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Sixteen people are killed in an avalanche on Mount Everest

An avalanche hit the area just below the Base Camp 2 at around 01:00 UTC (06:30 local time) and at an elevation of about 5,900 meters (19,400 ft). Sixteen people were killed in the avalanche and nine more were injured.

Two of suicide bombings in Baghdad

A series of attacks occurred when five car bombs exploded across Baghdad, the capital city of Iraq, killing nearly 200 people. The attacks targeted mainly Shia locations and civilians. The Sadriya market had already been struck by a massive truck bombing and was in the process of being rebuilt when the attack took place.

Red River flood

The Red River flood of 1997 was a major flood that occurred along the Red River of the North in Minnesota, North Dakota, and Southern Manitoba. The flood reached throughout the Red River Valley, affecting the cities of Fargo and Winnipeg, but none so greatly as Grand Forks and East Grand Forks, where floodwaters reached more than 3 miles inland.

San Francisco earthquake

The 1906 San Francisco earthquake struck the coast of Northern California at 5:12 a.m. on Wednesday, April 18 with an estimated moment magnitude of 7.9 and a maximum Mercalli intensity of XI (Extreme). High intensity shaking was felt from Eureka on the North Coast to the Salinas Valley, an agricultural region to the south of the San Francisco Bay Area. Devastating fires soon broke out in the city and lasted for several days. Thousands of homes were dismantled. As a result, up to 3,000 people died and over 80% of the city of San Francisco was destroyed. The events are remembered as one of the worst and deadliest earthquakes in the history of the United States. The death toll remains the greatest loss of life from a natural disaster in California's history and high in the lists of American disasters.