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03 Feb 2011 description

The world witnessed numerous large-scale disasters in 2010, ranging from major earthquakes in Haiti, Chile, and China to devastating flooding in China and Pakistan to heat waves and wild fires in Russia. In the U.S., the blowout of BP's Deepwater Horizon drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico resulted in this country's largest environmental disaster to date. As of the writing of this article, eastern Australia is experiencing record flooding.