10 worst natural disasters in world history

What comes to mind when we talk about 'natural disasters'? Tsunami? Earthquake? Tornado? What is the deadliest natural disaster in history? Let's explore the top 10 worst natural disasters in history.

1. The Flood of Central China in 1931 (2-3.7 million deaths)

From June to August 1931, areas of central and eastern China were flooded, including densely populated cities such as Wuhan and Nanjing. The death toll from floods ranges between 2-3.7 million deaths, depending on the source.

2. Cyclone Bhola 1970 in Bangladesh (500,000 dead)

In 1970, Bangladesh (then known as East Pakistan) was affected by tropical cyclone Bhola. Wind speeds, based on data from NOAA's Hurricane Research Laboratory, reached 205 km/h, making it the world's deadliest tropical cyclone to date.

According to a 1971 report produced by the National Hurricane Center and the Pakistan Meteorological Department, there was a serious challenge in providing an accurate number of victims of the storm, mainly due to the large number of seasonal workers. The number of people coming to this area to harvest rice is very large and increasing, so it is impossible to make statistics.

3. Storm of 1839 Coringa Cyclone (about 300,000 dead)

On November 25, 1839, a violent tropical cyclone hit Coringa. So far, the speed has not been determined, but the storm surge is more than 12m high. It completely destroyed the city and devastated 20,000 ships.

4. 526 Antioch earthquake in Turkey (about 250,000-300,000 dead)

The Antioch earthquake at the end of May 526 AD in Antakya, Turkey killed about 250,000 people in the earthquake. At that time, the population was not large, so the number of deaths was too terrible.

5. 1976 Tangshan earthquake in China (about 255,000 dead and 700,000 injured)

At 3:42 a.m., a magnitude 7.8-8.2 earthquake flattened Tangshan, an industrial Chinese city with a population of about one million. Since almost everyone was asleep, there was no time to run.

An estimated 242,000 people in Tangshan and surrounding areas were killed, making the quake one of the deadliest earthquakes in history.

6. 1920 Haiyuan earthquake in China (about 273,400 dead)

On December 16, 1920, a catastrophic 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Haiyuan, Ningxia Province, China, killing an estimated 273,400 people (including those who died a few months later).

7. 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake (about 230,000-280,000 people died)

A catastrophic earthquake with a magnitude of 9.1 on the Richter scale just off the west coast of the Indonesian island of Sumatra in the Indian Ocean, triggered a massive tsunami that hit 12 countries in South Asia and East Africa. moving at about 800 km/h and generating waves up to 30 m high. Due to its speed, people have very little time to get out of danger zones.

8. Typhoon Nina in 1975 (more than 200,000 people died) in China

One of the deadliest floods in history occurred in central China as a result of heavy rains caused by Typhoon Nina over a three-day period. The storm caused the collapse of the Banqiao dam on the Ru River in Henan province, western China on August 8, and 61 dam and reservoir failures in other regions.

9. 1887 Yellow River flood in China (approximately 900,000 deaths)

The Yellow River is the cause of many of the deadliest floods in China. The river is 3,000 miles (about 4,828km) long, running from Qinghai province in the northern mountains to the Yellow Sea, halfway between China and Korea.

Due to the great destruction of property and the loss of life it has caused, this river has been dubbed by Westerners as the 'sad of China'.

In 1887 alone, 900,000 people died in floods caused by the Yellow River. Due to the low-lying feature of the plain near Zhengzhou city in Henan province, the water of the Yellow River is believed to have broken the dykes in Huayankou. This makes it possible for floods to spread rapidly across the whole of Northern China.

The floods covered an area of about 50,000 square miles (129,499 square kilometers) and destroyed farms, homes, malls and other properties, the exact value of which is unknown to date.

A total of 2 million people are homeless and without basic amenities. So far, the Yellow River has killed nearly 4 million people due to floods.

10. The 1556 Shaanxi earthquake in China (about 830,000 people died)

On January 23, 1556, an earthquake in Shaanxi, China, claimed the lives of about 830,000 people. Calculation of casualties is often inaccurate after large-scale disasters, especially before the 20th century, but this disaster is still considered one of the deadliest events of all time.

The quake struck late in the evening, with aftershocks continuing into the next morning. Subsequent scientific investigation showed the magnitude of the earthquake to be around 8-8.3 richter. The earthquake struck right in the middle of a densely populated area with poorly constructed buildings and houses, resulting in a staggering death toll.
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