar 15, In central Mexico a truck loaded with fireworks exploded during a religious procession in the rural village of Jesus Tepactepec, killing at least 13 people and injuring 154.
    (AP, 3/16/13)
2013        Mar 15, In South Africa  24 people died when a bus veered off a road and rolled over near Cape Town.
    (AP, 3/15/13)

2013        Mar 16, In Pennsylvania a tour bus carrying a women’s lacrosse team from Seton Hill Univ. crashed killing a pregnant coach and the driver.
    (SSFC, 2/17/13, p.A9)
2013        Mar 16, In Jordan a bus carrying Palestinian pilgrims overturned and crashed into a trailer on a highway near the Israeli border, killing 15 people. 32 pilgrims were injured.
    (AP, 3/16/13)
2013        Mar 16, In Pakistan a bus carrying soldiers slid off a mountainous road and fell into a deep ravine in the country's northwest, killing 24 and injuring five others.
    (AP, 3/16/13)

2013        Mar 18, In Nevada 7 Marines were killed when a mortar round exploded during a live-fire training exercise at the Hawthorne Army Depot.
    {Nevada, USA, Tragedy}
    (SFC, 3/20/13, p.A8)

2013        Mar 19, In western India a bus packed with passengers crashed through a guard rail and fell off a bridge, killing at least 37 people and injuring another 15 in Maharashtra state.
    (AP, 3/19/13)

2013        Mar 20, A Nigerian official said at least two people have survived after a boat carrying more than 100 people capsized over the weekend off Calabar.
    (AP, 3/20/13)

2013        Mar 23, In eastern Pakistan a bus has overturned on a highway after hitting a roadside electricity pole, killing at least 32 passengers.
    (AP, 3/23/13)

2013        Mar 29, In China a large landslide trapped 83 workers, believed to have been asleep, at the state-owned Jiama (Gyama) copper and gold mining company in Tibet. Chances for survivors were slim. The mine, which formally opened in 2010, was owned by China Gold Int’l. Resources.
    (AP, 3/29/13)(SFC, 3/30/13, p.A2)(SFC, 4/1/13, p.A2)(Econ, 4/6/13, p.54)
2013        Mar 29, In Tanzania two people died after a 12-story building under construction collapsed in Dar es Salaam.
    (AP, 3/29/13)

2013        Mar 30, In northern France five young siblings, aged 2-10, died after a fire erupted in a home in the town of Saint Quentin.
    (AP, 3/31/13)
2013        Mar 30, In Mauritius rivers of water rose swiftly in a pedestrian underpass leading to the waterfront and an underground car park in Port Louis. At least 11 people were killed in the flash flooding. The next day PM Navinchandra Ramgoolam blamed climate change for the floods.
    (AP, 4/1/13)

2013        Apr 2, In Myanmar  a pre-dawn fire swept a religious dormitory, killing 13 children in eastern Yangon.
    (AP, 4/2/13)

2013        Apr 3, In Argentina at least 57 people were killed by flooding overnight in Buenos Aires province.
    (AP, 4/3/13)(AP, 4/4/13)
2013        Apr 3, In central Nigeria  18 people were killed in a head-on collision between two buses near Gwagwalada, a town outside of Abuja.
    (AP, 4/3/13)

2013        Apr 4, In India a residential building being constructed illegally on forest land in a suburb Mumbai collapsed into a mound of steel and concrete, killing at least 47 people and injuring more than 50 others.
    (AP, 4/5/13)

2013        Apr 5, In Iran a road accident killed 18 people, including 15 Afghans, after a truck smuggling fuel slammed into a sedan packed with Afghans who were being brought illegally into the country.
    (AP, 4/5/13)
2013        Apr 5, In southwest Nigeria at least 36 people were killed in a bus crash in which a gasoline tanker exploded in Edo state.
    (AP, 4/6/13)

2013        Apr 14, In Belgium a Polish bus carrying Russian youngsters crashed through the guardrails of a bridge and plunged 5 meters (16 feet) to a field below, killing at least five people and injuring 12.
    (AP, 4/14/13)

2013        Apr 15, In central Ghana an accident at a gold mine left 17 miners dead. Authorities said that the miners were working there illegally.
    (AP, 4/16/13)

2013        Apr 17, In Texas a fiery explosion hit the West Fertilizer Co. 12 first responders were killed along with 2 residents in an apartment building. A nursing home resident died during an evacuation. More than 200 people were injured in West, about 20 miles north of Waco. Damages to the area were later estimated at $100 million. The company had $1 million in liability insurance.
    (AP, 4/18/13)(SFC, 4/20/13, p.A6)(SFC, 4/25/13, p.A5)(SSFC, 5/5/13, p.A7)

2013        Apr 20, In China a powerful earthquake struck the steep hills of Lushan county, Sichuan province, leaving at least 188 people dead and more than 11,000 injured.
    (AP, 4/21/13)(AP, 4/22/13)

2013        Apr 24, In Bangladesh the 8-story Rana Plaza building, housing five garment factories, collapsed in the Dhaka suburb of Savar. More than 2,500 people were rescued alive. By May 9 the death toll reached 948. The building was designed in 2004 as a shopping mall and not for any industrial purpose. Three of the floors were built illegally. The final death toll reached 1,129. This was likely the worst garment-factory accident ever. At least 322 people remained missing.
    (Reuters, 4/25/13)(AP, 4/30/13)(AP, 5/1/13)(AP, 5/2/13)(AP, 5/9/13)(Econ, 5/4/13, p.42)(AP, 6/19/13)(AP, 7/5/13)
2013        Apr 24, In Liberia at least three were killed and more than 10 feared trapped under the rubble of a building that was gutted by fire and came down in the Waterside commercial district of Monrovia.
    (AP, 4/25/13)

2013        Apr 26, In southern Afghanistan a bus collided with the wreckage of a truck that had been attacked by Taliban insurgents, killing 45 people aboard the bus in a fiery crash.
    (AP, 4/26/13)
2013        Apr 26, In central India a portion of the Kasturba Gandhi Hospital collapsed and up to 15 people were feared trapped in the debris in Bhopal.
    (AP, 4/26/13)
2013        Apr 26, In Russia a fire swept through a psychiatric hospital outside Moscow, killing 38 people, some of them sedated and in their beds.
    (AP, 4/26/13)

2013        Apr 27, In northern Mexico 10 members of the musical group La Reyna de Monterrey were killed and five injured in a road accident.
    (AP, 4/27/13)

2013        Apr 28, In France a possible gas explosion ripped off the side of a five-story residential building in Reims, killing at least 3 people and injuring at least 10 others.
    (AP, 4/28/13)
2013        Apr 28, In Thailand a suspension bridge over the Pasak River collapsed killing at least 4 people near Ayutthaya.
    (SFC, 4/29/13, p.A2)

2013        May 7, In Italy a cargo ship slammed into a control tower late at night in the port of Genoa, toppling it into the harbor and leaving at least 4 people dead. A half-dozen other people remained unaccounted for.
    (AP, 5/8/13)

2013        May 7, In Mexico a natural gas tanker truck lost control, hit a center divider and exploded on a highway in the Mexico City suburb of Ecatepec. At least 22 people were killed and nearly 3 dozen injured.
    (AP, 5/8/13)

2013        May 8, In Bangladesh a fire fed by huge piles of acrylic products used to make sweaters killed 8 people at the Tung Hai Sweater factory. The dead included a ruling-party politician and a top official in the country's powerful clothing manufacturers' trade group.
    (AP, 5/9/13)
2013        May 8, In northern India a bus fell into a river in Himachal Pradesh state killing at least 39 people.
    (SFC, 5/9/13, p.A2)(www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-22457396)

2013        May 10, In Bangladesh seamstress Reshma Begum (19), buried for 17 days in the wreckage of the Rana Plaza, was rescued as the death toll climbed to 1045.
    (AP, 5/10/13)(SSFC, 5/12/13, p.A6)
2013        May 10, In China 12 miners were killed in a coal mine blast in Guizhou province.
    (SFC, 5/13/13, p.A2)

2013        May 11, In Bangladesh recovery operations at the Rana Plaza in Savar continued as the death toll reached 1,115.
    (AP, 5/11/13)
2013        May 11, In China 28 miners were killed in a coal mine blast in Sichuan province.
    (SFC, 5/13/13, p.A2)

2013        May 12, In Pennsylvania a late night house fire in Pottsville killed 4 children, their father and an aunt as the mother did laundry at a friend’s house across the street.
    (SFC, 5/14/13, p.A5)

2013        May 13, Bangladesh's government agreed to allow the country's garment workers to form trade unions without prior permission from factory owners. The search for the dead ended at the site of the worst disaster in the history of the global garment industry with the death toll at 1,127.
    (AP, 5/13/13)

2013        May 14, In Indonesia 25 workers were trapped after the collapse at a giant gold and copper Grasberg mine in Mimika district in Papua. On May 22 the last of 28 miners killed was recovered.
    (AP, 5/15/13)(SFC, 5/20/13, p.A2)(SFC, 5/23/13, p.A2)
2013        May 14, In Rwanda 6 people were killed and dozens more injured when a four-story building under construction collapsed in the eastern Rwanda district of Nyagatare.
    (AP, 5/15/13)
2013        May 14, The UN said an overcrowded boat capsized while trying to escape a cyclone bearing down on Myanmar, tossing dozens of Rohingya Muslims into the sea. 8 bodies were found and more than 50 people were missing and feared dead.
    (AP, 5/14/13)

2013        May 16, In Cambodia the ceiling of a factory, a Taiwanese-owned operation called Wing Star, collapsed on workers, killing 2 people and injuring 7. The firm made sneakers for Asics, a Japanese sportswear label.
    (AP, 5/16/13)

2013        May 20, In Oklahoma a mile-wide category 5 tornado with winds of up to 200 mph touched down in Moore, a suburb of Oklahoma City. 7 children were among the 24 people killed. Early estimated of damages ranged from $1.5-2 billion.
    (AP, 5/21/13)(SFC, 5/22/13, p.A6)(Reuters, 5/26/13)(Econ, 5/25/13, p.30)

2013        May 25, In eastern Pakistan 16 schoolchildren and a teacher burned to death when a short-circuit near a leaking gas tank caused their minibus to be engulfed in flames in Gujrat.
    (AP, 5/25/13)

