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Mar 12th, 2011

Summary: A magnitude 8.9 earthquake — the biggest in modern Japanese history — unleashed a 23-foot tsunami that swept boats, cars, buildings, and tons of debris miles inland and prompted a “nuclear emergency.” Warnings blanketed the Pacific, putting areas on alert as far away as South America, Canada, Hawaii, Alaska, and the entire U.S. West Coast. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on March 12, 2010, Aubrey Immelman reported that in the fourth major terrorist attack in Pakistan in a week, a pair of suicide bombers targeting army vehicles detonated explosives within seconds of each other, killing at least 43 people in the eastern city of Lahore and wounding about 100.

Feb 27th, 2010

Summary: A tsunami triggered by a magnitude 8.8 earthquake off the Chilean coast is racing across the Pacific Ocean, threatening Hawaii. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on February 27, 2009, Aubrey Immelman reported that President Barack Obama won crucial backing for his Iraq military withdrawal plan from leading Congressional Republicans, including Senator John McCain and Ohio Rep. John A. Boehner, the House minority leader.