Now that 2010 is over, let us remember some of the major events that have happened in the course of the year. Hoping to learn from our successes and mistakes and make of 2011 an amazing year.
We have compiled the below event in 6 different categories: Natural disasters, air crashes, economy, achievements, miscellaneous and left us in 2010.
· January 12: A 7.0 magnitude earthquake occurs in Haiti destroying most of the capital Port au Prince, with a confirmed death toll of 230,000.
· February 27: An 8.8 magnitude earthquake hits Chile killing 497 and causing a tsunami over the pacific.
· April 13: A 6.9 magnitude earthquake occurs in Qinghai China, killing 2,000 people and injuring more than 10,000.
· April 14: Several volcanic eruptions in Iceland’s Eyiafjallajokull, causes volcanic ash to disrupt air traffic across northern and western Europe.
· July 29: Heavy monsoon rains begin to cause widespread flooding in Pakistan, over 1,600 are killed, and more than one million are displaced by the floods.
· October 25: An earthquake and consequent tsunami off the coast of Sumatra -Indonesia kills over 400 people and leave hundreds missing.
· October 26: Ongoing repeated eruptions of Mount Merapu in Indonesia have killed 240 people and forced hundreds of residents to evacuate.
Major Air crashes:
· January 25: Ethiopian Airlines Flight 409 crashes over the Mediterranean sea, shortly after taking off from Beirut - Lebanon. The investigation report points that the crash occurred due to human error and an inexperienced pilot.
· April 10: The president of Poland Lech Kaczynski was killed with 95 other passengers when then airplane crashed in western Russia.
· May 12: Afriqiyah Airways flight 771 crashes at runway in Tripoli Libya killing 103 of the 104 people on board; the only survivor is a 10 year old dutch boy.
· May 22: Air India Express flight 812 overshoots the runway at Mangalore Airport in India killing 158 and leaving 8 survivors.
· November 4: Aero Caribbean Flight 883 crashes in central Cuba, killing all 68 people on board.
· April 27: Standard & Poor’s downgrades Greece sovereign credit rating to junk four days after the activation of a EU-IMF bailout, triggering the decline of stock markets worldwide and of the Euro’s value, highlighting a European sovereign debt crisis.
· May 2: The Eurozone and the IMF agree on a € 110 billion bailout package for Greece.
· November 21: Eurozone countries agree to a rescue package for the Republic of Ireland in response to the country's financial crisis.
· November 29: The EU agrees to an €85 billion rescue deal for Ireland from the European Financial Stability Facility, the International Monetary Fund and bilateral loans from the UK, Denmark and Sweden.
· January 4: Burj Khalifa was inaugurated in Dubai UAE, as the tallest man made structure to date.
· July 8: The first 24-hour flight by a solar powered plane is completed by Solar Impulse of Switzerland.
· July 11: Spain wins the FIFA 2010 world cup in South Africa.
· July 25- Wikileaks an online publisher of anonymous covert and classified material, leaks to the public over 90,000 internal reports about the United States-led involvement in the War in Afghanistan from 2004 to 2010.
· October 13: 39 miners trapped 700 meters underground in a mining incident in San Jose mine in Chile, are brought back to the surface after surviving for a record 69 days.
· November 28: Wikileaks releases a collection of more than 250,000 American diplomatic cables, including 100,000 marked “secret” or “confidential”.
Left us in 2010:
· February 11: Alexander McQueen's the british fashion designer was found hanged in his wardrobe. His death was recorded as a suicide on April 28.
· May 29: American actor Dennis Hopper passed away after a battle with prostate cancer.
· July 4: Sayyed Mohammed Hussein Fadlallalh, a Lebanese spiritual Shia leader passed away. Lebanese CNN Anchor Octavia Naser was forced to resign after posting the following tweet “ "Sad to hear of the passing of Sayyed Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah... One of Hezbollah's giants I respected a lot."
Camil El Khoury