2013        May 26, In Mexico a bus carrying tourists overturned following a tire blowout in central Hidalgo state. 16 people were killed.
    (SFC, 5/27/13, p.A2)
2013        May 26, The Jascon 4, a tug boat working on behalf of Chevron Corp., went down off the coast of Nigeria's Delta state. 12 sailors were missing. 11 seamen were killed. Harrison Odjegba Okene, the tug’s cook, survived for 72 hours in an air pocket and was rescued.
    (AP, 5/28/13)(AP, 12/3/13)

2013        May 28, In Malaysia an overloaded ferry capsized after hitting rocks in a remote river in Borneo island, leaving 21 people missing and feared trapped inside the vessel.
    (AP, 5/28/13)

2013        May 31, Tornadoes hit Oklahoma City and its suburbs. Storms and flash floods left 14 people dead, including 3 storm chasers. 6 people remained missing.
    (SFC, 6/1/13, p.A10)(AP, 6/1/13)(SFC, 6/4/13, p.A4)

2013        Jun 3, In northeastern China a fire raged through a poultry plant in Jilin province's Mishazi township, trapping workers inside a cluttered slaughterhouse and killing at least 119 people.
    (AP, 6/3/13)

2013        Jun 5, In Pennsylvania a four-story building being demolished collapsed on the edge of downtown Philadelphia. 6 people were killed and at least 14 others injured. On June 7 police said Sean Benschop (42), a heavy equipment operator with a lengthy rap sheet, was high on marijuana when the building collapsed.
    (AP, 6/5/13)(SFC, 6/6/13, p.A8)(AP, 6/8/13)

2013        Jun 6, Residents and emergency crews worked through the night in Dresden and other cities to bolster riverbanks and build sandbag barriers as floodwaters that have already claimed 16 lives in Europe roared farther north through Germany.
    (AP, 6/6/13)

2013        Jun 7, In China a fire ripped through the bus as it traveled on an elevated road in Xiamen during evening rush, killing 47 people, including Chen Shuizong, and injuring 34. Police identified Shuizong (b.1954) as the person responsible saying he was unhappy with life and set the fire to vent his anger.
    (AP, 6/8/13)

2013        Jun 8, Australian authorities said a boat carrying up to 60 asylum seekers has capsized in the Indian Ocean near Christmas Island. 13 bodies were so far recovered with no survivors.
    (SSFC, 6/9/13, p.A6)
2013        Jun 8, In Germany more than 80,000 emergency personnel including firefighters and soldiers were on duty, working aggressively to contain the most dramatic floods in Germany in a decade. 20 people reportedly have already died in the floods across central Europe.
    (AP, 6/8/13)

2013        Jun 9, At least 21 flood-related deaths have been reported in central Europe. A week of heavy rains and flooding caused extensive damage in central and southern Germany, the Czech Republic, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary.
    (AP, 6/9/13)
2013        Jun 9, In Sri Lanka coastal areas the death toll from winds and monsoon rains rose to 27. The navy searched for 29 missing fisherman following the rains and winds that hit a day earlier.
    (SFC, 6/10/13, p.A2)

2013        Jun 10, In Germany the swollen Elbe River breached another levee, forcing authorities to evacuate 10 villages and shut down one of the country's main railway routes. At least 22 flood-related deaths have been reported in central Europe.
    (AP, 6/10/13)

2013        Jun 13, In Argentina a 2-level commuter train slammed into another that had stopped between stations during the morning commute in a suburb of Buenos Aires. Several passengers were killed and dozens injured.
    (AP, 6/13/13)

2013        Jun 14, In northern India monsoon rains began early and soon washed away whole villages. By the end of the month over 1,000 were dead and many more missing in Urrarakhand state.
    (Econ, 6/29/13, p.38)

2013        Jun 16, In India torrential monsoon rains and landslides led to flooding in Uttrakhand that washed away roads and nearly two dozen bridges and demolished 365 houses and partially damaged 275 others.
    (AP, 6/19/13)

2013        Jun 17, Officials in India said torrential rain and floods have killed at least 23 people in the northern state of Uttarakhand. 50 people remained missing.
    (SFC, 6/18/13, p.A2)

2013        Jun 19, India's PM Singh said that the death toll from flooding this week in the northern state of Uttrakhand had reached 102 and could rise substantially.
    (AP, 6/19/13)

2013        Jun 21, In northern India rescuers found bodies in the River Ganges and in the muddy, broken earth left by landslides, raising the death toll from monsoon flooding in mountainous to nearly 600.
    (AP, 6/21/13)

2013        Jun 22, In India at least 7,000 people were air-lifted by air force and privately-owned helicopters and transported to Uttarakhand's capital, Dehradun. Some 22,000 people remained stranded in the flood-hit state with bad weather and heavy rainfall predicted over the next two days.
    (AP, 6/22/13)

2013        Jun 23, In Montenegro a bus fell from a bridge over the Moraca river during a rainstorm and crashed some 40 meters (130 feet) into a ravine. 18 Romanian tourists were killed and 28 hospitalized.
    (AP, 6/24/13)

2013        Jun 30, In Arizona 19 firefighters of an elite crew fighting a forest fire northwest of Phoenix were overtaken and killed by a fast-moving blaze stoked by hot winds. The Yarnell Hill Fire also destroyed some 200 homes. On Dec 4 a state commission approved a nearly $650,000 fine against the state Forestry Division after investigators found that officials had put protection of property ahead of safety.
    (AP, 7/1/13)(SFC, 12/5/13, p.A8)
2013        Jun 30, In Uganda a car crashed into a moving gas tanker, sparking a fire that killed at least 29 people and left scores more badly burned.
    (AP, 6/30/13)

2013        Jul 6, In Canada 5 tanker cars of petroleum products exploded after a train derailed in the middle of the small town of Lac-Megantic, Quebec province. The blast destroyed many buildings and sent flames hundreds of feet into the air. 42 bodies were recovered by July 19 and 5 remained missing.
    (AP, 7/6/13)(Reuters, 7/10/13)(AP, 7/20/13)

2013        Jul 10, Flooding in western China triggered a landslide that killed at least 18 people with 107 missing in Dujiangyan, Sichuan province. More than 2,000 people were rescued after being trapped for several hours in a highway tunnel between Dujiangyan and Wenchuan. By the end of the week the toll of dead and missing climbed beyond 200.
    (AP, 7/10/13)(AP, 7/11/13)(Reuters, 7/12/13)

2013        Jul 11, In Kenya Joshua Walde, a US information management officer at the Nairobi embassy, rammed into a full mini-bus, killing a father of three whose widow is six months pregnant. Embassy officials rushed Walde and his family out of Kenya the next day  leaving the crash victims with no financial assistance to pay for a funeral and for hospital bills for the eight or so others who were seriously injured.
    (AP, 8/2/13)

2013        Jul 12, In central France a train derailment killed at least six people at the station of Bretigny-sur-Orge. The next day French train operator SNCF said it may have been caused by a loose steel plate at a junction.
    (Reuters, 7/13/13)

2013        Jul 13, In Russia 18 people were killed and 25 injured when a truck ploughed into a bus in a Moscow suburb.
    (Reuters, 7/13/13)

2013        Jul 14, In eastern Indonesia 17 people were killed in a stadium stampede after spectators rioted just before midnight to protest a local boxer's loss in a championship match at the Kota Lama Sport Stadium.
    (AP, 7/15/13)

2013        Jul 15, India officially declared that nearly 6,000 people were missing a month after flash floods ravaged large parts of its northern state of Uttarakhand, but stopped short of saying they were presumed dead.
    (Reuters, 7/15/13)

2013        Jul 16, In India 23 children died and more than two dozen others were sick in Bihar state after eating a free school lunch that was tainted with insecticide. The principal of the school was arrested on July 24, nine days after she went into hiding. In October Meena Kumari and her husband were charged with murder.
    (AP, 7/17/13)(AP, 7/18/13)(AP, 7/24/13)(AP, 10/22/13)

2013        Jul 21, In Egypt a bus carrying soldiers crashed into a truck on a highway betgween Cairo and Alexandria early today, killing 15 soldiers and a driver.
    (AP, 7/21/13)

2013        Jul 22, In northwest China two earthquakes shook an arid, hilly farming area sparking landslides that destroyed or damaged thousands of brick-and-mud homes in Gansu Province. At least 95 people were killed and more than 400 injured.
    (AP, 7/22/13)(AP, 7/23/13)(SSFC, 7/28/13, p.A4)
2013        Jul 22, In Uganda a building under renovation collapsed in downtown Kampala, killing at least four people.
    (AP, 7/22/13)

2013        Jul 23, A boat sank off the southern coast of Indonesia. At least 15 people died. 189 of an estimated 204 suspected asylum seekers were rescued. Most were from Iraq, Iran and Sri Lanka.
    (Reuters, 7/24/13)(SFC, 7/27/13, p.A2)
2013        Jul 23, In Thailand a double-decker passenger bus caught fire after colliding with a truck on the Mitraphab highway in Kaeng Khoi district, killing 19 people and injuring 23.
    (AP, 7/23/13)

2013        Jul 24, A Spanish train hurtled off the rails and smashed into a security wall as it rounded a bend near Santiago de Compostela. 79 people were killed in the country’s deadliest wreck in four decades. The train was carrying 218 passengers in eight carriages when it crashed. Later reports said the driver was taking on the phone and reading a document.
    (AP, 7/25/13)(SFC, 7/31/13, p.A2)

2013        Jul 26, Italy's coastguard helped rescue 22 migrants and coordinated a search for missing people after receiving a distress call from a boat that ran into difficulties off the coast of Libya. 31 people were reported still missing on July 28.
    (Reuters, 7/26/13)(Reuters, 7/28/13)
2013        Jul 26, Spanish police detained Francisco Jose Garzon Amo (52), the driver of a July 24 train crash. The death was lowered toll from 80 to 78 and authorities took possession of the "black box" of the train hoping to shed light on why it was going faster than the speed limit on the curve where it derailed. The train was later reported to have been traveling at 95-mph, far above the 50-mph speed limit on the curve where it crashed killing 79 people.  
    (AP, 7/26/13)(SFC, 7/27/13, p.A5)(SFC, 7/31/13, p.A2)

