January 20: On January 12, 2010, Haiti was rocked by a magnitude 7.0 earthquake that killed more than 200,000 people. In this image from eight days later a few lone individuals wander amid the wreckage on a street in Port-au-Prince, Haiti’s capital.
Gregory Bull, File/AP
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U.S. Coast Guard–Reuters/Landov
October 6: On October 4 an ecological disaster in Hungary was caused by a sludge spill after a reservoir broke at a metallurgical plant in Ajka, in the western part of the country, prompting the government to declare a state of emergency in three counties. In this image from October 6, we see the toxic red sludge floddign several nearby villages, including Devecser (pictured).
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