10 Most Devastating Disasters On The Planet

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A natural disaster is the result of weather or other acts of nature that bring hazards to the planet. None can deny that over the earth’s history there have been some incredibly devastating natural disasters to say the least and the damages have been astronomical. Cities and countries alike have suffered such historic tragedies time and time again. The following list makes note of 10 of the most devastating disasters in the planet’s history.

1. 1138 – Aleppo Earthquake

Aleppo Earthquake


For those unfamiliar, Aleppo can be found in the northern portion of the Dead Sea and it divides the Arabian Plate from the African Plate. From October 1138 until June of 1139 there were a series of earthquakes that occurred. The location that was hit most was in Harim. The remarkable earthquake there caused the deaths of roughly 230,000 people.

2. 2004 – Indian Ocean Earthquake (Tsunami)

Indian Ocean Earthquake


On December 26, 2004 there was an incredible disaster that took place within the Indian Ocean. First there was an earthquake in the undersea which triggered a tsunami that ended up killing a devastating amount of people from various countries. The earthquake’s magnitude was approximately 9.0 and the death toll came out to more than 230,000 people.

3. Dam failure in Banqiao China in 1975

Dam failure in Banqiao China


The intention of the Bangia dam was to make it survive great floods. But in 1975 there was an unexpected rainfall that was record-breaking from the previous 24 years. The sluice gates were unable to tolerate such water pressure and there were 64 dams that failed because of it. A large wave came as the result of the dam bursting and it created disastrous harm. It caused the deaths of more than 231,000 people within a 55 kilometer distance.

4. 1976 – Tangshan Earthquake

Tangshan Earthquake


In recorded world history this one was among the largest that had ever taken place. It happened in Tangshan in the Hebei in China where there were roughly 1 million residents. There were about 242,000 that were killed from the earthquake.

5. 1642 – Kaifeng Flood

Kaifeng Flood


Kaifeng can be found in the Chinese province of Henan and it’s located in the southern bank of the yellow river. In 1642 the city had been flooded by the army in order to stop a peasant named Rebel Li Zicheng from taking over. The tactic forced the deaths of more than 600,000 just because of it.

6. Indian Cyclone in 1839

Indian Cyclone in 1839


The harbor city of Coringa was nailed by a 40 foot tidal wave that was caused by a giant cyclone during 1839. The entire city was destroyed and the death count went up past 300,000 lives.

7. Shaanxi Earthquake in 1556

Shaanxi Earthquake


This has been the most devastating earthquake in the earth’s recorded history as far as deaths are concerned. On January 23, 1556 in Shaanxi, China there were 97 countries effected by the deadly earthquake that cost the lives of more than 830,000 people in China.

8. Bhola Cyclone in 1970

Bhola Cyclone


This vicious cyclone occurred on November 12, 1970 and caused the deaths of anywhere from 500,000 to 1 million people. It nailed East Pakistan, Bangladesh and India’s West Begal and it was considered to be one of the deadliest tropical cyclones ever recorded and one of the deadliest natural disasters ever.

9. African Drought

African Drought


Between the years of 1981 and 1984 the continent of Africa greatly encountered a horrible drought which caused problems for twenty different countries. There were approximately 20,000 people that starved to death and rivers and lakes both dried up.

10. The Flu Pandemic

The Flu Pandemic


This pandemic of was quite unusual and deadly to boot. In the years of 1918 and 1919 this flu had struck the planet which resulted in the deaths of anywhere from 35 million to 75 million from everywhere around the world. It was said to have affected 3% to 5% of the earth’s population which made it one of the deadliest disasters of nature in all of history

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