No one wants to get caught up in the middle of a natural disaster, but that doesn't stop Mother Nature from unleashing her wrath over the centuries. These disasters have the ability to crush an economy and hurt millions of lives through disease, devastation, starvation, destruction and death. Below of is the list of the worst natural disasters of all time that stole over a million lives and cannot be forgotten.
Indian Ocean Earthquake (2004)
A day after Christmas, an undersea mega thrust earthquake, also known as the Sumatra-Andaman earthquake, occurred. Recorded as the second largest earthquake, reaching a magnitude of 9.1-9.3 and lasting about 10 minutes, it was so massive that the entire planet vibrated. The earthquake was so devastating that it killed 200,000-310,000 people along the shores of Indonesia, Sri Lanka, South India and Thailand.
Hurricane Katrina (2005)
Ranked as the sixth strongest to hit the United States, Hurricane Katrina was the costliest natural disaster, as well as one of the deadliest hurricanes, to hit the Gulf Coast when it roared ashore in 2005. The casualties included more than 1,800 deaths and damage surpassing $108 billion, which has left areas of New Orleans to this day.
Haiti Earthquake (2010)
A devastating earthquake struck Haiti in 2010 with a magnitude 7.0 and a depth of 8.1 miles. This was the strongest earthquake to hit the country since 1770, and more than 220,000 people were killed and over 300,000 injured.
Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami (2011)
It was the most powerful earthquake ever to hit Japan and the fifth most powerful quake in the world since the beginning of modern record keeping. Measuring a 9 on the Richter scale, the earthquake caused a tsunami that led to almost 16,000 deaths and 2,814 people missing with over 250,000 buildings damaged and destroyed it also caused a near nuclear disaster.
Central China Floods (1931)
The 1931 Central China floods were a series of floods that occurred when the Yellow, Yangtze and Huai rivers flooded. Estimates of the death toll vary wildly, from 145,000 to possibly 4 million. The victims succumbed to drowning, famine and disease. The Yellow River is considered as the world’s deadliest river since it has flooded over 1,000 times in the past 2,000 years.