It was a year of earthquakes and volcanoes, floods and toxic spills, but 2010 also saw thwarted terrorist attacks and the joyous release of 33 miners in Chile from the Earth's rocky depths.
Since October, more than 300 people have been killed by volatile volcano Mount Merapi's eruptions. Miles O'Brien reports from the village of Yogyakarta on the science and superstition surrounding the most-active volcano in Indonesia.
In Indonesia, an earthquake triggered a massive tsunami on the island of Sumatra, followed by a volcanic eruption on Mount Merapi. Rescuers are struggling to reach those affected as the death toll continues to climb.
In other news Monday, General Motors posted its first quarterly profit in nearly three years, thanks to strong sales of new models and expense cuts from its bankruptcy. And in Thailand, resistance leaders and security forces remain in a standoff…
In other news Wednesday, a cloud of volcanic ash from Iceland grounded flights in Scotland and Northern Ireland for a second day, and the U.S. Senate has dropped a $50 billion fund intended for liquidating banks from financial reform amendments…
In other news Tuesday, record flooding over the weekend is now blamed for 29 deaths in the Southeastern U.S. Also, authorities prepared to close air space over Scotland and Northern Ireland again because of the Icelandic volcano.
By Tom LeGro
A roundup of arts headlines.
In other news Thursday, airlines resumed regular flight levels after severe delays caused by the volcanic eruption in Iceland and an offshore oil platform sank into the Gulf of Mexico following a fire, raising fears of an oil spill.
By Larisa Epatko
Iceland's volcano has not only thrown a wrench into airline passengers' plans but has put Kenya's European market of fresh produce and cut flowers in limbo, at least temporarily.
As air traffic resumes in Europe, Gwen Ifill talks to Ray Suarez about the hundreds of thousands of passengers still stranded and struggling to get to their destinations.
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