January 2000 Disasters
Updated February 11, 2017 | Infoplease Staff
- Jan. 4, Rena, Norway: 2 trains collided head-on after one of the drivers failed to stop for a red signal. Nineteen people killed and 35 injured in the crash.
- Jan. 18, off Rio de Janeiro: Ruptured pipeline owned by government oil company, Petrobras, spewed 343,200 gallons of heavy oil into Guanabara Bay.
- Jan. 30, off Ivory Coast: Kenya Airways Airbus A-310, carrying 179 passengers and crew, crashed into the Atlantic Ocean after takeoff from Abidjan. Ten people survived.
- Jan. 31, off Oxnard, Calif.: Alaska Airways flight originating in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, and scheduled to stop in San Francisco and then Seattle, crashed in the Pacific. All 88 people aboard killed.
- Jan. 31, Butuan City, Philippines: At least 11 were killed and over 20,000 were forced to evacuate as torrential rains caused floods and landslides.
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