I was thinking or trying to look back at some of the worst natural disasters/man made just to give a comparison to today for the simple fact that we
are getting the perception that the world is falling apart. Keep in mind that nature has nothing to do with our inability to build absolute fail safe
nuclear power plants or oil platforms or even damns for that matter.
I guess what I'm trying to say is stuff happens and will continue to happen. All we can hope for is that we are able to live through as much of the
good and bad times as we can with the ones we love.
Clealy technology/science has helped allow us to live a bit longer but with all things there is a trade off and that is we get to see or experience
more man made or natural disasters as time goes on...because of the internet we are plugged in everywhere and with that we are allowed to see
I'm not looking to necessarily debunk 2012 or May 31, 2011 but I'm simply putting into perspective some of the worst things that have already occurred
to us as humans both by the hands of nature and by our own devices..Again I'm not looking to debate end of the world prophecies I'm just trying to
inject a little perspective into our way of thinking and yes I'm sorry that this is a really long post so be gentle when bashing me..
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Syria, Aleppo - 1138
Earthquake kills 230,000 people
A famine wipes out at least 100,000 people.
Egypt and Syria, 1201
The deadliest earthquake in history hit the eastern Mediterranean in July 1201. Approximately 1.1 million people were killed, mostly in Egypt and
Syria. This makes it close to one of the ten worst natural disasters in recorded history.
Estimate: 100,000 lives lost from the flooding after some dykes broke.
The Zuider Zee flooded after a seawall collapsed. At least 50,000 people were killed in Holland and more than 500 in England as a result.
Earthquake takes at least 100,000 people.
Most of Europe and beyond, 1347-1350
Approximately 25 million lost their lives through the "Black Death" - the bubonic plague. Between 25 and 33% of the entire population of Europe at
that time, plus millions in Asia and North Africa lost their lives.
Earthquake in Shansi, China kills about 830,000
Flooding takes about 300,000 lives.
Plague takes about 80,000 lives in Seville.
Western Hemisphere, mostly 16th - 18th centuries
Untold millions of lives of American Indians were lost through the various sicknesses brought over from Europe (to which they had no previous exposure
or resistance.) It's very difficult to get figures on this that are not politically infected one way or another (very high or very low).
The second deadliest earthquake was in the Chinese province of Shaanzi on February 2, 1556. It killed 830,000 people.
More than 100,000 lives were taken by the plague, London was worst hit.
Earthquake took the lives of some 137,000 people.
First it was thought to be an earthquake, but more recent scientific studies have re-classified it as a typhoon - this tragedy killed some 300,000 in
Over 100,000 lost their lives through "the Lisbon earthquake" and resulting tsunami.
About ten million people lost their lives from a famine in Bengal.
North America, 1775-82
Smallpox takes around 130,000 lives.
As many as 200,000 were killed in an earthquake near Tabriz.
a volcanic eruption (that included the largest basalt flow in recorded history) poisoned the island's pastures and caused the starvation of about 25%
of the population - 30,000+.
Mount Tambora (volcano) on Sumbawa Island released about 50 cubic kilometers of magma over at least 500,000 square kilometers of Indonesia and the
Java Sea. That eruption and the resulting tsunami took at least 10,000 lives. But the famine and disease that followed took another 82,000 lives -
total: over 90,000.
Tsunami kills about 27,000.
Ireland, 1845 - 48
"Potato Famine" takes at least a million lives.
France, Germany, America, etc., 1870
approximately 500,000 lives lost as a result of smallpox.
China, 1876 - 1879
The deadliest drought in recorded history was in China between 1876 and 1879. Rivers were dry, so most crops and livestock died. There was no food
production in a 1-million km2 area of 9 provinces. The drought caused the death of an estimated nine million people.
Java and Sumatra, 1883
Krakatoa, a small volcano on an uninhabited island between Sumatra and Java (Indonesia), erupted with such fury it could be heard in Australia nearly
5,000 kilometers away. The tsunami that followed took about 50,000 lives.
The worst flood in "modern history" happened in China in 1887. The Yellow River overflowed, causing the death of about 900,000 people. (Some reports
say it was a million that parished.)
