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A World Gone Wild (2 of 4)
Series: Breaking News
1. The media called 2010 ''The Year The Earth Struck Back.'' Take your pick-tsunamis, typhoons, and tornados. What is called ''Natural Disasters'' killed a quarter of a million people in that 12 month period. More people were killed world-wide by natural disasters in 2010 than were killed in terrorism attacks in the past 40 years combined.
2. When it comes to Breaking News you can always count every year on some natural disaster interrupting your regularly scheduled programming. Let's just take four of them and we will do it in recent chronological order.
August 29, 2005 - Hurricane Katrina slams into the Mississippi Coast and the City of New Orleans resulting in the costliest natural disaster in the history of the United States. It is one of the five deadliest hurricanes ever recorded - 1,836 people died. The economic cost was $150 billion. Eighty percent of the City of New Orleans was flooded and water reached up to 12 miles inland. By the way, 2005, gave us the most active hurricane season in history.
3. January 15, 2010 - An earthquake hits the country of Haiti registering 7.0 on the Richter Scale, killing 316,000 people leaving 1.6 million people homeless practically destroying an entire nation.
4. March 11, 2011 - is what is now known as the great ''East Japan Earthquake'' registering a 9.0 on the Richter Scale. It was the most powerful in the history of Japan and one of five most powerful in history. It is the most powerful earthquake recorded in 110 years. This time the problem wasn't the earthquake; the problem was the tsunami caused by the earthquake. Waves 13 stories high slammed into the eastern coast of Japan, traveling up to six miles inland. The cost is estimated to be $300 billion making it the most expensive natural disaster in history. Twenty-four thousand people were killed or missing. The coast of Japan was moved 8 feet.
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