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US Navy ship and oil tanker collide off Singapore  Ten sailors are missing and five have been injured after USS John S McCain and an oil tanker collided off the coast of Singapore At least 600 still missing in Freetown mudslide  At least 600 people are still missing following a mudslide and flooding that devastated parts of Sierra Leone's capital Pakistan oil tanker inferno kills 200  A lorry transporting oil burst into flames near the Pakistani city of Ahmedpur East Over 140 people feared buried by China landslide  A landslide unleashed huge rocks and a mass of earth that crashed into their homes in southwestern China early Saturday 60 dead from forest fires in central Portugal  Many of them trapped in their cars as flames swept over a road. 600 firefighters are trying to put out the fires since Saturday About 60 dead in Grenfell Tower blaze  A huge fire has raged through the night at a tower block in Latimer Road, west London, with eyewitnesses claiming people are trapped in their homes
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B. 09-21 Hurricane Maria 'leaves 15 dead in Dominica' Dominica
C. 09-21 Migrant crisis: Dozens feared drowned off Libya coast Sabratha, Libya
3. 09-21 Mexico earthquake: Death toll rises as search for survivors goes on
4. 09-20 Race to find survivors under collapsed school
F. 09-20 Whole of Puerto Rico without power Puerto Rico
09-19 Mexico: Powerful earthquake topples buildings, killing scores Atencingo, Puebla, Mexico
H. 09-19 Hurricane Maria takes aim at Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands Puerto Rico
I. 09-17 Hurricane Maria to become major storm near Caribbean islands Leeward Islands, Lesser Antilles
J. 09-17 Powerful storm kills eight in Romania Timisoara, Romania

Recent Summary.     Click for More >   Hurricane Maria to become major storm near Caribbean islands Map of Leeward Islands Lesser Antilles  The category one hurricane will rapidly strengthen over the next 48 hours and will hit Leeward Islands late on Monday Irma wallops Florida   Hurricane is snapping trees like matchsticks and knocking out power to more than 1 million people with 130 mph winds Magnitude-8 earthquake hits southern Mexico   The quake is causing buildings to sway violently and people to flee into the street in panic as far away as the capital city Hurricane Irma causes devastation across the Caribbean   Irma is reducing buildings to rubble and leaving at least seven people dead. Barbuda is said to be 'barely habitable'. St Martin is almost destroyed Hurricane Harvey: Texas battered by high winds and rain  The biggest storm to hit the US mainland in 13 year has slammed into Texas with initial winds of up to 130mph (215km/h) battering coastal areas
Mexico: Powerful earthquake topples buildings, killing scores Map of Atencingo Puebla Mexico


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  A strong earthquake has struck central Mexico, killing more than 140 people and toppling dozens of buildings in the capital, Mexico City
 More than 20 children died and 30 were missing after a school collapsed in the 7.1 magnitude quake that caused major damage in neighbouring states while many people took part in an earthquake drill 32 years after a quake killed thousands in Mexico City
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 Some residents are feared trapped in collapsed buildings. More than 200,000 customers are without electricity. Hurricane Harvey has been confirmed to have caused at least eight fatalities; one in Suriname and seven in the United States

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 Firefighters rescued 65 people from Grenfell Tower in north Kensington



