March 26, 1812:
Natural disaster deals a setback to a new nation as Venezuela is hit by an estimated 7.7 magnitude earthquake. The "Caracas Earthquake
" claims between 15,000 and 20,000 lives.
March 26, 1971:
Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) opens the first of its six reactors
at Fukushima Dai-Ichii. Forty years later, what had grown into a six-reactor complex is swamped by a tsunami caused by a 9.0 magnitude earthquake. Fukushima joins Chernobyl as a symbol of concern about the risks of nuclear power generation.
March 26, 2007: The Chinese Government reports
that up to 10 million people are suffering from drought-induced water shortages in the southern part of the country (at right).
March 26, 2009:
In a pivotal White House meeting
, the two-month-old Obama Administration tells environmental leaders that it will downplay its concerns about climate change in favor of working to restore the nation’s faltering economy.
March 26, 2012:
ProPublica reporter Abrham Lustgarten releases the book "Run to Failure.
" It’s a revealing history of the reckless, bullet-proof mentality that led oil giant BP to its catastrophic spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
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