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Worst of the Worst

Although many disasters have happened during the 21st century, these are some of the worst that have occurred in the United States.

1. September 11th Attacks
9/11 was the largest terrorist attack on United States soil. On September 11th, 2001, a Tuesday morning, the terrorist group al-Qaeda high jacked four planes and attempted to crash them into important US buildings. Three of the four planes were successful by crashing into both World Trade Center buildings and the Pentagon. The fourth plane was destined to crash into the Capitol Building but when passengers attempted to take the plane over it crashed into a field. Around 3,000 people died in the attacks and because of this, Americans could no longer feel safe in their own country. To this day, September 11th is still remembered each year.


2. Hurricane Katrina

Hurricane Katrina, which made landfall on August 29
th, 2005, was one of the worst storms to ever hit the United States coast with around 1,833 deaths and $108 billion in damage. The worst of the category 5 hurricane took place in Louisiana. With most of the fatalities in New Orleans, 80% of the city and neighboring areas were flooded. The recent Hurricane Isaac brought back memories of Hurricane Katrina to the country, especially those affected by it.

3. BP Gulf Oil Spill
The BP Oil Spill was the largest marine oil spill in history. On April 20
th, 2010 there was an explosion on an oil platform, killing 11 workers, causing the oil to begin leaking. After 86 days of attempts, the leaks were finally plugged. By the time the leaks were plugged, up to 4.9 million barrels of oil had been leaked into the ocean affecting the beaches along four states. Hundreds of thousands of fish and animals were killed.

4. Joplin Tornado
On May 22, 2011, an EF- 5 tornado hit Joplin, Missouri. This tornado was the deadliest tornado since records have begun being kept with around 157 fatalities and over 1,000 wounded. The damage was estimated at $2.8 billion.
 
5. Michael Jackson’s Death
Michael Jackson, “The King of Pop,” had an incredible impact on the how the world’s music is today. Jackson died on June 25
th, 2009. He was mourned by people all around the world when he died. Jackson’s public memorial service was aired live and drew a crowd of one billion people.

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