Natural Disasters & Epidemics
Wednesday, 18 May 2022
2018 a school shooting occurs at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, killing 17 people and injuring 17.
2018 A semi-truck collides with a bus carrying the Humboldt Broncos ice hockey junior team in Saskatchewan, Canada, killing 16 and injuring 13 people
2018 The 2018 North American heat wave takes place, killing 33 people in the Canadian province of Quebec
2018 The 2018 Kivu Ebola outbreak begins in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It becomes the second-deadliest outbreak of the Ebola virus on November 29, surpassed only by the 2013 West African Ebola virus epidemic
2018 A tsunami hits the Sunda Strait, Indonesia, killing at least 430 people and injuring nearly 1,500
2018 nipah virus outbreak in Kerala in India killing 18 (as of February 2020) people
2018 Kivu Ebola epidemic in Democratic Republic of the Congo & Uganda killing 2,268 (as of 16 March 2020) people
2018 Sulawesi earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia killing 4,340 people
2019 Great Belt Bridge rail accident: A DSB express passenger train is hit by a semi-trailer from a passing cargo train on the western bridge of the Great Belt Fixed Link in Denmark, killing eight people and making it the deadliest rail accident in the country since 1988
2019 ramses Station rail disaster: A train smashes into a barrier inside Ramses Station in Cairo, Egypt, causing an explosion and a fire, killing 25 people and injuring 40 others.
2019 Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302, a Boeing 737 MAX 8 bound for Nairobi, crashes shortly after takeoff from Addis Ababa killing all 157 people on board. All Boeing 737 MAX aircraft are subsequently grounded worldwide
2019 Russian President Vladimir Putin signs into law a controversial "sovereign internet" bill that allows Russian authorities to better monitor internet routing and to steer Russian internet traffic away from foreign servers. Proponents of the bill say it ensures Russian internet security and decreases dependence on foreign servers while critics argue it gives new censorship powers to the government and is a part of a global trend of cyber-balkanization.May 3 - The number of deaths from the Kivu Ebola outbreak exceeds 1,000. It is the second deadliest Ebola outbreak in history, only surpassed by the West African Ebola virus epidemic of 2013–2016
2019 Aeroflot Flight 1492 crash-lands and bursts into flames at Sheremetyevo International Airport, Moscow, killing 41 of the 78 people on board
2019 Angara Airlines Flight 200 overruns the runway during landing and collides with a building, killing the captain and flight engineer, and injuring a further 22 people. 45 people survive the crash at Nizhneangarsk Airport, Russia
2019 The World Health Organization (WHO) declares the Kivu Ebola epidemic to be a public health emergency of international concern
2019 Cairo bombing: A car crashes into three other cars causing an explosion outside the National Cancer Institute Egypt in Cairo, Egypt, killing at least 20 people and injuring 47 others
2019 Morogoro tanker explosion: A fuel tanker truck explodes in Morogoro, Tanzania, killing at least 89 people and injuring dozens more
2019 a gas explosion in Koltsovo, Novosibirsk Oblast, Russia sets off a fire in a bioweapons plant that houses viruses including smallpox, ebola and anthrax.
2019 the Nanfang'ao Bridge, the only steel single-arch bridge in Taiwan, collapses, killing six people and injuring more than twenty others.
2019 2019 Busy Bee crash: A plane crashes shortly after takeoff in a densely populated area of Goma, Democratic Republic of the Congo, killing all 19 people on board and at least 10 more on the ground.
2019 a volcano erupts on White Island in New Zealand, killing 19 people and injuring 28.
2019 chilean Air Force C-130 crash: A Chilean military transport aircraft crashes while en route to Base Presidente Eduardo Frei Montalva in Antarctica, killing all 38 people onboard. The crash site was located on December 12.December 10 - Sanna Marin, at the age of 34, becomes the world's youngest serving prime minister after being selected to lead Finland's Social Democratic Party.
2019 a locust plague devastates 173,000 acres (70,000 hectares) of crop and grazing land in Ethiopia and Somalia.
2019 a report by the Multi-Sector Epidemic Response Committee (CMRE) indicates that 2,231 people have died so far in the 2018–19 Kivu Ebola epidemic in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
2019 measles outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in Democratic Republic of the Congo killing 6,000+ (as of January 2020) people
2019 samoa measles outbreak in Samoa killing 83 people
2019 dengue fever epidemic in Asia-Pacific, Latin America killing 2,000+ people
2019 coronavirus pandemic in Worldwide killing 191,084 (As of April 24, 2020) people
2019 cyclone Idai in Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Malawi killing 1,303 people
2020 jakarta floods in Indonesia killing 66 people
2020 three months into the COVID-19 epidemic Chinese President Xi Jinping finally travels to Wuhan, epicenter of the outbreak as the rate of daily new infections declines in China falls to 19 new cases and 17 deaths
2020 Coronavirus COVID-19 declared a pandemic by the head of the World Health Organization Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus , with 121,564 cases worldwide and 4,373 deaths
2020 Japan's Prime Minister Shinzō Abe announces postponement of Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games until summer of 2021 because of the worldwide coronavirus pandemic
2020 Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro downplays the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic saying "its not all its being made out to be"