2013        Jul 27, In Indiana a bus carrying teenagers from a church camp crashed in Indianapolis. 3 people were killed.
    (SSFC, 7/28/13, p.A8)

2013        Jul 28, An Italian tour bus plowed through cars, crashed through the side wall of a highway bridge and plunged into a ravine, killing at least 38 people near the town of Monteforte Irpino.
    (AP, 7/29/13)

2013        Aug 3, Heavy rains swept across eastern Afghanistan, leveling homes and killing at least 58 people in five provinces, while an estimated 30 others were missing.
    (AP, 8/4/13)

2013        Aug 5, In Canada brothers Noah and Connor Barthe, agers 4 and 6, were killed by an African rock python as they slept in their home in Campbellton, New Brunswick. The 100-pound snake had escaped from its enclosure, slithered through a ventilator and fell through the ceiling of their room.
    (SSFC, 8/11/13, p.A4)
2013        Aug 5, Afghan local officials said floods from monsoon rains have killed least 24 people in the eastern border provinces of Khost and Nangarhar. 61 people were reported killed in villages of the Sarobi district, Kabul province.
    (Reuters, 8/5/13)
2013        Aug 5, In Pakistan local media said monsoon rains have claimed more than 80 lives.
    (Reuters, 8/5/13)

2013        Aug 6, Ukraine's Emergency Situations Ministry said that a pipe carrying liquid ammonia depressurized at the Stirol plant in the east of the country, causing the release of the chemical. The leak killed 5 people and sickened more than 20.
    (AP, 8/6/13)

2013        Aug 9, In Sierra Leone at least 6 homeless people sleeping under a bridge in the heart of Freetown were crushed to death when the bridge collapsed in a landslide caused by heavy rain.
    (Reuters, 8/9/13)

2013        Aug 10, In eastern Indonesia gushing hot lava from the erupting Mount Rokatenda volcano killed 6 people sleeping in a beach village on Palue island. Ash and smoke shot up to 2 km into the air.
    (AP, 8/10/13)
2013        Aug 10, Six migrants drowned off the Italian island of Sicily after attempting a dangerous passage from Africa in a fishing boat that carried some 102 people. Rescuers saved 250 people who had tried to cross in flimsy boats from northern Africa to southern Europe.
    (Reuters, 8/10/13)(SSFC, 8/11/13, p.A6)

2013        Aug 13, In India some weapons detonated accidentally on a submarine and fire swept through it. 18 sailors were on board the 16-year-old Russian-built INS Sindhurakshak. It was docked at the main naval base in Mumbai when two blasts rocked the vessel late just before midnight.
    (Reuters, 8/14/13)

2013        Aug 16, In the Philippines a ferry disaster killed at least 50 people and 70 remained missing. The ferry sank after a collision with the Sulpicio Express 7, a cargo vessel just outside the central port of Cebu. The Sulpicio Express 7 is owned by unlisted firm Philippine Span Asia Carrier Corp, formerly known as Sulpicio Lines Inc.
    (AP, 8/17/13)(AP, 8/18/13)

2013        Aug 17, In Russia a boat, piloted by a captain suspected of being drunk, crashed into a barge on the Irtysh river, 10 km from the Siberian city of Omsk. 4 people were killed and 49 injured.
    (AP, 8/17/13)

2013        Aug 18, China’s Xinhua News Agency said 12 deaths reported in Liaoning province. That added to a total of 25 deaths reported earlier in Heilongjiang and Jilin, the other two provinces in China's northeast. In the south, six people were reported were killed by flooding and landslides in Guangdong province.
    (AP, 8/18/13)

2013        Aug 19, In eastern India a train ran over a group of Hindu pilgrims at a crowded station in Dhamara Ghat, Bihar state, killing at least 37 people. A mob infuriated by the deaths beat the driver severely and set fire to coaches.
    (AP, 8/19/13)

2013        Aug 21, In Malaysia a bus travelling from the hilltop gambling resort of Genting Highlands to the capital Kuala Lumpur plunged 200 feet into a ravine, killing 37 people. 16 people survived.
    (Reuters, 8/21/13)(SFC, 8/22/13, p.A2)

2013        Aug 25, In southern Mexico a notorious cargo train, known as "the Beast" and carrying at least 250 Central American hitchhiking migrants, derailed in Tabasco state, killing 11 people and injuring 18. Authorities later said the accident was caused by the theft of railroad parts.
    (AP, 8/25/13)(AP, 8/26/13)(AFP, 8/30/13)

2013        Aug 26, In eastern Mexico mudslides crashed through several homes, killing at least 13 people after a tropical storm pelted the state of Veracruz with heavy rains.
    (AFP, 8/26/13)

2013        Aug 28, In western India at least 11 people were killed and several more feared trapped when a 4-storey apartment block collapsed in Vadodara.
    (AFP, 8/28/13)
2013        Aug 28, UN officials said flash floods and heavy monsoon rains have battered Laos, killing at least 20 people, washing away roads and damaging crops.
    (Reuters, 8/28/13)

2013        Aug 29, In Kenya the driver of a bus traveling on a dark, country road lost control of the vehicle and it plunged into a valley, shearing the roof off as it rolled and killing at least 41 people.
    (AP, 8/29/13)
2013        Aug 29, Mali officials said at least 23 people have been killed in flash floods caused by torrential rain in Bamako. The next day the death toll was raised to 34.
    (AFP, 8/29/13)(AFP, 8/30/13)

2013        Aug 31, In China an ammonia leak from a cold storage unit at a food company in Shanghai killed 15 people and sickened dozens.
    (AFP, 8/31/13)

2013        Sep 9, In Guatemala at least 43 people were killed and dozens injured when a bus went off a cliff on a hairpin bend, tumbling some 200 meters (660 feet) into a river at the bottom of a ravine.
    (Reuters, 9/9/13)
2013        Sep 9, In Iran 44 people were killed and 39 injured when two passenger buses collided outside Tehran and caught fire.
    (Reuters, 9/10/13)

2013        Sep 13, In Russia a fire killed 37 people in a psychiatric hospital in Luka, a provincial village north of Moscow. This was the second deadly blaze at such a facility this year.
    (Reuters, 9/13/13)

2013        Sep 14, In Afghanistan at least 27 miners were killed in a collapse in a coal mine in the northern province of Samangan.
    (Reuters, 9/15/13)

2013        Sep 16, In Mexico two powerful storms converged from the Pacific and the Gulf, killing at least 42 people and stranding some 40,000 tourists in the Pacific resort of Acapulco amid some of the worst flooding in decades.
    (Reuters, 9/16/13)

2013        Sep 18, In Mexico looting broke out in Acapulco as the government struggled to reach tens of thousands of people cut off by flooding that had claimed at least 80 lives.
    (Reuters, 9/18/13)

2013        Sep 19, In Mexico the death toll following storms and landslides reached 97 without counting 68 people missing in La Pintada.
    (SFC, 9/20/13, p.A5)

2013        Sep 20, In India rescuers found the bodies 17 Hindu devotees who were swept away in the Yamuna River during a 10-day festival celebrating the birth of Ganesha, an elephant-headed deity worshiped as a god of wisdom, prosperity and good fortune.
    (SFC, 9/21/13, p.A3)

2013        Sep 25, Pakistani rescuers struggled to help thousands of people injured and left homeless after their houses collapsed in a major earthquake in the remote district of Awaran in Baluchistan province as the death toll from the massive tremor the day before rose to at least 271.
    (AP, 9/25/13)

2013        Sep 26, Pakistan's first online platform for lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people, said it has been shut by Pakistan's telecoms authority. It had opened in July, a move hailed as a step forward for the long-silent community.
    (AP, 9/26/13)

2013        Sep 27, In India rescuers pulled a small girl alive from a collapsed apartment building in Mumbai nearly 12 hours after the structure caved in, and leaving dozens trapped under the rubble. At least 45 people were killed. It was owned by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corp., the city's municipal government, and that most of the people who lived in its 22 apartments were city employees.
    (AP, 9/27/13)(AFP, 9/28/13)
2013        Sep 27, At least 22 people, mostly children, drowned and scores were missing after an Australia-bound boat, carrying asylum-seekers from Lebanon, Pakistan and Iraq, sank off Indonesia in rough seas.
    (AFP, 9/27/13)(SFC, 9/28/13, p.A2)

2013        Sep 27, In central Nigeria a boat overloaded with passengers and goods travelling on the Niger River capsized, killing 42 people with 100 others missing.
    (AFP, 9/28/13)

2013        Oct 3, A smuggler's boat, carrying migrants from Eritrea, Ghana and Somalia, capsized off Italy’s southern island of Lampedusa. 160 bodies were soon recovered and 155 people rescued. 366 lives were lost. On Nov 8 police said dozens of the asylum-seekers had been raped and tortured in Libya before starting their journey. Three traffickers were under arrest.
    (AP, 10/3/13)(AP, 10/4/13)(AP, 10/6/13)

2013        Oct 4, In Mexico at least 14 people died when a bus hurtled down a hillside on the outskirts of Mexico City, ejecting six victims through the windows and leaving 25 injured.
    (Reuters, 10/4/13)

2013        Oct 5, In northern Mexico at least 8 people, including 3 children, were killed and 79 were wounded when a monster truck careened into a crowd at a show at the El Rejon dam on the outskirts of Chihuahua.
    (Reuters, 10/6/13)

2013        Oct 8, Divers in Italy recovered 18 more bodies, bringing the total to 250, from the Oct 3 shipwreck in which only 155 of the estimated 500 African asylum seekers, most if not all from Eritrea, survived.
    (AFP, 10/7/13)(SFC, 10/8/13, p.A2)

2013        Oct 9, In Bangladesh a huge fire at a factory in Sriput, whose workers were making clothes and fabrics for top Western labels, killed at least 9 people in the latest disaster to blight the country's garment industry.
    (AFP, 10/9/13)(Reuters, 10/9/13)
2013        Oct 9, The head of the European Commission announced during a visit to Lampedusa that Italy would receive an additional 30 million euros ($40 million) in EU funds to help settle and receive new refugees, after the sinking of a migrant boat off the Sicilian island killed at least 302 people.
    (AP, 10/9/13)(AFP, 10/9/13)

