January 2012 Current Events: Disasters & Science News

Updated August 5, 2020 | Infoplease Staff

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Here are the key events in Science and Disasters news for the month of January 2012.

  • Cruise Ship Capsizes off Italian Coast (Jan. 13): The Costa Concordia, a cruise ship, slams into a rock and capsizes near the island of Giglio, which is off the coast of Italy. The accident causes the cruise industry's safety issues to fall under global scrutiny. At least 11 people are killed and 22 remain missing. Francesco Schettino, the ship's captain, is accused of moving the ship off its fixed course and may face criminal charges of manslaughter, failure to offer assistance, and abandonment of the ship.

  • Thousands Flee Nevada Wildfire (Jan. 20): More than 10,000 people are forced to evacuate when a fast-moving brush fire breaks out near Reno, Nevada. One person is dead and at least 26 homes have been destroyed.

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