About 28,000 people lost their lives from a Tsunami
Martinique, a small French colony in the Caribbean, has a volcano "Mont Pelee" which unleashed its fury and wiped out the town of St. Pierre. Only one
survivor - pictured on right: a prisoner in a basement cell. (There's a good chance he got his life right with God before that day was over!) But
there were actually two others who also survived. see their amazing stories Around 30,000 people were killed.
An earthquake of 7.2 magnitute and the tidal wave that resulted, destroyed several southernmost Italian cities and towns and approximately 123,000
Yangtze River flood - approx: 100,000 deaths.
Avezzano, Italy - 7.5 earthyquake takes nearly 30,000 lives.
World-wide, 1918 - 19
Influenza pandemic takes somewhere between 35 million and 75 million lives (some reports estimate around a hundred million, but those can't be
confirmed) - at least 16 million people died in India alone. This is clearly the worst disaster - at least in the last thousand years.
In the north China there was a drought that caused 20 million victims and took at least 500,00 lives.
China, Gansu - 1920
Gansu, China is hit with an earthquake measuring 8.6 and kills around 200,000 people.
A third of Tokyo is destroyed and much of Yokohama in an 8.3 earthquake which between 140,000 and 200,000 people.
An earthquake 7.9 - hit Nanshan City and took about 200,000 people.
A flood on the Changjiang River took at least 145,000 people (other estimates go over a million, but we have not confirmed that).
Another earthquake, this one northwest Gansu Province, killed about 70,000 people.
Another Yellow River flood "caused 27 counties inundated and 3.4 million victims". How many actual lives were killed we don't know. If you have
facts, let us hear from you
Another Changjiang River flood takes the lives of at least 140,000 people.
About 30,000 lost their lives in a 7.5 earthquake.
Some 28,000 people were killed from an 8.3 earthquake in Chile.
A flood takes about 200,000 lives.
More than 32,000 lives were lost from a 7.9 quake in Erzican Province.
China, 1942 - 1943
A drought in the Henan province took the lives of more than a million people.
Turkmenistan (USSR), 1948
A 7.3 earthquake took over 110,000 lives.
Around 30,000 people lost their lives in a quake of 8.6 magnitude in Assam, India.
At least a hundred thousand people (some reports say over a million) died from the "Asian Flu" - about 70,000 in the USA alone.
China, 1958 - 61
As many as 20 million people died in this famine. *
* We received the following response to this post
Sirs: I would ask that you consider re-characterizing the 20-30 million who died in China during the period 1959-61 as a political blunder rather than
a famine. Famines are typically understood to be the result of diminished food production due to weather or other natural disasters. This was not the
case in China. Food production was for the most part normal during this period. What changed was the desire of local cadre wanting to look good and
reporting increased food production following Mao's politics of "right" practices. Mao's government simply took their share of the harvest, 50%. But
since the reported harvest was in fact inflated, what resulted was the entire production being shipped to Beijing. This more accurately could be
labeled Mao's Holocaust. Respectfully, Doug Searles
A 7.9 earthquake and resulting landslides killed about 66,000 in Northern Peru.
19 - Bangladesh, 1970
In 1970, a cyclone and related floods killed about 500,000 people. With winds of up to 230 km/h, the cyclone crashed into the heavily populated
coastal area of the Bay of Bengal, where several river deltas normally provide fertile land. The terrible winds produced massive waves, which wiped
out many entire villages. Millions of people were left homeless in this country that is one of the most densely populated and one of the poorest in
Red River flood flood leaves about 100,000 dead.
China, Tangshan - 1976
The worst earthquake damage in modern times was in northeast China in 1976. It was July 28 when a massive quake, measuring 8.3 on the Richter scale,
shook the industrial mining city of Tangshan. Officially 255,000 people died, and another 164,000 were severely injured. But others (unofficial, but
perhaps more accurate?) estimate that about 655,000 perished. Some ninety per cent of the buildings were destroyed. It took at least ten years and
massive investment to rebuild the city.
