11:32 am - Monday May 28, 2012

Natural Disasters

A natural disaster is the effect of a natural hazard (e.g. flood, volcanic eruption, earthquake, or landslide) that affects the environment, and leads to financial, environmental and/or human losses. The resulting loss depends on the capacity of the population to support or resist the disaster, and their resilience. This understanding is concentrated in the formulation: “disasters occur when hazards meet vulnerability.” A natural hazard will hence never result in a natural disaster in areas without vulnerability, e.g. strong earthquakes in uninhabited areas. The term natural has consequently been disputed because the events simply are not hazards or disasters without human involvement.

List of Natural Disasters

1. Natural Hazards

2. Water Disasters

3. Weather Disasters

4. Health and Diseases

5. Space

Recent Natural Disasters

The world has seen many disasters over the years. Many were caused by people - wars, terrorists… Others are sometimes referred to as “acts of God”. It’s very difficult to rank them because there are different ways of defining “worst” (some would just count the dead, others would include the injured, still others would measure in terms of the amount of dollars required to repair the damages, or somehow calculate the damage to the environment…) and there are different ways of defining “natural”. Nevertheless the following is a substantial list of some of the world’s worst natural disasters. All of these disasters took more than 25,000 lives. 43 of these disasters took over 100,000 lives (see second disaster list near the end for death toll rank).

Famous Natural Disasters

There is nothing that can be done against the God’s will. We can stop the disasters caused by man, but there is nothing we can do that can stop the natural disasters that have been written in the fate of a nation by God himself. These Natural disasters such as earthquakes, cyclones, hurricanes, volcanoes etc. are unpredictable and within a short span of time can destroy a whole nation. The history of this planet is full of the stories relating to the natural disasters.

Many nations have been destroyed; millions of lives have been lost at the hand of fate. We can never find out when a disaster would occur but we can only find the reason. The intensity of a natural disaster is judged by the amount of destruction it has caused and its death toll. Different disasters have their magnitudes measured on different scales, for example a magnitude of earthquake is measured on a scale known as the Richter scale.

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