Monday, December 20, 2010

2010: The Year of Disaster

Quick look at abnormal year - THE NEWS TRIBUNE


While the Haitian earthquake, Russian heat wave, and Pakistani flooding were the biggest killers, deadly quakes also struck Chile, Turkey, China and Indonesia in one of the most active seismic years in decades. Through mid-December there have been 20 earthquakes of magnitude 7.0 or higher, compared with the normal 16.

This year is tied for the most big quakes since 1970, but it is not a record. Nor is it a significantly above-average year for the number of strong earthquakes, U.S. officials say.

Flooding alone this year killed more than 6,300 people in 59 nations through September, according to the World Health Organization.

In the U.S., 30 people died in the Nashville, Tenn., region due to flooding. Inundated countries included China, Italy, India, Colombia and Chad. Super Typhoon Megi, with winds of more than 200 mph, devastated the Philippines and parts of China.

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