Our planet is home to life and has been so for the past 4.53 billion years. In this time, Mother Nature has given everything to us, and, in some cases, she has taken back as well.
Remember the dinosaurs? They were just wiped out without a trace after spending 160 Million years on the planet. We can never tell what tomorrow holds for us. Examples of Mount Vesuvius and in recent times, the Indian Ocean Tsunami and Haiti Earthquake, has got us all to believe that any moment could be our last.
Here is a list of the worst disasters the world has ever seen, in terms of lives of people lost:
10. Antioch Earthquake (May, 526 A.D.)
Location: Turkey (former Byzantine Empire)
Lives lost: 250,000 – 300,000
9. Haiyuan Earthquake (December 16th, 1920)
Lives lost: 273,400
8. Indian Ocean Tsunami and Earthquake (December 26th, 2004)
Location: Indian Ocean (Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Maldives, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Somalia)
Lives lost: 280,000
7. Calcutta Cyclone (October 7th, 1737)
Lives lost: 300,000
6. The Coringa Cyclone of 1839 (November 25th, 1839)
Lives lost: 300,000
5. Bhola Cyclone (November 13th, 1970)
Location: Bay of Bengal – Bangladesh (East Pakistan), India
Lives lost: 350,000 to 500,000
4. Tangshan Earthquake (July 28th, 1976)
Location: North East China
Lives lost: 450,000
3. Shaanxi Earthquake (January 23rd, 1556)
Location: East China
Lives lost: 830,000
2. Huang He or Yellow River Flood (September & October of 1887)
Lives lost: 900,000 to 2,000,000
1. The Great China Flood, (July & August of 1931)
Location: Central China
Lives lost: 1,000,000 to 4,00,000
This is the list of the worst natural disasters to have ravaged the earth, that we know of. The Great China Flood is said to have claimed the lives of 4 million people over two months and is at the top of the list.
There has been loose evidence on catastrophic events that may have claimed many more lives, however, the proof is not sufficient.
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