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06/13 About 60 dead in Grenfell Tower blaze
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11/28 Plane carrying members of Brazilian soccer tea...
08/23 Earthquake leaves at least 250 dead in central...
05/29 European migrant crisis: Shipwrecks 'kill up t...
05/03 Canada wildfire forces mass evacuation in Fort...
12/24 Russian military plane 'crashes in Black Sea n...
11/28 Plane carrying members of Brazilian soccer tea...
05/18 EgyptAir Flight MS804 from Paris to Cairo 'dis...
08/23 Earthquake leaves at least 250 dead in central...
2015
10/31 No survivors on Russian airliner KGL9268
09/24 2,411 people died in Hajj stampede
08/12 Casualties in Tianjin port city explosions
07/29 MH370 search: Experts investigate Indian Ocean...
04/25 Death toll in Nepal quake more 8,000 people
04/14 Hundreds of migrants feared drowned off Libya
03/24 Germanwings airliner 4U 9525 crashes in Fren...
10/31 No survivors on Russian airliner KGL9268
07/29 MH370 search: Experts investigate Indian Ocean...
03/24 Germanwings airliner 4U 9525 crashes in Fren...
02/03 35 dead as plane crashes into Taiwan river
04/25 Death toll in Nepal quake more 8,000 people
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12/27 Singapore-bound AirAsia plane with 162 on boar...
07/17 Malaysia airliner crashes in east Ukraine ne...
04/15 South Korea ferry: Hundreds missing as ship ...
03/22 Ebola 'caused Guinea fever deaths'
03/07 Malaysia Airlines loses contact with plane c...
12/27 Singapore-bound AirAsia plane with 162 on boar...
07/17 Malaysia airliner crashes in east Ukraine ne...
03/07 Malaysia Airlines loses contact with plane c...
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07/24 At least 77 die as Spanish train derails in Ga...
04/24 More than 1000 dead in Dhaka collapse
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01/13 Cruise ship runs aground in Italy
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04/05 Water radiation millions of times over limit
03/11 Massive quake, tsunami hit Japan
02/21 Deadly quake strikes New Zealand
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03/11 Massive quake, tsunami hit Japan
02/21 Deadly quake strikes New Zealand
2010
10/22 Haiti cholera outbreak kills 138
10/13 Last trapped Chile miner rescued
08/02 Russian fires prompt state of emergency
08/01 More than 1,100 dead in flooding
04/21 Oil spill after blast on oil rig
01/12 'Catastrophic' earthquake slams Haiti
04/10 Polish president died in plane crash
01/12 'Catastrophic' earthquake slams Haiti
2009
06/01 Air France plane crashed
04/24 'Swine flu' kills 60
02/09 Toll from bush fires claimed 181
06/01 Air France plane crashed
04/05 About 300 dead in strong quake
2008
05/12 Quake death toll 50,000
05/06 Cyclone death toll jumps to 22,000
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2008 2008
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05/12 Quake death toll 50,000
2007
08/25 63 died from forest fires
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05/27 Java quake kills 6,000
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05/27 Java quake kills 6,000
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10/07 Major quake kills thousands
08/29 Hurricane Katrina lashes coast
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10/07 Major quake kills thousands
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12/26 9.0 Quake leaves 212,000 dead
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12/26 9.0 Quake leaves 212,000 dead
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12/25 28,000 dead after earthquake
08/14 10,000 dead in heat wave
02/01 Space shuttle and crew lost
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12/25 28,000 dead after earthquake
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09/11 Terror attacks hit U.S.
04/01 U.S. spy plane lands in China
01/26 7.9 Earthquake killed 30,000 people
09/11 Terror attacks hit U.S.
04/01 U.S. spy plane lands in China
01/26 7.9 Earthquake killed 30,000 people

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Race to find survivors under collapsed school  Rescuers are racing against the clock to reach survivors trapped under the rubble of a school in Mexico City which collapsed during earthquake Whole of Puerto Rico without power  Hurricane Maria has knocked out power across the island of Puerto Rico, home to 3.5m people Mexico: Powerful earthquake topples buildings, killing scores Map of Atencingo Puebla Mexico


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  A strong earthquake has struck central Mexico, killing more than 140 people and toppling dozens of buildings in the capital, Mexico City
 More than 20 children died and 30 were missing after a school collapsed in the 7.1 magnitude quake that caused major damage in neighbouring states while many people took part in an earthquake drill 32 years after a quake killed thousands in Mexico City
2017 Sep. 17       Hurricane Maria to become major storm near Caribbean islands Map of Leeward Islands Lesser Antilles
  The category one hurricane will rapidly strengthen over the next 48 hours and will hit Leeward Islands late on Monday
2017 Sep. 11   Hurricane Irma: Two-thirds of Florida without power  About 6.5 million homes in Florida, two-thirds of the total, are without power after Hurricane Irma cut a deadly path through the state 2017 Sep. 10     Irma wallops Florida Map of Cudjoe Key Florida
  Hurricane is snapping trees like matchsticks and knocking out power to more than 1 million people with 130 mph winds
2017 Sep. 8   Hurricane Irma: Cuba hit with strong winds and heavy rain  The category five storm made landfall on the Camaguey Archipelago, off the north-eastern coast. But the Bahamas have largely been spared 2017 Sep. 7     Magnitude-8 earthquake hits southern Mexico Map of Tapachula Chiapas Mexico
  The quake is causing buildings to sway violently and people to flee into the street in panic as far away as the capital city
  Hurricane Irma pummels Turks and Caicos islands  Irma has pummelled the Turks and Caicos Islands after leaving a trail of destruction across the Caribbean, killing at least 14 people 2017 Sep. 6     Hurricane Irma causes devastation across the Caribbean Map of Barbuda Antigua %26 Barbuda
  Irma is reducing buildings to rubble and leaving at least seven people dead. Barbuda is said to be 'barely habitable'. St Martin is almost destroyed


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2017 Aug. 30   Flood: 'No way to prevent' chemical plant blast or fire  During heavy rainfall from Hurricane Harvey, the Arkema plant at Crosby lost refrigeration of chemical compounds which need to be kept cool 2017 Aug.27   Up to 2,000 rescued as Houston hit by 'catastrophic floods'  Up to 2,000 people have been rescued from floods in and around Houston, as Tropical Storm Harvey continues to batter Texas with heavy rains 2017 Aug.26     Hurricane Harvey: Texas battered by high winds and rain
Map of Rockport Texas  The biggest storm to hit the US mainland in 13 year has slammed into Texas with initial winds of up to 130mph (215km/h) battering coastal areas
 Some residents are feared trapped in collapsed buildings. More than 200,000 customers are without electricity. Hurricane Harvey has been confirmed to have caused at least eight fatalities; one in Suriname and seven in the United States
2017 Aug.20   US Navy ship and oil tanker collide off Singapore Map of Strait of Singapore Singapore  Ten sailors are missing and five have been injured after USS John S McCain and an oil tanker collided off the coast of Singapore 2017 Aug.15     At least 600 still missing in Freetown mudslide Map of Regent Sierra Leone  At least 600 people are still missing following a mudslide and flooding that devastated parts of Sierra Leone's capital

