Major Disasters Tsunami In the year 2004, another great disaster in the world took place in the Indian Ocean known as Tsunami. It was an earthquake in the undersea killing ample amount of people and communities all over. The magnitude was around 9.0 and the death count was 230,000.
Indian Ocean Earthquake 2004 - Also known as the Sumatra-Andaman earthquake, it was estimated to be a magnitude 9.15, and occurred on December 26, 2004. While the earthquake itself lasted for only 10 seconds, it caused a tsunami that killed 200,000 to 310,000 people along the shores of Indonesia, Sri Lanka, South India, and Thailand with one death even occurring at Port Elizabeth in South Africa, 8,000 miles away from the epicenter.
Haiti Earthquake 2010 - magnitude 7.0 earthquake that has a depth of 8.1 miles rocked Haiti on January 12, 2010. Its epicenter was located just south west of Port-Au-Prince with 59 aftershocks ranging from 4.2 to 5.9 magnitudes in strength. The strongest earthquake to hit the country since 1770.
RMS Titanic - 15 April 1912 after colliding with an iceberg during her maiden voyage from Southampton, UK to New York City, USA. Many blame the less number of life-boats to be a prime reason for the high number of deaths, which was 1517. Its loss was the catalyst for major reforms in shipping safety.
Ahwaz, in southwestern Iran, which produces the country’s most oil, is topped the most polluted cities in the world, with an annual mean level of 372 mcg/m3 according to 2009 data. Five million people are poisoned by pollution everyday in the developing world.
On Feb, 15, a meteor explodes over the Russian city of Chelyabinsk, injuring 1,491 people and damaging over 4,300 buildings. It is the most powerful meteor to strike Earth’s atmosphere in over a century. The incident, along with a coincidental flyby of a larger asteroid, prompts international concern regarding the vulnerability of the planet to meteor strikes.
Manila-typhoon Haiyan thwarted the Philippines. The devastation and casualties that this brought about revealed the country as one of the most perilous place to be when it comes to natural disasters. Located just off the Philippines trench, the capital city of Manila faces high earthquake, flooding and typhoon risks. Manila is considered the most fragile country in the world economically when it comes to natural disasters;