Natural Disasters timeline

  • Great Hanshin Earthquake

    The 7.2-magnitude Great Hanshin Earthquake of 1995 hit the Kobe area at 5:46 a.m. on Tuesday, January 17, leaving in its wake more than 5200... Read more

  • Chicago Heat Wave of 1995

    The heat wave in July 1995 in Chicago was one of the worst weather-related disasters in Illinois history with approximately 525 deaths over a 5-day... Read more

  • Kissimmee Tornado Outbreak

    The 1998 Kissimmee tornado outbreak of February 22 - 23 1998, was the deadliest tornado event in Florida history. Forty-two people were killed and... Read more

  • Afghanistan Earthquake of May 1998

    The magnitude of the earthquake was 6.9 on the Richter scale. This was the second large earthquake in the area in 1998 after another earthquake on... Read more

  • Hurricane Mitch

    Hurricane Mitch was the most powerful hurricane of the 1998 Atlantic hurricane season, with maximum sustained winds of 180 mph (285 km/h). The... Read more

  • Galtür Avalanche

    In February 1999, a catastrophic avalanche at Galtür in Austria claimed 31 lives. Over the next six months, Horizon followed a team of scientists... Read more

  • Izmit Earthquake of 1999

    The Izmit earthquake occurred at 00:01:39 UTC (3:01 a.m. local time), and was centered at 40.74 N., 29.86 E., which places the epicenter about 11... Read more

  • Athens Earthquake

    The 1999 Athens earthquake, registering a moment magnitude of 6.0, occurred on September 7, 1999, at 2:56:50 pm local time and lasted approximately... Read more

  • 921 Earthquake

    A large and damaging earthquake occurred in the northwest region of Taiwan at 17:47 GMT on September 20, 1999 (01:47 AM on September 21 Taiwan... Read more

  • Orissa Cyclone of 1999

    October 29, 1999, saw cyclonic storms with winds of 200 km per hour ripping through India’s eastern coast. Orissa, like many times in the past, was... Read more

  • Vargas Tragedy

    In mid-December 1999, after several days of ever-increasing rains pouring over the Central Mountain Range and the piedmont within the span of 24... Read more

  • Mozambique Flood of 2000

    The 2000 Mozambique flood was a natural disaster that occurred in February and March 2000. The catastrophic flooding was caused by heavy rainfall... Read more

  • Pine Lake, Alberta Tornado

    On July 14, 2000 at approximately 7:00 PM an F3 tornado tore through the Green Acres Campground at Pine Lake in central Alberta killing 12 people... Read more

  • Ostankino Tower Catches on Fire

    The tower caught fire on August 27, 2000, killing three people. In addition, television and radio signals were disrupted around Moscow. The fire... Read more

  • 2001 Gujarat Earthquake

    A major earthquake struck Gujarat, India, on 26 January 2001 at 08:46 AM local time resulting in close to 13,823 deaths and extensive damage to... Read more

  • El Salvador Earthquake of February 2001

    At 14:22:05 UTC, the 6.6 quake struck with the epicentre at 15 miles (30 km) E of San Salvador, El Salvador (13.67N 88.93W) at the depth of 10 km.... Read more

  • Tropical Storm Allison

    Allison originated off the coast of Africa on May 21. For the next two weeks it moved across the Atlantic, into the Caribbean and then along the... Read more

  • Kolka-Karmadon Rock Ice Slide

    The Kolka-Karmadon rock-ice slide occurred on the northern slope of the Kazbek massif in North Ossetia, Russia on September 20, 2002 following a... Read more

  • SARS Pandemic

    Severe acute respiratory syndrome is a respiratory disease in humans which is caused by the SARS coronavirus (SARS-CoV). There has been one near... Read more

  • European Heat Wave of 2003

    Neither Europeans, nor people around the world, can erase the memory of the thousands of people who lost their lives in the worst weather disaster... Read more

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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