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2017 Jul.10   Sixteen dead in Marines Corps plane incident  KC-130 Hercules transport aircraft crashed in the state of Mississippi at around 16:00 local time (21:00 GMT) on Monday 100 miles north of Jackson

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2017 Jun.24       Pakistan oil tanker inferno kills 200
Map of Ahmedpur East Pakistan  A lorry transporting oil burst into flames near the Pakistani city of Ahmedpur East 2017 Jun.23     Over 140 people feared buried by China landslide
Map of Xinmo Mao County Sichuan China  A landslide unleashed huge rocks and a mass of earth that crashed into their homes in southwestern China early Saturday 2017 Jun.17     60 dead from forest fires in central Portugal Map of Pedrogao Grande Portugal  Many of them trapped in their cars as flames swept over a road. 600 firefighters are trying to put out the fires since Saturday 2017 Jun.16   USS Fitzgerald crash: 7 navy crew missing off Japan  Among the injured is the Fitzgerald's commanding officer, who was taken to hospital by helicopter. The destroyer collided with the container ship 2017 Jun.13     About 60 dead in Grenfell Tower blaze   A huge fire has raged through the night at a tower block in Latimer Road, west London, with eyewitnesses claiming people are trapped in their homes
 Firefighters rescued 65 people from Grenfell Tower in north Kensington
2017 Jun.1   Resorts World Manila: At least 36 bodies found at casino complex  A lone gunman opened fire overnight. Most of the dead suffocated in thick toxic smoke after the man set fire to casino tables

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2017 Mar.27     Cyclone Debbie: 'Monster' storm makes landfall   A powerful cyclone, a category four storm, carrying winds of up to 263km/h (163 mph) has made landfall in Queensland
 Cyclone Debbie has left at least 45,000 homes without power and damaged buildings


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2017 Jan.19   Avalanche rescuers race to find Rigopiano hotel survivors  An avalanche at a mountain hotel in Italy has left at least two people dead and dozens more buried under rubble and snow, including children

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2016 Dec.24   Russian military plane 'crashes in Black Sea near Sochi'  The plane disappeared from radar 20 minutes after taking off from Adler. Tu-154 was carrying service personnel, members of the choir and reporters
 The plane was reportedly flying to Syria's Latakia province


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2016 Nov.28   Plane carrying members of Brazilian soccer team crashes in Colombia   A chartered aircraft carrying a Brazilian soccer team for a regional tournament final has crashed on its way to Medellin's international airport
 A plane was carrying 81 people
2016 Nov.19   133 killed in derailment near Kanpur  At least 91 people have been killed after 14 carriages of Indore-Patna Express train derailed near the city of Kanpur

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2016 Oct.6   Hurricane Matthew: Hundreds dead in Haiti storm disaster  The death toll in Haiti as a result of Hurricane Matthew - the most powerful Caribbean storm in a decade - has soared to more than 300, officials say

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2016 Aug.23     Earthquake leaves at least 250 dead in central Italy   A magnitude 6.2 earthquake has struck central Italy, leaving at least 250 people dead and others trapped under rubble, Italian officials said
 Its epicentre was close to Accumoli, with its hypocentre at a depth of 4.2 km,[2] approximately 75 km (47 mi) southeast of Perugia and 45 km (28 mi) north of L'Aquila, in an area near the borders of the Umbria, Lazio, Abruzzo and Marche regions


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2016 May.29       European migrant crisis: Shipwrecks 'kill up to 700 migrants'   Up to 700 migrants are feared drowned in a series of shipwrecks off the coast of Libya in the last few days, the UN refugee agency says 2016 May.18     EgyptAir Flight MS804 from Paris to Cairo 'disappears from radar'  56 passengers, 7 crew members and 3 security personnel on board Flight MS804. The Airbus A320 was flying at 11,300m when it went missing 2016 May.3     Canada wildfire forces mass evacuation in Fort McMurray   A huge wildfire has forced the evacuation of about 60,000 people from Fort McMurray - the entire population of the Canadian city

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2016 Apr.16   Ecuador earthquake of 7.8 magnitude kills hundreds  The quake struck at 18:58 local time on Saturday near the town of Muisne. Severe damage is reported in many areas, with a bridge destroyed

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2016 Mar.18   All 61 aboard Dubai airliner killed in crash in south Russia  Passenger jet FlyDubai Boeing 738 has crashed in the southern city of Rostov-on-Don with at least 55 passengers and six crew on board, officials say

