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Huascarán Avalanche, 1962  On January 10, 1962, the deadliest recorded avalanche occurred on the slopes of Mount Huascaran in Peru, killing 4,000. A glacier the size of two skyscrapers and weighing 6 tons broke and came barreling down the mountain, burying two towns in 40 feet of debris and ice. Covering 9-1/2 miles in seven minutes, few people had enough time to reach higher ground.

Huascarán Avalanche, 1962 On January 10, 1962, the deadliest recorded avalanche occurred on the slopes of Mount Huascaran in Peru, killing 4,000. A glacier the size of two skyscrapers and weighing 6 tons broke and came barreling down the mountain, burying two towns in 40 feet of debris and ice. Covering 9-1/2 miles in seven minutes, few people had enough time to reach higher ground.

Tangshan Earthquake, 1976  OnJuly 28, 1976, a 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck Tangshan, a Chinese city about 68 miles east of Beijing. Many of the deaths, which numbered at least 242,000 people, was a result of unreinforced masonry homes collapsing while people were sleeping, not allowing for enough time to seek cover. While the earthquake only lasted 14-16 seconds, it was severe, injuring at least 700,000 people, not including casualties.

Tangshan Earthquake, 1976 OnJuly 28, 1976, a 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck Tangshan, a Chinese city about 68 miles east of Beijing. Many of the deaths, which numbered at least 242,000 people, was a result of unreinforced masonry homes collapsing while people were sleeping, not allowing for enough time to seek cover. While the earthquake only lasted 14-16 seconds, it was severe, injuring at least 700,000 people, not including casualties.

An eruption cloud from New Zealand's Mt. Ruapehu dwarfs 'The Chateaux' lodge, in the foreground. #iceland #volcano #fireandice

An eruption cloud from New Zealand's Mt. Ruapehu dwarfs 'The Chateaux' lodge, in the foreground. #iceland #volcano #fireandice

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