Top 10 Major Disasters Of The World

A natural disaster takes place because of any natural hazard. The world has seen some great natural disasters over time and the damage has been a lot. There had been many major disasters in the world that have shattered many cities and countries. This list looks at 10 of the most terrifying, deadliest natural disasters ever.

1138 – Aleppo Earthquake

Major Disasters

Aleppo is situated northern portion of the Dead Sea and it  separates the African plate from the Arabian Plate. The series of the earthquakes took place from October 1138 to the month of the June 1139. The area that was the hit the most was Harim. The earthquake caused deaths of around 230,000 people.

2004 – Indian Ocean Earthquake (Tsunami)

Major Disasters Tsunami

In the year 2004, another great disaster in the world took place in the Indian Ocean known as Tsunami. It was an earthquake in the undersea killing ample amount of people and communities all over. The magnitude was around 9.0 and the death count was 230,000.

Dam failure in Banqiao China in 1975

china Major Disasters

The Banqiao dam was made to survive a great flood. However, in the year 1975 a heavy rainfall occurred pouring a record-breaking rain in the 24 years. The sluice gates could not take the water pressure and 64 dams failed because of that. When the dam burst, a large wave resulted and caused ample amount of damage. It finished the area of 55 kilometers causing 231000 deaths all over.

1976 – Tangshan Earthquake

Major Disasters

The Tangshan earthquake is amongst the largest earthquakes ever taken place in the world. It took place in the Tangshan in the Hebei in China with the population of around one million inhabitants. It killed around 242,000 people.

1642 – Kaifeng Flood

Major Disasters

Kaifeng is a city in Henan province and is situated in the southern bank of the yellow river. The city was flooded in the year 1642 by the army to stop the peasant named Rebel Li Zicheng to take over. Nearly 600,000 people were killed because of that.

Indian Cyclone in 1839

India Major Disasters

In the year 1839, there was a 40 foot tidal wave resulted by the enormous cyclone destroyed the harbor city of the Coringa. The death count in the cyclone was 300,000 and above.

Shaanxi Earthquake  in the year 1556

Major Disasters

It is a deadliest earthquake on record with a death count of almost 830,000 people. It occurred on the 23 January in the year 1556 in Shaanxi China. There were more than 97 countries affected because of the earthquake.

Bhola Cyclone in the year 1970

Major Disasters

It was a tropical cyclone that hit the east Pakistan named as Bangladesh and India’s West Bengal on November 12, 1970. The death toll of this disaster was between 500,000 to 1000,000. It is also amongst the deadliest tropical cyclone ever recorded, and one of the deadliest disasters of all the time.

African Drought

Major Disasters

From the year 1981 to the year 1984, the continent Africa was suffered because of the drought, which taking place in the twenty nations. More than 20,000 people starved to death because of that. Also, the rivers and lakes dried up because of the drought.

The Flu Pandemic

Major Disasters

The 1918 flu pandemic was an unusually deadly influenza pandemic. In the year 1918 to 1919, the flu struck the world that resulted in around 35 million to 75 million deaths all around the world. It infected 3 to 5 percent of the world’s population, making it one of the deadliest natural disasters in human history.


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