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The 2009 California wildfires were a series of 63 wildfires that were active in the state of California during the year 2009.The fires burned more than 336,020 acres of land from the beginning of July through late November following red flag warnings, destroying hundreds of structures and killing two people.However, the worst property damage occurred in coastal areas, including all Mississippi beachfront towns which were over 90% flooded in a matter of hours, causing boats and casino barges to ram buildings, pushing cars and houses inland, and forcing water 6–12 miles from the beach.On February 6, 2012, at least 52 people were killed when a 6.9-magnitude earthquake hit Negros and Cebu (Philippines), causing landslides, creating huge cracks in highways, and violently shaking buildings.
The Chaiten Volcano, located some 800 miles south of the capital Santiago, was considered inactive since it had not erupted for hundreds of years.Hurricane Sandy developed from a tropical wave in the western Caribbean Sea on October 22, quickly strengthened, and was upgraded to Tropical Storm Sandy six hours later.Sandy moved gradually northward toward the Greater Antilles and increasingly intensified.In March 2010, the Eyjafjallajokull volcano in Iceland exploded to life, spewing lava, magma, rock, and clouds of ash into the sky above it. The earliest reliable written records of historical activity date back to about 1820, and the first well-documented eruption occurred in 1823.The disaster grounded airlines, stranding holiday travelers and business passengers across Europe and North America. Although Native Hawaiians are thought to have first settled on the island around 1,500 years ago, oral records predating European arrival on the island are scarce and difficult to interpret.