2013        Oct 11, The Egyptian coast guard rescued 72 Palestinians, 40 Syrians and 4 Egyptians when a boat carrying illegal migrants and Syrian refugees sank off Egypt's northern coast. 12 people died.
    (Reuters, 10/11/13)
2013        Oct 11, In Japan a fire ripped through a hospital as patients slept killing 10 elderly people. This prompted government demands for safety reviews across the country.
    (AFP, 10/11/13)
2013        Oct 11, In central Mali a boat carrying hundreds of passengers along the Niger River capsized. Only 210 survivors, of an estimated 400 people aboard, were counted. By Oct 19 the body count reached 72.
    (AP, 10/12/13)(AP, 10/19/13)
2013        Oct 11, An overloaded migrant boat went down off Malta. The next day about 200 shocked survivors were plucked from the sea. Over 30 lives were lost in the latest deadly migrant tragedy to hit the Mediterranean.
    (AFP, 10/12/13)
2013        Oct 11, In central Nigeria 17 people died and 10 others were injured when the buses in which they were travelling collided with a tanker lorry.
    (AFP, 10/12/13)
2013        Oct 11, In southeastern Peru a makeshift bus carrying 51 Quechua Indians back from a party plunged off a cliff into a river, killing everyone on board, including 14 children.
    (AP, 10/12/13)

2013        Oct 12, In India the massive Cyclone Phailin hammered the eastern coastline with heavy rains and destructive winds, as hundreds of thousands of people living in the region moved inland and took shelter. The storm left at least 17 people dead.
    (AP, 10/12/13)(AP, 10/13/13)
2013        Oct 12, In Italy divers found an additional 20 bodies off the island of Lampedusa, bringing the still provisional death toll from an October 3 shipwreck to 359.
    (AFP, 10/12/13)
2013        Oct 12, Typhoon Nari pounded the northern Philippines, killing 13 people, ripping roofs off thousands of buildings, and leaving more than two million without power.
    (AFP, 10/12/13)
2013        Oct 12, In Spain thousands of people gathered in Barcelona to demonstrate against a proposed Catalonia split away from Spain.
    (SSFC, 10/13/13, p.A3)
2013        Oct 12, In Vietnam a blast at a fireworks factory killed at least 24 people. Police blamed other explosives stored at the site for the accident which also left many injured at the Z121 military facility north of Hanoi.
    (AP, 10/13/13)

2013        Oct 13, In Dubai 3 workers were killed when a crane collapsed at a construction site near the Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building.
    (AP, 10/14/13)
2013        Oct 13, In India at least 115 people were killed and more than 100 injured in a stampede after a bridge collapsed near a remote Hindu temple in Ithe central state of Madhya Pradesh.
    (Reuters, 10/13/13)(AP, 10/14/13)(AFP, 10/15/13)
2013        Oct 13, A number of North Korean officers and sailors died while a submarine chaser was performing "combat duties." At least 19 sailors were believed killed. Photos of stone markers released by state media on Nov 2 showed "Oct. 13" inscribed on them.
    (AP, 11/4/13)(Reuters, 11/4/13)

2013        Oct 14, The Indian coast guard rescued 17 sailors whose cargo ship sank during Cyclone Phailin. At least 43 people were killed by the storm.
    (AP, 10/14/13)(SSFC, 10/20/13, p.A4)

2013        Oct 15, In the central Philippines a powerful earthquake measuring 7.2 struck islands popular with tourists. At least 171 people were killed, mostly on Bohol island.
    (AP, 10/15/13)(AFP, 10/16/13)(Reuters, 10/17/13)(SSFC, 10/20/13, p.A4)

2013        Oct 16, In Japan Typhoon Wipha caused deadly mudslides that buried people and destroyed homes on  Izu Oshima island leaving at least 24 people dead. A woman from Tokyo died after falling into a river and being washed 10 km downriver to Yokohama.
    (AP, 10/16/13)(AP, 10/17/13)(AFP, 10/18/13)
2013        Oct 16, In Syria 21, including 4 children and 6 women, were killed when a minibus hit a mine in the southern town of Noa. Syrian activists said that two days of heavy clashes between Kurdish fighters and al-Qaida-linked rebels in the northeast have killed at least 41 on both sides.
    (Reuters, 10/16/13)(AP, 10/16/13)

2013        Oct 17, In South Sudan  5 people including four children were killed in a market when explosives left over from decades of civil war were accidentally set off on the outskirts of Juba.
    (AFP, 10/17/13)

2013        Oct 19, In northern California two BART train workers were killed near the Walnut Creek BART station a day after BART workers went on strike. BART said the train was on a intenance run. A transit inisder later said the train was on a strike-related training run.
    (SFC, 10/21/13, p.C2)
2013        Oct 19, In Pennsylvania an SUV crossed a center line and ran into two motocycles. 4 people on the motorcycles and one person in the SUV were killed in Franklin County.
    (SFC, 10/21/13, p.A3)

2013        Oct 26, The Press Trust of India reported that torrential rains have claimed as many as 48 lives in eastern India. Up to 45 people were killed in Andhra Pradesh and Orissa states and 3 in West Bengal.
    (AFP, 10/26/13)

2013        Oct 30, In southern India a packed bus crashed into a highway barrier and burst into flames, killing 45 passengers who were locked inside the cabin in Andhra Pradesh state. The driver, a bus cleaner and five passengers managed to escape through a window in the front of the overnight bus.
    (AP, 10/30/13)
2013        Oct 30, In Kenya a train crashed into a passenger bus as it passed through a rail crossing in the capital, Nairobi, killing at least 11 people.
    (AP, 10/30/13)
2013        Oct 30, In Zimbabwe 21 people were killed, many burnt beyond recognition, after a fuel tanker and a truck ferrying mourners collided.
    (AFP, 10/30/13)

2013        Oct 31, Niger authorities said rescuers have found the bodies of 92 migrants, most of them women and children, strewn across the Sahara desert after their vehicles broke down and they died of thirst.
    (Reuters, 10/31/13)

2013        Nov 1, In China 11 people died and 17 were injured by an explosion in a fireworks factory in Guangxi province. Police detained two people.
    (AFP, 11/2/13)

2013        Nov 2, In southern India a train struck and killed 8 people in Andhra Pradesh state.
    (SSFC, 11/3/13, p.A3)
2013        Nov 2, In eastern Nigeria at least 24 people died during a stampede at the Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Uke, Anambra state.
    (Reuters, 11/3/13)

2013        Nov 3, A boat carrying at least 70 Muslim Rohingya capsized and sank off the western coast of Myanmar. Only eight survivors were found.
    (AP, 11/3/13)
2013        Nov 3, In Thailand at least 6 passengers including three foreigners died after a tourist ferry sank off the Thai resort of Pattaya.
    (AFP, 11/3/13)

2013        Nov 8, Typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest storms on record, slammed into six central Philippine islands. As many as 10,000 people were believed dead just in Tacloban, Leyte Island, as one of the worst storms ever recorded unleashed ferocious winds and giant waves that washed away homes. The death toll was later put at about 6,00 with about 1,800 missing.
    (AP, 11/8/13)(AFP, 11/9/13)(AP, 11/10/13)(Econ, 12/21/13, p.65)

2013        Nov 9, Niger’s PM Brigi Rafini said about one million of his people were facing severe food shortages due to poor harvests after a drought and flooding.
    (AFP, 11/10/13)
2013        Nov 9, A tropical cyclone hit Somalia's semi-autonomous Puntland region. At least 100 people were killed. Hundreds remained unaccounted for as the government and declared a natural disaster emergency.
    (Reuters, 11/11/13)

2013        Nov 11, Authorities in the Philippines said at least 9.7 million people in 41 provinces were affected by Typhoon Yolanda. Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda said "we pray" that the death toll is less than 10,000.
    (AP, 11/11/13)
2013        Nov 11, In South Africa 29 people died and several others were injured after a bus collided with a truck in eastern Mpumalanga province.
    (Reuters, 11/12/13)
2013        Nov 11, In Vietnam a weakened Typhoon Haiyan landed in the northern province of Quang Ninh. Some 14 people were killed, but all of them during the course of storm preparations.
    (http://tinyurl.com/q5f34kr)(Econ, 11/16/13, p.44)

2013        Nov 13, In California 4 Marines were killed at Camp Pendleton during a training exercise. A grenade was later believed to have set off an explosion of unexploded rounds in a demolition pit.
    (SFC, 3/7/14, p.D4)

2013        Nov 15, In western Greece 12 migrants, believed to be Syrians, were found dead after a plastic boat still tied to rocks capsized in calm weather. 15 people survived the incident.
    (AP, 11/15/13)
2013        Nov 15, In the Philippines the death toll from Typhoon Haiyan, one of the world's most powerful typhoons, surged to over 4,000.
    (Reuters, 11/15/13)

2013        Nov 16, Vietnam’s state media said flooding has killed at least 28 people over the last 24 hours, with 9 others missing and nearly 80,000 people displaced in Quang Ngai province.
    (Reuters, 11/16/13)

2013        Nov 18, In Egypt a train slammed into at least three vehicles, including a truck, crossing the tracks near the village of Dahshur. 26 people were killed and 28 remained hospitalized.
    (AP, 11/18/13)

2013        Nov 19, In northeastern Guinea at least 12 illegal miners were killed and several left missing after a landslide at a goldmine owned by the Ashanti Goldfields Corporation.
    (AFP, 11/21/13)
2013        Nov 19, Italian declared authorities declared a state of emergency in Sardinia as Cyclone Cleopatra dropped 450mm of rain in an hour and a half overnight. 16 people were reported dead.
    (Reuters, 11/19/13)(AFP, 11/19/13)(Reuters, 11/20/13)
2013        Nov 19, Vietnam officials said the death toll from flooding, due to heavy rains that began Nov 14, has risen to 41.
    (SFC, 11/20/13, p.A4)

2013        Nov 21, In Latvia a Maxima supermarket collapsed in a suburb of Riga. 54 people were killed in the Baltic state's worst disaster in decades.
    (Reuters, 11/22/13)(AP, 11/23/13)(AP, 11/25/13)
2013        Nov 21, In South Africa 8 construction workers were killed when lightning struck their tent northeast of Johannesburg.
    (AFP, 11/22/13)

