The Most Destructive Natural Disasters Ever

  • The Earthquake of magnitude 7.6 in Pakistan was not the largest in magnitude, but the destruction caused was immense! It claimed almost 40,000 victims in one sweep!
  • The most devastating Natural Disaster in the recent times however was the Sumatra-Andaman Earthquake/Tsunami which claimed almost 275,000 lives! This Tsunami was responsible for bulk damage whose cost is yet to be estimated!
  • Hurricane Katrina which struck vulnerable US Gulf Coast in August 2005 claimed almost 1000 lives in one go! The estimated damage of this disaster was almost $30 billion. This is easily the most expensive disaster ever to hit the US!
  • An Earth quake measuring 7.9 on the Richter Scale devastated the state of Gujrat claiming the lives of nearly 20,000 people and making more than one million homeless!
  • However, the Most devastating earthquake in modern times is the Tangshan, of magnitude 8 in 1976, in China! The official too was 255,000, but it ‘un’ officially is known to have claimed 655,000 lives!