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Typhoon Haiyan (aka Yolanda)

26 November 2014

Typhoon Haiyan hit the central islands of the Philippines on the 8th November 2013 with a force that killed between 6,000 and 7,500 people.  With sustained wind speeds of more than 310 kilometres per hour, Haiyan was the most powerful tropical cyclone to make landfall in recorded history. The [read more]

The Deepwater Horizon Disaster

21 October 2014

On the 20th April 2010 in the Gulf of Mexico there was an explosion on the oil rig Deepwater Horizon, which subsequently sunk with the loss of eleven lives. The oil which gushed into the Gulf of Mexico was the largest marine oil spill ever recorded and it was only on the 19th September 2010 that [read more]

The Great Hanshin (or Kobe) Earthquake – Japan 1995

14 October 2014

The Great Hanshin, or Kobe, Earthquake occurred at 05:46 JST on the 17th January 1995, in the Hyogo Prefecture of Japan. The earthquake measured 7.2 on the Richter scale but was unusually destructive because it occurred so near the surface (14 km down), it caused the south side of the Nojima [read more]