The media has become a particularly strong communication method to inform the world about what's going on everywhere, wherever you may be. In an era where any event can go viral in seconds, an infinite amount of information can get to you in a minute -whether it's about a Nobel Peace Prize nomination or the arrest of a serial killer.
However, what happens when your home loses its comfort suddenly because of a devastating earthquake, a plane crash, or a war forcing you to flee?
As a Canadian, I can only imagine what it could feel like, and I certainly can't get close to the reality of it. Disasters, whether triggered by Mother Nature or by humanity, itself, seem to be falling upon the Earth day after day, killing and injuring thousands of people at a time.
In 2015, there have been, so far, quite a few tragedies. Planes have crashed, the earth's core has moved to detrimental effects, and humans have killed each other in the name of greater beliefs, and some other times, for personal motives. S
So we can never forget, here are the 10 biggest tragedies of 2015.
10 Charlie Hebdo Attack
9 India Heat Wave Kills More Than Two Thousand
8 Hundreds Of Migrants Killed In Sinking Ship
7 TransAsia Airways Flight 235 Crashes On Highway
6 Germanwings Flight 9525 Crashes Into The French Alps
On March 24, Germanwings Flight 9525 departed from Barcelona–El Prat Airport in Spain and was en route to Düsseldorf Airport in Germany - but it never reached its destination. The plane left the airport at 10:01 a.m, and reached its cruising speed and altitude at 10:27. At 10:31, it started its descent towards death, loosing altitude really quickly (58 feet per second). At 10:41, the plane crashed into the French Alps. All 150 people on board were killed.
5 Earthquake In Nepal
On April 25, an earthquake measuring 8.1 on the Richter Scale hit Nepal, injuring 23,000 people and killing around 9,000. The violence of the shock triggered an avalanche on Mount Everest, which killed at least 19 people. About 250 others disappeared. Many UNESCO World Heritage Sites were destroyed, such as the Kathmandu Durbar Square, the Patan Durbar Square, the Bhaktapur Durbar Square, the Changu Narayan Temple and the Swayambhunath. Villages were flattened and hundreds of thousands of people were made homeless.
4 Amtrak Train Derails In Philadelphia
3 Warehouse Explosions Kill Over A Hundred In China
2 Reporter And Cameraman Killed Live On TV
On August 26, former reporter at WDBJ Vester Lee Flanagan II, also known by the professional pseudonym of Bryce Williams, murdered his ex-colleagues Alison Parker, 24, and Adam Ward, 27, her cameraman. The duo was interviewing Vicki Gardner, executive director of the local chamber of commerce, near Smith Mountain Lake in Moneta, Virginia. During the interview, Flanagan walked in with a gun, fired on Parker while she was running away, and then shot Ward. His camera fell on the floor, still filming as the shooter went after Parker. Flanagan shot himself during an ensuing car chase with the police. He later died at a local hospital.
1 The Refugee Crisis
The Refugee Crisis, also known as the European Migrant Crisis, started in April 2015 when five boats sank in the Mediterranean sea (among them is the one we covered at number 8 of this article), which killed around 1,200 refugees coming mostly from Syria, Afghanistan and Eritrea. The refugees are fleeing their countries due to violent conflicts in North Africa and Middle East, seeking asylum into European countries. The number of forcibly displaced people worldwide reached 59.5 million at the end of 2014, the highest level since World War II.
The most recent event that went viral in the media was the death of 3-year-old Aylan Kurdi, a Syrian boy who drowned in the Mediterranean sea. Because Kurdi's family was trying to reach Canada, his death immediately became an issue in the 2015 Canadian federal election, forcing the government to promise the welcoming of more refugees.
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