Africa, 1981 - 1984
Rivers and lakes dried up from the drought that had incredible impact on twenty African nations. During one season about 20,000 were starving to death
EACH MONTH. 150 million were facing starvation if help didn't come right away. People from around the world began to respond to this crisis - but for
hundreds of thousands of people, it was too late. (If you have figures for this, please let us know. When combined with other relatively recent
African famines, the fugure is well over 1,000,000)
Volcano Nevado Del Ruiz claimed the lives of at least 25,000 - mostly from the mudflow which resulted from the volcanic eruption.
An earthquake measuring 6.9 on the Richter scale devastated Armenia in 1988. At that time Armenia was a republic of the Soviet Union. The town of
Spitak was destroyed and it took the lives of all of its residents. In Leninakan, Armenia's second largest city, eighty per cent of the buildings
collapsed, and over 100,000 people perished there.
a 7.7 earthquake in northwest Iran killed at least 50,000 people.
Flooding again took its toll on this nation. About 139,000 lost their lives.
North Korea, 1995-98
Over 3 million are said to have died from famine and floods in North Korea.
West Africa, 1996
About 25,000 loose their lives from a meningites outbreak.
Earthquake in Bam, Iran, officially kills 26,271 people.
South Asian Nations, 2004 - 2005Earthquake of 9.0 and the resulting tsunami creates one of the world's worst disasters. It does major damage to:
Indonesia, India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Maldives, Somalia, Tanzania, Seychelles, Bangladesh, and Andaman. Deaths: Between
235,000 and 285,000.
South Asia, 2005
Earthquake, primarily affecting Pakistan, but also India and Afganistan. Current figures: over 50,000 dead.
Earthquate - still counting. Most estimates now exceed 220,000 dead.
Smallpox killed more than 15,000 people (one-third of the population).
Tsunami / Earthquake
"The Great Hurricane" as it was known, hit the Caribbean in October 1780. It is still the most deadly Western Hemisphere hurricane on record. It
killed some 22,000 people on the islands of Martinique, St. Eustatius, and Barbados...
England, France, Egypt..., 1831-32
Cholera epidemic spreads from Cairo and hits both London and Paris very hard, leaving about 25,000 dead.
A massive forest fire destroyed much of Wisconsin: 9 towns and 1,500 people.
the earthquake that struck in Golcuk killing about 17,000 people.
San Francisco, 1906
The most famous -- and deadliest -- earthquake to strike the United States was the San Francisco earthquake of 1906. The estimation was 8.3 on the
Richter scale, but worse than the shaking itself, the earthquake caused fires that burned out of control for three days. Two thirds of the city burned
down, and totally wiped out the downtown business district. Tens of thousands of people lost their homes and fled the city and an estimated 3000
American Midwest, eight year drought
During the Depression the American and Canadian Midwest experienced an eight-year drought. It ruined once-fertile soil, kicked up tremendous dust
storms and caused thousands of deaths. The lack of rain left huge areas of farmland without any water. The topsoil was taken up by the wind, creating
huge dark clouds of dust that seemed to turn day into night. People died of starvation and lung diseases caused by breathing in the dust-filled air.
Thousands of farmers had to declare bankruptcy. 350,000 people deserted the region. It was the worst drought in North American history.
China suffered another massive flood from exceptionally heavy rains. At one point, 40 centimeters fell in two days. The worst of the flooding occurred
at Tai Hu, a lake at the mouth of the Yangtze River. This important industrial and agricultural region was devastated. The economic loss and the human
toll were costly - over 2,000 people died. In one province, a million homes were swept away. Overall, the flood seriously impacted the lives of over
200 million people.
Florida and Louisiana, 1992
The most costly hurricane in American history was Andrew. 58 people were killed and so many homes and shops were destroyed, the total cost was at
least $27 billion. In terms of dollars, this ranks as the worst natural disaster.
USA and Canada, 1993
Because of the media it became known as "The Storm of the Century" - from snow blizzards of artic air clashing with the warm air from the gulf of
Mexico, combined with strong winds and freezing temperatures, it essentially paralyzed the Eastern part of the U.S. Roofs collapsed, power lines
fell, all major airports closed down... Summary of the damages: 243 deaths, $3 billion.
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