2010 (MMX) was a common yearstarting on Friday (dominical letter C) of the Gregorian calendar, the 2010th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the tenth year of the 3rd millennium, the tenth year of the 21st century, and the first year of the 2010s decade.

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Pronunciation

There is a debate among experts and the general public on how to pronounce specific years of the twenty-first century in English. The year 2010 is pronounced either "two thousand (and) ten", or "twenty-ten". 2010 was the first year to have a wide variation in pronunciation, as the years 2000 to 2009 were generally pronounced "two thousand (and) one, two, three, etc." as opposed to the less common "twenty-oh-_".

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Volcano plume from Mount Eyjafjallajökull April 17, 2010.

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Satellite images of the upper Indus River valley comparing water-levels on 1 August 2009 (top) and 31 July 2010 (bottom) throughout the flooding in Pakistan

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Luis Urzúa, the leader of the trapped miners and the last of the 33 to be lifted to freedom, celebrates with President Piñera at San José Mine throughout "Operación San Lorenzo".

September

  • September 4 – A 7.1 magnitude earthquake rocks Christchurch, New Zealand causing large amounts of damage but no direct fatalities. It is the first in a series of earthquakes between 2010 and 2012 that resulted in the deaths of 187 people and over $40 billion worth of damage. Seismologists noted that the earthquake sequence was highly unusual, and likely to never happen again anywhere else in the world.
  • September 7Israel becomes the 33rd member of the OECD.

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Nobel Prizes

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