What Are the Top Ten Most Terrifying Natural Disasters in History?


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Wikipedia lists the 10 deadliest natural disasters on record by death toll. The Chinese floods in 1931 killed between 1 and 4 million people. The list includes: the Yellow River flood in 1887, Shaanxi earthquake in 1556, Tangshan earthquake in 1976, Bhola cyclone in 1970, India cyclone of 1839, Calcutta cyclone of 1737, Haiyuan earthquake of 1920, Antioch earthquake of 526 and the later Antioch earthquake of 115.

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In evaluating domestic property destruction and human loss, Popular Mechanics lists the top U.S. natural disasters after 1900. These tragic events include: the San Francisco Earthquake Fire of 1906, Big Burn of 1910, Spanish Flu Pandemic of 1918, Great Tri-State Tornado of 1925, New England Hurricane of 1938, Great Alaskan Earthquake of 1964, Super Tornado Outbreak of 1974, Mount St. Helen's Eruption of 1980, Storm of the Century in 1993 and Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

In its list of the worst natural disasters, Live Science includes the Indian Ocean tsunami and earthquake of 2004 and the Aleppo earthquake of 1138. Looking at only weather-related disasters, The Weather Channel includes the 1780 hurricane that hit Barbados and St. Lucia, 1871 fire in Peshtigo, Wisconsin, Wellington avalanche in 1910 and 1902 eruption of Mt. Pelee.

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