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3/22/1859: Quito, Ecuador suffers one of its worst earthquakes killing 5,000 people

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3/19/1937: Nearly 300 students in Texas are killed by an explosion of natural gas at their school

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Nearly 300 students in Texas are killed by an explosion of natural gas at their school


3/10/1906: An underground fire sparked a massive explosion in a mine killing over 1,000 workers in Courrieres, France

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3/9/1981: A nuclear accident at a Japan Atomic Power Company plant in Tsuruga, Japan, exposes 59 workers to radiation.

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“…..On March 9, a worker forgot to shut a critical valve, causing a radioactive sludge tank to overflow. Fifty-six workers were sent in to mop up the radioactive sludge before the leak could escape the disposal building, but the plan was not successful and 16 tons of waste spilled into Wakasa Bay……”


2/25/1984: A huge gas leak explosion destroys a shantytown in Brazil, killing at least 500 people, mostly young children.

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“….When workers opened the wrong pipeline on February 24, highly combustible octane gas poured into the ditches of Vila Soco. Soon after midnight, an explosion was sparked, and a fireball ripped through the favela. Some homes were literally thrown hundreds of feet into the air; others were instantly incinerated. The temperature at the heart of the fireball was estimated at 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit…..”

 

 


2/20/2003, West Warwick, Rhode Island: A fire at a rock concert in a nightclub kills 100 and seriously injures almost 200.

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Guatemala, 2017: After hours of incarceration someone lit a match. Fire, a locked door, guards nearby, and 41 girls dies

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Parkland, 2/14/2018: 17 dead, 17 injured

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The five bullet wounds he took as he barricaded a classroom door to protect other students have healed, remarkably. But his recovery is far from over. And the prospect of being asked to testify in court looms in the future……..

Now a sophomore, she was inside the freshman building where the shooting took place. Her lab partner, Alyssa Alhadeff, was killed. So were two of her creative-writing classmates. During the interview, loud squawks from birds flying overhead made her jumpy……..

The Coral Springs police officers — who have been friends for more than 25 years — were among the first emergency personnel to enter the freshman building. Their counterparts at the Broward Sheriff’s Office were criticized for failing to try to confront the gunman……..

The 2017 Stoneman Douglas graduate co-founded the March for Our Lives organization after the shooting, though he is not among the group’s well-known leaders. He left college to help with merchandising, but became the organization’s creative director after he designed a T-shirt that could be scanned with a cellphone to register someone to vote…….

She’s a senior whose boyfriend, Joaquin Oliver, known as Guac, was killed in the shooting, months before he was expected to graduate. Only in December did she take what she considered the first step toward healing: planting a memorial garden at the school to commemorate the lives lost. She keeps the flowers Joaquin gave her last Valentine’s Day—his “last act of love,” she calls them— in a vase. ………

Like many other parents, Joaquin Oliver’s mother and father have become dedicated activists since their son’s death. One of them was elected to the local school board. While the families don’t all share the same political views, they stay in touch and occasionally meet, knowing they are bound by the pain of losing a child…….

An English and journalism teacher and yearbook adviser at Stoneman Douglas, she compiled stories from shooting survivors into a book. Two of her students, Jaime Guttenberg and Meadow Pollack, were killed…….”

 


2/7/1904: The Great Baltimore Fire begins

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“…..When the blaze finally burned down after 31 hours, an 80-block area of the downtown area had been destroyed and more than 1,500 buildings were completely leveled….”


The most serious of a series of earthquakes emanating from the New Madrid Fault strikes the center of America on 2/7/1812

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