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2015 Oct.31     No survivors on Russian airliner KGL9268   Airbus A-321 has crashed in central Sinai killing all 224 people on board. It left the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, bound for St Petersburg
 Wreckage was found in the Hasana area and bodies removed, along with the 'black box'. The bodies of victims still strapped to seats. Russian President Putin has declared Sunday a day of mourning


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2015 Sep.24       2,411 people died in Hajj stampede   Saudi Arabia's King Salman has ordered a safety review for the Hajj pilgrimage after at least 717 people died in a stampede near the holy city of Mecca
 Another 863 people were injured in the incident at Mina. 2 million pilgrims were taking part in the Hajj's last major rite


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2015 Aug.12   Casualties in Tianjin port city explosions   Massive explosions have hit a warehouse storing dangerous and chemical goods in the port area, leaving at least 17 dead and hundreds more injured
 Pictures and video showed flames lighting up the sky, and buildings are said to have collapsed


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2015 Jul.29       MH370 search: Experts investigate Indian Ocean wreckage   Malaysia has sent a team to the Indian Ocean island of Reunion to determine whether debris which washed up there is from missing flight MH370

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2015 Jun.1   Boat with more than 400 people aboard sinks in Yangtze River  Passenger ship The Eastern Star carrying more than 444 people sank overnight in southern China, and seven people have been rescued

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2015 Apr.25   Death toll in Nepal quake more 8,000 people  The 7.8 magnitude quake struck an area of central Nepal between Kathmandu and the city of Pokhara
 There were also victims in India, Bangladesh, Tibet and on Mount Everest. The government has declared a state of emergency in the affected areas, and help has been offered around the world
2015 Apr.14   Hundreds of migrants feared drowned off Libya  About 400 migrants are feared drowned after their boat capsized, survivors have told Save the Children. The Italian coast guard had rescued 144
 More than 8,000 have been picked up since Friday


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2015 Mar.24   Germanwings airliner 4U 9525 crashes in French Alps  Airbus A320 airliner has crashed in the French Alps. The flight 4U 9525 had been en route from Barcelona to Duesseldorf with 144 passengers and 6 crew
 No one is expected to have survived. The plane crashed after an 8-minute descent. The passengers included a German school class on its way back from an exchange trip


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2015 Feb.3   35 dead as plane crashes into Taiwan river  A plane belonging to Taiwanese carrier TransAsia Airways has crash-landed. Ten people were injured. More than 50 people were onboard
 Data from the black box flight recorders retrieved from the wreckage suggests the pilots shut down one engine after the other lost power


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2014 Dec.27   Singapore-bound AirAsia plane with 162 on board missing  The single-aisle Airbus A320-200 asked air traffic controllers if it could divert from its flight path due to weather before disappearing over the Java Sea
 Flight QZ8501 lost contact at 07:24 (23:24 GMT), Malaysia-based AirAsia tweeted


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2014 Jul.24   Air Algerie says missing plane likely crashed in Mali  An Air Algerie flight with at least 116 people on board which dropped off the radar in the early hours of Thursday has apparently crashed in Mali
 Flight AH 5017, chartered from Spanish airline Swiftair, was carrying 110 passengers and six crew. Contact was lost about 50 minutes after take-off from Ouagadougou
2014 Jul.23   Dozens feared dead in Taiwan plane crash  Forty-seven people were killed and 11 were injured in Wednesday's twin-engine turboprop plane crash on one of Taiwan's Penghu Islands
 10 people were injured in the plane crash and five residents on the ground were also hurt
2014 Jul.17   Malaysia airliner crashes in east Ukraine near Russia border  A Malaysian airliner reportedly with 295 people on board has crashed near the Russian border, on a flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur
 Malaysia Airlines lost contact with Flight MH17. All 295 passengers and crew are believed dead as a nairliner crashes in the east Ukraine conflict zone, amid claims of a missile attack An aviation source in Moscow said the plane had been found burning on the ground in east Ukraine Separatist rebels have been fighting government forces in the region


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2014 May.13   Explosion at mine in western Turkey left 200 workers dead  The blast, followed by a fire, occurred at a coal mine. A huge rescue operation is under way to reach hundreds more trapped miners
 Oxygen is being pumped into the privately owned mine. Large crowds of worried relatives have gathered near
2014 May.2   Afghan landslide 'kills hundreds'  a pair of mudslides occurred in Argo District, Badakhshan Province, Afghanistan, killing up to 500 people and leaving hundreds missing
 Around 300 houses were buried and over 1,000 were affected. Rescuers responding to the initial mudslide were struck by a second mudslide, which hampered rescue efforts


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2014 Apr.15   South Korea ferry: Hundreds missing as ship sinks  Almost 300 people remain unaccounted for after a ferry carrying 459 people capsized and sank off South Korea
 The ferry, carrying mainly school students, was travelling from the port of Incheon, to the southern resort island of Jeju. An armada of small boats motoring right up beside the ferry, which listed heavily on its side before sinking. Rescuers desperately grabbing teenagers out of the water before they are swept away by the currents and undertow