2013        Nov 22, In China an oil pipeline exploded in the coastal city of Qingdao killing 47 people.
    (AFP, 11/22/13)(Reuters, 11/23/13)
2013        Nov 22, Philippine officials said the death toll from the Nov 8 Typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest, on record has risen above 5,200 and is likely to climb further. Recovery efforts were beginning to take hold.
    (AFP, 11/22/13)

2013        Nov 25, A sailboat passing through the southern Bahamas islands with about 150 Haitian migrants on board capsized after running aground, killing up to 30 people and leaving the rest clinging to the vessel for hours.
    (AP, 11/27/13)

2013        Nov 27, In Brazil a giant crane collapsed at the construction site of Sao Paulo's Arena Corinthians killing two workers. An engineer reportedly warned his supervisor that it appeared the ground was not stable enough to support the 500-ton piece of roofing.
    (AP, 11/29/13)

2013        Nov 29, In Scotland a police helicopter crashed onto a crowded Glasgow pub. 10 people were killed with more than two dozen injured.
    (AP, 11/30/13)(AFP, 12/1/13)(AFP, 12/2/13)(AP, 2/14/14)

2013        Dec 1, In Italy at least 7 people died and three were injured when a Chinese-owned clothing factory in an industrial zone in the town of Prato burned down.
    (Reuters, 12/1/13)

2013        Dec 9, In Indonesia a crowded commuter train crashed into a fuel tanker on the outskirts of Jakarta, killing at least 10 people in a huge explosion and injuring scores.
    (Reuters, 12/9/13)

2013        Dec 13, In western China a gas explosion at a coal mine killed 21 workers  in Xinjiang region's Changji prefecture.
    (AP, 12/14/13)
2013        Dec 13, Philippine officials said the death toll from Typhoon Haiyan that struck on Nov 8 has passed 6,000 with nearly 1,800 people missing.
    (AP, 12/13/13)

2013        Dec 14, In Portugal a group of students plunged into the winter surf off Meco, a small village south of Lisbon where they had rented a house. Over the next 12 days their corpses were discovered one by one. Four women and two men perished, all aged between 21 and 24.
    (AFP, 1/28/14)

2013        Dec 16, In the Philippines at least 22 people were killed when a speeding commuter bus crashed off an elevated motorway onto a delivery van in Manila.
    (Reuters, 12/16/13)

2013        Dec 22, In Brazil 14 people died when a bus drove off a road and plunged into a ravine in Sao Paulo state.
    (AFP, 12/22/13)

2013        Dec 25, Seventeen Haitian suspected illegal migrants died when their boat capsized off the Turks and Caicos islands.
    (AFP, 12/25/13)

2013        Dec 26, In Thailand a bus carrying New Year travelers plunged off one of the country’s highest bridges around midnight in the kingdom's northeast, leaving at least 29 people dead.
    (AFP, 12/27/13)

2013        Dec 28, In southern India a fire engulfed a coach of an express train, killing at least 26 passengers.
    (AP, 12/28/13)
2013        Dec 28, In Malawi a lightning bolt struck a Seventh Day Adventist church, killing 8 worshippers and injuring several others in Lilongwe. It was not immediately clear whether they were injured by the lightning or in the panic to escape.
    (Reuters, 12/29/13)

2014        Jan 2, In western India a bus plunged into a 120m (400-feet) deep gorge, splitting open on the rocky ground below, killing at least 30 people.
    (AP, 1/2/14)

2014        Jan 4, In India a five-story building under construction in the southern state of Goa collapsed, killing at least 15 workers and leaving dozens more feared trapped under the rubble.
    (AFP, 1/4/14)(AP, 1/5/14)

2014        Jan 5, In China worshippers at the Beida Mosque in Guyuan, Ningxia region, were handing out traditional cakes when a rush for food triggered a stampede that left 14 dead.
    (AP, 1/6/14)

2014        Jan 6, In Pakistan an explosion from a suspected artillery shell stored in a house killed 10 members of a family in  the Tirah Valley village of Dars in the Khyber tribal region.
    (AP, 1/6/14)

2014        Jan 8, In India a fire on an overnight train killed at least nine people near Mumbai with sleeping victims overcome by flames and smoke as the blaze ripped through three carriages.
    (AFP, 1/8/14)

2014        Jan 13, In southern China an explosion at an illegal gambling hall in Kaili, Guizhou province, killed 14 people and injured seven others.
    (AP, 1/13/14)

2014        Jan 14, In South Sudan some 200 people fleeing warfare died after a boat crossing the Nile River sank, as fighting between rebels and government forces moved closer to Juba, the national capital.
    (AP, 1/14/14)

2014        Jan 15, In Indonesia at least 13 people were killed after torrential rain triggered flash floods and landslides on northern Sulawesi island. Some 40,000 fled their homes as water surged through the city of Manado and surrounding areas.
    (AFP, 1/15/14)
2014        Jan 15, In southern Pakistan a truck slammed into a bus bringing schoolchildren home from an outing, killing at least 17 pupils and three adults in Sindh province.
    (Reuters, 1/15/14)

2014        Jan 18, In India a pre-dawn stampede killed 18 people as tens of thousands of people gathered in Mumbai to mourn the death of Muslim spiritual leader Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin, the head of the Dawoodi Bohra Muslim community.
    (AP, 1/18/14)

2014        Jan 20, A small fishing boat crammed with 28 people entered Greece illegally from Turkey. The Greek Coast Guard said it was towing the boat to a nearby Greek island when it capsized. The mishap killed at least two and left 10 missing. Survivors later recounting in tears how they watched their children drown while coast guard officials looked on. Three Afghans who survived the sinking of a migrant boat later described how Greek authorities had tried to forcibly tow them back to Turkey.
    (AP, 1/24/14)(Reuters, 1/24/14)(AP, 1/25/14)

2014        Jan 23, In Canada an early morning fire at a Quebec residence for elderly people killed at least 32 people.
    (AFP, 1/23/14)(AP, 1/25/14)(Reuters, 1/26/14)
2014        Jan 23, In central Turkey at least 21 people were killed when a bus tipped over on an icy road.
    (AFP, 1/23/14)

2014        Jan 26, At least 21 people died after a boat carrying Indian tourists capsized off India's Andaman Islands. The boat carried no life jackets.
    (Reuters, 1/26/14)(AFP, 1/27/14)

2014        Jan 28, In China an Indian oil tanker being repaired at a shipyard at Haizhou Shipyard in the port city of Zhousha exploded and caught fire, killing 7 Chinese workers.
    (AP, 1/28/14)
2014        Jan 28, In Indonesia two landslides triggered by torrential rain killed at least 19 people and left 10 others missing on the main island of Java.
    (AP, 1/28/14)

2014        Jan 30, In western Kentucky 8 children and their mother, LaRae Watson (35), were killed in a house fire.
    (SFC, 1/31/14, p.A8)

2014        Feb 2, In Florida Doreen Landstra (79) backed her SUV into a group of people in Bradenton killing 3 with 5 others hospitalized.
    (SFC, 2/3/14, p.A4)

2014        Feb 5, In Argentina 9 first-responders were killed and seven others injured battling a fire of unknown origin that destroyed an archive of bank documents in Buenos Aires.
    (AP, 2/5/14)
2014        Feb 5, In Germany a fire at an asylum home in Hamburg killed a woman from Pakistan and her two children. On Feb 7 a boy (13), a member of the city's youth fire department, admitted to setting the fire.
    (AP, 2/8/14)

2014        Feb 6, At least 7 migrants, including a woman, drowned while trying to swim to the Spanish enclave of Ceuta from a beach in neighboring Morocco. Authorities said "around 400 sub-Saharans" had taken part in the desperate bid to reach EU territory. On Feb 13 Spain said border police had fired rubber bullets in an attempt to turn back around 200 migrants who tried to cross the frontier.
    (AFP, 2/6/14)(Reuters, 2/13/14)

2014        Feb 7, In Argentina a truck driving on the wrong side of a highway crashed head on with passenger bus killing at least 18 people on National Hwy 7 in Mendoza province.
    {Argentina, Tragedy,  Bus Crash}
    (SSFC, 2/9/14, p.A4)
2014        Feb 7, In the northern Philippines a bus veered off a mountain road and fell into a ravine, killing at least 14 people.
    (AP, 2/7/14)

2014        Feb 8, In Albania a speeding minivan carrying eleven people lost control and hurtled 100 meters down a cliff, killing 6 people and seriously injuring the five others.
    (AP, 2/8/14)
2014        Feb 8, In Saudi Arabia a hotel fire in Medina killed 13 people including 9 Egyptian pilgrims.
    (AP, 2/9/14)

2014        Feb 17, In South Korea at least 10 people were killed and 50 more feared trapped after the Manua Ocean Resort auditorium collapsed under heavy snow in the city of Gyeongju. Some 560 students from Busan Univ. Foreign Studies had gathered there for a 2-day freshman orientation.
    (AFP, 2/17/14)(SFC, 2/18/14, p.A2)

2014        Feb 23, In Togo 18 people were killed and 40 others injured, 25 of them seriously, in a collision between a bus and a lorry.
    (AFP, 2/23/14)

2014        Feb 25, In Thailand an accident at a hospital construction site near Bangkok killed at least 11 people and injured 18 others.
    (AP, 2/25/14)

2014        Feb 27, In southwestern China a bus in Guiyang caught fire near an elementary school with about 50 people inside. 6 people were killed. A man suspicious of his wife's infidelity later admitted to setting the fire.
    (AP, 2/28/14)
2014        Feb 27, In Qatar 12 people including two children were killed when a gas tank exploded at a Turkish restaurant in Doha.
    (Reuters, 2/27/14)

2014        Feb 28, In eastern Thailand at least 15 people, including 13 children, were killed when a bus carrying students on a trip to the seaside collided with a lorry.
    (AFP, 2/28/14)

2014        Mar 1, In China a crash in the Yanhou Tunnel in Shaanxi province involved more than 40 vehicles, including those carrying hazardous materials. At least 31 people were killed and a resulting fire burned for three days.
    (AP, 3/13/14)

2014        Mar 5, In northeastern China a fire on a public bus in Jilin province left 10 people dead and 17 injured.
    (SFC, 3/6/14, p.A2)

