Worst Natural Calamities In History

Worst Natural Calamities In History

Natural calamities and disasters such as earthquakes and floods would have remained just a phenomena had there no people to suffer. The only reason they were named as this is because of their violent nature that has led to the countless deaths of humans and their irreparable damage to properties.

Here is a list of some of the world’s worst disasters that has plagued history:

China’s Yellow River Floods (1887 & 1931)

Chinas Huang-He region is a large flatland that is prone to floods from the Yellow River. In 1887, the flooding of the river affected 11 towns and thousands of villages. Almost 2 million people became homeless due to the flood. This natural calamity is now regarded as the worst flood and second worst disaster in history. In 1931, the river caused another flood yet again, this time causing the death of thousands of people.

Haiti’s Earthquake (2010)

This recent natural calamity had a magnitude of 7.0 on the Richter scale. The earthquake was followed by more than 50 aftershocks of a magnitude greater than 4.5. The earthquake affected more than 500,000 people, caused the death of 310,000 and injuring around 250,000 people. Another unbelievable fact about this disaster is that it took down 278,000 buildings due to its intense power.

Indian Ocean’s Earthquake and Tsunami (2004)

On December 26, 2004 a magnitude 9.3 earthquake was traced to have originated on the west coast of Indonesia. Geological experts stated that the amount of energy created by the earthquake was equivalent to 23,000 Hiroshima atomic bombs. The earthquake triggered the creation of massive tsunamis that killed more than 230,000 people across 14 countries in Asia. This was recorded to be the third strongest earthquake in history causing the entire planet to tremble.

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