centered near Avezzano in the "boot" of Italy claims over 29,000 lives.
Jan. 13, 1939:
A firestorm swept across Victoria State in Australia in a tragedy known as that nation's "Black Friday
." The bushfire claimed 71 lives, and is still considered one of the worst fires in the nation's history.
Jan. 13, 2005:
Two and a half weeks after the devastating Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) reports on the toll to the region's fisheries
. From Indonesia to East Africa, tens of thousands of fishermen are dead or missing, and tens of thousands of fishing boats are destroyed.
Jan. 13, 2011:
Australian leaders say that recovery from weeks of flooding
will take on “post-war proportions.” Queensland state, in Northeast Australia, is said to be two-thirds underwater, and Brisbane, Australia’s third-largest city, is devastated. Scientists link the extraordinary summer rainfall to La Niña weather conditions.
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