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2014 Mar.22   Ebola 'caused Guinea fever deaths'  The virus has been identified as the cause of an outbreak of haemorrhagic fever now believed to have killed nearly 60 people in southern Guinea 2014 Mar.13   Search for missing jet heads west  Malaysian authorities expanded their hunt for a vanished airliner to the Indian Ocean, where a U.S. destroyer was expected to arrive soon
 U.S. believes the plane's data reporting system and transponder were shut down separately. That would indicate the plane did not disappear due to some kind of catastrophic failure
2014 Mar.7   Malaysia Airlines loses contact with plane carrying 239 people  Malaysia Airlines says it has lost contact with MH370 with 239 aboard travelling from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing
 A Boeing 777-200ER had lost contact with Subang Air Traffic Control outside Kuala Lumpur. The aircraft had last been heard from less than an hour after takeoff. The aircraft carried 12 Malaysian crew members and 227 passengers from 14 nations


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2014 Jan.5   'Polar vortex' grips North America  Parts of the US are braced for potentially record-breaking low temperatures as a 'polar vortex' brings more freezing weather.
 A plane from Toronto has slid into snow as it turned onto a taxiway after landing at JFK airport


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2013 Nov.21   50 dead, including 3 firefighters, after supermarket roof collapse  A criminal investigation has begun after the roof of a supermarket in the Latvian capital Riga collapsed, Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis has said
 A Maxima supermarket located in Zolitude, (20 Priedanes street) collapsed at 17:41 local time. 39 more were injured. An unknown number of people were able to leave the store on their own after the initial collapse in the worst disaster in Latvia since 1950
2013 Nov.9   Hundreds feared dead in typhoon  Hundreds of people are feared dead in the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan swept through on Friday
 The cyclone caused catastrophic destruction in the Visayas, particularly on Samar and Leyte. According to UN officials, about 11 million people have been affected and many have been left homeless


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2013 Oct.28   Hurricane-force winds batter northern Europe  A major Atlantic storm packing hurricane-force winds pummeled England, France, Belgium and the Netherlands, knocking out power to 220,000 homes 2013 Oct.20   Fears Australia blazes could merge  Bushfires in New South Wales could merge to form a massive blaze, the fire commissioner has said as teams battle fires across the state 2013 Oct.3   Hundreds feared dead in Italy shipwreck  At least 130 African migrants have died and many more are missing after a boat carrying them to Europe sank off the Italian island of Lampedusa
 Most of those on board were from Eritrea and Somalia


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2013 Jul.24   At least 77 die as Spanish train derails in Galicia  A train has derailed in north-western Spain, killing at least 60 people and injuring many more. It is the worst rail accident in Spain in four decades
 All 13 carriages of the train, which was travelling from Madrid to Ferrol, came off the tracks near Santiago de Compostela
2013 Jul.6   Fuel train explodes in Canadian town  A train carrying petrochemicals has exploded in Lac-Megantic, forcing the evacuation of up to 1,000 people

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2013 May.20   Dozens dead in Oklahoma tornado  At least 24 people have been killed after a huge tornado tore through Oklahoma City suburbs, with the death toll likely to rise
 Moore's neighbourhoods were flattened and schools were destroyed by winds of up to 200mph. 120 people, including 70 children, are being treated in hospitals


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2013 Apr.24   More than 1000 dead in Dhaka collapse  Many more are feared trapped after an eight-storey building collapsed on the outskirts of the capital
 Firefighters and army personnel are leading the operation to rescue those caught beneath the debris. More than 600 people have been injured


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2013 Feb.15   Meteor injures hundreds in Russia  A meteor crashing in Russia's Ural mountains has injured at least 950 people, as the shockwave blew out windows and rocked buildings
 A fireball streaked through the clear morning sky, followed by loud bangs. The meteor fell, suffered cuts and bruises but at least 46 remain in hospital. A large fragment landed in a lake near Chebarkul. The walls of the Arena Traktor were among those structures to suffer damage


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2013 Jan.27   Brazil night club fire kills 230 in Santa Maria  At least 230 people have died in a fire that swept through a nightclub in a university city in southern Brazil, police and officials say
 The fire began when a band let off fireworks at the Kiss club in Rio Grande do Sul. Many victims inhaled toxic fumes or were crushed as panicking clubbers tried to escape. President Dilma Rousseff has been visiting survivors at the city's Caridade hospital


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2012 Oct.30   40 people killed by Sandy as transport chaos  Millions are without power and transport across the north-eastern US has been severely disrupted as storm Sandy heads north for Canada
 In New York City, 18 people have been killed. More than 18,000 flights were cancelled
2012 Oct.29   Severe flooding as Sandy strikes  A major storm bringing torrential rain, high winds, flood surges and heavy snow has made landfall on the east US coast

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2012 Jan.13   Cruise ship runs aground in Italy  At least six people are reported dead after the Costa Concordia carrying more than 4,000 people ran aground off Italy
 The ship hit a sandbar on Friday evening near the island and listed about 20 degrees, after which people tried to reach land in lifeboats or by swimming