2014        Mar 8, Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 fell off radar screens less than an hour after it took off from Kuala Lumpur for Beijing. Vietnamese air force planes spotted two large oil slicks close to where the Boeing 777 went missing early today. The aircraft carried 239 people. Foreign ministry officials in Rome and Vienna confirmed that names of two nationals listed on the manifest matched passports reported stolen in Thailand. The flight was carrying 154 people from China and Taiwan, 38 Malaysians, seven Indonesians and six Australians among the 227 passengers.
    (AP, 3/8/14)(Reuters, 3/8/14)

2014        Mar 12, A NYC residential building in an East Harlem neighborhood exploded and collapsed, sparking a serious fire and engulfing the area in thick smoke. 8 people were killed and 60 injured in the incident at 116th Street and Park Avenue.
    (AFP, 3/12/14)(SFC, 3/15/14, p.A11)
2014        Mar 12, In Kashmir unusually heavy snowfall unleashed avalanches overnight and collapsed homes, killing at least 14 people on both sides of the de-facto border between India and Pakistan.
    (AP, 3/12/14)

2014        Mar 13, In Texas Rashad Charjuan Owens (21) drove drunk into a crowd at the South by Southwest (SXSW) music festival in Austin leaving 2 people dead and 23 injured. 9 remained hospitalized in critical condition. A 3rd person died of her injuries on March 17.
    (AFP, 3/13/14)(SFC, 3/15/14, p.A11)(SFC, 3/18/14, p.A7)

2014        Mar 21, In western India 10 women drowned when a small boat loaded with farmworkers sank in a lake in Rajasthan's state Tonk district.
    (AP, 3/21/14)

2014        Mar 22, In Washington state a rain-drenched landslide hit midday near the town of Oso, about 55 miles north of Seattle. 27 people were believed killed with 30 left missing. At least six homes were destroyed when the slide blocked the North Fork of the Stillaguamish River. On July 22 searchers pulled the last missing body from the landslide that killed 43.
    (Reuters, 3/23/14)(AFP, 3/24/14)(Reuters, 3/27/14)(AFP, 3/30/14)(SFC, 7/23/14, p.A7)
2014        Mar 22, In Pakistan a multi-vehicle collision involving two trucks and two passenger buses on a coastal highway in the southwest killed 35 people and injured 20.
    (AP, 3/22/14)
2014        Mar 22, Uganda said at least 107 people were killed and dozens of others were missing after a boat carrying mostly Congolese refugees capsized on Lake Albert that runs along the border of Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. An estimated 250 people were on the boat with 41 rescued.
    (Reuters, 3/23/14)(AFP, 3/24/14)(AP, 3/25/14)

2014        Mar 23, In northern Pakistan a tourist van plunged off the road in rugged terrain near a hill resort, killing 10 people near Salgaran village.
    (AP, 3/23/14)

2014        Mar 26, In southern China a fire in a lingerie factory killed 11 people in Puning County, Guangdong province.
    (AP, 3/26/14)

2014        Apr 2, In Washington state the official death toll from the March 22 mudslide, based on the number of victims' remains sent to the coroner's office, rose to 29, up from 28 a day earlier.
    (Reuters, 4/2/14)
2014        Apr 2, In Thailand workers at a scrap shop in Bangkok accidentally detonated a large bomb believed to have been dropped during World War II, killing at least 7 people and injuring 19 others.
    (AP, 4/2/14)

2014        Apr 3, In the Solomon Islands the Mataniko River in the capital, Honiara, burst its banks and flooded low-lying settlements alongside the river. The flash floods killed 14 people and left thousands more homeless.
    (AP, 4/5/14)

2014        Apr 4, In central Indonesia a passenger train hit mounds of mud triggered by a landslide and derailed, killing at least 3 people.
    (AP, 4/5/14)
2014        Apr 4, South Korean rescuers recovered the bodies of two North Korean sailors, pulled three survivors and were searching for 11 others missing after their cargo ship sank off South Korea's coast. The Mongolian-flagged ship was carrying 16 North Korean crew members when it sent a distress signal in international waters about 130 km (80 miles) south of the southern port city of Yeosu.
    (AP, 4/4/14)

2014        Apr 6, In Chile a fire tore through a nursing home in Paillaco killing 9 residents and their caretaker.
    (SFC, 4/7/14, p.A2)

2014        Apr 7, In China the Xiahaizi mine in Yunnan province suddenly filled with water following an explosion, leaving 22 miners trapped. The death toll rose to 20 with the recovery of another 14 bodies nearly two weeks after the accident.
    (AFP, 4/18/14)

2014        Apr 10, In northern California 10 people were killed and dozens injured when a FedEx semitrailer crossed a median and collided with a chartered college tour bus on I-5 near Orland, Glenn County.
    (SFC, 4/11/14, p.A9)(SFC, 4/12/14, p.A9)
2014        Apr 10, In China 8 school children died in a bus crash on the island province of Hainan on their way to a school outing. The driver was later arrested for allegedly causing the casualties.
    (Reuters, 4/10/14)(AP, 4/25/14)

2014        Apr 12, In Chile a fire began raging in the port city of Valparaiso. At least 15 people were killed and 2,900 homes destroyed. Thousands were evacuated, including more than 200 female inmates at a prison.
    (AP, 4/13/14)(SFC, 4/16/14, p.A4)
2014        Apr 12, In Myanmar a passenger bus collided with a car and burst into flames along a highway, killing 12 passengers and injuring five others.
    (AP, 4/12/14)
2014        Apr 12, In southern Tajikistan 6 children were killed and at least seven people left missing and presumed dead as a result of a mudslide.
    (Reuters, 4/13/14)

2014        Apr 16, In southern India 6 people were burned to death and another 12 seriously injured early today when a bus caught fire in Karanataka state.
    (AP, 4/16/14)
2014        Apr 16, In the Philippines at least 5 people including a 2-year-old boy were killed and 15 others were injured when a passenger bus rammed a stalled truck along the highway in eastern Camarines Sur province.
    (AP, 4/16/14)
2014        Apr 16, In South Korea some 274 people were missing after the sinking of the Sewol passenger ferry in the Yellow Sea. It carried 475 passengers and crew, mostly high school students from Danwon High School in Ansan, on an overnight trip to Jeju island. Only 174 were rescued. On July 18 the confirmed death toll was 294 with 10 still missing.
    (AP, 4/16/14)(AP, 4/17/14)(SSFC, 4/20/14, p.A4)(Econ, 4/19/14, p.37)(AFP, 7/18/14)

2014        Apr 18, Off eastern Indonesia a boat loaded with people in a Good Friday procession capsized in high waves, leaving dozens of people missing and at least 7 dead.
    (AP, 4/18/14)
2014        Apr 18, An avalanche swept down a slope of Mount Everest killing 13 Nepali mountaineering guides at the beginning of the main climbing season. Three people remained missing.
    (Reuters, 4/18/14)(AP, 4/19/14)

2014        Apr 20, In southern Pakistan a passenger bus rammed into a disabled flatbed trailer parked on the side of a highway near Pannu Aqil, killing at least 42 people, including 17 women and children.
    (AP, 4/20/14)(SFC, 4/21/14, p.A2)

2014        Apr 22, In CongoDRC some 50 people were killed when a train derailed in the southeast.
    (AFP, 4/23/14)(SFC, 4/24/14, p.A2)
2014        Apr 22, In South Korea the confirmed death toll from the April 16 disaster off the southern coast reached 113 with about 190 people were still missing.
    (AP, 4/22/14)

2014        Apr 23, South Korea said the death toll from the April 16 disaster off the southern coast reached 156 with about 150 people were still missing.
    (AP, 4/23/14)

2014        Apr 24, A Togo-flagged cargo ship sank off the southern island of Crete. Four crew members were rescued by a merchant vessel, but three remained missing.
    (AP, 4/24/14)

2014        Apr 25, Afghan officials said two days of torrential rain have caused flash floods in the north that killed more than 80 people. Scores more were missing as helicopters searched for stranded villagers.
    (AFP, 4/25/14)
2014        Apr 25, In CongoDRC at least 23 people were killed when a stampede broke out in Kikwit, Bandundu province during a tribute for singer King Kester Emeneya (57), who died in Paris in February.
    (AP, 4/25/14)

2014        Apr 27, A broad tornado killed at least 15 when it sliced through Arkansas at the start of the US tornado season. Two more people were killed died in Iowa and Oklahoma.
    (Reuters, 4/28/14)(Reuters, 4/29/14)

2014        Apr 28, One of several twisters to tear across Mississippi struck Tupelo, damaging hundreds of homes and businesses, downing power lines and shredding trees. At least one person was killed in Tupelo. 6 people were killed in Winston County, Miss. The storm system later pushed into parts of Alabama, where at least 2 people were killed at a trailer park near Athens. At least 9 people were killed in the Louisville area of Kentucky.
    (Reuters, 4/29/14)(SFC, 4/29/14, p.A6)(SFC, 4/30/14, p.A6) 

2014        Apr 30, In northern Afghanistan a coal mine collapsed and killed at least 15 workers in Samangan province. In the east a militant attack on a security post in Khost province killed 4 policemen.
    (AP, 4/30/14)(AP, 5/1/14)
2014        Apr 30, In Colombia an illegal gold mine in Santander de Quilichao in southwestern Cauca province collapsed just before midnight. 10 bodies were soon pulled from the rubble and six were still believed to be buried.
    (AP, 5/4/14)
2014        Apr 30, In western Nepal a bus collided head-on with a truck on a narrow mountain highway, killing at least 18 people and injuring 19 others.
    (AP, 4/30/14)
2014        Apr 30, In western Thailand a six-wheeled truck crashed into a passenger truck on a dangerous mountain road, killing 14 people.
    (AP, 4/30/14)

2014        May 2, In northeastern Afghanistan numerous people were missing after a landslide buried a village in Hobo Barik village, Badakshan province. The killed and missing numbered from 255 to 2,700.
    (AP, 5/2/14)(AP, 5/3/14)

2014        May 3, In northeastern Afghanistan rescuers and hundreds of volunteers armed with shovels and little more than their bare hands dug through earth and mud looking for survivors in Hobo Barik village, Badakshan province.
    (AP, 5/3/14)
2014        May 3, In southern China a stone arch bridge under illegal construction, collapsed, killing 11 people and injuring several others in Liangkengkou village, Guangdong province.
    (AP, 5/4/14)
2014        May 3, In southwest Haiti a bus crash killed 17 people and injured 17 near the coastal town of Roseau.
    (Reuters, 5/4/14)
2014        May 3, In central India a blaze in a fireworks factory killed 15 people and seriously injured another four near Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh state.
    (AP, 5/3/14)
2014        May 3, South Korea’s confirmed death toll from the April 16 ferry disaster reached 236 with 66 people were still missing.
    (AFP, 5/3/14)

