Astonishing Natural Disasters In History


Two days after the 9.0 magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami, a Japanese home which was adrift miles from the coast of Japan, 2011

It seems like there's a natural disaster every other day somewhere in the world, and it's easy to panic about something with "disaster" right in the name. That's not to say there's nothing to be alarmed about---don't take this as discouragement from following your local authorities' evacuation instructions when the big one hits. It's important to remember, however, that Mother Earth is an old broad. She's been there, done that, and she's survived much worse than what's currently being thrown at her. Well, mostly.

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The earthquake that hit Japan in 2011 was notable for two reasons: The sheer financial destruction and the meltdown of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. Although relatively few people were killed or injured, hundreds of thousands lost their homes, with 50,000 still living in temporary shelter in six years later. The damage to buildings and the local economy was astronomical, totaling up to $235 billion, making it the most expensive natural disaster in history. The nuclear meltdown was particularly catastrophic, causing nuclear material to wash up as far as the shores of California and Canada along with other tsunami debris.