Natural Disasters ( information found on www.livescience.com/33316-top-10-deadliest-natural-disasters.html )

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  • 526

    Antioch Earthquake

    Antioch Earthquake
    The Antioch earthquake happened during the mid-spring of 526 AD, somewhere between May 20 and 29. This earthquake hit Syria and Antioch. A city that was near what is now modern-day Antakya, Turkey. Approximately 250,000 to 300,000 people died because of the earthquake, according to historical documents found. After the earthquake, a fire destroyed most of the buildings that the earthquake had not destroyed.
  • Oct 11, 1138

    Aleppo Earthquake

    Aleppo Earthquake
    Aleppo, the largest city in Syria was hit by a earthquake on October 11, 1138. And found using geological data, scientists estimate the earthquake had a magnitude of 8.5. The earthquake was also said to have killed about 230,000 people. Another fact is that Aleppo lies on the Dead Sea fault system, which is made up of the African plate and the Arabian geologic plate.
  • Jan 23, 1556

    Shaanxi Earthquake

    Shaanxi Earthquake
    In January 23, 1556, the deadliest earthquake ever recorded happened in the Shaanxi province and the neighboring Shanxi province, located in northern China. The earthquake had a magnitude of 8 and killed about 830,000 people. The death toll is believed to have decreased the population of both of the provinces by about 60%.
  • India Cyclone

    India Cyclone
    On November 25, 1839, a cyclone which is now called the India Cyclone, hit the harbor village of Coringa, located in Andhra Pradesh, India. It caused a 40-foot-wave that destroyed much of the village and most of the ships near the area, with about 20,000 people drowning at sea. An estimated total of 300,000 people died because of the India Cyclone.
  • Yellow River Flood

    Yellow River Flood
    The Yellow River Flood, the worst flood in human history and the second deadliest disaster ever, happened in September 1887. When the Yellow River overran the dikes in China's Henan Province. The flood destroyed 11 large Chinese towns and hundreds of villages, leaving millions homeless. The flood waters covered 50,000 square miles, killing about 900,000 to 2,000,000 people.
  • Haiyuan Earthquake

    Haiyuan Earthquake
    The Haiyuan County area of the Ningxia Province in the Republic of China was hit by a 8.5-magnitude earthquake on December 16, 1920. The earthquake gained the name the Haiyuan earthquake afterwards. But is also at times called the Gansu earthquake, because the Ningxia Provine was a part of Gansu Province at that time. The earthquake was said to have killed 235,502 people, by the Catalog of Damaging Earthquakes in the World, which is maintained in Japan.
  • Central China Floods

    Central China Floods
    The worst natural disaster in history, the Central China Floods happened from July to August 1931. When the Yangtze River overflowed and caused a series of floods. As a result of the massive flooding, about 3.7 million people died from drowning, disease and starvation. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, more than 51 million people, or one-fourth of China's population, were affected by the Central China Floods.
  • Bhola Cyclone

    Bhola Cyclone
    The Bhola cyclone the deadliest cyclone ever recorded, hit East Pakistan (Now called Bangladesh) and India's West Bengal on November 12, 1970. Which flooded much of the low-lying islands of the Ganges Delta. 500,000 people died, primarily because of the floods that were caused by the cyclone's storm surge (or a rise in water level that overtakes the shore).
  • Tangshan Earthquake

    Tangshan Earthquake
    On July 28, 1976,Tangshan, an industrial city with about one million inhabitants located in Hebei, the People's Republic of China was hit by the nearby epicenter of the later named Tangshan earthquake. The city was hit by a magnitude-8 earthquake. The Chinese government first reported a death toll of 655,000, but that was later estimated to be about 242,000 people.
  • Indian Ocean Earthquake and Tsunami

    Indian Ocean Earthquake and Tsunami
    On December 26, 2004, an underwater earthquake with magnitude of 9.3 and an epicenter, formed off the west coast of Sumatra, Indonesia. It created a tsunami that hit the coasts of countries located in South and Southeast Asia. The Indian Ocean earthquake and the tsunami killed about 225,000 to 230,210 people.