13 ways the Earth showed its wrath in 2020

In an already-dramatic year, our planet did not hold back from stirring the pot. 2020 brought a record Atlantic hurricane season, numerous life-threatening wildfires and several earthquakes severe enough to remind humanity of the strength of plate tectonics. Some of these disasters were part of the geological cycle; others were helped by human-caused climate change. Read on for a reminder of the ways Earth displayed its wrath in 2020.

The 2020 Caribbean earthquake

The collapsed wall of the ruins of an iconic landmark lighthouse can be seen in Guanica, Puerto Rico, on Jan. 6, 2020, after it was destroyed by an earthquake.

(Image credit: RICARDO ARDUENGO/AFP via Getty Images)

One of the largest earthquakes of the year, a 7.7 magnitude temblor, hit the Caribbean on Jan. 28, 2020. The quake hit 76 miles (122 kilometers) north-northwest of Lucea, Jamaica, and south of Cuba. No one died, but the shaking was felt as far away as Miami and parts of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, according to USA Today.

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