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2011 Apr.5   Water radiation millions of times over limit  An attempt to plug a leak of highly radioactive water from a nuclear reactor has shown a significant difference, despite the material not setting
 Tokyo Electric: an attempt to plug the leak had shown a 'significant difference,' despite the material not setting as hoped. The company had injected a silica-based polymer, 'liquid glass' to reduce the leak


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2011 Mar.11   Massive quake, tsunami hit Japan  A 8.9 earthquakeis causing a tsunami that swept debris miles inland. Dozens of nations, including the U.S., are under a tsunami warning
 The most powerful earthquake to hit Japan in 100 years unleashed walls of water that swept across rice fields, engulfing towns, dragging houses onto highways and tossing cars and boats, killing hundreds and forcing the evaucations of tens of thousands


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2011 Feb.21   Deadly quake strikes New Zealand  A 6.3-magnitude earthquake ripped through Christchurch, causing multiple fatalities as it toppled buildings onto buses, buckled streets
 The quake caused widespread damage and several power outages, particularly in the city of Christchurch. The epicentre was 40 kilometers west of Christchurch. The hypocentre was at a shallow depth of 10 km


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2010 Oct.22   Haiti cholera outbreak kills 138  The death toll from a cholera outbreak in Haiti has risen to more than 150 confirmed deaths
 All the reported cases are in the Artibonite and Central Plateau regions. Hospitals overflowed with people rushing to get help from the fast-moving outbreak
2010 Oct.13   Last trapped Chile miner rescued  The last of the 33 miners trapped deep underground in northern Chile for more than two months has been rescued
 They were greeted by families and President Sebastian Pinera. The rescued miners have been taken to hospital with severe dental infections and some eye problems. The six rescuers sent down to assist the miners are now being winched up


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2010 Aug.2   Russian fires prompt state of emergency  Authorities have imposed a state of emergency around about 500 towns and villages because of wildfires burning across the west of the country
 700 fires are burning, covering about 450 square miles. Most of the fires were started accidentally by people burning garbage, dropping cigarettes, or failing to extinguish campfires or barbecues properly
2010 Aug.1   More than 1,100 dead in flooding  Another 30,000 people were stuck on their rooftops and in higher areas as they tried to escape rushing floodwaters
 About 30,000 troops have joined the relief effort, with large parts of the north-west submerged by the worst monsoon rains in memory


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2010 Apr.21   Oil spill after blast on oil rig  A 'catastrophic' explosion aboard an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico engulfed the drilling platform in flames
 At least 11 missing after blast. Massive oil spill is the largest offshore spill in U.S. history and among the largest oil spills in history. The spill stemmed from a sea-floor oil gusher
2010 Apr.17   Volcanic ash wreaking travel chaos  A cloud from an Icelandic volcano continued to blanket Europe, shutting down airspace in 23 countries and causing misery for millions of travelers
 Virtually all of Europe's major airports remain closed as a huge plume of ash drifts south and east across the continent. Airlines are losing some $200m a day in an unprecedented shutdown of commercial air travel
2010 Apr.10   Polish president died in plane crash  Tupolev 154, carrying Lech Kaczynski, has crashed near a Russian airport. 87 people were killed; there were no survivors
 Kaczynski, his wife Maria and several senior government figures were in Russia to mark the 70th anniversary of the Katyn massacre. They included the army chief of staff Gen Franciszek Gagor, central bank governor Slawomir Skrzypek and deputy Foreign Minister Andrzej Kremer. There were a total of 132 people on the plane


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2010 Jan.12   'Catastrophic' earthquake slams Haiti  A 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck southern Haiti, knocking down buildings and power lines. Heavy damage and bodies in the streets of the capital
 Haiti's worst quake in two centuries seriously damaged the HQ of the UN mission and its personnel are missing. The national palace and a hospital are among buildings badly damaged; rescuers are digging under rubble


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2009 Jun.1   Air France plane crashed  The Airbus A330-200 with 228 people aboard reported electrical problems in stormy weather before it lost contact
 The plane sent an automatic message signaling an electric circuit failure as it hit turbulence


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2009 Apr.24   'Swine flu' kills 60  The World Health Organization says it suspects flu has killed 60 people and infected 800 others; majority of the cases were in the capital
 The new virus strain is a type of influenza A (H1N1) virus, commonly called the swine flu. By the end of April, 300 schools had closed across the U.S. and the Mexican government ordered a multi-day shutdown of all non-essential activities in the government and private sector, amounting to a shutdown of most of the economy
2009 Apr.5   About 300 dead in strong quake  A 6.3-magnitude earthquake jolted central Italy, after a series of about a hundred minor tremors since January
 This quake was caused by movement on a NW-SE trending normal fault. The majority of the damage occurred in the medieval capital city of the Abruzzo region and the surrounding villages Silvio Berlusconi refused foreign aid, saying that Italians were 'proud people' and had sufficient resources; However he singled out the United States


