2006 Yogyakarta earthquake

The 2006 Yogyakarta earthquake (also known as the Bantul earthquake) occurred at 05:53 local time on 27 May with a moment magnitude of 6.4 and a maximum MSK intensity of VIII (Damaging). Several factors led to a disproportionate amount of damage and number of casualties for the size of the shock, with more than 5,700 dead, tens of thousands injured, and financial losses of Rp 29.1 […]

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1991 Bangladesh cyclone

The 1991 Bangladesh cyclone was among the deadliest tropical cyclones on record.[1] Forming out of a large area of convection over the Bay of Bengal on April 24, the tropical cyclone initially developed gradually while meandering over the southern Bay of Bengal. On April 28, the storm began to accelerate northeastwards under the influence of the southwesterlies, and rapidly intensified to super cyclonic

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Mangatepopo Canyon disaster

The Mangatepopo Canyon Disaster was a flash flood that occurred on 15 April 2008 in the central North Island of New Zealand. Students and staff from Elim Christian College were at the Sir Edmund Hillary Outdoor Pursuits Centre during a gorge trip. The flash flood resulted in the death of six students and one teacher. It took place at the Mangatepopo stream in the Tongariro

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1965 Valparaíso earthquake and the El Cobre dam failures

The 1965 Valparaíso earthquake (also known as the La Ligua earthquake) struck near La Ligua in Valparaíso Region, Chile, about 140 km (87 mi) from the capital Santiago on Sunday, March 28 at 12:33 local time. The moment magnitude (Mw ) 7.4–7.6 earthquake killed 400–500 people and inflicted US$1 billion (adjusted for inflation) in damage.[1][2] Many deaths were from El Cobre, a mining location that was wiped out after a

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1964 Alaska Earthquake M9.2

The 1964 Alaskan earthquake, also known as the Great Alaskan earthquake and Good Friday earthquake, occurred at 5:36 pm AKST on Good Friday, March 27.[3] Across south-central Alaska, ground fissures, collapsing structures, and tsunamis resulting from the earthquake caused about 131 deaths.[4] Lasting four minutes and thirty-eight seconds, the magnitude 9.2 megathrust earthquake remains the most powerful earthquake ever recorded in North America, and the second most powerful earthquake ever

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Brunner Mine disaster

The Brunner Mine disaster happened at 9:30 am on Thursday 26 March 1896 (NZMT; UTC+11:30), when an explosion deep in the Brunner Mine, in the West Coast region of New Zealand, killed all 65 miners below ground. The Brunner Mine disaster is the deadliest mining disaster in New Zealand’s history.[1] The royal commission of inquiry put the cause of the disaster to a blown-out shot

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1947 Gisborne earthquakes and tsunami

The 1947 Gisborne earthquakes and tsunami occurred east of Gisborne and offshore from New Zealand’s North Island. Both the two earthquakes are estimated to have measured at most 7.1 on the moment magnitude scale.[1] The first earthquake, which struck offshore Poverty Bay on 26 March 1947 at 8:32 am NZST, seemed like a minor earthquake in Gisborne,[2] but was 7.0–7.1 Mw.[3] It generated a tsunami with a maximum

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1929 Arthur’s Pass earthquake. M7.1

The 1929 Arthur’s Pass earthquake occurred at 10:50 pm NZMT on 9 March. The sparsely settled region around Arthur’s Pass of the Southern Alps shook for four minutes.[1] Tremors continued almost continuously until midnight and sporadic strong aftershocks were felt for several days. The earthquake was measured at 7.1 on the Richter magnitude scale and the intensity of shaking in the epicentral region has been assessed from

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Cyclone Bola

Severe Tropical Cyclone Bola was one of the costliest cyclones in the history of New Zealand,[1] causing severe damage as an extratropical cyclone when it passed near the country in March 1988. It formed on February 24 to the north of Fiji, and tracking generally southwestward it reached hurricane-force winds near Vanuatu on February 28. The next day it generated peak wind velocities of 195 km/h

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1934 Pahiatua earthquake, M7.6

The 1934 Pahiatua earthquake struck at 11:46 pm on 5 March, causing severe damage in much of the lower North Island. Wairarapa, Wellington and Hawke’s Bay (which was still recovering from the 1931 Hawke’s Bay earthquake) felt the strongest levels of shaking, with much of New Zealand feeling the tremor. This earthquake has historically been referred to as the Pahiatua earthquake, but recent reviews of its epicentre place

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