2014        May 4, In western India a passenger train derailed, killing at least 18 people and injuring more than 100 as rescue workers raced to free those still trapped in Maharashtra state.
    (AP, 5/4/14)

2014        May 5, A yacht and a dinghy crammed with immigrants trying to enter Greece capsized in the eastern Aegean Sea, leaving at least 22 dead, including 4 children, and potentially several more missing. 36 survivors were identified as 23 Somalis, nine Syrians and three Eritreans.
    (AP, 5/514)
2014        May 5, Eleven crew of the Zhong Xing 2, a Chinese cargo ship, were missing as it sank following a collision with the Marshall Islands-registered MOL Motivator, a large container ship, in the waters off Hong Kong.
    (Reuters, 5/514)
2014        May 5, In South Korea divers retrieved 12 more bodies from the Sewol ferry, raising the death toll to 260 with 42 people still missing.
    (AP, 5/514)

2014        May 8, In southwestern Spain 5 members of a youth football team aged between 12 and 15 were killed when their bus collided with another vehicle. police arrested the driver of the second vehicle, a farm digger, after he tested positive for drugs.
    (AP, 5/9/14)

2014        May 10, In Dubai 15 migrant workers were killed in a bus crash. At least nine of the dead were from India and four were Bangladeshi.
    (AP, 5/11/14)
2014        May 10, In northern India a private bus plunged off a mountain road, killing 17 people and injuring five others in Uttarakhand state.
    (AP, 5/10/14)

2014        May 11, In eastern China heavy rain caused a retaining wall to collapse at a recycling plant in Qingdao city, killing 18 people.
    (AP, 5/11/14)
2014        May 11, In CongoDRC a stampede at the Tata Raphael Stadium in Kinshasa killed at least 15 people and injured more than a dozen after police fired tear gas cannisters into the crowd after fighting broke out at the end of a match between soccer teams, AS Vita Club and TP Mazembe.
    (AP, 5/12/14)(AFP, 5/12/14)

2014        May 12, Italian authorities said a boat carrying hundreds of migrants has sunk south off the Sicilian island of Lampedusa. At least 14 people were killed with 206 rescued.
    (Reuters, 5/12/14)(SFC, 5/13/14, p.A4)

2014        May 13, In North Korea an apartment building under construction in Pyongyang collapsed. The 23-story apartment building was presumed to have housed 92 families. Word of the collapse was reported on May 18 by the North's official Korean Central News Agency.
    (AP, 5/18/14)
2014        May 13, In western Turkey at least 282 people were killed underground after an explosion and fire at the Soma coal mine in Manisa province. The death toll rose to 301 as operations wound down on May 17. 
    (AP, 5/13/14)(Reuters, 5/14/14)(Reuters, 5/17/14)(Econ, 5/17/14, p.52)

2014        May 14, In northwestern China a pipeline in a coal mine collapsed, killing 11 people in the city of Yulin, Shaanxi province. 24 people came out alive and 2 remained missing.
    (AP, 5/16/14)

2014        May 15, In central Bangladesh the M.V. Miraz-4 ferry carrying more than 100 passengers capsized in the River Meghna after being hit by a storm. Some 25 people swam to safety. 54 bodies were recovered over the next two days. An unknown number remained missing.
    (AP, 5/15/14)(AP, 5/16/14)(AP, 5/17/14)

2014        May 16, Four British sailors went missing after their yacht, Cheeki Rafiki, capsized about 1,000 miles off Cape Cod, Mass.
    (Reuters, 5/19/14)

2014        May 17, In Bosnia and Serbia tens of thousands fled their homes, evacuated by boat or helicopter as rising waters surged into villages and towns. Authorities said the record flooding killed at least 20 people and the death toll could rise further.
    (AP, 5/17/14)

2014        May 18, In Colombia 32 children were killed when an overcrowded bus they were traveling in caught fire in Fundacion.
    (AP, 5/19/14)
2014        May 18, In Serbia soldiers, police and volunteers battled to protect power plants from rising flood waters as the death toll from the region's worst rainfall in more than a century reached 35.
    (Reuters, 5/18/14)

2014        May 19, Bosnia’s government said more than a quarter of the country’s four million people have been affected by the worst floods to hit the Balkans in more than a century. Torrential rains have caused rivers to burst their banks and triggered more than 2,000 landslides as the death toll in Bosnia and Serbia rose to 38. Croatia reported 2 deaths. The flooding left tons of drowned livestock.
    (AP, 5/19/14)(AP, 5/20/14)(AP, 5/20/14)

2014        May 20, In Russia a collision between a cargo train and a passenger train near Moscow killed at least 6 people and left up to 45 others injured.
    (AP, 5/20/14)

2014        May 23, In China a tour bus carrying 26 people fell into a section of the Jiulong River in Fujian province killing at least 2 people. Five people remained missing. 24 passengers were from Taiwan.
    (AP, 5/24/14)

2014        May 25,  In northwestern China two trucks collided, killing 10 people and injuring 32 in Wujiaqu city, Xinjiang region.
    (AP, 5/25/14)

2014        May 26, China’s government said 37 people have died and six left missing in widespread flooding that's hit hundreds of thousands of people in a swath of southern China.
    (AP, 5/26/14)
2014        May 26, In Ghana 6 people were killed and three others injured when a mine collapsed in the gold-rich Ashanti region.
    (AFP, 5/27/14)
2014        May 26, In northern India the Gorakhpur Express passenger train plowed into a parked freight train, killing 26 people near Churaib station in Uttar Pradesh state.
    (AP, 5/26/14)(Reuters, 5/27/14)

2014        May 27, In northwestern Pakistan a truck veered off a narrow road and fell into the Swat River, killing 16 members of an extended family.
    (AP, 5/27/14)

2014        May 28, In Washington state six climbers on Mount Rainer were believed dead after falling some 3,300 feet.
    (SSFC, 6/1/14, p.A10)
2014        May 28, In the Philippines 6 members of the same family died after a fire struck a tent city set up for survivors of Super Typhoon Haiyan.
    (AFP, 5/28/14)
2014        May 28, In South Korea a fire, believed set by a dementia patient (81), blazed through a ward of Hyosarang Hospital for the elderly in Jangseong county and killed 21 people, mostly from smoke inhalation.
    (AP, 5/28/14)

2014        May 30, In Iran floods killed 3 women in the northeast. Emergency workers rescued 600 people from a neighbouring region hit by a landslide in Golestan province.
    (AFP, 5/31/14)

2014        May 31, In Cambodia 7 people died from a lack of oxygen after climbing down a well in Cambodia to retrieve about 75 cents.
    (AP, 6/1/14)
2014        May 31, Sixty migrants from Somalia and Ethiopia and two Yemeni crew members drowned in the Red Sea in the worst such tragedy off the coast of Yemen this year.
    (AFP, 6/6/14)
2014        May 31, In eastern India lightning struck farmers working in fields, killing at least 13 people in West Bengal state.
    (AP, 6/1/14)

2014        Jun 2, A Yemeni security official and witnesses said the bodies of dozens of illegal immigrants, mostly from Somalia and Ethiopia, have been found on western beaches after their boat capsized in the Red Sea. The bodies started turning up on May 30.
    (AP, 6/2/14)

2014        Jun 3, In Indonesia a building under construction collapsed on the island of Borneo, killing two workers and burying at least 13 others in Samarinda, the provincial capital of East Kalimantan.
    (AP, 6/3/14)
2014        Jun 3, In Sri Lanka at least 22 people were reported killed from two days of floods and mudslides triggered by unusually heavy monsoon rains.
    (AP, 6/3/14)

2014        Jun 6, In northern Afghanistan at least 81 people were killed and many more left missing in flash floods that fell in the Gozargah-e Noor district of the northern Baghlan province.
    (Reuters, 6/7/14)(AP, 6/8/14)

2014        Jun 8, In India 20 students and a professor were swept away by waters released from a dam while the group was bathing in a river in the mountainous northern state of Himachal Pradesh. All were believed killed.
    (Reuters, 6/9/14)

2014        Jun 16, In northern India two crowded buses went out of control and fell off roads in separate accidents in the Himalayan foothills, killing a total of 21 people.
    (AP, 6/17/14)
2014        Jun 16, In Venezuela at least 20 people were killed and 10 were wounded when a bus driving toward Caracas crashed after the driver lost control.
    (Reuters, 6/16/14)

2014        Jun 17, In China an accidental explosion killed 17 soldiers as they were stacking ammunition in Hengyang, Hunan province.
    (SFC, 6/19/14, p.A2)

2014        Jun 18, An apparently overloaded boat carrying Indonesian illegal migrants heading home for Ramadan sank overnight in rough seas off western Malaysia. 27 people were missing and 9 were confirmed dead.
    (AFP, 6/18/14)

2014        Jun 19, In Bulgaria flash floods killed at least 12 people including two children, with others missing after torrential rains lashed the east of the country.
    (AFP, 6/20/14)
2014        Jun 19, Nine people were missing after a boat carrying 27 Indonesian workers overturned off Malaysia's west coast in the 2nd similar accident in two days.
    (AP, 6/19/14)

2014        Jun 22, China’s Ministry of Civil Affairs said five days of rainstorms in the south have left 26 people dead and another three missing and led to direct economic losses of 4 billion yuan ($650 million).
    (AP, 6/23/14)

2014        Jun 28, In India a dilapidated building collapsed in New Delhi leaving 11 people dead. An 11-story building under construction near Chennai collapsed, killing at least 60 people as rescuers searched for dozens of others feared trapped. Nearly 90 contract workers had been in the basement collecting wages. Over the next days 27 people were rescued from the wreckage.
    (AP, 6/28/14)(AP, 6/29/14)(AP, 7/1/14)(SFC, 7/1/14, p.A5)(AP, 7/3/14)
2014        Jun 28, In western India a blast triggered by a suspected gas leak in a ship being dismantled killed five workers and injured another seven at the Alang ship-breaking yard in Gujarat state.
    (AP, 6/28/14)

