20 Worst Natural Disasters

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Natural disasters can occur without warning and with devastating effects. Even when a natural occurrence can be predicted, there’s nothing that can be done to stop it. These disasters have been known to wipe out entire cities. Remember Pompeii? It was destroyed when Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 A.D. and buried it under twenty feet of ash. It may have happened long ago, but Vesuvius is still active today. We may know enough to get out of the way if a volcano erupts, but disasters can still catch us unaware. A natural disaster is considered to be any cataclysmic event caused by nature or the earth’s natural processes resulting in property damages, economic losses, injuries, and loss of life.

These losses can reach into the millions of both number of lives lost and amount of damage done. Besides volcanic eruption, other examples include floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires, earthquakes, droughts, and tsunamis. These are the most frequent disasters, but there are many others as well. Since the beginning of time, natural disasters have played a role in changing our world. Many happened before recorded history, so we will never know what devastation and tragedy some of our ancestors faced. Since disasters have been recorded, there have been every kind of natural catastrophe that can come to mind. These are 20 of worst natural disasters in history.

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