May 2015 Current Events: Disasters & Science News

Updated February 11, 2017 | Infoplease Staff

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Here are the key events in science and disasters news for the month of May 2015.

  • Eight Killed in Amtrak Northeast Regional Crash (May 12): An Amtrak Northeast Regional train traveling to New York City derails and overturns in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. There are 238 passengers and five crew members on board. More than 200 are injured, 11 critically, and eight people are killed. The train is traveling around a curve at 102 mph in a 50 mph zone when it jumps the tracks. National Transportation Safety Board officials investigating the crash say in a news conference that the train may have been hit by a projectile on the front window before it derailed. The train's engineer has no memory of the incident. The crash is the deadliest on the Northeast Corridor since 16 people were killed in a train wreck outside Baltimore in 1987.

  • Second Earthquake Hits Nepal (May 12): Another magnitude-7.8 earthquake hits Nepal just three weeks after the first one. At least 40 people are killed and well over 1,000 injured in the magnitude-7.8 earthquake, whose epicenter is about 50 miles east of Kathmandu.

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