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Hiroshima lanslides

In August 2014, Hiroshima Prefecture in Japan was struck by a series of landslides following heavy rain. 74 people are reported dead. According to the police, the dead include 3 boys aged two, three and eleven. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe directed the military to deploy hundreds of personnel to assist the local rescue teams.

Marchioness disaster

The Marchioness disaster was a collision between two vessels on the River Thames in London, in 1989, and resulted in the deaths of 51 people. The pleasure steamer Marchioness sank after being hit twice by the dredger Bowbelle, between Cannon Street railway bridge and Southwark Bridge.

'Black Saturday' of the Yellowstone fire

The Yellowstone fires of 1988 collectively formed the largest wildfire in the recorded history of Yellowstone National Park in the United States. Starting many smaller individual fires, the flames quickly spread out of control with increasing winds and drought and combined into one large conflagration, which burned for several months. [xxx]