A magnitude 7.6 earthquake hits Gansu in north central China, and 16 campers die in a landslide in California.
Tue, Dec 25 2012 at 5:00 AM
Dec. 25, 2003:
Sixteen campers die in California’s San Bernadino Mountains as a mudslide buries their campsites
. The mountainsides had been stripped of vegetation months before by wildfires, and then steady rains loosened the slopes and engulfed the campers.
Dec. 25, 2007:
In his annual Christmas message
, Pope Benedict XVII (at right, in Brazil) speaks on the environment, decrying the global “abuse of energy and its selfish and reckless exploitation.”
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