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2009 Feb.9   Toll from bush fires claimed 181  Some people died in their cars trying to escape the fires. Some of the fires in the state of Victoria were started deliberately
 The Victorian bushfires are a series of bushfires that were ignited on 7 February 2009, resulting in Australia's highest ever loss of life from a bushfire. Over 500 people injuried. The fires have destroyed at least 1,834 homes in towns north-east of Melbourn. The fires have left an estimated 7,500 people homeless


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2008 May.12   Quake death toll 50,000  80 percent of the buildings collapsed in the Beichuan Qiang Autonomous County after the 7.8-magnitude quake
 Several hundred students are also feared to be buried in collapsed school buildings. 'Five million' homeless in quake. A frightened schoolgirl was pulled safely from the rubble of a school dormitory. More than 4.3 million homes collapsed or sustained damage
2008 May.6   Cyclone death toll jumps to 22,000  41,000 missing after the catastrophic cyclone that battered the country. The U.N. estimated up to a million could be homeless
 Aid agencies begin what they expect to be a major relief operation to help tens of thousands left without clean water and shelter. Up to 1.5 million people may have been affected by Cyclone Nargis, which devastated the Irrawaddy Delta region


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2007 Aug.25   63 died from forest fires  The emergency workers continue to find the bodies of people burned to death by forest fires that are raging in the south of the country
 Karamanlis: Fires may have been deliberately set ahead of national elections. The newspapers are calling the southern Peloponnese region a 'crematorium'. The worst fires are concentrated along an 50 mile stretch on the west coast of the Peloponnese


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2006 May.27   Java quake kills 6,000  20,000 people have been hurt and 200,000 left homeless. The quake hit at 0554 local time
 The quake, measuring 6.3, is hitting a densely-populated area on the southern coast. People fled as their homes collapsed around them. Electricity and communications across the city of Yogyakarta were also down. The airport was closed. The runway had cracked. Rain compounds quake misery


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2005 Oct.7   Major quake kills thousands  A magnitude 7.6 earthquake epicenter was 60 miles north-northeast of Islamabad and 6 miles below the surface
 Most of the dead were in the Pakistani-controlled part of Kashmir, followed by the North-West Province. Entire villages and many roads have been wiped out by landslides. Indian Prime Minister Singh called President Musharraf and offered help


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2005 Aug.29   Hurricane Katrina lashes coast  1,836 people lost their lives in the hurricane and in the subsequent floods
 The costliest and one of the deadliest hurricanes in the history of the United States. Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast as far as 100 miles from the storm's center. Parts of New Orleans are flooded with up to 6 feet of water after some of the pumps failed. The storm is estimated to have been responsible for $81.2 billion in damage


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2004 Dec.26   9.0 Quake leaves 212,000 dead  People across Asia are flocking to morgues seeking lost loved ones after tsunamis swept across the Indian Ocean
 A great undersea earthquake occurred at an epicenter off the west coast of Sumatra. The earthquake triggered tsunamis along the coasts of landmasses bordering the Indian Ocean, killing large people and inundating coastal communities. The tsunami devastated the shores of Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India, Thailand with waves up to 30 m and caused serious damage and deaths as far as the east coast of Africa


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2003 Dec.25   28,000 dead after earthquake  The earthquake is destroying most of the ancient city of Bam. More than 30,000 were injured
 Aid workers caring for 100,000 survivors are calling for more help. Iran's president welcomed the US. 80% of Bam's mud-brick buildings were flattened. President Khatami pledged to rebuild Bam's 2,000-year-old citadel ''whatever the cost'


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2003 Aug.14   10,000 dead in heat wave  Paris morgues are full and air conditioned tents have been set up to hold bodies
 Officials blame the high death toll on the length of the heat wave and that Parisian buildings typically lack air conditioning. In 'Plan Blanc' doctors and nurses being recalled from leave, morgue workers called out of retirement, and further 1,000 hospital beds being made available


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2003 Mar.13   First alert over SARS  Virulent flu and pneumonia has swept through hospitals in Hong Kong and Vietnam
 Health officials have issued a global warning about the flu and pneumonia. The precise origin of the infection is unknown


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2003 Feb.1   Space shuttle and crew lost  Columbia broke up as it descended toward a planned landing, showering debris across southeastern Texas
 Those killed on the flight were commander Rick D. Husband; pilot William C. McCool; payload commander Michael P. Anderson; mission specialists David M. Brown, Kalpana Chawla and Laurel Clark; and Israel's astronaut, Ilan Ramon. The loss was caused by damage sustained during launch when a piece of insulation broke off


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2001 Sep.11   Terror attacks hit U.S.  3 commercial jets crash into World Trade Center and Pentagon. Both towers collapsed. United Airlines plane crashed
 2,973 people died. 19 terrorists affiliated with al-Qaeda hijacked four commercial passenger jet airliners. Passengers and members of the flight crew on the Flight 93 attempted to retake control of their plane from the hijackers. The plane crashed into a field near the town of Shanksville, Pennsylvania.


