10 deadliest natural disasters known to mankind
The in China’s Haiyuan County killed more than 200,000 people and led to landslides. The earthquake registered a magnitude of 8.5.
News Nation Bureau | Updated : 29 April 2015, 02:28:46 PM
10. Haiyuan County Earthquake, Dec. 16, 1920 (China)
The earthquake in China’s Haiyuan County killed more than 200,000 people and led to landslides. The earthquake registered a magnitude of 8.5.
9. Haiti Earthquake, Jan. 12, 2010
The massive earthquake that hit Haiti killed between 230,000 and 316,000 people and left more than a million people displaced.
8. Antioch Earthquake, May, 526
The Antioch earthquake hit three countries- Antakya, Turkey along with Syria. The seventh disaster in the list killed about 250,000 to 300,000. The earthquake was the deadliest known natural disaster for more than 1,000 years.
7. India Cyclone, Nov. 25, 1839
A tropical cyclone drilled Coringa, India killing 300,000 and shattered the area. The storm created a 40-foot storm surge.
6. Calcutta Cyclone, Oct. 11, 1737
One of the deadliest natural disasters known to country, this cyclone also known as the Hooghly River Cyclone, killed between 300,000 to 350,000.
5. Tangshan earthquake, July 28, 1976
The deadly earthquake with a magnitude of 7.5 roiled China in the early morning hours. The earthquake killed 242,000 to 700,000 people. Almost 90 percent of the buildings in Tangshan collapsed, killing many who were sleeping.
4. Bhola Cyclone, Nov. 8, 1970
A tropical cyclone hit Bangladesh (then East Pakistan). An estimated 300,000 to 500,000 died.
3. Shaanxi Earthquake, Jan. 23, 1556 (China)
The deadliest earthquake ever hit china in 1556 and killed about 830,000 people. Shaanxi was a densely populated area with poorly built homes. The earthquake registered at a magnitude of 8.0 to 8.3.
2. Yellow River Flood, September 1887
Sediment washed into Yellow River — also known as the Huang He — and built up to the point that the river level elevated.
Deaths : 9,00,000
1. Central China Floods, July-August 1931
The deadly flood from Yangtze River peaks hit over a 500-square-mile area, destroying crops and polluting the river.