2014        Jul 2, Italy reported 70 migrants lost at sea.
    (Econ, 7/5/14, p.44)

2014        Jul 4, In Florida three boats collided at high speed, killing 4 people and injuring nine near the Dinner Key Marina in Miami.
    (CSM, 7/5/14)

2014        Jul 5, In Philadelphia, Pa., an infant and three children (4) died as a fire engulfed at least 10 houses.
    (SSFC, 7/6/14, p.A11)
2014        Jul 5, In northwestern China 17 miners were trapped following a gas explosion at a coal mine in the Xinjiang region. On July 7 official media reported that all 17 had died.
    (AP, 7/6/14)(AP, 7/7/14)

2014        Jul 6, In India 11 workers were crushed under a warehouse wall in the southern state of Tamil Nadu.
    (Reuters, 7/6/14)

2014        Jul 7, A Vietnamese military helicopter on a parachute training mission crashed close to Hanoi, killing 16 people on board and critically injuring five others.
    (AP, 7/7/14)

2014        Jul 10, In Massachusetts 4 adults and 3 children were killed in a fire in a three-story apartment building in Lowell.
    (SFC, 7/11/14, p.A7)

2014        Jul 11, In Morocco at least 13 people were killed and at least 53 were injured when three buildings collapsed in downtown Casablanca.
    (Reuters, 7/11/14)(AFP, 7/13/14)

2014        Jul 14, In southwest China part of a railway tunnel collapsed, trapping an estimated 14 workers in Yunnan province's Funing county.
    (AP, 7/14/14)
2014        Jul 14, An overloaded fishing boat carrying some 70 illegal Indonesian migrants capsized off southern Malaysia, killing at least 2 people with 9 left missing.
    (AFP, 7/15/14)

2014        Jul 15, In Russia a rush-hour subway train derailed in Moscow, killing 22 people and sending 150 others to the hospital. Investigators soon detained two metro workers for alleged safety breaches.
    (AP, 7/15/14)(AFP, 7/16/14)

2014        Jul 17, China’s Ministry of Civil Affairs said heavy rains and landslides over the past week have killed at least 45 people in southern China and left 21 others missing.
    (AP, 7/17/14)
2014        Jul 17, Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 with 298 people on board was shot down over eastern Ukraine. Officials strongly suspected the Boeing 777 was downed by a missile fired by Ukrainian separatists backed by Moscow. More than half of the dead passengers, 189 people, were Dutch. Twenty-nine were Malaysian, 27 Australian, 12 Indonesian, 9 British, 4 German, 4 Belgian, 3 Filipino, one Canadian, one New Zealand and 4 as yet unidentified. All 15 crew were Malaysian.
    (Reuters, 7/18/14)
2014        Jul 17, Polish rescue services said 7 people have been killed after falling into a septic tank where they were overcome by toxic gas in the western village of Karczowka.
    (Reuters, 7/17/14)

2014        Jul 24, In southern India 18 children were killed when a train crashed into their school bus at an unmanned railroad crossing  in Telangana state. The bus driver also died. 20 children ages 7 to 14 were injured.
    (AP, 7/24/14)

2014        Jul 30, Guinea officials said at least 33 people have died in a stampede following a rap concert  on a beach in Conakry.
    (SFC, 7/31/14, p.A7)
2014        Jul 30, In western India torrential rains triggered a massive landslide that buried a remote village, killing at least 76 people as it swept away scores of houses and trapping many more people under debris in Malin village, Pune district, Maharashtra state. At least 88 people were missing and feared dead.
    (AP, 7/30/14)(SFC, 7/31/14, p.A7)(SSFC, 8/3/14, p.A2)
2014        Jul 30, In Pakistan at least 35 people drowned near Karachi due to heavy waves and strong currents as they gathered to celebrate Eid al-Fitr marking the end of Ramadan.
    (AFP, 8/1/14)

2014        Jul 31, In Taiwan five late night explosions caused by a gas leak in Kaohsiung the country's second city killed 26 people, injured 267 and sent flames shooting 15 storeys into the air.
    (Reuters, 8/1/14)(SFC, 8/1/14, p.A2)(SFC, 8/2/14, p.A3)

2014        Aug 2, In eastern China a suspected dust explosion at an automotive parts factory that supplies General Motors killed at least 69 people and injured more than 180 others.
    (AP, 8/2/14)
2014        Aug 2, In northern Nepal a massive landslide killed at least 8 people and blocked a mountain river, causing the water to form a lake that was threatening to burst.
    (Yahoo News, 8/3/14)



Top 16 NATURAL DISASTERS SINCE 1000 AD (excluding purely agricultural Famine) - by numbers of deaths

1931        Jul-Nov, The Huang He River (Huang Ho, Yellow River) in China flooded more than 40,000 sq. miles and more than a million people were killed.
    (HFA, '96, p.71)(http://socialstudiesforkids.com/articles/geography/huangheriver.htm)
1201        Jul 5, An earthquake in Syria and upper Egypt killed some 1.1 million people.
    (www.geohaz.org/member/news/signif.htm)
1887        China’s Huang Ho (Huang He, Yellow River) flooded and killed about 900,000 people.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death_toll)
1556        Feb 2, The worst earthquake in history devastated China’s Shanxi Province, killing 830,000 people.
    (PCh, 1992, p.190)(www.kepu.ac.cn/english/quake/ruins/rns03.html)
1970        Nov 12-13, A 240 KPH cyclone hit the Ganges delta. Flooding followed and an estimated 300,000 in East Pakistan (Bangladesh), were killed.
    (SFEC, 9/5/04, p.6)(www.emergency-management.net/cyclone.htm)
1976        Jul 28, In China a 7.8-8.2 earthquake in the northern city of Tangshan killed at least 242,000 people. This was reported as the deadliest earthquake in the last 100 years.
    (AP, 7/28/97)(http://history1900s.about.com/od/horribledisasters/a/tangshan.htm)
1737         Sep 19, In India’s Bay of Bengal a cyclone destroyed some 20,000 ships. It was estimated that more than 300,000 people died in the densely populated area called the Sundarbans. Later research indicated the population of Calcutta at the time to be around 20,000. An estimate of the number of deaths was revised down to about 3,000.
    (http://cires.colorado.edu/~bilham/gif_images/1737Calcutta.pdf)
1850        Sep 22, An earthquake in Sichuan, China, killed some 300,000 people.
    (www.geohaz.org/member/news/signif.htm)
2010        Jan 12, A powerful 7.0 earthquake hit Haiti and crushed thousands of structures, from schools and shacks to the National Palace. Thousands of people were believed dead and untold numbers were trapped. An estimated 3 million people were in need of emergency aid. The quake left over 200,000 people dead. Some 4,500 prison inmates escaped during the earthquake. By April they were terrorizing neighborhoods and fighting turf battles. The UN later estimated 222,570 people were killed and 300,572 injured.
    (AP, 1/13/10)(SFC, 3/11/10, p.A2)(SFC, 4/8/10, p.A2)(Econ, 3/19/11, p.46)
1927        May 27, An earthquake in China’s Qinghai (Xining) Province left some 200,000 dead.
    (www.ig.utexas.edu/research/projects/eq/faq/world.htm)
1920        Dec 16, In China an 8.6 earthquake in the northwestern provinces of Gansu and Shanxi caused massive landslides and the deaths of 100,000- 200,000 people.
    (SFC, 1/800, p.A8)(www.ig.utexas.edu/research/projects/eq/faq/world.htm)
2004        Dec 26, The world's most powerful earthquake in 40 years triggered massive tidal waves that slammed into villages and seaside resorts across southern and southeast Asia killed. The initial estimated death toll of 9,000 soon rose to more than 157,663 people in 12 countries. The magnitude 9.0 earthquake was the world's fifth-largest since 1900 and the largest since a 9.2 temblor hit Prince William Sound Alaska in 1964. The epicenter was located 155 miles south-southeast of Banda Aceh, the capital of Aceh province on Sumatra, and six miles under the seabed of the Indian Ocean.
    (AP, 12/27/04)(SFC, 12/28/04, p.A1)(AP, 1/14/05)
1923        Sep 1, The Japanese cities of Tokyo and Yokohama were devastated by the Great Kanto earthquake that claimed 99,000-143,000 lives. The 7.9-8.3 quake off Tokyo's shoreline killed some 99,300 people.
    (AP, 9/1/97)(www.ig.utexas.edu/research/projects/eq/faq/world.htm)
1991        Apr 30-31, A cyclone in Bangladesh killed an estimated 131,000 people. 9 million were left homeless. Thousands of survivors died from hunger and water borne disease.
    (AP, 4/30/97)(SFC, 5/19/97, p.A13)(www.emergency-management.net/cyclone.htm)
1948        Oct 6, A 7.3 earthquake hit Ashgebat, Turkmenistan, and killed an estimated 110,000 people. Stalinist media at the time claimed only 35,000 deaths.
    (http://neic.usgs.gov/neis/eqlists/eqsmosde.html)
1908        Dec 28, Some 70,000-100,000 people died in the Messina earthquake in Sicily. The government hired a number of steamships, including the Florida, to ship survivors to America.
    (WUD, 1994, p.899)(WSJ, 2/8/99, p.A21)(http://neic.usgs.gov/neis/eqlists/eqsmosde.html)
1755        Nov 1, An 8.7 earthquake hit Lisbon, Portugal, and killed some 70,000 people. Heavy damage resulted from ensuing fires and tsunami flooding in Morocco and nearly a quarter of a million people were killed.
    (SFEC, 4/26/98, p.T7)(HN, 11/1/98)(http://neic.usgs.gov/neis/eqlists/eqsmosde.html)
1971        Aug 20-21, In Vietnam heavy rains flooded the Red River delta and some 100,000 people were killed.
    (www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0001440.html)
2011        Mar 27, In Japan emergency workers struggling to pump contaminated water from the stricken Fukushima nuclear complex fled from one of the troubled reactors after reporting a huge increase in radioactivity, a spike that officials later apologetically said was inaccurate. Police said the death toll from earthquake and tsunami stood at 10,668, with more than 16,574 people missing. Hundreds of thousands of people remained homeless.
    (AP, 3/27/11)

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