The Quick 10: The 10 Worst Natural Disasters

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Last weekend, the deadliest tropical cyclone in more than 15 years struck Myanmar (aka Burma). With at least 22,000 confirmed dead and more than 44,000 missing, the death toll looks pretty grim. It's small potatoes, though, compared to the top 10 worst recorded natural disasters in history.

10 Worst Natural Disasters By Death Toll

1. 1931 Yellow River Flood of China "“ 1 million to 3.7 million
2. 1887 Yellow River Flood of China "“ 900,000 to 2 million
3. 1557 Shaanxi earthquake of Shaanxi Province, China "“ 830,000
4. 1970 Bhola cyclone of Bangladesh "“ 200,000 to 500,000
5. 1839 India cyclone "“ 300,000
6. 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake/tsunami "“ 283,100
7. 526 Antioch earthquake of Syria "“ 250,000
8. 1976 Tangshan earthquake of China "“ 242,000
9. 1975 Bangiao dam failure of China "“ 231,000
10. 1138 Aleppo earthquake of Syria "“ 230,000

May 6, 2008 - 10:29am
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