Disasters timeline

  • French Heat Wave of 2003

    Between August 3 and August 13, temperatures regularly exceeded 40 C (104 F), TF1 reported. Typically, the temperature in August in Paris is around... Read more

  • Alcântara VLS Accident

    On August 22, 2003, at 13:30 (local time) an explosion destroyed a Brazilian Space Agency VLS-1 (VLS-1 V03) rocket as it stood on its launch pad at... Read more

  • Bam Earthquake of 2003

    Tragedy hit Iran on 26 December 2003 when a major earthquake registering 6.5 on the Richter scale hit its south-eastern province of Kerman at 05:28... Read more

  • SuperFerry 14 Bombing

    The 2004 SuperFerry 14 bombing on February 27, 2004, was an Islamic terrorist attack that resulted in the sinking of the ferry SuperFerry 14 and... Read more

  • Madrid Train Bombings

    On the morning of March 11 2004, as thousands of commuters made their way to work, 10 bombs packed with nails and dynamite exploded on four trains... Read more

  • Konginkangas Bus Disaster

    The Konginkangas bus disaster was a major traffic accident on March 19, 2004, outside the Konginkangas housing estate in Äänekoski, Finland. At... Read more

  • Ryongchon Disaster

    Up to 3,000 people have been killed or injured in a huge explosion after two fuel trains collided in North Korea, reports say. The blast... Read more

  • Ycuá Bolaños Supermarket Fire

    Paraguayan churches have swung into action to assist families of those who were killed in the blaze that swept through a shopping center in... Read more

  • Hurricane Ivan

    Hurricane Ivan was the 10th most intense Atlantic hurricane ever recorded. The cyclone was also the sixth hurricane and the fourth major hurricane... Read more

  • Hurricane Jeanne

    Tropical Depression Jeanne developed late in the afternoon on Monday, September 13, 2004, 70 miles east-southeast of Guadeloupe. Jeanne became a... Read more

  • Indian Ocean Earthquake of 2004

    The 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake was an undersea megathrust earthquake that occurred at 00:58:53 UTC on December 26, 2004, with an epicentre off... Read more

  • República Cromañón Nightclub Fire

    On 30 December 2004, a fire broke out in the club, killing 194 people and injuring 714 others. The venue was playing host to rock group Callejeros... Read more

  • Glendale Train Crash

    A man accused of killing 11 people by parking his truck in a train's path intended to get his estranged wife's attention by causing "a horrific... Read more

  • Sumatra Earthquake of 2005

    The 2005 Sumatra earthquake, referred to as the Nias Earthquake by the scientific community, was a major earthquake on 28 March 2005, located off... Read more

  • Amagasaki Rail Crash

    The Amagasaki rail crash occurred on 25 April 2005 at around 09:19 local time (00:18 UTC), just after the local rush hour. The Rapid Service (a... Read more

  • London Bombings of July 2005

    At least 38 people were killed yesterday and more than 700 injured as terrorists struck at the heart of London, causing the biggest loss of life in... Read more

  • Maharashtra Floods of 2005

    The Maharashtra floods of 2005 refers to the flooding of many parts of the Indian state of Maharashtra including large areas of the metropolis... Read more

  • Hurricane Katrina

    At approximately 6:10 a.m., Central Daylight Time, on August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina, a Category 4 storm packing winds of 145 m.p.h., made... Read more

  • Baghdad Bridge Stampede of 2005

    For once, there were no cars rigged with explosives, no men with assault rifles or bomb-filled vests - no proof of malice. The culprit was a... Read more

  • Datia Rail Accident

    The Datia train accident was a railroad accident that occurred on 3 October 2005 involving a passenger train near Datia in India's Madhya Pradesh... Read more

  • Kashmir Earthquake

    Most of the casualties resulting from the earthquake were in Pakistan where the official confirmed death toll is 74,698, putting it higher than the... Read more

  • Hurricane Wilma

    Hurricane Wilma plowed into southwest Florida early yesterday with howling 125 mph winds and dashed across the state to the Miami-Fort Lauderdale... Read more

  • Veligonda Train Disaster

    Army divers searched yesterday for survivors and the dead in the submerged carriages of a train that derailed and plunged into a rain-swollen river... Read more

  • Sago Mine Disaster

    The Sago Mine disaster was a coal mine explosion on January 2, 2006, in the Sago Mine in Sago, West Virginia, USA near the Upshur County seat of... Read more

  • Bioče Train Disaster

    The Bioče train disaster was a train crash on January 23, 2006 in Montenegro. At least 45 people, including five children, were killed and another... Read more