Worst Natural Disasters The World Has Ever Seen

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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)

Location: China

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

Achenese men walk amid the debris of their devastated houses following the 2004 tsunami at a housing complex in Kajhu on the outskirts of Banda Aceh, in this April 3, 2005 file photo. A massive undersea earthquake is long overdue beneath the Mentawai islands in Indonesia and could trigger another deadly tsunami, say scientists mapping one of the world's most quake-prone zones. Unlike the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, which killed around 226,000 people, this tsunami is expected to be smaller but may be very deadly as it would hit Sumatra's densely populated coast. To match feature TSUNAMI-ANNIVERSARY/RISK REUTERS/Steve Crisp/Files (INDONESIA - Tags: ANNIVERSARY DISASTER)


7. Calcutta Cyclone (October 7th, 1737)

Location: India

Lives lost: 300,000



6. The Coringa Cyclone of 1839 (November 25th, 1839)

Location: India

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)

Location: China

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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