May 10 – At
Vaal Reefs gold mine in
Orkney, a runaway locomotive falls into a lift shaft onto an ascending cage and causes it to plunge 1,500 feet (460 m) to the bottom of the 6,900 feet (2,100 m) deep shaft, killing 104.
Iraq disarmament crisis: According to UNSCOM, the unity of the U.N. Security Council begins to fray, as a few countries, particularly France and Russia, become more interested in making financial deals with
Iraq than in disarming the country.
Iraq disarmament crisis: Iraq threatens to end all cooperation with UNSCOM and IAEA, if sanctions against the country are not lifted by
August 31. Following the defection of his son-in-law,
Hussein Kamel al-Majid,
Saddam Hussein makes new revelations about the full extent of Iraq's biological and nuclear weapons programs. Iraq also withdraws its last U.N. declaration of prohibited biological weapons and turns over a large amount of new documents on its WMD programs.
July 1 – Iraq disarmament crisis: In response to UNSCOM's evidence, Iraq admits for first time the existence of an offensive biological weapons program, but denies weaponization.
November 7 –
Typhoon Angela leaves the
Vietnam devastated, with 882 deaths and
US$315 million in damage. The typhoon was the strongest ever to strike the Philippines in 25 years, with wind speeds of 130 mph (210 km/h) and gusts of 180 mph (290 km/h).
The 7.3 MwGulf of Aqaba earthquake shakes the Sinai Peninsula and Saudi Arabia region with a maximum
Mercalli intensity of VIII (Severe), killing eight and injuring 30, and generating a non-destructive tsunami.