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2001 Apr.1   U.S. spy plane lands in China  Navy reconnaissance plane made an emergency landing. It collided with a Chinese fighter jet
 The electronic surveillance aircraft EP-3 Aries landed on the island of Hainan. Chinese F-8 sent to intercept the aircraft had bumped the EP-3 in the process. U.S. plane was over international waters when the incident occurred. The plane was equipped with highly sensitive equipment that could monitor communications and air movements


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2001 Jan.26   7.9 Earthquake killed 30,000 people  Earthquake at 8:46 in the morning, centered near Bhuj, on the 51st celebration of Republic Day
 Gujarat officials have said that homeless will be offered food in exchange for aiding the reconstruction effort. Total property damage was estimated at $5.5 billion. In Ahmedabad as many as 50 multistory buildings collapsed and several hundred people were killed
Nov. 12, 1996   Charkhi Dadri mid-air collision  The aircraft involved were a Saudi Arabian Airlines Boeing 747-100B to Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, and a Kazakhstan Airlines Ilyushin Il-76 Jun. 29, 1995   Sampoong Department Store collapse  The collapse is the largest peacetime disaster in South Korean history as 502 people died and 937 were injured Sep. 28, 1994   MS Estonia disaster  A cruise ferry built in 1979/80 at the German shipyard Meyer Werft in Papenburg Jan. 1, 1994   North Korean famine  Together with the accompanying general economic crisis are known as the Arduous March, occurred in North Korea from 1994 to 1998 Apr. 19, 1993   Waco siege ends, leaving 86 people dead  A siege of a compound belonging to the religious group Branch Davidians by American federal and Texas state law enforcement and US military Jul. 2, 1990   Stampede by pilgrims inside pedestrian tunnel  A tunnel leading out towards Mina led to the deaths of 1,426 pilgrims, many of them Malaysian, Indonesian and Pakistani of origin Dec. 20, 1987   MV Doņa Paz ferry disaster  A passenger ferry sank after colliding with the oil tanker MT Vector with an estimated death toll of 4,386 people and only 24 survivors Jan. 28, 1986   Space Shuttle Challenger disaster  The NASA orbiter Challenger (OV-099) (mission STS-51-L) broke apart 73 seconds into its flight, leading to the deaths of its seven crew members Aug. 12, 1985   Japan Airlines Flight 123 disaster  Boeing 747SR suffered explosive decompression 12 minutes into the flight and, 32 minutes later, crashed into two ridges of Mount Takamagahara Dec. 2, 1984   Bhopal disaster  A gas leak incident at the Union Carbide India Limited (UCIL) pesticide plan considered the world's worst industrial disaster.At least 3,787 died Sep. 1, 1983   Korean Air Lines Flight 007 shot down  The airliner serving the flight was shot down by a Soviet Su-15 interceptor near Moneron Island, west of Sakhalin Island, in the Sea of Japan Aug. 19, 1980   Saudia Flight 163 disaster  The flight caught fire after takeoff from Riyadh International Airport (now the Riyadh Air Base) on a flight to Jeddah Mar. 27, 1977   Tenerife airport disaster  The fatal runway collision between two Boeing 747s killed 583 people. KLM flight tried to take off while the Pan Am flight was still on the runway Jul. 28, 1976   1976 Tangshan earthquake  The largest earthquake of the 20th century by death toll. The number of deaths is around 240,000 to 255,000 Mar. 3, 1974   Turkish Airlines Flight 981 disaster  A McDonnell Douglas DC-10 crashed outside Paris, killing all 346 people on board. The crash was caused when an improperly secured cargo door Nov. 13, 1970   1970 Bhola cyclone  A devastating tropical cyclone that struck East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) and India's West Bengal. Up to 500,000 people lost their lives Dec. 3, 1948   SS Kiangya disaster  A Chinese passenger steamship that blew up near the mouth of the Huangpu River 50 miles (80 km) north of Shanghai on 3 or 4 December 1948 Nov. 28, 1942   Cocoanut Grove fire  Boston's premier nightclub during the post-Prohibition 1930s and 1940s. 492 people died. It led to a reform of safety standards May. 6, 1937   Explosion of the Hindenburg  The German passenger airship LZ 129 Hindenburg caught fire and was destroyed during its attempt to dock. Of the 97 people on board, 35 died Jul. 1, 1931   Central China floods of 1931  Estimates of the total death toll range from 145,000 to between 3.7 million and 4 million. In July alone rain totaling over 2 feet Apr. 14, 1912   S.S. Titanic sank  RMS Titanic was a British passenger liner that sank in the North Atlantic Ocea after colliding with an iceberg during her maiden voyage Apr. 18, 1906   San Francisco earthquake and fire  Devastating fires broke out in the city that lasted for several days. As a result, about 3,000 people died and over 80% of the city was destroyed Feb. 15, 1898   U.S.S. Maine blown up  The Maine is best known for her loss in Havana Harbor. She exploded without warning, and sank quickly, killing nearly three quarters of her crew