Over the years the world has witnessed almost thousands of calamities that have claimed innumerable lives and ruined countless habitats. Disasters such as earthquakes, floods, tsunami, forest fire, epidemics, drought, etc., create a havoc every year. Studies have shown that 15% of the global population has to bear the damage by one of these disasters every decade. But some catastrophes bring along desolation that are just soul-crushing. Here, we bring you a list of such natural calamities that not only had dreadful consequences but shook the whole mankind.
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Hurricanes are quite prominent in the American continents and create a lot of damage every year. Katrina is considered to be the most expensive hurricanes to have hit the Gulf coast. The total damage accumulated was close to 80 million dollars.
The Indian sub continent faced a massive earthquake that measured 9.14 on the Richter scale. It generated in the Indian Ocean and gave rise to enormous tides which hit the coasts of India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Indonesia, and South Africa. It took more than 200000 lives, and destroyed many cities.
It occurred this year in the month of August. Hurricane Harvey affected the southern parts of the United States, and especially Houston. It brought along flood that forced almost half of the population of the state to leave their homes.
Almost all the countries in the African continent suffered a severe drought for four long years between 1981 to 1984 that claimed the lives of almost 19000 people. TV reports showing carcasses of local residents and cattle herds generated a shock wave across the whole world.
It originated from a small village in the Indian state of Gujarat that lasted over for almost two and a half minutes. Despite the fact that the shock waves remained localized to a small region the disaster was mammoth. It killed more than 20000 people and affected almost more than 300000 residents. It is one of the most deadliest calamities in the Indian history till date as it took almost two months for the authorities and rescue forces to get hold over the situation.
Japan is known to be the highest recipient of earthquakes annually but the year 2011 brought a series of tremor waves that the country has never seen before. An earthquake of magnitude 9.1 hit the Japanese coasts rendering everyone helpless. The after shocks were so intense that entire cities got torn into two halves. Not only that, but it was accompanied by tsunami and massive floods that destroyed almost half of the nation.
In the mid 14th century, the entire continent of Europe suffered an epidemic called ‘Bubonic Plague.’ It was so severe that it claimed the lives of almost half of the total population. According to some medical science journals from universities across the globe, the origin of the plague is still unknown but it is believed to have occurred due to a bacterial infection that traveled through water and air.
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