2010 has been a year of many happenings, some good, some bad, and some will easily be forgotten shortly after the New Year has begun. Here are the 7 most memorable happenings in 2010 that I can recall. They might not all be that interesting to you, but they each caught my attention for some reason.
7. Death of Nodar Kumaritashvili
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This 21 year old Olympic athlete from the country of Georgia died during a training exercise. It’s reported that Nodar had told his father he feared the luge track he would later be competing on. It was during a practice run that Nodar had the fatal accident. His luge sled reached up to 90 miles per hour at the time of the accident.
6. Earthquake in Haiti
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With a 7.0 magnitude, this earthquake rocked Haiti right at the start of the year. The initial quake took place on the 12th of January, but continued to be a constant reminder up until the 24th of the same month with a little over 50 aftershocks measuring around 4.5 or greater. 230 thousand people died, 300 thousand were injured, and more than a million became homeless. Even the 1946 earthquake that struck the Dominican Republic, which shares the island of Hispaniola with Haiti, didn’t produce the amount of damage that the 2010 earthquake in Haiti displayed.
5. The eruption of an Icelandic volcano
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The Eyjafjallajökull volcano erupted twice in less than a month’s time. Hundreds of people had to flee, due to rising floodwaters, and flights were cancelled into and out of Iceland. The rising floodwaters were caused by the melting of a glacier near the volcano. Also, the flights weren’t only cancelled on the continent of Iceland, but surrounding countries as well.