Disasters timeline

  • Katowice Trade Hall Roof Collapse

    Rescue teams searched in bitter cold Sunday for victims buried when the roof of an exhibition hall in the southern Polish town of Katowice... Read more

  • Southern Leyte Mudslide of 2006

    A massive rock slide-debris avalanche occurred on February 17, 2006 in the Philippine province of Southern Leyte that caused widespread damage and... Read more

  • Al-Dana Tour Boat Capsizes

    The al-Dana a motorised Arabic dhow or passenger ferry, the al-Dana, sailing off Manama, Bahrain, capsized in the Persian Gulf on March 30, 2006.... Read more

  • Al-Baraqua II Capsizes

    A boat carrying passengers to a religious festival capsized as it left Djibouti's main harbour yesterday, killing at least 69 people. The ferry... Read more

  • May 2006 Java Earthquake

    The death toll from the earthquake that rocked Indonesia's main island of Java at the weekend has risen to at least 5,846, the social affairs... Read more

  • Yanjin Earthquake of 2006

    The 2006 Yanjin earthquake was a magnitude 5.2 earthquake in southwestern China. It occurred on July 22, 2006, at 01:10 UTC (09:10 local time).... Read more

  • Typhoon Saomai

    The most powerful typhoon to hit China in a half century killed 104 people and left at least 190 missing Friday after it blacked out cities and... Read more

  • Pulkovo Aviation Flight 612 Crash

    A Russian airliner that crashed in eastern Ukraine yesterday killing all 170 passengers and crew on board was probably struck by lightning as it... Read more

  • Comair Flight 5191 Crash

    The National Transportation Safety Board said the evidence so far shows that the Comair jet that crashed on takeoff in Kentucky Sunday morning took... Read more

  • Gol Transportes Aéreos Flight 1907

    The crash killed all 154 people on the airliner, a Boeing 737 operated by Gol Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes. The business jet, manufactured by... Read more

  • Moscow Hospital Fire

    A suspicious fire combined with a blocked exit turned the women's ward of a Moscow drug treatment hospital into a deathtrap Saturday as flames and... Read more

  • Groundhog Day Tornado Outbreak

    The 2007 Groundhog Day tornado outbreak was a localized but devastating tornado event that took place in central Florida early on February 2, 2007.... Read more

  • Garuda Indonesia Flight 200 Crashes

    Garuda Indonesia Flight 200 (GA200) was the scheduled domestic passenger flight of a Boeing 737-497 operated by Garuda Indonesia between Jakarta... Read more

  • Maputo Armory Explosion

    More than 90 people have been killed after a series of explosions at a weapons depot in Mozambique, government officials say. Thousands of... Read more

  • Qinghe Special Steel Corporation Disaster

    At least 32 workers were killed and two injured today when they were buried in white-hot molten steel at a metal factory in North East China,... Read more

  • Kenya Airways Flight 507 Crashes, Killing 114

    A Kenya Airways plane that crashed after takeoff in Cameroon with 114 people on board is largely submerged in a swamp and there is no chance of... Read more

  • Asian Heat Wave of 2007

    "Life has become a hell," says 75-year-old Lachaiah, a villager in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, which is suffering one of its worst... Read more

  • TAM Airlines Flight 3054 Explodes Near Gas Station

    TAM Airlines Flight 3054 (JJ 3054) was an Airbus A320 airliner, registration PR-MBK, operating as a scheduled domestic passenger flight between... Read more

  • Benaleka Train Crash

    At least 100 people have died following the derailment of a goods train near Benaleka, 140 miles northwest of Kananga, Congo, a further 200 have... Read more

  • I-35W Mississippi River Bridge Collapse

    About 6:05 p.m. central daylight time on Wednesday, August 1, 2007, the eight-lane, 1,907-foot-long I‑35W highway bridge over the Mississippi River... Read more

  • Sumatra Earthquakes of 2007

    The magnitude 8.4 and 7.8 southern Sumatra earthquakes of September 12, 2007 occurred as the result of thrust faulting on the boundary between the... Read more

  • Can Tho Bridge Collapse

    The collapse of Cần Thơ Bridge was a severe construction accident in southern Vietnam. The accident occurred at 8 am local time(GMT+7) on the... Read more

  • Shandong Train Collision

    Train T195 was an express passenger train from Beijing to Sifang railway station in Qingdao. It derailed at 04:38 China Standard Time (CST) on the... Read more

  • Cyclone Nargis Hits Burma

    The official death toll for Burma's cyclone disaster has jumped to almost 78,000 people, with nearly 56,000 missing, according to state TV. The... Read more

  • Great Sichuan Earthquake

    On the afternoon of May 12, 2008, a 7.9-magnitude earthquake hit Sichuan Province, a mountainous region in Western China, killing about 70,000... Read more