Every day, we hear about horrifying catastrophes that are often provoked by none other than humankind. If man-made-planet-damage isn’t enough, we also have mother nature that chimes in time to time, sending in deadly hurricanes, tsunamis, floods, tornadoes, and earthquakes. The worst of these lethal events have sadly cost the lives of millions, wiped out miles of public and private property, destroyed the economy and left the survivors battered and homeless.
Popular Everything will now share eight horrific natural disasters. They’ll certainly send a shiver down your spine and perhaps, make you value your life just a little more. If you think we’re exaggerating about the terror of it all, here’s some shocking proof, below.
1. 2010 Haiti Earthquake
The 2010 Haiti Earthquake was a catastrophic event that affected an estimated three million people and took an estimated 100,000-160,000 lives. The initial shock recorded a magnitude of 7.0 and was soon followed by two aftershocks of magnitudes 5.9 and 5.5. Without adequate reinforcement, the buildings of Haiti immediately disintegrated under the force of the quake, killing and trapping thousands of tenants.
2. Hurricane Katrina
Katrina was a deadly hurricane that struck the Gulf Coast of the U.S. in 2005, with a category 3 rating and 140 miles-per-hour winds. The storm left Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama in ruins, displacing hundreds of thousands of people from their homes and ultimately causing over $100 billion in damage.
3. 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami
Taking place in 2004, the Indian Earthquake and Tsunami was kickstarted by an undersea earthquake with a magnitude of 9.1-9.3, that caused a deadly tsunami that damaged countries from East Africa to Thailand. The disaster was responsible for the immense destruction, demolished economy, and loss of the rim of the Indian Ocean. The shock waves reached a height of 30 ft., killing at least 225,00 people across a dozen countries and leaving hundreds of thousands missing.
4. Cyclone Nargis
Occurring in the year of 2008, Cyclone Nargis, was the first tropical cyclone to hit the Indian Ocean and was named the worst natural disaster in the history of Myanmar. When Nargis arrived, it created a gigantic wall of water, 12 feet high, surging 25 miles up the Irrawaddy delta. The calamity caused irreversible destruction, leaving 1.5 million people homeless and in dire straits, along with a death toll of over 138,000.
5. Ajka Alumina Sludge Spill
The Ajka sludge spill was a Hungarian disaster that occurred in 2010, following a deadly accident at a western aluminum oxide plant. After the northwestern corner of the dam of the reservoir collapsed, 35 million cubic feet of waste were freed, flooding several local areas, including the village of Kolontar, where ten people died and leaving 150 injured, as well as 15 sq. miles of land in ruins.
6. The Great Smog of London
Also referred to as the Big Smoke, this 5-day disaster took Londoners by surprise, when one morning in 1952, a dense blanket of smog enveloped the city, reducing visibility to only three feet ahead. The smog was a deadly combination of fog, combined with sulfurous fumes from coal fires and severe pollution. These toxic gases caused the worst air pollution crisis in European history while killing 8-12k people.
7. Volcano Eruption Nevado del Ruiz
The Armero tragedy was one of the major disasters caused by the eruption of the volcano, Nevado del Ruiz in Tolima, Colombia. After 69 years of inactivity, in winter of 1985, the volcano erupted, destroying nearby towns, with Armero being the worst hit. The boiling muds caused a death toll of a staggering 25,000 and took the title of South America’s deadliest volcano eruption in history.
8. 2011 Tōhoku Earthquake and Tsunami
The 2011 Tohoku Tsunami that took place on the Pacific coast of Tohoku, following Japan’s biggest earthquake, having a 9.1 magnitude and depth of 15.2 miles. The tsunami’s 30 ft. Shock waves that killed 20,000 and left 2,500 people missing. Its material aftermath caused damages exceeding $300 billion.