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January 2006 Disasters

  • Jan. 2, Sago, W.Va.: thirteen coal miners were trapped in the Sago Mine, 12 died and 1 survived. The cause of the explosion is unknown. An initial report that 12 survived turned out to be erroneous, leaving relatives and friends furious when they heard three hours later that all 12 were dead.
  • Jan. 2, Bad Reichenhall, Germany: a heavy snowfall caused the roof of an ice skating rink to collapse, killing 15.
  • Jan. 4, Cijeruk, Indonesia: a mudslide
  • buried 200 homes and killed at least 200 people.
  • Jan. 5, Mecca, Saudi Arabia: a hotel collapsed in Mecca, killing at least 76 pilgrims on the annual hajj.
  • Jan. 12, Mecca, Saudi Arabia: a stampede by pilgrims on the annual hajj killed at least 360.
  • Jan. 20, Northern Hungary: a Slovak military plane, AN-24, en route to Slovakia from Kosovo, crashed soon after taking off, killing 43, most of them Slovak soldiers.
  • Jan. 23, Bioce, Montenegro: a train derailed and plunged into the Moraca canyon, killing 46 and injuring 19.
  • Jan. 28, Katowice, Poland: 67 people died from the collapse of the roof of. the International Exhibition Hall. There had been 500 people inside at the time.

See also Major Earthquakes Around the World 2006

See also Estimated Deaths from Earthquakes, 2006

See also Recent Volcanic Activity


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